"You fucking stupid bitch." Male caller's voicemail to state Democratic Party Chairwoman for the state of Nevada, Roberta Lange
In this epic election Hillary is fighting a two headed beast of mythological proportions.
On one side is Bernie Sanders, the grandfatherly prophet leading his followers to Philadelphia to be born again.
On the other side is Trump the father figure and billionaire who opens his arms wide with power and gifts.
Even Lucifer made a brief appearance in the form of Ted Cruz, but he didn't last because the billionaire slew him with a mighty nickname.
And what is Hillary? Well, that's the riddle that has the voters wringing their hands. We are a nation without a history of females as commanders in chief so she has no archetype. She is no prophet or father figure so her presence is disorienting. Even past Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein tweeted she was a bad mother and then recanted it by clarifying Hillary was really a war-monger.
Those who hate her must name her; liar, murderer, crook, enabler, wife.
The first two hearken back to the nineties and are republican created. The others are created by Trump. Bernie fans use all five against her.
The names are the stones thrown by the followers of the beast. Only an archer can repel them.
Without an archetype a presidential competitor is adrift because the electorate has a need to place her in a category. This is how we have always seen powerful men who run for the presidency.
The accusations are poison arrows, but they miss her every time. I am of the opinion that among women these labels are not for Hillary personally, they are for us to use against each other when we see ourselves in each other's mirror.
Why do they do it? Because she is the first woman to run for President who is a feminist with a record of fighting for women. It's unsettling even for the Bernie progressives. For her to be President is a big change. In fact, it's huge.
If the United States had a historic female pathway to power we might have seen women such as Rachel Carson with a cabinet position ushering in an era of environmentalism in the 1960s that had real teeth. We might have seen Eleanor Roosevelt running for congress in the 1950s after her work in the White House. And the image of Frances Perkins, the architect of the New Deal, might have been placed on the front of a post World War 2 issue twenty dollar bill.
Those women could only go so far in their careers. The women's movement was just beginning when they died, and Hillary was a teenager.
Many knew that the road to the White House for a woman would not be easy, but we could not foresee that the first woman with a shot at it would lack an archetype.
It needs to be stated clearly that Bernie has chosen to stay in the race and fight her for the nomination. As we get closer to the Democratic Convention his road narrows further and his followers will get angrier. The labels of bitch and whore will be frequent.
If he wins, and it's a long shot, we will be a nation rendered to the post feminist utopia of the idea a woman president but not the reality. For many the idea of a feminist world is as far as they want to go. Hillary makes them nervous. A female feminist President is an unknown.
Women's rights. This is why her fight is so hard. There are many people who don't want this type of change in the White House.
Hillary is in a battle against two men who form one opponent: the singular behemoth of Trump and Bernie. They are male power in a fight against the female.
She has to slay both of them.
And only Diana the Hunter, the archer, can do that.
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