Category Archives: Politics

Empowering Myself

I stopped identifying as a feminist years ago because I was tired of having my lived experiences dismissed by other feminists when said experiences didn’t fit their narrative or ideology.

I was tired of having other women presume to know my mind better than I do, by accusing me of having “internalized misogyny” and setting feminism back “by decades” because I chose to stay home and raise my son.

I was tired of being called an “MRA type”, among other things, for pointing out that letting them dictate how other women should think, speak, act, and live their lives, is not an improvement over men doing it; that feminism is supposed to be, at least in part, about empowering women to choose our own paths in life — not just switching from being controlled by men to being controlled by other feminists.

I was tired of having it made clear to me, in no uncertain terms, that I am not ‘one of them’ and will never be represented by them because, ironically, they could never seem to find the perfect sized box to keep me in.

And I’ve been better off and much happier since I stopped trying to live like a feminist, and just started living. I empowered myself by understanding that, despite what feminists would have me believe, I am not utterly helpless without them.


Don’t Like Socialism?

Far too many of my fellow Americans toss around the word “socialism” with an obvious misconception of what it actually means. I have struggled to explain the difference between socialism and communism, but my efforts thus far have been in vain. That being the case, I will now spell it out in the simplest terms I know how:

Don’t like socialism? Then get off the internet. But read the rest of this first:

Don’t use public streets or highways.

Don’t use the U.S. Postal Service.

Don’t call 911 in an emergency, and never use the services of the police or fire departments.

Don’t use the public library or go to tax-funded museums.

Build your own landfill and haul your own garbage there.

Don’t purchase or consume anything that was produced on a farm.

Don’t use health insurance of any kind.

Don’t use public schools or colleges, and do not accept student grants or loans.

Don’t ever collect Social Security or use Medicare.

If you lose your job through no fault of your own, do not file for unemployment benefits or food stamps.

Never sue anyone for anything or even defend yourself against a lawsuit because you will have to use our public court system to do either.

Never go to a public park, city zoo or state run beach.

If disaster strikes, do not rely on FEMA.

Do not take public transportation of any kind. And since you won’t be using our public roads, you should probably invest in a good pair of hiking boots.

Other “evil” socialist entities:
National Weather Service, Department of Justice, Peace Corps, Secret Service, Dept. of Education, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, OSHA, Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control, State Construction, FDA, G.I. Bill, Veterans Healthcare, EPA, FBI, Military and Defense… And this is a short list.

Now, if only we had a presidential candidate who wants to make corporations and the billionaire class chip in for some of this shit! Oh wait…

If you really hate socialism, then go live in a cave somewhere and be truly self-sufficient.


Belated Labor Day Posting

Because I’ve been busy preparing for my husband’s arrival, and our long-delayed honeymoon, as well as my son’s return to school after summer break, I didn’t manage to squeeze in time to write the Labor Day post that’s been brewing in my mind. My son is off to school now, but Hubby arrives tomorrow, and I still have lots to do in preparation. That being the case, I would like to point you toward an excellent piece written by one Hippie Professor:

Many people believe that the government should play at most a minimal role in social programs – that we should let the free market reign. Any additional social needs should be addressed through volunteerism and not through government programs.

It is often stated quite bluntly – like this: “I have worked hard and I deserve the money I have earned so why should I be forced by my government to give something back to other people?”

[…]

Because your society is partially responsible for your success.

Think about it a second. You have worked hard all of your life – in school, in your job, running your business. Yes – you deserve to be rewarded for that hard work. But none of that hard work would have meant anything if you didn’t live in a society in which hard work could actually pay off.

And how does our society pull this off – what does our society do to help you obtain success?

Please read the rest of Labor Day Reflections to learn the many ways that society contributes to our success, and why we all have a responsibility to give back, likewise contributing to the success of society as a whole.


Health Care Reform — Myths vs. Facts

When one in three Americans say someone in their family skipped pills, postponed or cut back on needed medical care due to the cost; when countless bankruptcies are related to medical expenses; when the number of uninsured approaches 50 million; when government spending on health programs rises so rapidly that it jeopardizes other priorities; and when employers struggle to pay for the costs of health care, the fact is, we can’t afford not to fix health care. — AARP

Please read Myths Vs Facts regarding health care reform. You can also help counter the fear mongering.


Why We Need Government-run Universal Socialized Health Care

If you don’t “get it” after seeing this video, you just don’t want to.


Republicans: Put Up or Shut Up

H/T to Terra Sears, author of Addicted to Research.

I felt the urge to stand up and cheer after this! You absolutely must see it!

Rep. Anthony Weiner on healthcare:


Prosecute War Crimes

DDpetitionbadgeredDear Attorney General Eric Holder,

We the undersigned citizens of the United States petition you to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in torture and other war crimes.

These crimes are being euphemistically referred to as “abusive interrogation techniques” by such respected figures as Senator John McCain. These are euphemisms for torture. Torture is a war crime. Waterboarding is a war crime. The CIA has admitted waterboarding detainees. Former Vice President Cheney brazenly admitted authorizing the program that led to waterboarding, other forms of torture too numerous to list, and ultimately, the deaths by homicide of detainees.
Democrats.com

I have just read and signed the petition: “Special Prosecutor for Bush War Crimes”

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. My name was the 50,438th on the petition and Democrats.com is trying to reach 100,000 signatures.

Once you have signed, please consider asking other friends and family members to sign as well.

Thank you for your support!

H/T to B.T. Murtagh of QuarkScrew


Tea Party 2009 — 1,000 Words

Via Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub via U.S. History for Dummies at Ghost in the Machine:

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Tomorrow: National Day of Silence 2009

glsen_articlesimage_large2400w200hnorm1NEW YORK, April 9, 2009 – An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year. Full article at GLSEN

Carl did not identify as gay, but this tragedy serves as a reminder that anti-LGBT bullying can have devastating effects on all students, particularly during the vulnerable years of budding sexuality and peer pressure.

Carl would have turned 12 tomorrow, April 17, 2009 — the National Day of Silence.

Contrary to claims made by the religious right organizations and various members of their flocks, promoting homosexuality is not the purpose of the DoS. The purpose is simply to bring awareness of anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment, and to promote effective responses to it. It is not about allowing gay students to disrupt class for the day to promote a “homosexual agenda”, as many claim.

Students of all beliefs, backgrounds and sexual orientations participate in the Day of Silence.

When I called my son’s middle school, I was pleased to learn that they will recognize the DoS. An announcement will be made in the morning, and the event will take place during lunch. In an effort to counter some of the negative response they are sure to receive, I offered my thanks and support, and assured them that my son will be in attendance.

Rambling On will also recognize the National Day of Silence tomorrow, April 17, 2009. No new posts will be made, and comments will be held in moderation until the morning of April 18. I will change the settings now in case I’m unable to get back to it later, but I will do my best to check in and moderate comments before I shut down for the night. Comments made after around 7:00 p.m. Central Time will not likely be seen until the morning of the 17th, and will therefore be held in moderation until the following morning.

My heart goes out to the family of 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover and to all the other families and individuals who know first hand the harsh realities surrounding anti-LGBT bullying and harassment.

To those who have experienced the humiliation of being tormented simply for being who you are: You are valued, loved and appreciate by more people than you may ever realize. Your life is precious and other people’s lives are enriched by your presence in the world. Please be good to yourself — you deserve it!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2009 Rambling On


Catching Up

Things are coming along nicely here. I’ve made quite a bit of headway with the sorting, packing and tossing of junk. You wouldn’t believe the amount of crap one mom and one kid could have accumulated in just two short years in one place.

The kiddo and I spent the greater part of the day doing yard work. Our landlord is showing the house tomorrow and we want to make it as presentable as possible. I’ve done a fair bit more than I’m required or obliged to do, but that’s just the kind of saint person I am. Thank you, and please hold your applause.

We’ve got homeschooling down to a science. We usually get everything done inside a couple of hours. John is looking forward to going to a new school, though; he’s even decided to join the choir there.

Bonnie has been just great about everything, and she even helped prepare for John’s enrollment in his new school; I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to thank her and her husband properly.

When I was writing to her the other day, a line from the poem To Have Succeeded came to mind:

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.

By this standard, these two dear people are already a huge success!

I miss being able to write every day. I have a few posts sort of brewing in my head. It’s not that I can’t make the time, it’s just that after a day of packing, cleaning, errands or whatever happens to be on the day’s agenda, I’m just too drained to focus. Most nights I can barely keep up my end of a conversation with Mike. I decided to stop early today and post a little something while I’m still able to form a few coherent thoughts.

Some things I want to write about when I’m able to concentrate:

  • More on the economy and stimulus bill
    While I’m certainly no economist, some of the misinformation that’s being repeated ad nauseam could be refuted by anyone willing to pull his head out of his butt, apply a little common sense, and stop hanging on Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh’s every word.
  • News vs. commentary
    The two are not mutually exclusive. At the end of the day, the important question is: Can the reporter and/or commentator pass a fact check? Commenting on the news or expressing opinions about it does not negate the facts being discussed.
  • Pleasant vs. rational
    When I was a teenager, I knew a woman who called me Dorothy, introduced me to her friends who weren’t really there and served ‘us’ tea using an invisible tea set. She was a lovely woman whose company and imaginary tea parties I truly enjoyed. But that did not make her thought processes rational.
    Pleasant and rational are not synonyms.
    (This is not a shot at the mentally ill. I’m really going somewhere with it. Please stay tuned.)

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you’ll keep checking in.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2009 Rambling On