In general I’ve little interest in the Hillary Clinton-bashing pervasive in the men’s and fathers’ movement. One example of Hillary’s alleged misdeeds which is often cited by men’s activists is the “No woman is illegal” incident. It occurred while Clinton was campaigning in Nevada in January and is based on the following from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

“Clinton and her busload of traveling press moved from there to the popular local Mexican restaurant Lindo Michoacan, where a ’roundtable’ that was actually square passed a microphone around to tell her people’s concerns about the mortgage crisis and foreclosures. She took notes and munched on tortilla chips.

“In broken English, one woman told Clinton how she wasn’t making money as a broker anymore.

“‘I have no income at all,’ she said. ‘So how will I survive?’

“Choking up with emotion, the woman said, ‘In my neighborhood, there are brand-new homes, but the value is nothing. I’m glad you are here so I can tell you, because you’re going to be the president, I know.’

“A man shouted through an opening in the wall that his wife was illegal.

“‘No woman is illegal,’ Clinton said, to cheers.”

This is hardly an anti-male statement–she said “No woman is illegal” because she was responding to a man who said “my wife is illegal.” OK, she could have said there are no illegal “people,” but I don’t see any gender component here.

I do give Hillary Clinton credit where she deserves it–for one example, see my co-authored column Hillary Clinton Proposes Reforming Child Support System to Help Dads (Black Press USA Network, 1/25/08).

That being said, I believe that the recent Hillary Clinton/”sniper fire” incident is a legitimate strike against her. In the first couple paragraphs of a recent speech, Hillary Clinton said:

“I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia, and as Togo said, there was a saying around the White House that if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn’t go, so send the First Lady. That’s where we went.

“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.

In reality, the picture above depicts the “danger” Hillary faced. According  to feminist blogger Barry Deutsch:

“There was no sniper fire. There was a greeting ceremony at the airport, with the President of Bosnia. An adorable eight-year old read Clinton a poem on the tarmac, while Chelsea waited nearby. There were no press reports of Clinton being under fire in Bosnia.

“This isn’t an unimportant lie; Clinton’s lie here, and her exaggeration of her role in Ireland, relates directly to her contention that she’s qualified to answer a phone ringing at 3 am and Obama isn’t. This is, in fact, the central argument of her campaign…

“What really bothers me is that Clinton’s lying is so transparent, indicating that Clinton — who by all accounts is brilliant and disciplined — has decided she can get away with blatant lies.”

All of that is true, but I suppose what annoys me more about it is “if a place was…too dangerous, the president couldn’t go, so send the First Lady…” Feminists deny the widespread chivalry of our society. These rules are very clear–if someone has to do something dangerous, such as a dangerous job, an emergency/natural disaster, front-line fighting, etc.–it’s going to be a man who does it.

Hillary’s ludicrous implication that if a place is dangerous we won’t send Bill there but instead pack off poor Hillary to face the peril is an exact inversion of what happens in our society.

The video of Hillary’s Bosnia trip can be seen here.

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Glenn Sacks, www.GlennSacks.com

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