Jan 20, 2008
Published in The Observer
(picture source: http://www.mayaangelou.com/)
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits' end, but she has always risen, always risen,
don't forget she has always risen,
much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.
Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that
you do not give up on her. There is a world of difference between being
a woman and being an old female. If you're born a girl, grow up,
and live long enough, you can become an old female.
But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility
for the time she takes up and the space she occupies.
Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country.
Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.
She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.
She means to rise.
Don't give up on Hillary. In fact, if you help her to rise, you will
rise with her and help her make this country the wonderful, wonderful
place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious
piety and without crippling fear.
Rise, Hillary. Rise.