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Citizenship is bipartisan

This morning I said to Loved-One, “Due to Trump, good things are happening.” “Like what?” he replied through a fog of sleep.  It was 5:00, afterall. “Well, Congress is taking steps to curb Executive Orders,” I said.  “That began a downward spiral with GWB, and got worse with Obama.” “True.” “And Congress is finally realizing who their boss is.  Not the President, but us.”  Loved-One is not a morning person, so I had the bully pulpit. “And a whole lot of citizens realize it’s up to us to let our Congressmen know what we want and need.” That made me…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-7

I’m mellowing into our new political climate.  Perhaps mellowing is too sedentary a word.  This weekend I began to see some plus sides.  I’m not one to use the phrase, “all things happen for a reason,” or even “it must be God’s plan.”  However, I can see that people can be energized toward good when they see the unsavory side of human nature, and we can do God’s will in the wake of tragedy.  I love our new environment stimulates so many people to demonstrate, boycott, listen, discuss, get involved in local government, etc.

Most of my sadness has abated and I can see sunshine in my days. I’m sure it helps that I literally see more sunshine and the days are getting longer, as well as warmer.

Here’s a few more things, in no particular order, that I am grateful for this Monday morning:

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock:  2017-4

We have a new President. Many people have great hope. I am reading, listening, and staying open to the possibilities. The after the inauguration, I participated in my first political rally.  The beautiful day, the positive spirit, and the thousands of men, women, and children interested in a brighter tomorrow.buoyed my confidence. Miss K, 12 years-old, accompanied me to Chicago, while two other grandchildren, Mr. N and Miss S, accompanied their mother to Washington D.C.  Miss E, 17, decided to protest the rally by staying in the D.C. hotel while her mother demonstrated.  I relish that we can disagree and…

Party Platform: Three Ring Circus.


Just in care you missed, the beginning of this series of posts starts with my preamble,

The past few weeks, I dissected the Republican and Democratic Party Platforms.

Just so I can keep everything straight, I put the information into a simple chart, like I would for corporate goals.  This is also the way CoCo’s Individual Education Plans got laid out, too.  Pretty easy to understand; I think:  We will______________ by_____________ so that______________ happens.  I added a column for how the action will be financed, too.  Sadly that’s pretty empty.

You can find my other installments here:

Installment #1:  It’s all about the Jobs and the Economy

Installment #2:  The Democrats and Principled Centered Leadership

Installment #3:  The Republicans and the Constitution

Installment #4:  The Democrats and Bringing Americans Together

Installment#5:  Health, Education, and Safety

Installment #6:  The Environment

Should we encourage the uniformed vote?

Should we encourage the uniformed to vote?

I’m back from the Labor Day weekend.  I hope you rested from your labor and enjoyed beautiful weather.  As the daylight dwindles, I know I appreciate every day with clear skies and moderate temperatures. Embed from Getty Images   This morning I woke to NPR’s Morning Edition and Steve Inskeep. Okay, it was the third “snooze,” when I finally paid attention to Steve talking to. Kareem doesn’t want us to encourage uninformed voters to vote. Marc thinks what’s going on in today’s politics goes way beyond an intelligent voting population. He can say it much better than I.     Today…

Feminist? Yes, I am.

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:  I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.  ~Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982 In the wake of both Democratic and Republican convention, I see more division, nastiness, and vitriolic dredging up of the Roe v Wade decision; a Supreme Court decision made almost 40 years ago.  I am saddened by the rage and hatred of so…

Abortion and the Presidency

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United States Supreme Court justice Harry Blackmun. Photo from official public domain Supreme Court multimedia 

Every year, on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, I set out to research and read the Supreme Court Opinion and share my own opinion.  Every year I chicken out or I get lazy, or something else is more pressing.  I know my opinion is sure to anger both my pro-life and my pro-choice friends, many of whom see things through a black-and-white, all-or-nothing lens.  As in so many things in life’s journey, this issue a complex one.

But this is an election year, and many people will vote for their President based on his position on this issue alone.  So it’s high time I did the research.  But first the disclaimers:

You will find no pictures in this post of fetuses, babies, or demonstrators on either side of the divide.  I support Barack Obama; I tend to vote Democrat.  I am pro-life.

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