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Happy 4th of July, Everyone

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Today, I am thinking about my Dad. I wish I could talk to him today. He died last August and I miss him. He was an honest man and he was a Republican. We debated many times about politics and although we hardly agreed, we respected each other. Not many debates go that way these days. I learned from listening to his opinions and he taught me how to debate. One thing he explained to me is that when your opposition starts name calling, you have won the debate because they have nothing more to add of importance.

I think of that when I listen to all of the Hillary bashing. Conservatives are so consumed with making  Hillary  look as evil as possible that they lead with name calling to destroy her character.  She is a liar, she is cold, she is plain out evil, she is not trustworthy, She is a shrew who cusses as much as she can. She is a money hungry opportunist . She doesn’t follow the rules about emails. How much did she spend on that outfit? Oh, did I say she is a liar. Well, we can add that in several times because I don’t think you can have a conversation about Hillary without pointing that out, straight up.

When will we ever get to the important part of our discussions if we are always being side tracked to address the name calling. Perhaps that is  all the conservatives have.  It is much harder to discuss the issues when your candidate has only offered vaguely what he will do. Most of which are not useful because we don’t live in a dictatorship nor are they legal. So it is much easier to just dismiss Hillary by slandering her. What else can they say?

This election will be the toughest for Republicans because most of them don’t like any of their choices. And they have the worry that if they don’t vote at all, will that be a vote for Hillary? So that makes me wonder what my Dad would say and what he would do. I can only guess but before he died we did talk about Trump. I know my Dad would never have abandoned his morals and voted for Trump. He would never have voted for Hillary either. My Dad would have voted, perhaps not for President but for a Republican Congress to do checks and balances on Hillary.

I wish I could talk to my Dad today.

 

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The spinning of Hillary Clinton……

 

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“Woman’s Work” (monoprint with etching and collage)- d.little-wilson

I think the time has come to start enjoying the history being made, rather than sitting silently and worrying about what might happen. Women’s History is pushing forward in spite of the walls that have been built to block the way. That is truly remarkable.

So let’s get right to it and talk about Hillary Clinton……

As long as I have watched Hillary, she has had to defend herself against a constant barrage of Conservative propaganda. I have marveled at her tenacity. Her dedication to fighting for social justice overrides whatever is thrown at her. Personally, I would have thrown in the towel long ago or just carried the towel to the beach along with a very strong mojito. Is the United States really worth all the negative beatings that she has had to endure? Evidently she believes we are worth it and she has not given up on US even though she could have. Sadly,  that fact just gets spun into the idea that she is only power hungry and overly ambitious.

She started forming these dastardly ideals when she was a teenager and saw Martin Luther King speak. For a male to have such aspirations at an early age, he is rewarded with pride and is encouraged. For a female,  she is usually met with a smile and is stiffled. This is nothing new for women. In biblical times, men debated whether women had souls, so men have had fears about women from the beginning of time. It is no wonder that it has taken so long for a woman to get as far as Hillary in the political world. Luckily, Hillary had the support of her family.

Now, I know many  have bought into the 25 some odd years of propaganda against the Clintons.   At every turn, I hear blanket statements about how Hillary is such a liar and how she is an overzealous and corrupt witch, usually parroted along with “Benghazi” or her blatant disregard of rules about her emails. And yet…. she has not been found guilty of anything. Some how that does not stop the desire to make Hillary into an evil human being set out to destroy the world. Just wishing something true, doesn’t make it so. But that is the nature of propaganda, say it enough and eventually it is taken as a truth. And the problem with the propaganda against the Clintons is that Conservatives have put out so much of it that it is almost impossible to find the truth. But ,of course, it is there if you do the research.

 

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“Her Life on the Line” (Hand colored Etching) -d. little-wilson

I would like to go back to 1992 when Bill Clinton was running for President against George H. W. Bush. Hillary, an accomplished lawyer fighting for the rights of children and the disenfranchised  was asked by Family Circle magazine to pit herself against Barbara Bush on an important woman issue… baking cookies. Unfortunately, Hillary didn’t play along gracefully. She had the wild notion that a first lady didn’t have to surrender her career totally if her husband became the leader of the free world and just bake cookies.  She did submit an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe but it was too late. The punishing of Hillary had begun.

Her belief that women should be able to tackle major issues has always been a whipping post issue. Instead of redecorating the Blue Room, she took on Healthcare and was met with patronizing criticism. “We voted for Bill but not Hillary” etc. AND then when it hit the fan that Bill cheated on Hillary, there was terrible disappointment that she didn’t divorce or kill him. Instead they vilify HER for standing by her man because she enjoyed her position and loved the lime life, like a Kardashian.

If she tries to keep her cool, she is too reserved and a cold fish. God forbid that she ever cry or she will be labeled as too emotional to handle the hard stuff. If her hair is too short or she wears pants, she is only trying to be a man or is she just  a lesbian? And how much does she spend on her clothes? They think her voice is too shrill while their candidate can openly be misogynistic and a racist and is tolerated. Someone dies, did she have him killed?

Hillary gets spun like the rinse cycle on a washing machine every day. She should be deemed “clean” by now, don’t you think?

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“She always seems in Hot Water” (monoprint w/etching & collage)-d.little-wilson

Three Suffragists Etchings…..

"susan b anthony"I started with 3 rather large drawings that I made of 3 suffragists…. Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Carrie Chapman Catt … Sort of the beginning and the end results of the process of getting women the right to vote…. I have been interested for quite some time  in the idea of  creating images of women using words or objects to form their bodies and drawing their heads… These women had so much to say that I thought it would be quite easy to form their bodies with their words…. Since Susan B was on the road so much, I filled her with advertisements of her upcoming speeches and other ephemera promoting her….. And her infamous statement running down her arm, “Failure is Impossible”.. and a photo of Elizabeth Cady Stanton over her heart…..

I have a good collection of suffrage postcards and wanted to include them some way so I made etchings of three of them and matched them up to the three different women…. The Susan B Lives postcard, of course, was obvious and  had to go with my Susan B etching and I think, completes the idea that her spirit is still alive and well in the current women’s movement…. our ever constant fight for equality with the men and generally our place in the world…. Failure is Impossible…. The postcard is something done in probably the 70s…..

elizabeth cady stantonFor Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B’s best friend, I filled her body with her most important speech, “The Solitude of Self”….. If you are not familiar with this writing, check it out by clicking here.. It is probably the best piece she wrote and speaks passionately of full freedoms of individuals… It was her farewell speech when she resigned as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1892….. Again, remember we didn’t get the vote until 1920….. The postcard I chose to be paired with her etching was probably from either the 30s 0r 40s and was a birth announcement. I felt she was definitely born to fight for this cause …..

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And in the third etching of Carrie Chapman Catt, I constructed her body with an article that she wrote for a magazine about Equal Suffrage as an Issue of World Democracy… Carrie Chapman Catt sort of brought a conclusion to the voting struggle along with Alice Paul and all of the numerous courageous suffragists….. I love the postcard that I used with her of George Washington questioning “Did I save my country for this?”….. Well, yes, George W, this is our country too…..

I chose the accent color of red to punch up the striking importance of this part of our history…… Red is a color that is hard to ignore….. And for you printmakers, I printed the two colors on one plate and the color on the postcards was added after the etchings were printed and dried.

Each of these etchings is about 5.5 X 10 inches….

and just a little FYI….. are $145. each,  unframed….

“Fear Not…..” a quote from God….

In the bible, most any time God speaks to anyone directly, he starts out with “Fear Not…… ” I believe that the “fear not” was really his catch phrase for “don’t run away when I am about to tell you something profound”…..

I have had such a wonderful adrenalin rush since Barack Obama was announced as our president that I can only attribute it to my release of eight years of pent up fear….. mainly fear that was handed down as a mandate from our government and passed along by the media….Fear is such a wicked controlling device….. And I must have bought into it, hook, line and sinker…..Our country has been motivated by so much fear and in so many directions that I wonder how we are going to be able to stop doing it …. In this election, we saw the sheer numbers of people who want to quit the addiction of fear…. And replace it with something positive like HOPE ….. and that makes me smile…..

Right now, most of the Republicans who voted for McCain are having to deal with a fear of the unknown….. and I wish I had the words to relieve them of that burden….. I wish they could understand that the sky is not going to fall, that the rapture is not going to happen and they are not going to die…. that the police are not going to be instructed on January 20th, 2009 to come into their houses and take away their precious guns…… And maybe somewhere along the way, they will relearn that the word “liberal” is not a bad word….. that it means to be open minded and inclusive and not something to be feared…

FDR said in his inaugural address that “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days. “

He was asking America to rise above their fears and become a “fearless” nation …. We don’t need to attack and cause war to make the rest of the world think we are strong…. Our might should come from us banding together as Americans and covering each other’s backs….

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“Always Celebrate Your Love” ….. monoprint collage by d.little-wilson

Which brings me to wonder why the gay community’s backs in California weren’ t covered?… What was that about????? Why doesn’t the country stand behind their struggle to be as equal as the rest of us ? …why do so many people fear gay marriage? …. If someone thinks their marriage will some how be diminished because gay marriage is allowed, then their marriage was not that strong to begin with….And why should anyone who loves someone else, not be able to marry that person, if they feel that is so important for them to do so…….

It makes me mad when morality is brought into this issue ……. when and who decided that LOVE between two people was ever morally wrong?? …… And if the bible is used to define morals, then in quoting my favorite verse about love, I find no reference to it being defined as just between a man and a woman…..

1 Corinthians 13. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

Not to sound weird or anything but…. I think God has been telling us “Fear Not……” but our government has been trying to over ride the message …… I think we need to stop and listen to our hearts and start covering each other’s backs ……

Not sure why I was on my soap box tonight but there you go…….

To President Barack Obama…. “Failure is Impossible”

What an amazing day…. I feel totally energized…. We are living in a New America….. I feel like my blood pressure has gone down at least 20 points….

We have a new president…. Barack Obama…

So much is being said about what a great day this is for black Americans and I know this is true but for me, I feel this is a great day for ALL Americans…. It is absolutely historic for America, not just because he is black but because we have chosen the very best person for the job….. He is brilliant, articulate and all encompassing and he happens to be black ….. If anyone has a chance to bring us all together, it will be Barack Obama… I don’t mean to underscore the significance of what this means for black Americans, because this is huge…….. But the HOPE that Barak Obama offers is important for the rest of Americans, as well….

In June 2007, I was selling at an art show in Des Moines, Iowa…. Two young women came into my booth and were interested in my suffrage pieces, which got us into a discussion about politics….. They said that they had just moved to Des Moines to start the grass roots of Barack Obama’s campaign to get out the vote …. They liked my pieces because voting was such an important cause for them and I was honored when they bought several pieces…. I remember being impressed by their youthful enthusiasm and their admirable dedication to this man, Barack Obama …. What a long job they had ahead of them….. I have thought of them off and on through the race, wondering if they were still on the trail with the same vigor that they had on the day in June….. I imagine they had to be, in order to make something like this happen…. Thanks girls, where ever you are now…… Good job …
But like President – elect Barack Obama said, the road is still going to be long and hard……I feel like we finally found someone to lead us who has a working compass and knows the right path…..

And in the words of Susan B. Anthony…. “Failure is Impossible”

Congratulations, Barack Obama and Joe Biden … And Congratulations, America….

Speak Up for What You Believe In…….

This is a rare real photo postcard that I was extremely fortunate to buy at the Wichita Postcard Show a couple of weeks ago….. It broke my bank but I had to have it…. I bought it from Tom Mulvaney, a postcard dealer from Helena, Montana…..He had the image researched because he thought it was of Jeanette Rankin, the first woman congresswoman, who happened to be from Montana, as well…. But he couldn’t find any evidence that it was… It would be nice to know who the woman was but it is more the demonstration of bravery that captured my imagination….

Right after I bought this card, I found another suffrage card…… It is by the artist, Bernhardt Wall……

But I didn’t get this postcard for the front, I bought it because of the message on the back…….

The message reads “I believe I heard you say that you favor votes for women. Do you wear a Suffragette button?” …….. A call to stand up….. Can you imagine what it would have been like before 1920, to wear a button on your blouse or dress, saying that you think women should have a voice as important as a man’s.. I wonder if Miss Ida K. Miller was that brave…..

I will be making an etching that will combine the real photo and this postcard back to convey the message that it is important to not just believe in a cause but to stand up and let the rest of the world know what you have in your heart….. I will post the etching when I get it done…..

You know, it has bothered me that I haven’t been brave enough to put an Obama sticker on my van for fear of having the tires slashed….. It is time that we stop living in a world controlled by fear …… We have to stop letting anyone who disagrees with what we believe to continue to bully us around….. We have had enough of that from the present administration….

Right now, the main thing that we can all do is get out and vote between now and Nov. 4th…. I will be voting for Barack Obama for change and for a better future that hopefully won’t contain as much intimidation by fear …… Okay, I guess, I will go put that sticker on my van now……

Hopeful People for Obama

We just got home from spending a week in Wichita, Kansas doing the annual Wichita Postcard Club show… We had a fabulous time with friends we share our love of postcards with….. Now for some reason, most of our postcard friends are conservative Republicans… Usually we all skirt around political issues but we were delighted to find out that this year we had more in common besides postcards… Several of the couples we enjoy being with have decided to switch their support to Barack Obama…. What I loved was their enthusiasm…. One couple comes from PA. and another from Illinios……And another close Republican friend who is the glue holding the postcard club together has become an Obama supporter…. I came home with hope that people are really seeing who Barack Obama is and all of the positive possiblities that come with him…..

And as McCain continues to badger the crowds with fear and lies about his opponent, Obama stays the course in his calm and honest way, showing us how presidential he will be….. I want Barack Obama to be President because he doesn’t make me feel afraid…

In Kansas, there is a sign in a field off of the highway that has always bothered me when I pass it….. The sign reads……” Accept the Lord or you will regret it for the rest of your life”…. To me, that sign plays with fear and would be much more inviting if it read, “Accept the Lord and you will not regret it for the rest of your life.”….. It’s not that I am that religious but I am tired of control by fear in practically every aspect of life….. And that seems to be the Republican policy…..

Anyway, before I get back to writing about the suffrage movement, I want to speak about how people are attracted to the positivity that seems to fuel Barack Obama….. I love that Colin Powell has come out endorsing Obama and he did it so eloquently…..

And then I found several other videos I wanted to share … First, Women for Obama…… (this one is about 19 minutes but well worth watching……

Mexican Americans for Obama…….

Israelis for Obama…….

So, in order to make this happen, don’t forget to vote….. And be careful when you vote, make sure every thing looks right before you pull the lever or push the button…..

Vote….. it will make you feel like you are a part of the change and it will make you feel hopeful and good…..

Oh, I bought some great suffrage postcards and I will be sharing them in my next post…..