Bill Clinton wrote a bestseller titled My Life, over 1000 pages. Their Lives: The Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine is in part about the missing chapters that deal with Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Sally Perdue, Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Monica Lewinsky, and Juanita Broaddrick. It is, also, about being a liberal misogynist. Jackson defines “liberal misogynist” as a person who supports women’s rights politically, yet repeatedly mistreats women personally.
Candace Jackson is a libertarian feminist and an attorney. She graduated from Stanford and Pepperdine Law School and has worked for Judicial Watch. Jackson interviewed the seven women, and may have learned more than has been generally available in the press. Although I have followed these women closely since there stories became public, I wasn’t struck by too much that was new. The pattern in each case seemed to be denial of the woman’s claim, trashing the woman’s reputation, and failing that, intimidation.
What did strike me as new was her analysis of modern liberalism, which can help us all understand politics better. She has identified seven tenets of liberalism. Here are the first two and you can read the book for the next five:
1. In modern liberalism, political goals justify any political means to achieve them. You can think of gender equality and affirmative action. Which leads to the “greater good theory”, namely if any harm “occurs in the pursuit of those two goals, it’s worth the suffering… for the greater good.”
2. Modern liberalism relies on intermediaries to take care of the unpleasant tasks of enforcing the means to their political ends.
Most liberals aren’t outright socialists demanding government ownership of the economy, but they use legislation and regulation to establish nearly-plenary government control over the economy.
I think the fundamental lesson from the book is that any political philosophy, including liberalism, to the extent that it aligns itself with force to achieve its goals, is a danger to our free choice. It seems the press only wants to scare us about the Republicans and the Patriot Act.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Hillary Clinton could be the Democratic candidate for President, and is more liberal than Bill Clinton. She is the one person who could have exercised restraint on Bill Clinton, but instead supported his misogyny; and she could turn out worse for us than he. Supporting Hillary Clinton, as much as you want a woman president, is a slap in the face to all women and the goal of gender equality.