Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Agnostics, atheists, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus all recognize the pivotal role mothers play in shaping children. In terms of character this year we essentially have a choice between Hillary Clinton’s mother and Donald Trump’s mom. Policy differences are important but character is equally important. Can we trust the person in the White House to behave sanely and morally when it comes time to decide whether or not we go to war, or accept trade treaties that would force us to learn to accept Corporations Uber Alles.
I kid you not. The TPP and TTIP treaties would give Mega corporations sovereignty over you and the government that ostensibly were there to protect you from corporate abuse.
Mother’s day is May 8th. So let us compare Hillary Rodham’s mother to Donald Trump’s.
I will rely heavily on Camille Paglia’s recent article.Hillary’s mom was born Dorothy Emma Howell.
Hillary’s odd childhood flashbacks … it described her ranting father’s abusive behavior toward his wife and family (detailed in Carl Bernstein’s 2007 biography, A Woman in Charge). It was her stoical mother who trained Hillary in the art of contemptuous endurance of men’s squalling infantilism. Women are noble, superior creatures; men are yapping dogs.
To Camille this childhood explained this: Hillary’s anti-male subtext, to which so many women voters are plainly drawn, flared into view last week when she crowed to CNN’s Jake Tapper about her proven skills in sex war: “I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak….I’m not going to deal with their temper tantrums or their bullying or their efforts to try to provoke me.”
Shifting back to my opinion: I do not think Hillary has succeeded well at controlling her business partner Bill Clinton, the oft accused serial rapist. And as for bulling, Paglia pointed out that it was Hillary who bullied her way through the debates with Sanders and Martin O’Malley.
Let’s compare Hillary’s mom to Donald’s. Her name was Mary Anne MacLeod. She was an immigrant.
To quote Camille ‘she was one tough cookie. She and her parents were Gaelic speakers, products of a history extending back to the medieval Viking raids. I suddenly realized that that is Trump’s style. He’s not a tribal Highlander, celebrated in Scotland’s long battle for independence from England, but a Viking, slashing, burning, and laughing at the carnage in his wake. (Think Kirk Douglas flashing his steely smile in the 1958 Hollywood epic, The Vikings.) Trump takes savage pleasure in winning for its own sake—an attribute that speaks directly to the moment, when a large part of the electorate feels that the U.S. has become timid and uncertain and made far too many humiliating concessions to authoritarian foreign powers.
To Paglia this explains why Trump was able to do battle against the media and political pundits from all sides. They did not know what they were dealing with. Slander does not stop a Viking.
Character counts even in this modern age where pedophilia and treason are apparently acceptable to the media and large segments of the public.
Before bringing this to an end I have to share this following gem of a quote from Camille Paglia.