At the encouragement of my colleagues at onomastic's diary today, who wanted me to expand on a comment I made there, I have written this diary which is going to be a lot broader than about the current events swirling about Mr. Akin.
This is what I said in onomastic's great diary earlier today:
The enemy now is nothing less than a force lusting to make the world their personal Walmart -- everything is cheapened -- human lives and cultures, the personhood of women, the wealth of the land and air and water that is the life of the planet -- all for their purchase and disposal.Come follow me below the lovely orange cloud...
Akin is a tiny demon in the stream of Mammon, but he's another telling blip. We cannot just defeat them in this election, we must make sure that every last one of their outmoded, inhumane theories are debunked and permanently wiped clean from any further valid consideration in public policy, education, and history. This is the past that needs to be swept clean away, boxed securely and dumped in the darkest cellar we can find.
What came out of Akin's mouth was a blip on the sonar screen of a larger and widely held belief, a belief deeply ingrained in our society, and one that will take all our efforts to root out not just during this election cycle, but over the coming generations. Undoubtedly, the platform the Republican Party will build in the lead up to their convention in a few weeks will be a free-market free-for-all we've come to expect, now with legalizing rape an undercurrent. But the larger picture is all-consuming commodification.
A commodity is the generic term for any marketable item produced to satisfy wants or needs. Economic commodities comprise goods and services. The Republican platform is a way to further facilitate commodification of our country, its finite resources and its people. Removing governmental obstacles so companies can have their way. In terms of women's reproductive freedom, under this mindset, its easy for those of this belief to imagine that our bodies are "real estate", a commodity whose future use is to be determined and controlled by someone else. We're familiar with the model used a few hundred years ago when cheap-to-free labor was used to fire up the economic engine of America's Southern agricultural industry. The cost of that industrialization was horrific human misery, which we are still trying to progress ourselves past, with some still fighting against that progress. And they're fighting hard.
It is my belief that any policy, politician or party that does not respect the earth certainly does not respect women, and that by extension, children. That was the gist of what I wrote over a year ago in my weekly column at Planetwaves.The subject at that point in time was Fukushima, and the industrialized mindsets that carelessly use and abuse the planet, her resources and her people. Does this not remind you of the Koch Brothers owned political subsidiary called the Republican Party?
Now more so than ever, the female body -- my body, your mother's body, your sister's body and the body of our mother, our planet -- is the battleground. Those same people who complain we are indebting our grandchildren to pay for government programs we can't afford are also more than willing to mortgage the future of their grandchildren's planet. Many of the people who use our bodies as political fodder to gain votes are the same people who will let their grandchildren and great-grandchildren choke on the toxic garbage they will leave behind. They will allow for a climate of rape for women because they're doing it to our world. And they call themselves pro-life.
I have been piecing together what I've been reading in the diaries this week because the correlations of current events and our national history will mean that we are heading towards a terrible path if we do not act. As I commented in Onomastic's diary, it was an itch that was too deep to scratch until I caught sight of O's diary's words and pictures which helped to coalesce my thoughts.
The battle in this election is not just about republican and democratic platforms. It's about a battle of our belief systems. That is one reason why I think its hard to counter their arguments with fact, let alone common sense, because we are fighting their beliefs. Why an Akin is allowed to continue his candidacy, regardless of whatever spews out when he opens his dumb mouth, because his followers continue to believe he is right in a broader sense under the general umbrella of their beliefs.
We need to counter their beliefs with our own, which hold something dear, humane, and forward thinking in a world that desperately needs us to do so. At the heart of this is a struggle over what government is,and the role of government in general: is it here to serve all the people or to commodify them?
Starting with the free-market principles of Ronald Reagan, the lines for their argument have hardened with over 30 years of acquiescence. We have free-marketed just about everything short our souls, and are paying the price for other people's greed. Now I posit that the new price is my body, the bodies of my niece, my sisters, my friends, and the body of our planet. All are at stake, and Akin is a tool for people who use his righteous, misogynistic and wrong-headed agenda to advance theirs at a profit.
I apologize if I appear overwrought, but I find it hard to be calm when they talk about promoting rape through legislation. It's not like our current laws will protect us, let alone a court system that vilifies the victim. The fight for women now and until we win is that our bodies are no one's property. Not to be abused, not to be used. Sacrosanct. This is my body. The fight against the greed attempting to consume the planet begins with the proclamation that the body of the planet belongs to all of us. Holy.
If we need more sights, sounds and pictures to get more women to stand up and vote, I will be happy to do so, from here on out to the election but right now, I can't get any more personal or upfront about about my beliefs than this. This is MY body. No politician or policy will ever be allowed to take it from me.