In what job can you let a deadline pass without repercussions? In what job can you go home or take a break without completing your duties? At the very least you or I would leave someone responsible to see that the work is completed in our absence. With the election getting closer every day, I cannot ignore the fact that the political party that wins the majority of the House and Senate will dictate our future, even more so than the elected President. If we have learned anything from watching Republican members of Congress for the last 4 years, it is that a political party’s members have immense power. They will and have halted progressive measures endorsed by the White House. They have made passing any legislation supported by Barak Obama an impossibility. Why has the media not made a bigger deal of this? Why hasn’t the Obama campaign acknowledged this fact as publicly as possible? Would it make the President look weak? I don’t think so. I think it would enlighten the American public.
America is built on founding principles first depicted in the Declaration of Independence and later enacted into law as the Constitution of the United States of America. The Constitution along with its amendments form the cornerstone of our legal and political system. How those laws are defined, shaped and enforced depends on the Senators and Representatives WE vote into office and the bills they enact into law while representing our beliefs. Notice the bold green text used for members of Congress. I am not neglecting the influence of the American President, but merely acknowledging that it is the Congress who writes and drafts bills. The President is a leader and can influence and ultimately veto legislation; but it is under Article I. Section I. of the Constitution that, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
Notice that I bolded our beliefs in the last paragraph. That’s right. I said politicians are representing our beliefs. The concept behind voting is that you vote for the person who best represents your beliefs and your vision for the future. A politician campaigns on economic, educational, and social platforms which represent the collective interest of their constituents. Once elected, said politician drafts bills based on his/her campaign promises and your beliefs are ratified into law.
I couldn’t sleep last night. There were so many things I wanted to tell you. I had to keep saying to myself “it’s alright, you can write them tomorrow.” So, before I begin the post I promised yesterday on why women should be involved in politics, I have a few additional comments to make about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
1) It’s important to note that the Affordable Care Act provides for no-cost preventative services for men and children, as well as women. Services such as blood pressure and depression screening are included. A full list of the preventative services can be found here: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2010/07/preventive-services-list.html
2) Why is preventative care so important?
When I started my blog, I was upset at one politician’s comment and there were over 70 days until the election. Now I am furious with an untold number of politicians, there are only 53 days until the election and I am starting to feel powerless to make a change.
I decided at the very beginning that I was going to empower myself and others. I must rejuvenate myself. I must not quit, especially now with so little time and so many profoundly close-minded individuals running for office. I have so many items I wish to speak about that I will be writing for the next few days straight. Please follow the blog so you are kept up-to-date on everything that’s happening.
Today I will address the Missouri’s legislative veto overturn, which gives an employer right to dictate the healthcare of his/her employees. And more importantly, I will discuss and answer your questions regarding the health care reform act that has put women’s health care in the national spotlight, based on research and scientific studies. Lastly, to unite us and show that we are a large political front to be reckoned with, I will introduce my shop on cafepress.com where you can purchase t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise showing your support for women’s rights.
Tomorrow, I plan to spend the entire blog speaking about why it is so important for women to become involved in politics. The issues at hand are not just our rights, but our economic welfare, our education, and the U.S. wars claiming our lives and the lives of our loved ones. I will provide you with some polling figures and highlight some critical races this election session.
I plan to finish the week on Saturday with a blog dedicated to the women politicians who have been fighting for us and who need our support now more than ever. These women have suffered from discrimination, glass ceilings, and a silencing of their powerful opinions. Please be sure to come back to the blog on Saturday to be inspired, share in these women’s triumphs, and fight for their voices to be heard.
My sister has encouraged me to continue the cup of tea blogs. You know, the ones I write randomly first thing in the morning as I enjoy my caffeine fix. I hesitated and told her that not all my just-waking-up thoughts are about women’s rights and right now I feel it’s important to continue spreading that particular message. I am easily distracted and do not want to deviate onto other topics on my activist radar just yet. Unfortunately what happens is I’ll start a new project and then my original one does not receive my full attention and it takes longer to accomplish the end-goal. I don’t want that to happen with my fight for women’s rights.
With the cons well in mind, I thought about the pros to writing no matter what my thoughts. First, it would keep me in the writing spirit. Second, it would give the readers a chance to know I have other interests and feel passionately about many social and economic issues. Third, maybe I’ll think of something funny to say and get a laugh out of you 🙂
Lucky for me (and our fight for women’s rights), this morning’s coffee has found me posting comments on a Huffington Post’s Crime page article about Todd Akin’s remarks. Since I’ve already written my thoughts for the day in various posts, I’ll copy and paste them for you to enjoy in one place. This keeps me discussing women’s rights (my current project) and keeps me blogging, so you all have a chance to get to know me better.
Below is a sample email I encourage you to copy, personalize and send to as many groups and organizations as possible. Please edit so you are comfortable with the text (for example there is no obligation to share your personal phone number).
I’ve been thinking long and hard this last week as to what action I can take that will preserve the rights our ancestors fought for us to have. How can I inspire other women to take action that will show the world we will not remain silent any longer as our rights are jeopardized?
My call to action started when I read remarks made by Congressman Todd Akin. Sure, they say Todd Akin won’t win his race. But is that enough? Does that send any message? I don’t think it does. Now if he were to lose to his race by the largest margin ever recorded in election history – that might make headlines.
I propose that each person who reads this post take action to ensure uneducated, close-minded, backwards-thinking politicians do not win their races this November (I assure you, Todd Akin is not the only one). To quote my twin sister, Teresa Hill, “Let there be no confusion or mistake: if the Republican Party wins the election, women will be second class citizens without the right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.”
I usually have my most aspiring thoughts first thing in the morning as I sip my coffee or tea. I wish I had a tape recorder in my mind that would automatically write the words into the computer. I have often thought I would like to share my words, but have never tried to write them after that morning’s cup is gone. This morning, however, I feel compelled to put down in words every thought and share it with whoever will listen.
I usually check FaceBook posts in the morning to see what my friends are up to and have noticed recently the posts about the “legitimate rape” comments. I find myself upset enough to have an entire discussion with myself about the subject. I try not to get involved in political discussions – mainly because they bore me and I feel in the end common sense will prevail. There’s also the part of me that feels like once I put something on the internet, it’s out there. Others will read and judge me by it. Employers may not want to set up an interview with me. I may embarrass myself or my husband or my friends and family. Yet, this time, I remind myself that free speech is for all Americans, not just Politicians. If women 200 years ago were not afraid to demand their rights, why would I, in the 21st century be afraid to speak my own mind? Surely Abigail Adams had fears and yet today her actions and writings are revered. I even have a cousin who’s named after her.
I’m not sure if my rape would be considered legitimate or not. I don’t remember it, so I can’t describe what happened. All I know is I woke up the next morning and was only half dressed with a male acquaintance lying next to me in my bed. You see, I was 21 years old and had been drinking with friends the night before. The last thing I remember was playing cards and having a jolly good time. Then it’s morning and before my body registers anything, I say to the man to my left, “you guys are still here”? That’s when I look down at my naked bottom half and panic engulfs me. I was in shock and don’t remember him leaving the room or my roommates coming in, but I do remember the conversation that followed.