Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Not Angry Yet

Why should women be angry?

We should be angry because, after decades of fighting for equal rights, women are more than ever treated as decorative hood ornaments.  Our governor here in South Carolina is an example.

Nikki Haley is cute, flirty and manipulative, just the traits men like in a woman.  It makes them feel more manly when a woman pretends to be in charge while she is doing exactly what you want her to do.

She is the decorative hood ornament that keeps us in our place.  She is there to prevent women from having equal pay for equal work.  She makes sure women that are raped and abused don't make a fuss.  She won't help you pay for your daughter to have an HPV vaccine, because she can't order you to do it, which is what she would have preferred.  She is not going to make sure that you or your daughters get education and training unless you can pay for it your own damn self.

But we aren't most of us angry.  We are worn out, beaten down.  We haven't been taught to think for ourselves, so we continue to believe what we are told.

It's time to get angry.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Winning Cause

One of the biggest problems with Obamacare has been the failure to sing its praises.  This may well be because, after the right-wing backers backed off their own original proposals and the blue dog Democrats decided to play "Let's Make a Deal" none of us was all too happy with what was left.

But I believe that the Affordable Care Act was truly the result of democracy in action.  What we got was phenomenal:

1.  All Americans would be guaranteed affordable health care.

2.  Children could remain on parents' plans until age 26.

3.  The Medicare "donut hole" would be closed, ensuring continued drug coverage for the elderly.

4.  Health care coverage could no longer be denied due to a preexisting condition.

5.  Insurers could no longer place lifetime caps on coverage.

Hurray!  Right?

Predictably, our own "representatives", Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and of course the lovely Jim DeMint, are continuing to stand up against health coverage for all South Carolinians.

Even if the Federal Government gives us the money.

Ezra Klein, filling in for Rachel Maddow, gave a very clear and comprehensive narrative of what the Medicaid expansion, made optional to states by the Supreme Court decision, means to South Carolina, specifically.

It is bad business and just plain old meanness to deny South Carolinians this federally supported health care.

So isn't Obamacare the absolute best issue to run on this election season?  Shouldn't all our candidates be listing all the benefits that will be lost if voters support people like Tim Scott?  This is our big chance to get our act together, here in the Democratic Party of South Carolina, and be of one voice, and be heard loud and clear.

Isn't it time the people of South Carolina knew what the Affordable Care Act means for them?