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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….

One Crucial Vote

In order to pass the Nineteenth Amendment and give women the right to vote all the states had to be on board to ratify…. In the middle of 1920, it all came down to Tennessee to cast the deciding vote….

On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee House met to have their say…. The room was filled with roses…. a red rose in the lapel meant that the member was against suffrage and a yellow rose meant they were for it….. In counting the roses, it looked like the women needed one more supporter for their cause…. Twenty four year old, Harry Burn came into the chamber that day sporting a red rose…. AND a letter in his suit pocket from his mother…. the letter read….

Dear Son, Vote for suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt. I notice some of the speeches against. They are very bitter. I have been watching to see how you stood but have not seen anything yet. Don’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the “rat” in ratification. Your Mother

When it was his turn to vote, he followed his mother’s advice…. Harry Burn voted “yes” and gave women what they had fought seventy two years for…. their right to vote….. Women in the balcony burst into deafening applause….

It is said that they took off his red rose and replaced it with a yellow one….

Above is my drawing and tribute to Harry Burn of Tennessee….

And before you get all hypercritical and read more into the fact that I didn’t include his head, understand that this piece is more about the “suits” in our lives and the decisions they make that govern our liberties…. This particular “suit” gave us our freedom to be legitimately counted….. This year, in this election, we need to exercise that privilege and choose the most capable “suits” to ensure the protection of our rights….. One vote was crucial in 1920 and your vote is just as important now…..

And if your are not registered to cast your one crucial vote, go to this map to show you exactly where you can do just that……. WHERE DO I REGISTER

Will the Circle Be Unbroken…..

I found this real photo postcard at the Wichita Club Postcard show in Wichita, Kansas last year….

First of all, as you would imagine, it is pretty rare to have women as pallbearers, even today… Because of their dress, I assumed that these women were carrying a fellow suffragist to her final resting place…. They have grief and determination in their faces and the woman at the foot of the coffin has her arm outstretched to balance the weight of her load…..

Needless to say, I had to own this card, at any cost…. Luckily, it was priced a lot lower than I felt the value should be…

So I made an etching plate of the image and have been using it as a part of a monoprint collage…. I had also made etching plates of three suffrage poster stamps and used them as part of the collage….. Poster stamps were used as advertising of all kinds of things, like companies, states, causes and a variety of topics….. they were then pasted on envelopes and other paper items but they had no postal value and stamp collectors usually don’t care for them….. thus giving them the name “Cinderellas”…..

I wanted to portray the idea that these women supported each other to the bitter end… and had a little trouble finding an appropriate title…. “To the End” was at the top of my list but then I decided to watch Iron Jawed Angels for some inspiration ….. there was a scene where Alice Paul is taken out of the dining room of the prison for refusing to eat….. All the other suffragettes pushed their plates away and started singing, Will the Circle be Unbroken to show her support…. In our family, we have sung Will the Circle be Unbroken at the grave site so, it made sense to me to use that as the title…..

I do this monoprint in different colors but usually in the same composition…..

I colored the roses on the top of the coffin yellow….. Yellow roses were worn in lapels to show support for Women’s Right to Vote….. Red roses were worn to show opposition.. my next entry will be about the yellow roses…..