HILLARY MUST CHOOSE A WOMAN FOR V.P. IN 2016
“Quick turnkey of the pit! Swing wide these
And fling them swiftly open. Tarry not!
For I will pass, even I will enter in.
Dare no denial, thou, bar not my way,
Else will I burst thy bolts and rend thy gates,
This lintel shatter else and wreck these doors.
The pent up dead I else will loose, and lead
Back the departed to the lands they left,
Else bid the famished dwellers in the pit
Rise up to live and eat their fill once more,
Dead myriads then shall burden groaning earth,
Sore tasked without them by her living throngs.”
Ishtar-Astarte Enters Hell, as Goddess of Venus,
the Evening Star, and Goddess of Love, Sex, Fertility and War, c. 4,000 B.C.E.,
Chaldean-Babylonian-Assyrian Civilization, Translated by Prof. Louis Dyer,
quoted in Chaldea, by Mme. Zenaide
Alexeievna Ragozin, First Edition (numbered) 1886.
[Ed. Note: The gatekeeper hurried to tell Ereshkigal the Queen of the Underworld. Ereshkigal
told the gatekeeper to let Ishtar enter, but "according to the ancient
The gatekeeper lets Ishtar into the underworld, opening
one gate at a time. At each gate, Ishtar has to shed one article of clothing.
When she finally passes the seventh gate, she is naked. In rage, Ishtar throws
herself at Ereshkigal, but Ereshkigal orders her servant Namtar to imprison
Ishtar and unleash sixty diseases against her.
After Ishtar descends to the underworld, all sexual activity ceases on
earth. The god Papsukal reports the situation to Ea, the king of the gods. Ea
creates an intersex being called Asu-shu-namir and sends it to Ereshkigal, telling
it to invoke "the name of the great gods" against her and to ask for
the bag containing the waters of life. Ereshkigal is enraged when she hears
Asu-shu-namir's demand, but she has to give it the water of life. Asu-shu-namir
sprinkles Ishtar with this water, reviving her. Then Ishtar passes back through
the seven gates, getting one article of clothing back at each gate, and is
fully clothed as she exits the last gate.]
On the proper role of women 5,600 years later:
The subject of your study, your philosophy,
Should be to keep the house, practice economy,
Bring up the children to know how things should be done,
See that the staff behave, and the home’s well run…
Our elders knew a thing or two in this respect,
They claimed that with a woman all you could expect
Was that, with training, she might manage to expose
What makes a doublet different from a pair of hose.
Their women never read, but they knew how to live,
And housekeeping for them was something positive…
You modern women won’t consent to stay at home.
You long to be the authors of a learned tome.
You want to shine, to be the ones with all the “nous;”
The worst offenders live here, here, in my house.
The secrets of the universe are here for free,
And you know everything except what pleases me…
You study futile subjects, ranging far and wide,
But overcook my food, leave me dissatisfied.
Chrysale, in Moliere’s “The Clever Women,” Performed at
the Court of Louis XIV, 1672, Act II, Scene 7, tr. Maya Slater, 2001.
America Rediscovers Matriarchy
With the stunning
increases in the numbers of women being elected and appointed to public office
today, and the widening campaign to place more women in positions of power in
the world of corporations – and those businesses’ far reaching plutocratic
aspirations, the people had better be on the lookout for an attempt by women to
completely rehabilitate and dominate this country. It was thought by many that the failure of
adoption of the putative Equal Rights Amendment was based upon a thinly veiled
desire of women not so much for equality, but for ultimate domination, a course
made more difficult by an equality article in the Constitution that could
guarantee equal rights for men, too, as against excesses in the exercise of
power by women.
For example, genuine equality would mean returning to a presumption of innocence as
a right of men accused of rape and sexual assault, which are the most over
reported, as well as underreported crimes.
It is hard to see how pursuant to the rubric of gender equality, for
example, the names of accused perpetrators could become grist for the media
gossip mills, but that the identities of their accusers would have to be kept
secret. This is especially true because
the mere accusation of the commission of a sexual crime can destroy the family,
the life, and the career of any man; whereas, the dismissal of charges or a
verdict of not guilty invariably leads to leftist media folk claiming that
regardless of the merits of the case, the woman is always to be portrayed as a
double victim of a crime AND of the due process of law accorded to the
Nineteen thousand reports of sexual assault in the military do not, ipso facto, denote
guilt on the part of nineteen thousand men.
The assertion to the contrary is a less than subtle attempt to erase
from our jurisprudence the presumption of innocence in this particular branch
of the battle of the sexes. Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand (D.-N.Y.), her face cleared of the makeup that turns her into
a glamorous movie star, her natural blonde hair rigorously chopped out of
fashion, did indeed seem brave confronting the United States Air Force generals
in a recent Senate Committee hearing over a purported miscarriage of justice
whereby a Lt. Col. was found guilty by a court martial of groping a woman, but
whose verdict and sentence were overturned by his commanding officer. The inference to be drawn, it seems to me, is
that women in this country are girding for a renewal of the battle of the sexes
purely on their own terms. The fact that
Gillibrand may have been right in this instance does not vitiate the principal
thesis that women are now out for all the power they can get, and woe to any
man that stands in their way.
sidebar, we are hearing increasingly about private relationships in which wives
and girlfriends are adopting totally dominant positions and men are relegated,
if they wish for the sexual benefits of those relationships, to the roles of
mere providers of stud service and “handmaiden” conformities and household
chores. The women say they like it. They don’t.
There are apparently no
authenticated accounts of western world full Matriarchy – societies governed or
controlled by women. Current women
national leaders may be strong, but they do not stand (yet) at the apex of a
female dominated culture. Historically,
some scholars believe that the tragedy of Oedipus by Sophocles (429 B.C.E.), in
which he becomes King of Thebes by marrying the widowed Queen, Jocasta (unbeknownst
to him, his biological mother) was the final expression of disgust by the
ancient Greeks over female domination. Although
Antigone, Oedipus’ daughter-sister (drama dated as 443 B.C.E.) is now heralded
as a challenger to the fascist prototype, represented by her uncle-tyrant,
Creon, where Creon is utterly in the wrong forbidding her to bury her
rebellious brothers, her sentiments are actually belittled. “A girl’s glance working the will of heaven: / Pleasure to her alone who mocks us, / Merciless Aphrodite,” [Aphrodite being the counterpart
of the above referenced Ishtar-Astarte] (Antigone
translation from the Greek by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald). During the Golden Age of Greece, the role
of women (unless they were not human but goddesses of the stature of Athena)
was relegated to subordinate apolitical or social account. (Conclusion of Pericles Funeral Oration, 430
B.C.E., Thucydides, History of the
Hillary Is Running
Confronted by an
interviewer with the reality of her age and what everyone hopes is not a
propensity to develop blood clots, Hillary said that she expects that her
health will be just fine in 2016. Were
the Democratic Convention of 2016 to be held tomorrow, Hillary would be
nominated by acclamation. Then looking
forward, mutatis mutandis, to 2016, Hillary
is likely to be elected President of the United States, although a few caveats
might be in order.
The emerging Republican field is not very encouraging to their side of the
game. Playing his “Game of Drones,” Senator
Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) insisted that the White House affirm that the President does
not have the right to kill Americans on American soil by using armed drones. He got what he asked for. Demonstrating that his filibuster was merely
an attention getting example of grand standing, he left open the entirely
logical possibility that the President might choose to murder Americans on his
kill list by use of other methods, such as poison or staged accidents.
Jeb Bush looks like his brother George did, when George was Governor of Texas and
was assured that Party Leaders would support him for President, early in 2000,
thus turning his candidacy into an inevitability. All he needed to do was to smear and traduce
John McCain out of the race, which W accomplished in such a way as to
foreshadow his future dim deeds as manifestations of a complete absence of
conscience. The hell Jeb Bush is not
George W. Bush redux!
Jeb’s reluctance to support a path to citizenship for honest undocumented immigrants
does, however, unlock a serious flaw in the reasoning that 11 millions of folks
ought to be relegated to a class of noncitizen participants in the life of this
country for say, eight to ten years.
That status accomplishes Republicans’ wish to stave off the political
consequences of materializing demographics.
However, there is something potentially far worse that is afoot. Such a status could result in potentiating
discrimination against all Hispanics. It
is bad enough when anyone is regarded as a second class citizen. How much worse would it be to create a
category of second class noncitizens? There are a lot of prospective white
employers, among others, who are going to batten off professed confusion as to
whether THIS Mrs. Rodriguez is not THAT Mrs. Rodriguez. Democrats are treading on very thin ice by
allowing Republicans to rule out amnesty.
Maybe Ronald Reagan really did know something of the character of the
American people the rest of us are missing, when he supported Amnesty in 1986.
Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) House Budget Chair has produced a proposed budget to mulct the
poor, the disabled, the aged, and the infirm, and to pile luxuries at the feet
of the super-rich. Is he a cluck? Is he merely doctrinaire? Does he lack what the French call savoir-vivre? My guess is still that he and his cronies truly
believe the United States cannot climb out of its present decline and that they
are all simply seeking to loot as much pelf as they can, while there is wealth
for the taking. Their strategy is to
isolate (and rob) the really poor from the rest of the “47%” and to press “the
least of these” into destitution. That
way leads to madness, not to the Presidency.
As for Chris Christie, the Republicans will
NEVER allow him to be the nominee because they know that they cannot control
him. Given the lesson of Teddy Roosevelt
surprisingly succeeding to the presidency upon the assassination of William
McKinley, in 1901, to the dismay of Mark Hanna (who said he thought by becoming
Vice President Teddy was “taking the veil”), the Governor of New Jersey will
also not be offered the Vice Presidential slot, either. That is why, since the country really should
value Chris Christie’s talents, I have suggested that he be nominated to fill
the next vacancy on the United States Supreme Court.
In order to win the Presidency, though, Hillary will have to run with another
- Hillary is better off flaunting her bid for
matriarchy – and justifying it – rather than trying to dissemble.
- If Bill continues, as we all wish him to be,
hale and vigorous, Hillary is going to have to cope with coexisting adjacent to
a President Emeritus in the White House.
And SHE is not going to have a special relationship with God to fall
- Whether it might be Bill or a male Vice
President, Hillary will be faced with the same problem that kept Elizabeth I a
virgin all her life. The minute she gets
close to the nomination, tongues will start to wag about “who is the man [power]
behind the throne?”
- Finally, sadly, given the incredibly
appalling rate of male violence toward and hatred of women in this country,
electing a female Vice President along with a female President would provide at
least a modicum of assassination insurance.
Thus, I regret to inform all men flirting with the possibility of a primary run
against Hillary, with a view toward accepting the Vice Presidency as a
consolation prize, get over it: it ain’t gonna happen!
Harvard Hollenberg is a writer and an appellate attorney in New York City.
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