Sunday, March 23


I'm sitting here with my knees wrapped in heating pads, so for the first time since I can remember, maybe ever, I'll not be attending Easter services.

My last night's prayer (don't mistake me, I pray many times a day, but I can't fall asleep without a special conversation with God) was somewhat extended as I considered that today would be a celebration of Christ's resurrection. I felt so overwhelmed with gratitude as I was thanking God for the gift of faith, for his plan to rescue his creation from death and lead us to the light of love and mercy. As so often when I am doing all the talking, I began to feel him speaking back to me.

And the upshot of it is, I retract my pledge not to vote for Obama if he is the eventual Democratic presidential nominee. I support Hillary as much as ever, and hope that she will win this critical fight. But if she does not, I will not only vote for Obama, I will campaign for him. And this is the reason: my love for my fellow man. John McCain must not win. The Republicans must not win. I don't want to see any more of our military die in Iraq, and I don't want to see any more innocent Iraqis die at our hands. We must clean up this mess that George W. Bush has created, and McCain won't do it. I'm terrified of his quick-draw reactions, his ominous declarations that there will be more wars in our short-term future. So I'm in the mode of the old cheer, "Hillary, Hillary, she's our man; if she can't do it, Obama can."

I encourage you to do the same.

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Blogger Sahinzona said...

Happy Easter to you, too.

I can't say that God and I have talked much lately (well I did have a little chat this AM thanking her for this beautiful day), so I'm not where you are with Obama...but I'll keep working on it.

10:59 AM  
Blogger gendergappers said...

You forget - God is Bush's buddy - Obama just thinks he's God.

It’s time to take a moth-eaten myth out and give it a shakeup. The old chestnut that women will bite the bullet and vote for BO because of abortion, and because the Dem Party bosses support him is DOA.

Nothing has show women how ineffective, weak and unconcerned our Dem elected lawmakers are in supporting women’s right to choose. For that matter, even after attaining a majority, they mostly sat back and let the minority Republicans have their way in everything. One of Speaker Nancy’s first moves was to take impeachment off the table - Free ride for Bush/Cheney.

Early on when Roberts and Alito were proposed for the Supremes, most Dem Senators went along and voted for them with hardly a murmur. Even Pat Leahy of Vermont, who claimed he was a champ for women’s rights, when he was running for reelection, bent over and spread them.

Women mostly get bupkiss from the Dems, yet women have been the most loyal voting bloc, the hardest workers and are still largely unrepresented. Events in this presidential primary have more than proven how the DNC has been the moving force to defeat HRC’s bid to become the Dem nominee by promoting BO’s campaign of misogyny and sexism.

Women have noted how many of the Dem leaders have done nothing to correct media reporting they know to be false. They have also noted how many of them actually pile on to criticize the Clinton campaign, echoing the media.

Enough! There is a limit to being constantly nice and dependable patsies. As more and more women and their supporters become aware of what is being chucked down their throats they are determined that since fairness does not prevail, they will vote McCain 19% or stay home 13%.

And this doesn’t even count the number of disenfranchised voters who went out and voted for HRC in Florida and Michigan. BO has declared these votes to be null and void, with the dithering, idiotic backing of the DNC. They know BO has prevented any re-voting too.

While declaring that the Super Delegates must vote for the winners in their states, the DNC and BO campaign find it A- OK when NM Gov. Richardson, Senator Ted Kennedy and others ignore the vote of their states to support BO.

Plenty of women just are not going to vote for someone who has divided this country into little pieces: by gender, by age, by race, by religion and by claiming that all whites are typical and racists. Bye, bye DNC Party bosses – keep your penis rulz and false promises for the GE and McCain. You have no credibility left. You’ve let women down to often.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous CognitiveDissonance said...

I have strongly suspected for a very long time that Roe v. Wade is the sledgehammer both dems and republicans have used to keep their bases in line. Which means that it is NOT in their interests to ever let abortion rights get repealed.

Think about it. Abortion is the Christian Right's big issue. Without it, what do the repubs have to keep them in the fold? Coming from a family of fundamentalists, I know an awful lot of people who constantly vote against their best interests on the sole basis of the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade. I suspect that without that hammer, many of them would suddenly be voting their pocketbook - i.e., democrat.

The same sledgehammer has been used to keep women in the democratic fold. We have been told for years that we have to hold our noses and vote for the latest white male (or black male this time) simply to keep the SCOTUS from overturning Roe. It doesn't matter that our other interests are never addressed, that we are not fairly represented when compared to our numbers. It's always about Roe.

That's why I have a sneaking suspicion that no one is really going to allow Roe to be overturned. The minute Republicans do it, they've loosened the hold they have on the Christian Right. Not to mention women republicans who are Pro Choice (and there are more than you would think). I would bet that the next Republican to choose someone for SCOTUS will somehow make sure it goes to someone who looks conservative on paper, but isn't when it comes to Roe.

But even if I'm wrong, this is not 1970. We now have the morning after pill, which has undoubtedly done more to reduce abortions than any legislation that could have been passed. That hammer just isn't as big as it used to be. And I've been around way too long for anyone to use that fear to get my vote. Dems should be very afraid. If they manage to disenfranchise FL and MI, force SD's to vote for Obama, and push him through - even though the majority of dems didn't vote for him - I will show my displeasure in November, as will thousands more. I have grave doubts about Obama. And when it comes down to it, I'm an American first, a Democrat second. What Rev. Wright has revealed has disqualified Obama in my eyes and the eyes of middle America. He will be a train wreck in the general.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

I totally understand your feelings and concerns, as I've expressed much of the same on this blog. I just can't, at this point, bring myself to hand John McCain and the Rethuglicans the White House on a silver platter, as Nader voters did for Bush in 2000.

I'm conflicted in so many ways. I know that if we don't express our displeasure with the DNC and the direction the Democratic Party seems to be taking, they'll continue to take us for granted. But the war, at this point at least, takes precedence for me. We simply MUST extricate ourselves from this disaster and avoid any future, similar conflicts, and John McCain is almost certain to keep us in Iraq and target Iran.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Sahinzona said...

motherlode...I understand, but I'm not sure Obama will be any better than McCain...His friend and endorser and someone who has a position on his campaign (McPeak) has been quoted as saying we will be Iraq for 100 years.

My biggest problem with Obama is his failure to take a stand. He has hidden out on important issues (including hiding and not stepping foot in CT when we needed his endorsement of Ned Lamont) and I SIMPLY DON'T TRUST HIM to do what he says on the campaign trail.

I just don't know what to do. If Hillary Clinton is not the nominee this country is in grave danger.

It makes me so sad and so angry that the DNC and MSM has directed the results of this campaign.

What has happened to the voice of the people?

11:44 PM  

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