You have got to be kidding me
Posted August 31, 2008on:
Two things to ponder this Labour Day Weekend:
1. New Orleans is Sinking…again
Hurricane Gustav is projected to make landfall tomorrow morning as a Category 4 Hurricane.
Folks, almost exactly three years ago Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans as a Category 3.
Can’t these people just catch a fucking break?
2. Bree Van de Kamp Hodge – I mean, Sarah Palin
I was sitting in my parents’ living room, minding my own business, when Mom flipped the TV to CBC Newsworld. They announced the presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate had picked someone named Sarah Palin as his running-mate.
Oh, I thought to myself. A woman; I wonder who she is? Hm, probably just trying to grab those PUMAs who are now voting republican because Hillary didn’t win. (yes, I think semi-colons sometimes).
So I fired up my laptop, got into dad’s wireless and asked Google who this mystery woman was.
And was promptly scared out of my skin.
I wrote earlier how I was, at the end of the day, disappointed that Hillary Clinton didn’t win – at some fundamental level, I really hoped a woman would become President. Vice-President then? It would have been bad for Obama’s legitimacy to have her as a running mate, so okay.
But Sarah Palin scares the bejeezus out of me. She is, in my (not-so) humble opinion, the kind of Republican that gives Republicans a bad name. She seems to be the Bree Van de Kamp Hodge of Alaska (read: Republican, member of the NRA, and a story on the DailyKos reads like a story from Desperate Housewives)
The MOMocrats have a good primer on Governor Palin. I’m going to leave aside the environmental concerns and the tax issues. What alarms me is the “pro-life” moniker.
Lets just get something straight: the debate on abortion is between “pro-life” and “pro-choice”; I imagine there are very few people out there who are “pro-abortion.” And if you are pro-life, great. The world needs people like you. But your values are not my values – and I value having the choice that cases like Roe v. Wade have given.
Governor Palin’s version of pro-life is to be anti-abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.
So lets get this straight: a teenager is raped, becomes pregnant and is forced to have the child and make a decision whether to give the child up for adoption or raise it herself.
Sure, there’s a choice there – a life altering choice no teenager should have to make. And you’ve put two lives in danger.
Or a pregnant woman with severe pre-eclampsia is admitted to hospital after fighting for a long time just to get pregnant. The doctors can’t control it and if they don’t terminate, the lives of the babies and the mother will be lost. One of the babies has already died, the other is struggling, and the mother is in severe danger. Take away the choice to terminate and you end up with three deaths instead of two.
On the flipside, there’s the whole issue of choice. Many women have fought long and hard to be seen as equals/near-equals to men when it comes to governing their own bodies. And it is a quick slippery slope down to reverting to a time when women had no choice.
So think about it: do you value your “fundamental freedoms” (i.e. choice) more than you value the right to life?
But she’s only set up for the Vice-Presidency. She’s basically an advisor, say those who may not agree with me.
Well, yes. And no. John McCain is 72 with a history of health problems including being in remission for cancer. If anything happens to him, she’s the one in power. She sets the agenda (*gulp*).
Are you willing to have your right to choose – not just over your own body, but over everything that women have engaged in a hard-fought, long campaign for? Are you willing to run that risk?
As Hillary Clinton said, its about policy, not personality. But its also about values. Policy, at the end of the day is about the collective values of a society. Again, those come back to democracy. The fundamental tenet of democracy is about choice: to vote (or not); to pick between candidates; to choose different candidates for different bodies.
The pursuit of happiness is vested in choice.
And those values that take away choice are simply not acceptable in a democratic country.
This post is related to the MOMocrats‘ “Palin in Comparison” series, which starts tomorrow. Go over there to read.
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