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I just don’t get it Tuesday May 13, 2008

Posted by gingerbreadman in News and politics.
8 comments
I’m a white woman, in my 40’s, with a gross income under 50,000 dollars, with only ‘some’ college under my belt.
I’ve been a Barack Obama supporter from the very beginning.
Once again, I’m an anomaly in all the pundits eyes. 
But it only makes sense to me.

I want a candidate I feel can relate to me.  A candidate who understands my life, who shares some of my core values, experiences, beliefs and has at least as much common sense as I do.

Obama’s parents separated and divorced when he was only two years old.  Here’s a man who understands divorce issues, not growing up with your biological father, and the power of a mother raising a child on her own. 
After his mother remarried, to an Indonesian man he moved with his mother and new stepfather to Indonesia where he was raised until he was 10 years old.  Here’s a man who has lived the step child/parent life, been moved to foreign countries to live and taught more than just the homogenized American ABC’s and 1,2,3’s.

At 10, Obama moved back to America to live with his grandmother and family in Hawaiii, attending school there until his graduation and then on to college.
Again, Obama learned about strong women helping families, the example of another woman raising him to be the strong, honorable man he is today.

Kentucky is a notoriously racist state.  It’s also a poor state.  It’s kind of depressing, actually, living here, but here my roots are, and here I’ll probably stay:  just another rebel going against everything my family, community, church and state believes in and votes for.

I can’t pretend to be knowledgeable about how it is to be an African-American.  I’ve always had friends of all nationalities, my girls have generally had more black than white friends as they were growing up because we lived in poor neighborhoods while I struggled to hold two jobs, go to college and take care of five kids with no child support or man to help at all.  I’ve spent my time passing food stamps to cashiers and getting dirty looks from the customers around me and treated badly as a consumer because of it.  A poor person is a lesser person to so many people.  In this state, so is a black person.  God help this county, but there are children in the street walking to school who call Jack, my Lab, a "N-word" dog because he’s pure black.  CHILDREN.  They weren’t born feeling that way about the color black.

Obama didn’t have a deprived childhood, he attended private schools and college.  But I know that he grew up feeling mistreated at times, discriminated against and the odd man out many times.  It’s silly to believe that being well-off and black is much easier in many respects than being poor and black, or poor, white, uneducated and discriminated against because of your social status.

I don’t get why in the world women, so many women who have raised children on their own, have been dealt hard blows financially, weren’t able to get that college education everyone says is so mandatory to a successful life, are so gung-ho for Hillary Clinton.  Hillary Clinton had it easy her entire life.  Good grief, the woman was a Republican, working for the Republican agenda for her entire college career. 

I want to know what Hillary Clinton has in common with me besides breasts.  She’s never been a single mother or the child of a broken home.  She’s never struggled to feed a houseful of kids while wondering how to pay next week’s rent.  Her idyllic childhood, which she passed on to her daughter have not helped her learn who I am as a person, what my true worries are…how could they?

I don’t get why so many women are falling into line with her, many because they just want to see a woman in the White House.  Umm, I’ve got six daughters, you won’t find many more "GIRL POWER!" energized than I am, but I don’t want to just see a woman in the Big Job…I want to see the RIGHT woman take that job.

This is the first election primary I even remember when Kentucky has an actual choice of candidates.  I’m thrilled, in some small way, that Hillary hasn’t given up her run yet-but only because I want the joy of going into that little booth and voting for Barack Obama.  I’m campaigning for him this Saturday, canvassing neighborhoods and manning the phones to Get Out the Vote.  It’s the most exciting thing I will have done in ages.

I just don’t understand these white, poor, older women who think Hillary Clinton is our salvation.  I only hope that the inherent racism in so many of these upcoming primaries, like the shameful debacle of W. Virginia tonight won’t divide the Democratic Party further.

I just don’t get it.

         

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Love or Hate Him Wednesday November 15, 2006

Posted by gingerbreadman in News and politics.
13 comments

To:  Conservatives and Republicans

I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:

1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will never, ever, call you "unpatriotic" simply because you disagree with us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.

2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us consider your behavior to be "different" or "immoral." Who you marry is none of our business. Love and be in love — it’s a wonderful gift.

3. We will not spend your grandchildren’s money on our personal whims or to enrich our friends. It’s your checkbook, too, and we will balance it for you.

4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will bring your sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We promise never to send your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.

5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal health coverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall ill, we promise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless of your ability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments and cures for diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we’ll make sure those advances are available to you and your family, too.

6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.

7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will devote every single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to justice. Immediately. We will protect you.

8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you do there as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to count your age from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.

9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic weapon or a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren’t much of a hunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We will make our streets and schools as free as we can from these weapons and we will protect your children just as we would protect ours.

10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you — and your employees — that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too.

11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don’t put those beliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote your most radical religious beliefs

 "Blessed are the poor"

 "Blessed are the peacemakers"

 "Love your enemies"

 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God"

"Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me"

We will let people in other countries know that God doesn’t just bless America, he blesses everyone. We will discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism — starting with the fanaticism here at home, thus setting a good example for the rest of the world.

12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought and paid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts him or herself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after the corrupt politicians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we need you to call us on it. Simply because we are in power does not give us the right to turn our heads the other way when our party goes astray. Please perform this important duty as the loyal opposition.

I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too. You are every bit as American as we are. We are all in this together. We sink or swim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this country and for giving us the opportunity to see if we can make things a bit better for our 300 million fellow Americans — and for the rest of the world.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

 

This is a petition created by Michael Moore and hosted online here.  While MM is a divisive, polarizing character in our political landscape, he does make some good points with this "Liberal’s Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives".  I’m not a liberal, but other than not being naive enough to think we’re going to be able to return our troops home any time soon from Iraq, I’ve got to say…"Good on ya, Moore!"

 

*Blessings*

Oh HAPPY DAY! LOL Friday December 23, 2005

Posted by gingerbreadman in News and politics.
3 comments
Thank you, Ben.
 
vote to impeach bush

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10562904#survey

Published By Professor_Grape_Ape (http://spaces.msn.com/members/LetItBeDissecte…) –
Here’s what happened after I put MY YES in.
Do you believe President Bush’s actions justify impeachment?   * 122929 responses
Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.
85%
No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors."
5%
No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching.
8%

I don’t know.
2%

 

Now if only it were a Congressional vote.

But then…that would leave us with Chaney….