Santa Monica, California, USA
Some good things that the Feminist movement seem to have accomplished include laying the groundwork for "no fault" divorce; for Title 9 provisions regarding equal funding for men and women sport at institutions which accept Federal funds; and for raising national consciousness to the point that a woman, for the first time, can be a credible candidate for the Presidency. Senator Clinton seems to be credible to just under or just over half the Democratic party. The fact that her campaigning causes so much vituperative spew from the Reactionary right adds to her precieved credibility as a candidate. Why would anyone bother with Senator Clinton if she was irrelevant?
The "Women's Movement" has hardly ceased. The National Organization for Women as an organization lost focus years ago, a victim of infighting as well as its own success in broadening the base of awarness. Not all women, or men, agreed with some of its more strident members, while still not rejecting its fundamental premise: Women are equal to men.
In this sense, Gloria Steinem and NOW did an enormous amount of good. To see it otherwise might be a function of "fear of change."
Some people reject Senator Clinton and Senator Obama based on disagreement with the general Democratic Party positions on management and social issues. Others seem to reject them out of hand for more emotional reasons, and I suggest that the basis of such response is fear of change or fear of the "other."
I hope this is an Alley-acceptable way of suggesting that hate mongers are hate mongers.
Senator McCain represents "more of the same" to a greater extent that either major Democratic candidate. Those satisfied with "more of the same" will probably vote for him.
It will be interesting to see if Senators Clinton or Obama attempt to demonize Senator McCain personally during the Presidential campaign. Bad idea, I think.
Whether or not anyone chooses to vote for Senator McCain, it doesn't alter the fact that the man has served his country admirably in war and peace.
All politics seem to have emotional overtones. I trust that the emotions stem from a from a love of the ideals of this democracy.