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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 Tolerating of Sarah Palin … Part three…. Feminist

“In Her Own Right”

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My original intent was to talk about Sarah Palin as a Maverick…. but “Say it isn’t so” Joe, threw that tag out of the ball park, so to speak….. When he went off on John McCain being no Maverick, it was for me, a real “Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy” moment…. I just LOVE Joe Biden… I have since the 80s, when he first ran for president…

But let’s talk about the other VP candidate … I had it in my head that I wanted to explore all of what Sarah Palin claims to be in order to keep myself “fair and balanced” and maybe even tolerate Sarah, as she does gay people .. You know, like… I tolerate her but I don’t want her to marry her soul mate, oh I mean, I don’t want her to be the VP………. I really don’t want this to just keep bashing Palin so I think I will conclude my assessment of her by talking about her claim to be a Feminist….. To me, this was the most appalling claim of all…

In her interview with Katie Couric, she said this…..

Katie Couric: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Sarah Palin: I do. I’m a feminist who believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try to do it all anyway. And I’m very, very thankful that I’ve been brought up in a family where gender hasn’t been an issue. You know, I’ve been expected to do everything growing up that the boys were doing. We were out chopping wood and you’re out hunting and fishing and filling our freezer with good wild Alaskan game to feed our family. So it kinda started with that. With just that expectation that the boys and the girls in my community were expected to do the same and accomplish the same. That’s just been instilled in me.

That is more of a Tom Boy description than a Feminist…. Just like the Maverick tag that they are so trying to cling to in order to separate themselves from George Bush’s Republican party, this Feminist claim just doesn’t stick either….. I would love it if she was a real feminist, I would be able to tolerate her just a little bit more…..

It is not just that she isn’t for women’s choice over what they can do with their bodies, that is bad enough but consider what she is saying with her next comments to Katie Couric….

Couric: What is your definition of a feminist?

Palin: Someone who believes in equal rights. Someone who would not stand for oppression against women.

Couric: Where do you stand on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act?

Palin: I’m absolutely for equal pay for equal work. The Ledbetter pay act – it was gonna turn into a boon for trial lawyers who, I believe, could have taken advantage of women who were many, many years ago who would allege some kind of discrimination. Thankfully, there are laws on the books, there have been since 1963, that no woman could be discriminated against in the workplace in terms of anything, but especially in terms of pay. So, thankfully we have the laws on the books and they better be enforced.

Couric: The Ledbetter act sort of lengthens the time a woman can sue her company if she’s not getting equal pay for equal work. Why should a fear of lawsuits trump a woman’s ability to do something about the fact that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. And that’s today.

Palin: There should be no fear of a lawsuit prohibiting a woman from making sure that the laws that are on the books today are enforced. I know in a McCain-Palin administration we will not stand for any measure that would result in a woman being paid less than a man for equal work.

Couric: Why shouldn’t the Ledbetter act be in place? You think it would result in lawsuits brought by women years and years ago. Is that your main problem with it?

Palin: It would have turned into a boon for trial lawyers. Again, thankfully with the existing laws we have on the books, they better be enforced. We won’t stand for anything but that. We won’t stand for any discrimination in the workplace – that there isn’t any discrimination in America.

Out of one side of her mouth she says she is for equal rights for women but on the other side, she won’t be voting for them when she gets that kind of opportunity even if it is for equal pay ….. And it clearly sounded like a memorized answer plugged into her head by the McCain staff…. Like most every thing else the woman says…..

I am not sure what her point was to try to even identify herself as a feminist when most of the women in her party take a step back in horror over the word…. Wouldn’t that turn off those women or are they just voting for her because they like her style of glasses…. or her folksy way of talking…. or the way she wears her clothes…… which by the way, it was pointed out to me that she made the fashion gaffe of wearing white after Labor Day yesterday….. Good Grief, can she do no wrong in these people’s minds?…..

I grew up with the Miss America beauty pageant every September and was totally mesmerized by it but even I know the difference between a beauty queen and a feminist……

And Sarah Palin, you are no feminist…..

I would like to stop with that but I want to include one more comment from a much more qualified feminist than myself … This is for any of the Hillary supporters who are still trying to make up their minds between voting for Obama/Biden or doing a protest vote for McCain/Palin … this is from Gloria Steinem….. that would be like saying “Somebody stole my shoes, so I’ll amputate my legs.”

With a Wink and a Prayer… Let’s talk about Sarah Palin

Okay, I have a confession to make and it involves this prized possession of mine…. My good friend, Hal Ottaway found this vintage pin for me and I have worn it almost constantly since I got it…. I loved the connection that I felt with the woman who wore this button before me….. I wondered if she lived long enough to cast her first vote…..I wore this pin to spark conversations about voting…. most people thought I was making a statement about Hillary…. It was really just an excuse to preach to women about voting and the history of how we got the vote…..And when I voted in the Primary, I wore the button (discretely) into the voting booth and touched it as I voted for the first time in my life for a woman for President…. I was overwhelmed by the historic significance of the moment…..

Hillary didn’t win, of course but I was equally excited about Barack Obama….. I admired McCain’s service to our country but when he said he would stay in Iraq for a hundred years, if it took that long to win that war, I was appalled…. and started to worry about what our world would become under the rule of another Warrior (in so called “Maverick’s” clothing)…. Once he made his decision to have Palin for his running mate, my worry went into overdrive… I had no idea who she was but the more I learned the worse my worry became…

I was disheartened and insulted that this woman was McCain’s idea of the kind of woman who would best represent the women in this country…. It showed me that he has no understanding of who women are and what we need… Does he think we are so stupid that any person with a vagina would lure the Hillary supporters away from Barack Obama?…..

This woman does not speak for me….

SO, I took off my button because I didn’t want anyone to assume that I was for Palin because “Votes for Women” meant Vote for ANY Woman…… Quite frankly, I didn’t want to talk about her at all… But if you know me, you know that sooner or later I would have to speak my mind…..

So let’s talk about Sarah Palin…..

First of all, I have to say that I wanted to see her fall on her face during the debate…. I felt guilty because as a feminist, I shouldn’t want to watch any woman fall flat on her face, EVER…… Like most everyone else, I am ready for this race to be over and to me, if Palin failed miserably, McCain’s run for the White House would be seen for what it is (a huge mistake), Obama would be President by a landslide and all would be right with the world……

But Palin did better than I expected which wasn’t a huge feat because my expectations of her were so low … Putting aside the fact that she said nothing substantial, I found her over the top “folksy” attitude and speech frightening…. Doesn’t the public remember that Bush got elected and reelected because of his good old boy folksy ways? So why would we want more of the same ? This country can’t afford more of the same….. It certainly isn’t a maverick who would play that card to the hilt……… Wake up all you hockey moms and Joe SixPacks….. ( I can’t believe she said that)…. I am neither of those but I certainly want someone more intelligent and informed than myself to be President or VP…….

And all that winking….. good God… was that supposed to be charming? Maybe she was winking because she was trying to get that clump hair out of her eye….My Mother may be a Republican but I would imagine she was thinking Palin needs to have a good hair cut….. You Betcha..

I have been called a Pollyanna many times but even I can see that our world has been made far more dangerous than it ever has been, physically and financially, thanks to Bush’s cowboy, maverick style.. McCain and Palin can’t distance themselves from Bush because like other’s have said, Palin is just George Bush in a dress….

I have more to say about Palin but it exhausts me to be this negative at too long of a stretch.. But I will catch my breath and say more tomorrow…..

And so I will close with this prayer……

“Please God, don’t let Americans be hood-‘winked’ again….”