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Thanks, America, for electing Barack Obama president

Posted in 1, Politics with tags , , on November 5, 2008 by bloggingmom67

Fox and CNN have called it: Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States.

I can’t even explain how I feel: joyful, exhausted, thrilled, delighted, excited, optimistic, hopeful. There’s really no one word for the rush of emotions surging through my body.

But I also feel thankful, very thankful. I’m thankful that our nation has spoken and pulled itself out of its apathy to elect a leader who I believe will be good for American — and the world.

I’m thankful that, perhaps, we can begin to rebuild our nation and improve our status in the world. I believe we can change the way the world thinks of us — as spoiled, ethnocentric brats who use much of the world’s resources and in return tell other countries what they should do.

I’m not Pollyanna. I know that Obama has his work cut out for him, and that no man — or woman — could fix every problem in our nation.

But I’m hopeful and thankful that he can begin to make change. Did I say YEAH yet! If not, YEAH!!!!

Thanks, America.

Love ya,

Bitchy mommy.

Sarah Palin’s missed opportunities

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , on November 2, 2008 by bloggingmom67

I’m not a Sarah Palin fan for many reasons, including the fact that I think she lacks the experience to run for vice president and the fact that she can’t seem to answer a single question without her flaks telling her what to say.

But what really annoys me about her is she missed a great opportunity to make headway for women. She’s a working mom with five kids, including a child with a special need. She could have used the platform she has to support issues important to women — but she didn’t.

She could have used it as a platform to explain that she’s lucky. She can bring her baby to work to nurse but many women don’t have that right. She can juggle work and family because she has support from her husband and money to pay for help, but so many women are struggling because they can’t.

She could have explained that she didn’t take family leave after Trig was born because she decided not to — but that so many women can’t take the three months of unpaid leave allowed in federal law after childbirth because the can’t afford it.

She could have explained that if one of her kids is sick, she won’t get fired from her job for leaving early to check on the child. But many women would if they have jobs that don’t allow family sick days at all.

She could have asserted the need for quality early intervention for children with special needs because so much research indicates it really helps these children live a quality life. Some states do a much better job than others in this regard, so the services a special needs child gets is often a function of where he or she lives and how pushy his or her parents are.

She could have pushed for paid family leave, mandatory sick days for workers, flexible hours for workers, support for early intervention programs.

She could have done so much. But she didn’t. When women get these national platforms they need to fight for all of us. Perhaps she doesn’t believe in these things. Perhaps they aren’t a priority. Certainly, I realize she had to fit into John McCain’s agenda.

But it is such a missed opportunity.

Sarah, if you want an example of what you could have said, read this blog written by Michelle Obama. It’s spot on.

Is Sarah Palin really that hot?

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , on October 29, 2008 by bloggingmom67

This won’t sound like it, but it’s really a serious question: Is Sarah Palin really all that?

I keep hearing how hot she is.  My husband told me repeatedly how hot she is as we watched the vice presidential debate, but I suspect he was just trying to annoy me. (Mission accomplished, by the way.)

But then today I read a column by Kathleen Parker, of the Orlando Sentinel, where she posits that John McCain picked Palin because he was “smitten.”  She’s cites a 2003 study out of Canada that found pretty women inhibit men’s ability to predict the future.

So McCain meets Palin and finds her so attractive that he doesn’t think about the fact that she is totally unqualified for the office of vice president. What?

Can this really be possible? First, are men really that stupid or vulnerable to their basest instincts? If I were a guy, I’d be insulted to be labeled a person who is so evolutionarily programmed that he can’t use reason to override lust. And, I guess, I just don’t believe it.

Perhaps McCain can’t override his attraction to think about the future, but I do believe many man can. At least I hope so. Besides, if men couldn’t think rationally with a pretty gal around how would our nation — which, let’s face it, is still controlled mainly by men — function. Oh, yes, it’s sort of falling apart. Guess I just debunked my own argument.

Anyway, I just don’t think Palin is that hot. I think she’s attractive, above-average attractive, perhaps. But she’s attractive in a “she could be one of my friends — OK, my hottest friend” kind of way not in a movie-star way.  As a male co-worker put it, she hot in a librarian kind of way?

Good grief. And that’s hot enough to impact the future of our nation? I just don’t get it.

I think Barack Obama will win, but I’m worried he won’t

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , on October 27, 2008 by bloggingmom67

As the election nears, I’m starting to feel a bit panicky. What if Obama doesn’t win?

Seriously, it makes me feel a bit anxious. I don’t think I can go through four more years with this mess the Republicans have made with our country.  I just don’t think our country can continue on in this route.

So I’m worried. I’m one of those people who believe Al Gore was robbed and that he really was the true winner in the race against George Bush. I remember feeling so down when I found out the court had ruled Bush the winner. That feeling will be worse if Obama loses.

I read the polls a lot, and Obama is still ahead, by various percentage points, depending on the poll. But I worry because I truly believe there are many racist people in our nation, and that makes me concerned that when push comes to shove, they won’t pull the lever for a black man.

I think Obama faces a tough job if elected. He needs to dig us out of economic disaster. He needs to restablize the economy. He needs to convince the world that we aren’t the imperialistic, egotistical, self-absorbed spoiled brats that many outside the United States think we are. He needs to end the war. He needs to bring the troops home.

I believe he can do it. I just worry he won’t get the chance.

Sarah Palin and the $150,000 shopping spree

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by bloggingmom67
It bothers me a lot that $150,000 was spent on remaking Sarah Palin’s image. It bothers me on several levels.

First, if I were a donor to the Republican Party (which I am not) I wouldn’t be thrilled my donation was used for highlights, outfits and shoes. I understand the party did nothing illegal in using campaign contributions for clothes, shoes and hairstyles for Palin. But just because it’s not illegal doesn’t make it right.

Second, it troubles me that it was considered vital to spend that much money on the female candidate and not on a male candidate. Now, perhaps, $150,000 has been spent on John McCain’s hair or his suits or his shoes. Or maybe this much has been spent on Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Maybe, but I doubt it.

This much was spent on Palin, in my opinion, because she’s a woman. I’m not a fan of her policies, but she is attractive. Of all four candidates, she’s arguably the most attractive. So why does she need a $150,000 makeover and McCain can stay gray, and Obama and Biden can wear their normal clothes and shoes.

Why? Because we still in a sexist country where women are judged more by how they look then men. It’s the same reason why I feel compelled to dye my hair to cover the gray and my husband wouldn’t think of it. I’ll be considered an old biddy with gray hair; he won’t.

In all this, I don’t blame Palin. As I said, I’m not a fan of hers. I don’t think she’s qualified to be vice president and I think McCain erred in picking her. But one thing I suspect about her is that she’s as uncomfortable shelling out that much money for clothes, shoes and makeup as I would be.  I don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing she’s a “buy it off the rack on sale at Kohl’s” kind of gal just like me.

What saddens me the most is that this $150,000 makeover is clearly intended to grab the female, not the male vote. Most guys, at least straight ones, wouldn’t know a Dolce & Gabanna from a Target special. And most guys I know think a woman who is hot looks hot, regardless of the name brand of her clothes or even whether she’s in style. So if this money was to woo the male vote, it’s lost on many of them. I noticed that Palin’s hair was newly highlighted at the vice presidential debate, not my husband.

So this money is meant to woo us women, women who might think her dowdy in less high-end clothes or who might criticize in that catty way women sometimes have if another woman’s dress isn’t impeccable. That’s the part that really troubles me. First, the Republicans thought we would vote for her just because she has a vagina. Now, they think we’ll vote for her just because she has the designer clothes we might wish we have.

I know I’m really not that shallow. I hope American women really aren’t either.  Let’s show them we’re not.

Why I’m voting for Barack Obama

Posted in 1, Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2008 by bloggingmom67
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Before the primary, I was supporting Hillary Clinton. I just like her. I think she’s smart; I think she has the mettle to be president; and her views on many issues mirror my own. But she didn’t make it to the nomination, so I turned my thought to Obama.

Honestly, at first I didn’t know much about him and worried that he didn’t have the experience to be president. I still wish he had more experience under his belt, but I’ve really grown to support him. I will vote for him, and her is why:

  • He cares about the middle class: He proposes tax breaks for all but those who make $250,000 or more. That’s me, and most people I know. And I could use a tax break, and so could many Americans. I don’t believe that giving tax breaks to the rich will help the poor. And the swath between rich and poor is getting ever wider in this country. I don’t know that he can change that, but I know he’ll try. And I don’t believe for a minute his tax plan will hurt small businesses. I think it may hurt big businesses, but I think the little guy — and gal — needs the support he’s proposing.
  • He cares about the uninsured and underinsured: I think he sees that our health care system is in crisis. Children, babies, older people, employed workers — so many of them lack insurance or have to pay high prices for insurance. I’m not sure his health care proposal is perfect, but he seems to realize the problem really is at a crisis point and something must be done. That’s a start, in my mind.
  • He wants to end the war: I was never a fan of this war, and I feel it has waged too long. I think it will take real political will to finish our job and leave. I think he’ll move toward that will some speed.
  • His running mate could take over if he died: I realize that sounds macabre, but it’s something we all need to consider when we vote. Sen. Joe Biden is more than qualified to be president, I think. Sarah Palin’s qualifications pale in comparison.  Palin as president scares me even more than John McCain as president scares me. I feel we’d be in good hands with Biden if, God forbid, something happened.
  • He seems calm in a crisis: My impression of him at the debates and from news reports is he’s completely unflappable. I admire that because I’m not really like that. Sure, I can handle pressures up to a point, but then it really starts to get to me. Obama is the type of person I’d want to be deciding key decisions like whether to attack another country or how to handle a conflict or whether to use those nuclear codes. McCain, on the other hand, seems easily agitated. I can relate to that as a person, but I’m not sure it’s the temperment for a president.
  • It’s the economy, stupid: I truly believe that our economy wouldn’t be in the toilet if a Republican president hadn’t ruled the country for the past 8 years. I may be wrong. I’m not economist. But I don’t think President Bush’s policies helped. In fact, I think his lack of regulation led to the recent Wall Street mess. My hope is Obama could attempt to turn this dire situation around.
  • He cares about young children: During the first presidential debate, McCain said he’d solve the economic crisis but cutting off federal funds to all programs except the war, veterans and a few others that he didn’t specify. Obama countered that McCain’s plan was using a sledgehammer when you need a scalpel. He specifically mentioned that he supports funding for early education. I agree with Obama. We can’t afford to cut off social programs because of this mess. That will just mean that people on the edge will fall off a cliff. And many of those people are families with children, so children need more support today than ever.

See you on Election Day.

Why is abortion the only moral issue?

Posted in Politics, Ranting with tags , , , , on October 21, 2008 by bloggingmom67

This is really starting to piss me off. Why is abortion considered the only moral issue in the election — and not an unjust war or millions of people without health care or tax breaks only for the wealthy?

I’ll back up a bit to explain my rant. My dad went to Mass yesterday, and the priest pretty much told the congregation that it is a sin to vote for Barack Obama because he is pro-choice.  The priest told them the only moral choice is to vote for a pro-life candidate.

I just don’t understand this argument. I consider myself a good Catholic, and I’ve read the Bible cover to cover several times. The Jesus I read about in the New Testament cared for the poor, the downtrodden and those whom the rest of society didn’t care about. Yes, I believe Jesus cares about unborn babies, but I also believe he cares about senior citizens on fixed incomes and civilians — and soldiers for that matter — who die in war and families who go into debt or declare bankruptcy because they don’t have health insurance.

I believe all these issues are “moral” issues because they are tied to right and wrong.

I believe God expects us to use our intellect and our hearts in making decisions, and I think everyone has to listen to his or her own conscience. If your conscience tells you that abortion is the only issue that God cares about, so be it. Vote that way. But my conscience doesn’t.

I believe economic policies that reward the greedy are immoral. I believe that social programs that leave people hungry or homeless or in abusive homes are immoral. I believe an energy policy that destroys our Earth’s resources is immoral.

One of my favorite Bible passages is in the Gospels where Jesus throws money changers who were selling wares out of the temple because they shouldn’t have been doing that in a house of God. If Jesus were on Earth today, I picture him growing angry at many things, including the recent Wall Street greed that necessitated at $700 billion bailout with taxpayer’s money.

I believe it’s our “moral” duty to weigh how a candidate stands on all these issues — not just one.

And I think it’s questionable that a member of the clergy should try to tell people how to vote. Priests have a lot of power because Catholics are brought up to believe they speak for God. That means some people will listen to priests in a way they won’t listen to anyone else, so priests must be extra careful not to abuse that power. I think preaching politics from the pulpit does abuse that power — let alone compromise the separation of church and state.

I know some will say I’ve concocted my own version of God that I can live with.  There’s some truth to that. Just as a Republican may see Jesus as more conservative, I see Jesus as a Hippie-like liberal. The difference is I don’t believe you’re damned if you don’t agree with me.

What do you think?

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