Um, I realize you don't know who I am - and you probably wouldn't expect to hear from a person like me (you know, a librul grrl) but wow, I just have to get it off my tree-hugging, climate-change-believin' chest.
I think I might have a crush on you.
Now, I don't want you to take me for all of the other typical gushing, left-leaning politicos that have been peeing their pants over your giving Obama credit for help with Sandy. I didn't pee - I'm better than that. I don't think it's becoming, for one... and I don't think what you did should be all that revolutionary. In fact, you practically said that yourself - you see? We're total twins!
But I have to say - telling the truth and doing the right thing, that's the kinda thing that makes a grrl respect a guy. You know?
I'll delete this diary, dont worry - b/c its not one. But I am curious ... does a person have to stay in their position, and/or at their place of employment, in order to sue their employer under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay act?
I appreciate any responses you care to share... I think a good friend of mine is getting hurt, and as a friend, feminist and equal rights kind of girl, I would like to help if I can. Thank you for responses, and thank you for supporting equal rights for women.
Glenn Beck suggests a conspiracy of the highest order that his staff can't find footage of the late Senator Byrd's filibuster of the Civil Rights Act in the early 60s. Truly an entry for my future syndicated column, "Dear Dumbass:"
Every time the Democratic Party listens to its misguided, self-described "vital" center, it loses.
War in Iraq.
Wall Street Bailouts.
Anti-Choice, Pro-Insurance pocket-lining HCR.
So now the high-pressure sale is on.
The proponents of the Senate bill in the media and here are in high gear to browbeat, if they can't sugarcoat, the call to support it regardless of its "slight flaws just short of perfect."
Nate Silver was on Hardball with a flipping thermometer graph showing how a "weak public option" was 1 degree only under the current senate bill, both of which are so close to full universal access. Can't you see how close we are? Can't you SEE? Here's a visual!
Hey Chris - just when you thought you went over your last edge...
I've held you in high regard over the chiding of my liberal/progressive friends over the years (both terms are just fine - get over it). I have complimented you on matters when we agreed and disagreed. I have looked the other way when you made your stupid sexist mistakes, excusing you as someone who doesn't know how to avoid "stepping in it" (and as a feminist, I can tell you, that wasn't easy).
But nothing - not your gratuitous, fun-for-one visits from Tom "He-Who-Should-Be-Behind-Bars" DeLay, or your buddying up with your inhouse racist Mr. Buchanan - nothing prepared me for your unglued recent attacks on the left regarding the health care debate. Your treatment of people with honest intentions and who've developed a longstanding track record of integrity is appalling; your nonstop narrative that we should all be forced to debate this through the lens of the most partisan, corporatist tip - is beyond the pale.
Right now, the entire Seattle Police force is in a neighborhood of Seattle trying to corner Maurice Clemmons, the suspected shooter of the 4 slain officers today.
Unfortunately, with all of the blocked off streets and controlled traffic, there is no local ongoing news for anyone in that neighborhood, or those of us who care about those people there. A lot of action, no explanation. We are all afraid. Is he caught? Is he out there?
The helicopters keep circling around but no news. It is infuriating.
Words can barely describe the sense of utter betrayal I have felt in the last couple of days. The shock of our equal rights being bargained away like a saloon girl in a wild west poker scene was pretty devastating... in a way that, had the republicans done it, could never have stung so much. And yet, also present was the realization that a) we have not exactly been well-represented in a long time, and b) we have been willing to turn a blind eye to this for the "greater good." We have dutifully elected barely-democrats for the "greater good" also, because, apparently, winning was the goal.
And now, we're forced to evaluate the quality of that win, in the form of an attempt at health care reform. So how is this "anything with a D" thing working for us, and where do we go from here?
In Washington, we just passed referendum 71 by a comfortable margin.
Prop 8 was lost by a 47%/52% margin.
Maine's Proposition 1 was lost by a 47%/53% margin as well.
Kalamazoo's Ordinance 1856? Succeeded with a 65%/35% victory. Do these numbers seem coincidental, in either wins or losses? I think NOT!
I'm sorry if I don't have much to say here... but I am so inundated with the right wing talking points by way of the left talking about it that I am beside myself.
So - one of my lovely relatives, and oh how I do love them - has just sent me a sweet email full of updates and marvelous family news... and, this:
Are you still charmed with Obama's policies? Do you like the idea of living in a socialistic country. He and Nancy Pelosi scare me to death. What do you think about their proposed health care plan? I probably will have to opt out because they won't cover anything for me anyway. I'm getting too old. The democrats have put you and future generations in jeopardy. You were afraid when Bush was in office. I don't think you've seen anything,yet!! It sounds to me like we're going the Russian route. That's what happens when you share the wealth! Come back to Michigan and I'll share with you. It doesn't sound like I'll have much to share for very long anyway. Economy in Michigan is getting worse. They just announced on the local news that the Michigan educatuion plan is defunct. Thank you Gov. Grandholm(D). We invested money for _ when he was two. he has to go to college in MI but he should have had enough money by the time he graduates from high schoolto pay all of his fees. He is about 10 now....
I have not been very active in the health care debate here, nor have I been inspired to. For me, this has been an embarrassing run of political ridiculousness - the idea that citizens with guns can't be hauled off to jail during an event (as we certainly would have during our anti-war protests the past few years), the threats against our politicians, the manufactured, branded hate we are allowing the right to breed - and on our side, there doesn't seem to even be an "our side." We have neither consensus or clarity - and seem content with complaining about those shyster insurance companies, while continuing to feed them as if we don't believe what we are claiming.
It's been disappointing to say the least, and has brought me to a place of disappointed indifference to the health debate, and in the larger context, our trajectory as a nation.