Dearest Abigail Adams

On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams penned a letter from their farm Peacefield to her husband, John Adams, laboring with the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to bring forth a new nation:

“…I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

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It was 144 years after Abigail’s letter desiring her husband to “remember the ladies” that American women finally got the right to vote all across the nation.

Today, 240 years after Abigail Adams wrote that famous letter, Hillary Rodham Clinton officially became the first woman candidate of a major political party for the Presidency of the United States of America.

It’s been a very long time coming, Abigail, and we still have so far to go, but I hope you are pleased this night.

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8 Responses to Dearest Abigail Adams

  1. It is time. It is long past time. Just wish my Letha and Brandi were here to see this.

    We still have work to do. All too many are disenfranchised in this country. Most not by law, but by practice and deed. When Obama was elected, Senator Mitch (Box Turtle) McConnell said he intended to make it his goal for the next four years that Obama’s was going to be a failed presidency. He did not come right out and say what he meant, which would have been, “I intend to make sure that n*****r is going to fail, so we can say that a n*****r can’t do the job.”

    Obama put a kink in the Box Turtle’s scheme by getting reelected by a landslide. Instead of four years, the Box Turtle had to stretch his chronic obstructionism and legislative sabotage out for eight years. Hillary Clinton is his waking nightmare. Good.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    I hope we can elect her, but also give her a Democratic Congress. Cleaning out the stables after these years of Republican obstructionism will be a Herculean task indeed.

  3. According to Nate Silver’s 538 blog, Trump got a dead cat bounce last week. He is saying that we need to see how much, or if, Clinton gets a bounce. I don’t think the jury will be out long, given how the convention is going so far.

  4. wordcloud9 says:

    Michelle Obama alone so outclassed the entire RNC!

  5. pete says:

    So true, but not a real high bar.

  6. wordcloud9 says:

    Really? I thought she nailed it.

  7. wordcloud9 says:

    Ah Sorry pete – I just changed to my computer glasses – had misread your comment – you are right – the RNC was so awful that even Barney the purple dinosaur would have to be a huge improvement.

  8. I am hosting Morning Open Thread on Daily Kos tomorrow. Will cross-post here later in the day. Watch for it. Keeping the meme going.

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