Category Archives: politics
Nine people lost their lives in a senseless massacre by a self proclaimed racist. He did it under the banner of the Confederate Flag. The flag that flies on South Carolina State House grounds. And now the chorus becomes, “Take it down. Take it down.”
That flag has flown on the State House grounds since 1962 (before I was born). An act of rebellion against the Civil Rights Movement. A compromise moved the flag to its current location. Maybe a tragedy will get it put in a museum where it belongs.
But some people argue that the Confederate Flag has been co-opted by hate groups. They say the flag symbolizes “heritage” and “state rights”. I say those people don’t know history or refuse to see the truth. The Civil War was fought because the Southern States wanted to continue their way of life. The life of master and slave. White supremacy over the Negro. A heritage of hate.
Why is this still an issue in 2015? If you truly believe the Confederate Flag is something to be proudly displayed then do it at your house. Put it on your car and wear it on your shirt. Let the world see you for what you are. But don’t fly it on State House grounds. Don’t flaunt the symbol of oppression at the place that should unite ALL people of the State.
This is getting embarrassing. South Carolina was the first state to secede. Do we have to be the last state to concede?
Read some history: The Confederate Cause
And more here: A Brief History of the Confederate Flag in SC
Across the country today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day. Everyone knows the legacy of the man and his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. I wonder will the dream ever be realized? Sure, we have an African-American President (elected twice). Yet those elections exposed a hidden attitude of mistrust and disrespect that went beyond politics. Minorities hold positions of power in various occupations that MLK may not have imagined. Still the news is filled with stories of how people mistreat and kill each other based on misconceptions of someone different from them.
I believe that people should be treated with respect no matter their color, religion or sexual orientation. We don’t have to agree on everything to get along. I believe like Dr. King that people should be judged on the content of their character. I hope we get there someday.
Hell, maybe I’m the one that’s dreaming.
Here is a follow up to my post earlier today about the “mommy wars” from the website, My Brown Baby. This is the quote that resonated with me:
But are we women really this politically naïve that we’d toss our valuable vote into the ring of a man who neither understands nor gives two crap-filled diapers about what mothers want? What mothers need? Are we really so politically stupid that we’d let this man, his rich wife and their equally rich-and-out-of-touch cronies distract us from the real issues while we bicker and get all emo over who works harder—women who work solely in the home vs. women who hold down full-time jobs outside the home? When, exactly, do we mothers come together and demand politicians—whether Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, black or white—get down to the real issues that affect us mothers? When do we stop arguing over stupid s**** and start exercising our political might to affect real change?
By now everyone has heard about Hillary Rosen and the statement she made to Anderson Cooper on his talk show. As a reminder, here is what she said,
“What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying: ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing. Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”
And everyone lost their minds. It didn’t seem to matter that Hillary was talking about Mitt Romney’s economic policies. No, what people heard was an attack on stay-at-home moms. Please, stop.
By making this non issue a major news worthy debate, Republican politicans are pulling the old divide and conquer routine. I believe there is no such thing as the “mommy wars” and here’s why. Some mothers work outside of the home. Some work at home. Whether that decision is make by choice or circumstance, all mothers want the same thing. We want our families to be safe. We want access to quality health care (including reproductive health care) and good schools. We want safe neighborhoods. And while women are not some monolithic interest group, all mothers make decisions every day that they feel benefit their children. I don’t think our beef is with each other.
There is no such thing as the “mommy wars”. But there is a war on women. It seems as if some men in this country want to roll back the clock. Why are they questioning a woman’s right to affordable health care including contraception, abortion and equal pay for the same job? Why are issues that were decided years ago in some cases up for debate? We, as women, need to stay focused on that.
Every time I see or hear about the GOP’s attack on women I get angry. Are they really trying to get elected/re-elected by denying women reproductive health care? They do realize that women make up a huge voting block, right?
Now this isn’t a political blog but I have to ask the question. What you believe is what you believe. I think everyone should live their lives with whatever beliefs they like. Just don’t try to legislate said beliefs on the masses. After all, God gave everyone free will. If God can respect a person’s choice, why can’t everyone?
I posted the link below on Facebook over the weekend.