I feel old. I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since the Monica Lewinsky scandal. (Is that the diamond or the pearl anniversary?)
I was in college when it happened, and had been blogging for about 6 months. (Well, OK. It was called a “home page” where I expressed my opinions. I don’t think that the word “blog” was even around then. If it was, I didn’t know it. Also, I had no CMS. I did everything in HTML, which now seems a bit like chipping away at a stone tablet with a wet noodle. </geek>)
The scandal itself didn’t influence my political leanings. I never was a Clinton fan, was never a Democrat. And the Republicans burned their bridges with me long before the scandal broke on Drudge. So I never had a side in the “vast right wing conspiracy” fight that followed. The scandal didn’t mark a time that changed my political leanings one way or the other.
What it did do, though, was make me despise feminists. Until that point, I proudly called myself a feminist. Looking back, I’m ashamed to admit that I never really investigated what feminism is. I thought because I was a female, I should be one.
I belonged to a few feminist organizations and frequently railed against “the man” on my home page. NOW (the National Organization of Women) was fierce in fighting against the stereotypical boss/underling romances. Well, they were until the Lewinsky scandal broke. They made all kinds of excuses for Clinton, and their support for him never wavered. In their view, it wasn’t OK for the average CEO to have an affair with his secretary, but it was OK for the President to have an affair with his intern. The Lewinsky scandal exposed NOW as hypocrites.
It pissed me off. And it made me realize that NOW was more of a political arm of the DNC than a true organization fighting for equality between the sexes. After further investigation (and a whole lot of soul searching on my part), I discovered that modern feminism isn’t at all about equality among the sexes; it is about gaining political power, demoralizing men, and advancing socialist ideals.
Before the scandal I was a feminist Libertarian; afterwards, I was simply a Libertarian.
I remember the mess that followed Drudge’s big news. Some found it fun. I found it tiring nonsense. I have to say, I don’t want 8 more years of a Clinton II reign filled with the same nonsense. Aside from Hillary’s political views, that nonsense is reason number 1 to hope Hillary doesn’t become Madam President.