The idea of having a man who, at minimum, disparages women and people of color, in his campaign for the White House is discombobulating. And dangerous to our society. I am one of many (in all likelihood the majority of voters) who will not be voting or supporting Donald Trump in November.
Why? I don’t want a racist and sexist despot in the White House.
In a blog on Nel’s New Day called Trump Loses with Blacks, Women; Nel points out some of the inner workings of Trump— the man, his campaign, and the “can of worms” that his potential leadership of this country could bring forth.
What particularly strikes me in this expose is Donald Trump’s retrograde idea of parenting and women’s “place” in life. Among these is his idea that parenting is solely the responsibility of women. His parental leave policy not only is discriminatory towards men, it’s minimalist in its depth and would result in an expanding economic disparity between educated white men and just about everyone else.
As Rebecca Traister reports in her 2015 article in the New Republic, a lack of federal policies supporting paid parental leave for both men and women hurts individual families as well as our society. She also points out that sexist maternity leave policies result in increasing disparity among our citizenry. She says:
“The United States and its corporate structures were built with one kind of worker—frankly, with one kind of citizen—in mind. That citizen wage-earner was a white man. That this weakness is being addressed by employers faster than it is being addressed by Congress contributes to the widening of the class chasm. Policies that account for the fact that women now give birth and earn wages on which their families depend—and, for that matter, that men now earn wages and provide childcare on which their families depend—should not be crafted by individual bosses or corporations on a piecemeal basis that inevitably favors already privileged populations. They should be available to every American. But until we see a large-scale, national refashioning of family leave, the economic fates of childbearers will be left in the hands of the private entities that employ them.”
Definitely not Trump’s view of America. But it is mine.
We need a person in the White House and people in Congress who believe in a compassionate and caring family-friendly workplace and community. We need people who will craft a strong and national egalitarian family leave policy for all. For women. For men. For LGBTQIA people. For single as well as married parents and adult caregivers. And for people regardless of color or source and amount of income.
So in November, I will vote for people running for policy-making positions who can fit this bill. Here in PA, they are all women – a first for me. That’s Hilary Rodham Clinton for President, Katie McGinty for the US Senate, and Kerith Strano Taylor for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. And at the state level, it’s Melody Fleck for the 171st PA House District (the same seat I ran for in 2008 when I was the only woman on my ballot that year).