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Sarah Palin

Posted in politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2008 by Goodbye Apathy

I must admit that when I first heard the news of McCain’s pick for Vice President, a sort of unknown woman from the wilds of Alaska, I was a little concerned.  Now the question is, how dare I underestimate the intelligence of female Independent and Democratic voters (being one myself) by thinking that any woman who allied herself with Hillary would be so shallow and spiteful as to vote for McCain, who has attempted to cast himself in the Maverick’s role once again with this pick.

I know, Obama has said that Palin’s daughter is off limits.  And Obama is a better person than me (which I suspect is one of the many reasons he is running for the highest office in the world) for a whole slew of reasons.  But hypocrisy should be exposed.  Scandal and cover-up should be exposed.  Because, God knows, the Pundits would not go easy on the Obamas were this scenario reversed. Sorry Barack, but if this situation arose regarding one of your daughters, Rush Limbaugh and all of his cronies would be pouncing all over your family mercilessly, proclaiming this “proof” of poor parenting and immorality on your part. No doubt they’ll rush to the side of Sarah Palin out of necessity now, rally to her daugther’s obvious endorsement of Pro-Lifery and call her someone who “walks the walk.”  No doubt the Evangelical base, so “energized” over McCain’s selection of VP just a few short days ago, will be examining in painstaking detail how it’s OK for Bristol to have engaged in pre-marital relations because she has redeemed herself by deciding to keep this child.  However, I myself will not be sparing the Palin family a scathing review.  In fact, this is a wake up call to all those whom the Republicans have attempted to convince over the years of their higher moral ground that every man, woman, and child is subject to the same laws of nature, to the same shortcomings of character, to the same trials and tribulations as the least of us despite their great wealth and supposed upstanding moral character.

I was nineteen years old when I learned that I was pregnant with my first child, and I wasn’t married, nor did abortion ever seriously cross my mind – so please don’t misinterpret this as a bash on teenage mothers who make the very difficult decision to raise their children.  However, it’s necessary to point out here that these are the people who claim to be morally upstanding, who preach abstinence education, who stand at the pulpit and proclaim that women should have no choices, no options in their reproductive health. And what has it gotten them?  A pregnant seventeen year old daughter – which really only establishes one thing here:  No one is above making mistakes.  Not even the self righteous  fanatical wealthy and prestigious Christian right-wing family finds enough favor with God that they are not subjected to the laws of nature.

The American people have been decieved and belittled by Right-Wingers touting their supposed moral superiority for who knows how long and now (though not for the first time) we are allowed to see someone brought down to the level upon which they belong – the level of a person who is able to make mistakes, whose philosophy and outlook on life is not better than ours, or superior to ours.  In fact, it turns out, Republicans are people too.  Of course the problem is, they never wanted us to find out about that.


What will they do to us if they win?

Posted in politics with tags , , , on August 23, 2008 by Goodbye Apathy

Wow.  What a lot of conversation about the VP pick today.  Biden apparently brings a lot of experience to the table, the one thing that everyone says is their #1 concern about Obama.  But it’s not good enough, not radical enough.  Are we in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation here?  Where is the recognition that the Right believes us stupid enough to fall for all this crap again?

Is there not enough blood – the blood of the Working Class – on the hands of George W. Bush, John McCain, and those who led us into this deceitful war?  Have we not suffered long enough at the hands of the men and women whose economic policies are designed to subjugate and control the poor and the middle class?  Just because we don’t have Ivy League educations, because we don’t make six figures a year or more, because we don’t own 7 houses, because we work every day to fuel the machine of the American Economy, are we less entitled to the benefits this country has to offer us?  Where is our opportunity?  Where does our hope lie?   In more drilling for Big Oil, say the Republicans.  In 100 years in Iraq, say the Republicans.  In bailouts for large financial institutions, but not for homeowners, say the Republicans.  Do you believe this?

Please tell me that you don’t go to work 40+ hours a week thinking of how you can make the rich richer.  Didn’t we once dream of being prosperous ourselves?  It will only take four more years for them to widen the income gap so significantly that we will never catch up.  It will only take four more years of ignoring the plight of our neigborhood schools for our children to fall behind so significantly that they will never catch up.  It will only take four more years of fear and we will be forever a nation whose potential has been blotted out by the will of the Wealthy.  Give yourselves a chance.

“They should know that there’s nothing empty about the call for affordable health care that came from the young student who told me she gets three hours of sleep because she works the night shift after a full day of college and still can’t pay her sister’s medical bills.

There’s nothing empty about the call for help that came from the mother in San Antonio who saw her mortgage double in two weeks and didn’t know where her two-year olds would sleep at night when they were kicked out of their home.

There’s nothing empty about the call for change that came from the elderly woman who wants it so badly that she sent me an envelope with a money order for $3.01 and a simple verse of scripture tucked inside.

These Americans know that government cannot solve all of our problems, and they don’t expect it to. Americans know that we have to work harder and study more to compete in a global economy. We know that we need to take responsibility for ourselves and our children – that we need to spend more time with them, and teach them well, and put a book in their hands instead of a video game once in awhile. We know this.

But we also believe that there is a larger responsibility we have to one another as Americans.

We believe that we rise or fall as one nation – as one people. That we are our brother’s keeper. That we are our sister’s keeper.

We believe that a child born tonight should have the same chances whether she arrives in the barrios of San Antonio or the suburbs of St. Louis; on the streets of Chicago or the hills of Appalachia.

We believe that when she goes to school for the first time, it should be in a place where the rats don’t outnumber the computers; that when she applies to college, cost is no barrier to a degree that will allow her to compete with children in China or India for the jobs of the twenty-first century.

We believe that these jobs should provide wages that can raise her family, health care for when she gets sick and a pension for when she retires.

We believe that when she tucks her own children into bed, she should feel safe knowing that they are protected from the threats we face by the bravest, best-equipped, military in the world, led by a Commander-in-Chief who has the judgment to know when to send them into battle and which battlefield to fight on.

And if that child should ever get the chance to travel the world, and someone should ask her where she is from, we believe that she should always be able to hold her head high with pride in her voice when she answers “I am an American.”

That is the course we seek. That is the change we are calling for. You can call it many things, but you cannot call it empty.”

What does it mean to you?

Posted in politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by Goodbye Apathy

What should you really, truly think about when you go to the polls this November?  What is it that drives you, that motivates you from day-to-day?  Is it the reputation of this great nation into which you had the good fortune to be born or brought and the spread of Democracy across the Earth?  Is it the tax cuts for big oil?  Is it Wall Street?

It could be.  If it were, you’d be right to call yourself a Republican, because these things would benefit you every single day in a very real way.  You’d be incredibly concerned with making sure that the appropriate corporations got the right payouts, tax cuts, and bailouts to ensure that you remained prosperous and wealthy in your day to day life.

Are you wealthy?  Probably not.  No offense, but the income gap is widening, which also means that it is incredibly unlikely that if you are not ALREADY wealthy, you will ever become so.  Oh sure, that’s a possibility that I don’t want you to totally rule out.  I mean it is the American dream to work your ass of and become fully self-sufficient, ideally from the fruits of your own labor.  But let’s be honest, you probably go to work every day (or maybe even every night) so that you can pay the bills, pay the mortgage, put food on the table, and maybe spend some money on your kids every once in awhile.  Anyway, that’s what drives me.  And while I appreciate my job, and work hard, there are a couple of things that bother me about my situation.

My kids deserve the opportunity to go to a good neighborhood school that isn’t crumbling at its foundation just because it’s located in a working class area and not in a brand new housing development where the mortgages run half a million dollars or more.  If my kids could get a decent education at a neighborhood school, hell, who knows, maybe THEY could afford one of those houses some day.

But wait – that would mean that my kids wouldn’t be serving the wealthy.  I mean, they probably wouldn’t be going to work at fancy restaurants as waiters, or into call centers to do customer service, or into blue-collar jobs.  They’d probably end up going to college because of their outstanding SAT scores, where if they had the drive they’d be able to study for a career to advance their standing in society and do better then I did.  Yes, that would make sense.  Almost sounds reasonable. Has a bit of the “American Dream” ring to it, doesn’t it?   Of course if you pull a search of the test scores in my neighborhood you’ll find that there’s not a decent school in the entire district, save one.

And I got to thinking – if my kids (read: middle class) are not serving someone else in these blue collar jobs when they grow up, then how the hell are we to maintain the wealth gap that keeps the rich comfortably separated from the less-than-rich?  Wouldn’t it detract from their prestige if it could be established that their children are not by birth inherently smarter or better then mine?  If my kids could get a decent education, they would decide who employed them, not the other way around.  That would pose another problem for the wealthy.

The bottom line here is that the wealthy need to subjugate and control you.  They need to be certain that a new generation of your children will be under their children in every way imaginable, so that this endless cycle of poverty feeding wealth can continue unbroken.  This is a hard sell, so naturally they’ve had to delve into your values, get a sense of what makes you tick, so that you can be deceived into believing that when the conservatives are in office they are looking out for your best interests and your values.

Do you feel that’s true when John McCain talks about giving massive tax incentives to oil companies that are already squeezing the lifeblood from you for your daily commute while recording record profits?

Do you feel that’s the case when you’re told that there’s no “bailout” for homeowners who were roped  into mortgages that they could not afford, but that we’re going to help out those same companies who lost money deceiving people, lying to them, cheating them at the expense of their American Dream?

Has President Bush helped you to feel safer these past eight years, sending thousands of men and women to their deaths in Iraq, and then allowing his administration to trivialize that loss of life – to state without remorse that it pales in comparison to what we lost in Vietnam?  As if the value of those lives is somehow diminished because fewer of them were lost – it’s unfathomable.  Who do you think makes up the bulk of the military?  Let me give you a hint – not the rich people’s kids.

America – when you go to the polls this year ask yourself with honesty, selfishly – what has eight years of the Bush administration done for me?  Is my life better or worse then it was before, do my kids go to a good school, do I struggle to put food on the table and keep a positive balance in the bank account?  The government cannot solve all of your problems nor should it be expected to.  But they owe it to you that your quality of life is not diminished as a direct result of their actions.  In all honesty, isn’t that what’s happening to us now?