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Hillary Doesn’t Know Women’s Rights History

From her diehard fans at the Associated Press:

Clinton invokes female trailblazer

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer Sun Apr 6

MISSOULA, Mont. – Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton laid claim Sunday to Montana’s famed female trailblazer — Jeannette Rankin, who in 1916 became the first woman ever elected to Congress.

“Remember, Jeannette Rankin was elected before women could vote. So who says men don’t vote for a woman?” Clinton told an audience crowded into an airport hangar here.

A Republican and lifelong pacifist, Rankin lost her House seat after just one term in part because she voted against authorizing U.S. entry into World War I. She was elected again in 1940 and became the only member of Congress to oppose entry in World War II.

Rankin was also an ardent feminist who championed birth control and women’s suffrage.

For her part, Clinton reaffirmed her vote to authorize the U.S. invasion of Iraq, saying she believed at the time it was a vote to send in weapons inspectors rather than to launch immediate military action.

“I’m more than willing to be held accountable for it, because that’s the way it is life. You are judged on your actions,” she said…

Er, women could vote in Montana in 1916, Mrs. Clinton.

In fact, they gained the right to vote in Montana in 1914, partly due to Ms. Rankin’s own efforts.

So once again the “smartest women in the world” is dead wrong on the basic facts.

Still, one can see how Hillary would identify with a women who was so anti-American she was oft accused of being a Communist.

And probably rightfully so, as Ms. Rankin was at one time a high-ranking member of the so-called Women’s International League For Peace And Freedom. (A peace group that later supported the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.)

Indeed, as the article notes, she was a knee-jerk “pacifist”:

She was elected again in 1940 and became the only member of Congress to oppose entry in World War II.

And, once again, Ms. Rankin was promptly booted out of office after her idiotic vote. Funny how the AP article left that minor detail out.

This Solon once cleverly observed that “one can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” Someone should pass that bon mot on to Mr. Hitler.

Ms. Rankin also once wittily remarked, “I’m no lady. I am a member of Congress.”

Some might say that is yet another similarity between herself and Mrs. Clinton.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, April 6th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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