We cannot stop a river’s flow, but we can guide it.

26 07 2008

The Obama and Clinton campaigns have generated more energy in their separate political bases than the last two presidential elections combined. We, the people in these campaigns, have created this great Democratic movement whose precise direction is the only disagreement. Most of us would have voted for the other Democratic candidate had ours not been in the running. But now we have alienated our strongest allies, which closely resembles Bush’s leadership style.

 

The energy and political will with which we now find ourselves the stewards should not be ignored. The Republicans will not win this election – we will lose it.

 

That is, if we try to stop this momentum we feel right now. If we try to stop the river’s flow.





“My mind is made up; I’m voting for McCain or not at all”

25 07 2008

The enemy (Obama) of your enemy (McCain) is your friend.

The enemy (McCain) of your enemy (Obama) is your friend.

Confused? Well, welcome to the conversation.

Survival of the Democratic Party requires healing the wounds of voters who supported Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign and continue to support her to this day.

It requires healing the wounds of those voters who felt disenfranchised by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting in May 2008.

It requires healing the wounds of voters who saw in Barack Obama a political white knight, only to find he was as two faced as any other politician. We have the choice to act together while rallying separately.

Of course we cannot rest until the voices of these voters are once again heard by the leadership of the Democratic party. Of course we will not be bullied, brainwashed, or bossed into falling in line.

Our future remains ours, however, and we must choose whether we are remembered for our strife, or for our ability to shape our future.





Pandemonium Unleashed, Most Attractive

25 07 2008

It is important to have an oasis where one can gather their thoughts, lick their wounds, and regroup. We must respect the needs of those voters who have flocked to such places, because we know what they have endured not just these past few months, but these past few years. We all deserve to have a forum, a sounding board, where our voices feel necessary and welcome.

One thing we agree on is that the divisiveness – amplified by the willing enablers in the media – that threatens to tear the Democratic party apart is doing just that.

Many of us have been motivated to action by shared beliefs: that the current leadership of the Democratic National Committee has abrogated its responsibility to represent the interests of all Democrats in all 50 states; that they were misleading our party by selecting, not electing, a candidate for president in 2008; that we were being forced to choose between our communities and ourselves; that our voices, while audible, were not heard.

The challenge of our past remains the challenge of our future: Will we be one force, one people, with one common destiny — or not? Will we all come together, or come apart?

Prejudice and contempt, cloaked in the pretense of political conviction, are no different. They have nearly destroyed us in the past. They plague us still. These obsessions cripple both those who are hated, and of course those who hate, robbing both of what they might become. We cannot – we will not – succumb to the dark impulses that lurk in the far regions of the soul everywhere. We shall overcome them, and we shall replace them with the generous spirit of a people who feel at home with one another. Our rich texture of racial, gender and political diversity will be a godsend in the coming years. Great rewards will come to those who can live together, learn together, work together, and forge new ties that bind together.





The Choice to Spit

25 07 2008

And for your viewing pleasure – a superb example of the women who are fighting against contraception and the venomous anti-woman rage they bring to the table, entitled “Natural Family Planning”.

Here comes the backlash – Hit it, boys! (no pun intended):

Natural Family Planning

I don’t understand? When you were created, you and every other woman were give a natural cycle of fertility, right? So, use it. Give yourselves more credit as thinking, intellectual human beings and use what your creator gave you as a gift. “…the sparrow has everything it needs to sustain its life…and are you not greater than all the sparrows…” It’s really simple, and you don’t have to take any medication with side effects to do it – it’s natural! Pretty neat, huh? Oh, but wait, no company can make any money from it because there is nothing to sell or create – it’s all already right there in your wonderful body! Here’s the other part – you and your loving husband get to practice it together and if you are trying to space children or wait – he has to find other creative ways to love you – other than what men love (penetration). You’ve got to be kidding me… You mean there is a system that is natural, created by God (who is all loving) and my husband (during my fertile period where we are trying to NOT get pregnant) will try to “court” me in very loving creative ways because that’s how men respond naturally/sub-consciously when they can’t have whatever whenever!!!? Wow. Sweet. Sign me up. What? I’m already signed up – cool. TRUST IN GOD AND ALL WILL BE REVEALED.

Submitted by Truth on July 24, 2008 – 11:35am.

Love conquers sex – regardless of what pesky science has to say about it. Whatever you say, doc.





It’s a Free Cuntry

25 07 2008

Absofuckinglutely amazing.

That’s what I have to say about what might be one of the biggest events to cross the feminists’ path in my lifetime.

Many people have now written, very eloquently I might add, about the potential contraception catastrophe. It stems from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services’ proposal to allow pro-life doctors to deny birth control to women for “moral reasons”, using anti-discrimination law to bolster an oxymoronic claim of valuing life as a reason to elminate contraception. 

Hillary Clinton’s address was spot on, and Sarah Wildman’s piece was brilliant. The article by Robin Summers goes a bit farther, calling all feminists to arms:

“Each and every one of us must make our voices heard, or else live with the knowledge that we gave our rights away.  We must shout from the rooftops that we will protect our rights and that we expect our elected leaders to do the same.  We must choose to stand up and be counted, for it is the most important choice we will ever make.”

RH Reality Check’s latest piece brings to the fore what is perhaps one of the most critical and easily shirked problems – not general apathy (as is so often the case in American politics), but a false sense of security:

“That which we take for granted is too often gone, erased from our lives by our own ignorance.  We will cry that it was taken from us, stolen in the dark of night by thieves both radical and cunning.  In truth, however, we will have only ourselves to blame, for we not only left the front door open, we left our rights in a box on the front porch and went to bed with dreams sustained by the certainty that the box would still be full in the morning.”

With a handy link to an web form that generates a letter to Mr. Michael Leavitt (who is skyrocketting to the top 10 section of the feminist shit-list like he was David Bowie’s “Low”), Summers reminds us that this is our fight to win or lose, no matter how ridiculous it is that we should have to fight for this in the first place.

“Yet many Americans, especially American women, do not realize that one of their most fundamental and cherished rights – the right to choose for themselves whether or when to have children – is under attack.  Unfortunately, this war is very real, and the battlefield is expanding daily.  The potential HHS regulations are just the latest salvo in the “War on Contraception”, brought to you by our friends who hate abortion but want to limit access to common-sense measures like family planning, which reduces unintended pregnancy and thereby reduces the need for abortion.”  

Still, if feminist voter turnout for primary elections is any indication, men may need to get used to the idea of absinence as a household word.

Ah, to be young and free in America.

Well, to be young anyway.





Therefore, I Am

22 07 2008

This is a hybrid of something I read once (which I have not been able to find again) and my own writing.

I am a daughter.

A grand-daughter.

A neice.

A cousin.

A friend.

I am a partner, a student, a young girl and a grown woman.

I am confident and scared, terrified and excited. I am loving, and caring, and thoughtful, and hopeful.

I am sick and tired. I am shy and friendly, and careful, and careless. I am broken and whole. I am misunderstood, misguided, and misled. I am hard working and determined, but a little scared on the inside.

I wish on stars and dream my dreams. I pray to the universe and cry my tears. I smile on the outside while I’m dying on the inside.

I listen to others who won’t listen to me. I walk on eggshells and I walk on fire. I believe in passion, but not true love.

I am shooting up the corporate ladder toward a glass ceiling.

I am everything and nothing all at once.

I am a woman.





From weak to geek

16 07 2008

Let’s face it – computer science is not rocket science. But as computer literacy becomes as necessary as a high school diploma for most jobs, many women find they are falling behind technology. This is an opportunity to build community connections and build computer skills. So many of us have a better understanding of computers than our family and neighbors, colleagues and friends. Offer a helping hand to a woman you know who wants to improve her computer skills – learning is dynamic and every bit helps. Go to places online like Craigslist.org and offer free lessons once a month at your local library. Most libraries have dedicated rooms  that you can use – for free –  for meetings and book clubs. Many libraries also have computer labs you can use – for free – to help teach other women of all generations what you know about programs like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Photoshop, and surfing online, e-mail, and basic troubleshooting. Maybe you don’t know these things, but you know someone who does – coordinate with someone who does know these programs and help her teach a class. Build a small (or wide) network of women trying to improve their computer skills in order to improve their paychecks. Helping her helps you.