That’s Enough, Elizabeth Warren.
Here’s my second try at a political blog post. I generally try to stay away from politics because, let’s face it, for the most part I have no idea what I’m talking about. But I really feel the need to comment on what’s going on right now with Elizabeth Warren, because you can’t really ignore this.
For those of you not paying attention, Elizabeth Warren is running against Scott Brown in the Massachusetts race for senate. Warren is liberal whereas Brown is identified as a Republican but has a lot of Independent view points. There has been a LOT of controversy flying around Warren, and the subject of these controversies is what really irritates me.
She is probably one of the whitest white people you will ever see. Blonde hair, blue eyes, the whole nine yards. Yet, somehow, she used a supposed connection with Native American tribes to identify herself as a minority when she was in Harvard. A Harvard official in 1996 even described her as Harvard’s “first woman of color. (New York Times)” She claimed she wanted to meet others like her. Well, a genealogist tried to trace her back to Native American tribes, and said she maybe 1/32 Cherokee, or something like that. Then that same genealogist took back what he said. So what exactly is “others like her”? White people who grew up in the suburbs? She could have always, I don’t know, joined a club? Student group?
Another thing that makes me angry is something that hits close to home. She claims that no one got rich on their own, even if they started their own business. Here’s what she said: “I think the basic notion is right. Nobody got rich on their own. Nobody. People worked hard, they buil[t] a business, God bless, but they moved their goods on roads the rest of us helped build, they hired employees the rest of us helped educate, they plugged into a power grid the rest of us helped build (reason.com)”. I’m sorry, but my mom owned her own business. For the first three or four years, she worked alone. Well, with my dad. In our house. Oh, wait. She used the city’s electricity, so clearly she didn’t do it all on her own. Are you kidding me?! That is probably the most discouraging thing that I’ve ever heard for anyone that wants to be an entrepreneur. Because you’re using public resources, you can’t take all the credit for your success.
Massachusetts has never sent a woman to the U.S. senate, mostly because the guys who were/are there have been in office forever. In fact, Massachusetts has only one woman in a federal office. We haven’t had a female governor since Jane Swift left office in 2003. She had a really great fiasco of sending a helicopter – funded by state money – to pick up her nanny. And this is why. Women who are outspoken but uninformed, jump to conclusions, and just project a bad image for the rest of us. We’re not going to be able to take any steps forward if we keep taking two steps back.
I’m stepping off my soap box now. Gotta put it away so no one else trips on it.