“We came, we saw, he died!”
It might be the case that some of my readers will take my current remarks as a criticism of women, generally. It is not. However, there are certain more extreme feminist elements, globally, that will necessarily take offense. I am prepared for this reaction. However, the necessity of my brief remarks obviates any hesitation I might have otherwise felt. Still, I will not deny that I am going after a certain element in the feminist movement, an element that, through its own successes, continues to demonstrate the bankruptcy of the system over which it seeks to achieve dominion.
Equality has been the clarion call of all modern democracies at least since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Sounds noble. Doesn’t it? But, this term — equality — is squirrelly. It’s meaning is often unclear and its use often murky. It waves like a flag in a strong crosswind, with little behind it but a lot of air. Is this egalitarianism, I ask? No it’s equality of opportunity, comes the hasty reply. Oh, okay. And what opportunities are those exactly? This is the next question. Does stepping into the patriarchy, or better yet, getting to the top of the male hierarchy give you good grounds to celebrate. And, exactly what are we celebrating anyway? Do some women want to succeed in the power ball hierarchy in order to reorder it, soften it, humanize it, make it user friendly? Or do they just desire, and then demand, control of the reins? If women want to condemn the patriarchy, then why do they wish to take the reins and then be taken on the same ride? There are many slippery slopes in this world, and the road up the side of this power pyramid is one of the slipperiest of all. Of course, in this regard, it is much like that slippery slope of curtailing freedoms in order to insure freedom.
But I am already getting off track. It is really not freedom or equality that I wish to discuss, although these concepts underlay the historical movement for women (and minorities) to be thrust to the top echelons of the pyramid. It seems that the same slogan applies as well to women as it does to men: power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Successful women seem to be as prone to excess as ‘successful’ men. It is not equality we were after, after all; it was success within the systems of hierarchy. We just want to get beyond that “glass ceiling” and reach the highest high, the apex of the pyramid if we so desire. And let us show you how we can do the job as well as any man can. For example:
Empress Wu Zetian (of China) (625 -705) — Ruthlessly sought to gain power and had many noblemen and noblewomen killed or exiled in order to achieve it.
Isabelle I of Castille (of Spain) (1451- 1504) — Initiated the Spanish Inquisition.
Maria Theresa (of Austria) (1717- 1780) — Tripled the size of the army and increased taxes in order to guarantee a steady income for the government and the military.
Catherine II (of Russia) (1729 – 1796) Expanded the Russian Empire to the Black Sea by defeating the Ottoman Empire in two major wars.
Or we can look more recently to Margaret Thatcher, Madeline Albright, Susan Rice, or Victoria (Nudelman) Nuland. All making names for themselves by being tough and ruthless. Tougher then men. “Fuck the EU!”
And now we come to former USA Secretary of State, and would-be POTUS, Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton – She gloatingly declares, after the overthrow and street execution (by gangshot) of Libyan Prime Minister, Muammar Gaddafi: “We came. We saw. He died!” And more recently she has compared Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin to Adolf Hitler.
Is this what the fight for equality was all about? How to be as equally stupid and hateful as John McCain or John Kerry? Is this really the legacy of the women’s movement that we want defining the future of the USA, as brief as that future may be. My beef is with a movement that wants to thrust women into the patriarchy, to take the reins of the bull as callously as the men they might replace. We’ve already seen what the push for equality has done for/to the first black president of this nation. He has become yet more cold, calculating and callus than any of those white guys who have gone before. All the soft-shoe rhetoric amounting to whispered little nothings. Can you imagine the apocalypse that will surely ensue if Hillary Clinton were ever to win her way to the top slot of the American power pyramid? I can! And I’m scared!