President Bush is at the Olympics back tapping beach volleyball players, McCann is loudly name calling and spreading rumors, Russia is busy invading Georgia, millions of folks without gas money are glued to their TV sets watching the sporting events and contests, and Congress is on holiday – campaigning, I need to ask who is minding the store?
Last night as I was turning off the computer two folks were obviously on duty and looking out for woman in this country. Two of my news feeds popped up this story: Bush Administration Working on Getting Birth Control Defined as Abortion. One story is about a Planned Parenthood petition one can sign and the other story is from Moveon.org about the Planned Parenthood story. As a person who has worked on Women’s Health Care issues all of her life, as the mother of daughters and as a woman who had to wear dresses and nylons to school even at 18* below, this announcement made me sit up and begin shivering and taking notes.
While we are being distracted it looks like our rights are being invaded. The good news is that someone is minding the store and while my research continues I am wondering how many more rights and concepts are being toyed with in hopes that no one will find out until it is too late. With this administration’s attitude that we just do what we want to do, and have no regard for you or yours, we definitely need more folks on duty, giving voice; taking action. Shouting Out Loud! Over the past seven years, every time that there has been a significant distraction something more has been taken away from the good, hardworking people on the ground floor. I believe this will keep happening during the party conventions and in the local state houses where the “good old good olds” are busy developing their own feudalistic realms. (I would reference Katrina, Iraq war and 911 if I did not think people were already aware of the distractions those caused for intelligent folks all over.)
I would like to see some more light directed at these secretive and profoundly life altering concepts and to keep them coming upfront and in our faces through the whole campaign season and beyond, until our rights are restored and not threatened. I would like to hear more whistles being blown sharply and urgently to draw attention back to what is going on in our lives and more voices clamoring and getting actions accounted for in the public sector.
Come on Obama stop defending yourself against the bully croaker and get out there with a message of how you are going to bring back the constitutional rights of people and solve the economic woes that render us hungry for substance and change. Where are all the people’s watch dogs and why are they not barking? Where is the news media and their muckraking bravado – one voice is good, but many…
Think of all those women marching, picketing and boycotting to get the vote, all those women shouting for health care rights and women’s health studies – so goes a nation as it’s women – and If you don’t believe that, look at the countries where women have no control/no rights. We need more light, more clamoring; more eyes on the prize towards the outcomes and more responsibility being taken. Do you have any idea what Mr. Secretive Cheney is up to and working on in his safety deposit box office? Can you imagine yourself with no birth control? I am not ready to curl up under the blankets and veg out my brains in hopes that someone else will make it all better. No band aids – disclosure and witness. Let’s not let this administration tone down, shred us or destroy this diverse, imaginative, strong, creative nation as they put their feet out the door and haul their money bags and security chests into their new lives of off duty power and control. You better believe it that their children have birth control alternatives and know how to use them – will yours?