Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Trouble up ahead in '08.....

With McCain claiming a big win in the Florida Republican primary, he will be able to raise a lot of money and gain a lot of momentum going into Super Tuesday. I was hoping and praying that Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee (because any Democrat could beat him in a general), but unfortunately it looks like McCain will be the Republican nominee in '08. I really hope I'm wrong about this, but if he is the nominee then I can't imagine Hillary or Obama beating him in a general.

What is wrong with Democratic voters? I feel like we vote to lose...first Gore wouldn't enter the race, and then the party turned on John Edwards, the banner of Democratic Party populism, who was shown to be the only Democratic candidate running who could beat any Republican. Who was the main Republican that was a threat to the Democrats in this poll? Sen. John McCain of course.

If we pick Hillary Clinton, then we rally the ultraconservatives to go to the polls to vote "anyone but Hillary", when they probably wouldn't turn out otherwise. If we pick Barack Obama, then we risk getting attacked on lack of experience the whole campaign which means we can kiss the independent vote and the Presidency goodbye.

I was feeling great about '08 (even with the Democratic Party taking its chances with Hillary or Obama), but now I feel like we just cost ourselves the election in '08. Like I said, I hope I'm wrong, but if we lose this one its the Democratic voters who are to be blamed.

The Republicans are voting smart and they are picking the candidate who can win. Our best bet would be to get Democrats to vote Romney and even contribute to him in states that hold open primaries...otherwise lets all get ready for another 8 years of Republican rule.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

35 Year later

This week will mark the 35th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which makes it 5 months younger than I am.

It also means that we will be treated to articles and protests from the anti-choice people, reminding us that we are going to hell for believing that medical decisions should be made by our doctors and not our lawmakers.

For example, about a month ago in her column in the local paper, Marilyn Loeffel told the story of Tim Tebow. Apparently, Tim's parents ignored a doctor's advice to have an abortion and prayed instead. They were spared the worst case scenario (by God, I assume) and now have a strapping Heisman Trophy winner. God 1, Pro-Choice movement, 0.

Or we can look at an article in today's paper. It was discussing abortion statistics - specifically, how the majority of people who get abortions are not necessarily the young teenager who had to show up with the correct parental consent forms. Instead, they are older women, who may or may not have had their first child. This means that not only do they have experience with their own child and know what it means to be a mother, they are, in many cases, making the best life they can for the child(ren) that they already have. Somewhere in the middle of this article, they quote Alveda King, who is a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She calls herself "a reformed murderer," because she had two abortions in her younger days.

Is that truly where we are 35 years after Roe vs. Wade? Miracle babies and murderers?

I am very lucky, and I know it. I became an adult in a time where having an abortion is a legal medical procedure. I trust my doctor to tell me what I need to know. I would not go to a doctor who wasn't willing to even discuss the option with me, and unfortunately, it is becoming harder to find doctors who are trained to perform the procedure. The "pro-life" groups have tied our doctors hands ways that we should not accept.

As you can imagine, I read a lot of blogs. One day, I cam across a blog where a woman named Julia posted the testimony she gave to the Texas Legislature, regarding the difficult decision she and her husband had to make with regards to her first child. If you can read her testimony and not feel that she made a courageous decision out of love for her family, then I can't help you. Julia, and the women like her, are the reason that I am pro-choice.

So, this month, when we get bombarded with messages about Hell and murder, remember Julia and the women like her. Remember, it is rarely a decision made lightly. Also, a woman who is making this decision should only have to explain it to three people - her partner (if he is still involved), her doctor, and herself. She can choose to bring others into it, but she shouldn't have to. It is a private choice, and unless you are one of the three people I just mentioned, it doesn't involve you.

Side note: If you disagree with me, or even if you disagree with Julia, please don't go and leave nasty comments on her blog. She doesn't know me. I don't want her to think we are mean-spirited children who call people names when we disagree with them. If you have to, you can post your nasty comments here. I will read them all, but I guarantee that nothing you say will change my mind.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Oh yeah - I have a blog

Hey y'all. It has been awhile since I have posted here. I think I needed a political break. I am so glad that 2007 is finally over. 2008 is going to be a big year.

The new City Council has their first meeting on January 8th. For the first time, I went to the swearing in ceremony. Mayor Wharton was hilarious, Mayor Herenton was preaching to his choir, and the City Council still looked hopeful that they were going to get some things accomplished. It was a nice way to spend New Year's Day.

In January 16th, early voting starts for the Presidential Primary. The primary itself is on February 5th. I am still a John Edwards girl. He was my top choice four years ago, and neither Hillary or Obama have done anything to convince me that they will make a better President. However, I like all three of the major candidates this year. I also like Gov. Richardson - if he doesn't get the nomination, I hope he will be the Vice Presidential nominee.

I am excited about the Congressional race this year. Running as an incumbent will be such a different race. The Congressman has made such an impact already as a freshman, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

2008 is a year that I want to get more involved in causes. I need to start working to support things that I believe strongly in. So, I am hoping to get more involved with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and I want to start giving money to candidates through ActBlue. (FYI - Cohen's ActBlue page)

While I am writing this, I am watching the movie Jesus Camp. Have you seen this movie? On one hand, I find it very scary and sad. On the other hand, I wish we could mobilize people as convincingly as these people can band together on an issue. Could you imagine what an army of progressive and liberal thinkers could accomplish? Even though I don't agree with them, the conservatives know how to organize people around a common cause - religion, anti-choice, guns - they can take their issues and mobilize people to fight for them. We need to take some lessons.

I will be blogging more this year, too. So, for now, I wish you all a great 2008, particularly the Godfather - go wish him a Happy Birthday today. The world is a better place with him in it, speaking out for all of us.