You know, I never did hear back from Senator Marrero about her wanting to drug-test non-compliant pregnant women. Not even a form ‘thanks for writing.’
Anyway, today is the day they’re going to vote to strip our right to an abortion away. It’s just a matter of whether it will include the three exceptions (proposed by the Democrats) or not. So, you know, one bill is getting passed.
Dean Dad says (not about this topic, but it feels applicable):
People with long memories would be well advised to pay very close attention over the next year or two. It’s easy to please everybody when money is sloshing around. But when the chips are down, and they are, the real priorities become clear. Some of us understand the task at hand as bringing the entire community into the conversation, and preserving the best of our values during a difficult time; others understand the task as bashing the queers. If nothing else, at least we’ll get clarity.
And isn’t that right? Here we are, Tennessee, and the chips are down. In fact, we’d better pray that all the chips are down, because another round of chip tossing is going to do us in. And now we see folks for who they truly are. When the chips are down, the Republicans think we need to punish women and gays and single people. When the chips are down, Democrats want to game the system and call it a win.
GoldnI has a post so astute about Bredesen that I just about can’t stand it. And it reaffirms my belief that this is a man who’s never been to Walmart skidding by on his ability to make decent sound-bites and other people’s prejudices about the South. I mean, he’s from Tennessee, who would ever question that he doesn’t know what it’s like to shop at Walmart? But I suspect his Walmart trips are like his Lawrence county family–hypothetical.
Don’t mind me. I’m just feeling low. I remember right after Katrina, when we were all watching and it slowly dawned on me that help wasn’t coming. That there was nobody at the local, state, or federal level with enough leadership skills and the willingness to put his or her own career on the line (because yes, you might have to break laws to save lived; you might have to piss off the wrong people to speak the truth about what’s going on, etc.) to take charge and save people. Not the messy real people who actually lived in New Orleans, who, yes, maybe should have left or, yes, maybe should have done this or maybe shouldn’t have done that. You can always find politicians willing to save all kinds of hypothetical people, but real people? Not so much.
Help wasn’t coming.
You’re on your own.
Bredesen wants to reach that hypothetical family in Lawrence county and so he’s going to turn down real money that would help real people. So, let me be clear. If you’re unemployed or under employed, if you can’t afford your home or you can afford your home but since no one on your block could you’re now paying on a $250,000 mortgage for a home worth half that, if you can’t get the healthcare you need and your baby dies and they have to put it in a ziploc baggie in a wooden box that doesn’t even have the lid nailed tight on it…
These things are things that are happening to people right now. We have no money. We have no jobs. We have no access to adequate healthcare.
And we are on our own.
And now it’s not that help is not coming. It’s that help is being turned away at the door. The legislature would rather save hypothetical babies from abortion. They’d rather save hypothetical children from the hypothetical single people who might adopt them and turn out to be crappy people. They’d rather spare the hypothetical man who isn’t the father of his hypothetical child the embarrassment of having to discover on his own that he’s been duped.
But Bredesen is going to turn away money that would help people get jobs, which makes for stable families, which would achieve things for real people right now.
That’s where our politicians’ priorities are.
While we were suffering, they were grandstanding.
And we’d be wise not to forget that.
In the next round of elections, it’s not so much who has a visible (D) or an (R) next to his or her name; it should be who has the invisible (I) for incumbent. We need to toss all these jackasses out.