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Sandra Fluke at the DNC

Sandra Fluke was pulled into the national spotlight by right wing reactionaries when she was called a slut. Her strong stance has earned her praise and a spot at the DNC.

During this campaign, we’ve heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await women—and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. Warnings of that future are not distractions. They’re not imagined. That future could be real.

In that America, your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs. Who won’t stand up to the slurs, or to any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party. It would be an America in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms. An America in which states humiliate women by forcing us to endure invasive ultrasounds we don’t want and our doctors say we don’t need. An America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it; in which politicians redefine rape so survivors are victimized all over again; in which someone decides which domestic violence victims deserve help, and which don’t. We know what this America would look like. In a few short months, it’s the America we could be. But it’s not the America we should be. It’s not who we are.

We’ve also seen another future we could choose. First of all, we’d have the right to choose. It’s an America in which no one can charge us more than men for the exact same health insurance; in which no one can deny us affordable access to the cancer screenings that could save our lives; in which we decide when to start our families. An America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters—not his delegates or donors—and stands with all women. And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here—and give me a microphone—to amplify our voice. That’s the difference.

Over the last six months, I’ve seen what these two futures look like. And six months from now, we’ll all be living in one, or the other. But only one. A country where our president either has our back or turns his back; a country that honors our foremothers by moving us forward, or one that forces our generation to re-fight the battles they already won; a country where we mean it when we talk about personal freedom, or one where that freedom doesn’t apply to our bodies and our voices.

We talk often about choice. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to choose.

By |2012-09-07T05:09:50-04:00September 7th, 2012|Civil Rights, Elections, Party Politics|Comments Off on Sandra Fluke at the DNC

Epic Confusion over Maine GOP caucus (Update)

There are tons of things that I don’t understand about our political process. One of the most confusing is the the caucus. In essence, these caucuses provide an opportunity to waste an enormous amount of time for actually no benefit. Notice that the caucuses in Missouri and Maine are not binding. Therefore, the delegates can go to the convention and vote for anyone they want. What’s the point?

Late Saturday night, we found out that Mitt Romney had a narrow victory over Ron Paul. There was some head scratching. It didn’t seem to make any sense. As a matter of fact, this whole GOP primary doesn’t make any sense, but I’m jumping ahead of myself. Why did Ron Paul do so well in Maine? On the other hand, why did Romney do so poorly? Over the last several days, other questions have arisen. In several cities and towns where Americans went and legally caucused, stood in line and registered their votes, for some reason, votes have not been counted. One county had a large amount of snowfall and was granted permission to hold their election this week. They got an official okay from the state Republican Party. Now, they find out that their votes will not to be counted in the overall tally.

Rachel did a great segment on this last night:

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With the questions about Maine and the complete three-ring circus that was the Iowa Republican caucus, there is a negative light cast not only on the Republican Party, in specific, but on the American electoral process, in general. It is hard for me to imagine that Republicans are that much worse at counting votes than are Democrats. Why do we have so much variation between how caucuses are run? How does the state choose between a caucus and a primary? It seems to me that the sheer randomness of how any given state chooses to do things is wholly inefficient. I just don’t see how this is good for the American people. Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, environmentalist (Green party), Independent or whatever, I just don’t see how this arbitrary craziness is truly going to represent our votes in the end.

What are your thoughts?

Update: Just to add fuel to the fire, the executive committee of the Maine GOP met on 2/16 and released the following statement – We are morons and we’re sorry that we screwed everything up. Oh, no, I’m sorry. That’s my translation of their statement. Here’s their real statement.

“We have worked diligently to contact town chairmen throughout Maine to reconfirm the results of their individual caucuses. These totals once confirmed will be posted on the Maine Republican Party Web site.

All Republicans are keenly aware of the intense interest in the results of the Maine Republican Party Presidential Preference Poll. In fact, I have had numerous conversations with Senate President Kevin Raye and Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner regarding their concerns that the Washington County poll results be included in our final tally. As a result of these conversations I called a meeting of the Executive Committee to discuss this matter.

The results of the Washington County caucus will be reviewed at the March 10 Republican State Committee Meeting. The Executive Committee voted unanimously to recommend to the State Committee that they include the results in the final tally for the Presidential Preference Poll as their caucus had been scheduled to occur by the February 11 deadline, however it was postponed due to inclement weather. ”

By |2012-02-16T22:43:46-04:00February 16th, 2012|Domestic Issues, Party Politics|Comments Off on Epic Confusion over Maine GOP caucus (Update)

We Are Coming Together, Not

Although there is a lot of talk about togetherness and unity, I’m not seeing it. I’m not seeing anything close. I keep hearing that WWF guy yelling, “Let’s get ready to rumble!!!” The evidence is clear for those who want to see. Senator Hillary Clinton’s scorched earth policy is making it impossible. She has her supporters believing in an impossibility.

Here’s Ickes’ statement after the Rules Committee hearing yesterday. You tell me if this sounds like the party would like to sit down for a lovefest:

Today’s results are a victory for the people of Florida who will have a voice in selecting our Party’s nominee and will see its delegates seated at our party’s convention. The decision by the Rules and Bylaws Committee honors the votes that were cast by the people of Florida and allocates the delegates accordingly.

We strongly object to the Committee’s decision to undercut its own rules in seating Michigan’s delegates without reflecting the votes of the people of Michigan.

The Committee awarded to Senator Obama not only the delegates won by Uncommitted, but four of the delegates won by Senator Clinton. This decision violates the bedrock principles of our democracy and our Party.

We reserve the right to challenge this decision before the Credentials Committee and appeal for a fair allocation of Michigan’s delegates that actually reflect the votes as they were cast.

Party unity? Hardly. (more…)

By |2008-06-01T03:47:22-04:00June 1st, 2008|Party Politics|3 Comments
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