Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Obama Damaging Women's Health

Governor Sarah Palin and her family have been under relentless attack by Barack Obama, David Axelrod, and their media stooges.
The following letter from "RB" is right on target regarding the sexism and misogyny of the Obama Campaign and its minions in the media. As usual, it's a story the MSM is refusing to discuss. The following letter meanders slightly, but it is a cry-from-the-heart about the devastating effects Obama has had on our society and its politics.

Dear Liz – I do hope you are doing better and your hip is healing. Knowing you, while you were cutting that branch you were stewing like me over all this negativity around women…………..

I don't know if you realize just what this election is doing to women. When I read the problems your friends are having and knowing other women Hillary supporters who are having medical issues, I see nothing but confusion, anger, depression, families fighting within themselves, friends fighting.
It all makes me feel like what have I really achieved……… in this election? Basically, one man -- Obama -- destroyed Hillary, playing the race card over and over.
I am reading such horrible comments on the websites (“whitey will wax our shoes”…… and other terrible comments about women), and I just feel like I don’t matter and other women like do not matter.
For the first time I am afraid to put a bumper sticker on my car for fear of violence. Look at how they protested in front of McCain’s house. People do not realize that this is serious stuff when you make promises, as Obama has, that you cannot keep.
There is just plain thuggery out there – all niceties and values are out the window. Nancy Pelosi apparently became a woman who broke through barriers, but now I realize that there are no barriers for women of the upper class. And when I heard Sally Quinn say of Sarah Palin, “she is not of the establishment”…….. what is that supposed to mean??
Look at how stupidly Congress is trying to add pork to a bill our COUNTRY needs for the economic crisis. The DNC blame the RNC, but THEY the Dems were at the wheel for nearly 3 years now. Did not Christopher Dodd see this, Barney Frank, and even Obama (as well as Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and others)?? You cannot blame Bush for everything – you have to take responsibility and be accountable, and they the Dems have failed to do so.
I was so against the war when all those solders were dead or badly injured, but with the surge I felt optimistic and more so now. But I do agree that this was not a war we should have had. But you cannot put back the milk once its split. What do you think?

Women were told that if you are an achiever and a mother you can "go places" – but does that mean going down only??? Hillary has been round the block, though even she must be depressed and confused with all this.
But Sarah Palin – what did she do? She rose from the ranks of the PTA, had children and one special needs child, and this is the abuse she is getting for achieving, pulling herself to reach the sky? I just cannot believe the venom and hatred spewing out of the mouths of women. The Feminist Movement is DEAD. All they have done for women is burn bras, and the rest is NADA.
I always thought that this is what the movement wanted – a woman who pulled herself up (did not whine), had a family and was successful. Boy was I wrong!!! I felt s honored to know about Gloria Steinam and told my kids all about her……….. now I wish I had not met her because she is not for women’s rights, just for one issue “pro choice” and is a true Elitist……….

Now, we have to keep on hearing all these remarks about women and this poor woman who is so far removed from Washington being picked on daily…… I know all the adage it comes with the territory, but this is not the territory – it is sheer madness and sheer vulgarity.
Look at The View, an icon of America. Barbara Walters is really down in the gutter with the company she keeps. I admired her as she had achieved so much, but she is just a shrill machine for ratings, and is really down in the gutters.

I really feel so down with this election, and I think we not just as women, but as a nation get McCain elected. I wish I did not have medical needs and was a few years younger. Believe me I would travel down to PA.

Am I the only one feeling down and depressed, or have you heard from others? What recourse do we have to this ………. From the emails of today I feel that nothing is going to help. The Empty Suit will probably give us 4 more years of hell.

Anyway, I could not sleep and just wanted to share my thoughts with you knowing your background.

Take care, my friend.


elizabird said...

Don't you realize that palin is for taking away women's rights. She is not on your side. Yes, she is a woman but she has no values that Hillary espouses. Why do you want to subject this country, me,this planet to these policies just to vote for a woman?

Chus said...

Hot news!: McCain suspends campaign

elizabird said...

Suspended--in order to avoid the debate because he knows he cannot compete with Obama's knowledge on economics. McCain was a leader and a big part of the problem that lead us to this place as Chairman of the Commerce Commmittee.

letusdiscussvt said...

Please read this from the NY Times (even if you think they are biased, there have been no indications this is not true or denials from the Palin camp) and re-consider your opinion on the election:

Wasilla Watch: Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits
Even in tough budget times, there are lines that cannot be crossed. So I was startled by this tidbit reported recently by The Associated Press: When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the small town began billing sexual-assault victims for the cost of rape kits and forensic exams.

Ms. Palin owes voters an explanation. What was the thinking behind cutting the measly few thousand dollars needed to cover the yearly cost of swabs, specimen containers and medical tests? Whose dumb idea was it to make assault victims and their insurance companies pay instead? Unfortunately, her campaign is shielding the candidate from the press, so Americans may still be waiting for answers on Election Day.

The rape-kit controversy is a troubling matter. The insult to rape victims is obvious. So is the sexism inherent in singling them out to foot the bill for investigating their own case. And the main result of billing rape victims is to protect their attackers by discouraging women from reporting sexual assaults.

That’s why when Senator Joseph Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, drafted the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, he included provisions to make states ineligible for federal grant money if they charged rape victims for exams and the kits containing the medical supplies needed to conduct them. (Senator John McCain, Ms. Palin’s running mate, voted against Mr. Biden’s initiative, and his name has not been among the long list of co-sponsors each time the act has been renewed.)

That’s also why, when news of Wasilla’s practice of billing rape victims got around, Alaska’s State Legislature approved a bill in 2000 to stop it.

“We would never bill the victim of a burglary for fingerprinting and photographing the crime scene, or for the cost of gathering other evidence,” said Alaska’s then-governor, Tony Knowles. “Nor should we bill rape victims just because the crime scene happens to be their bodies.”

If Ms. Palin ever spoke out about the issue, one way or another, no record has surfaced. Her campaign would not answer questions about when she learned of the policy, strongly supported by the police chief: whether she saw it in the budget and if not, whether she learned of it before or after the State Legislature outlawed the practice.

All the campaign would do was provide a press release pronouncing: “Prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault is a priority for Gov. Palin.”

Eric Croft, a former Democratic state lawmaker who sponsored the corrective legislation, believes that Wasilla’s mayor knew what was going on. (She does seem to have paid heed to every other detail of town life, including what books were on the library’s shelves.)

The local hospital did the billing, but it was the town that set the policy, Mr. Croft noted. That policy was reflected in budget documents that Ms. Palin signed.

Mr. Croft further noted that right after his measure became law, Wasilla’s local paper reported that Ms. Palin’s handpicked police chief, Charlie Fannon, acknowledged the practice of billing to collect evidence for sexual-assault cases. He complained that the state was requiring the town to spend $5,000 to $14,000 a year to cover the costs. “I just don’t want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer,” the chief explained.

“I can’t imagine any police chief, big city or small, who would take on the entire State Legislature on a bill that passed unanimously and not mention to their mayor that they’re doing this,” Mr. Croft said. Even if he didn’t inform her, the newspaper article would have been hard for her to miss.

In the absence of answers, speculation is bubbling in the blogosphere that Wasilla’s policy of billing rape victims may have something to do with Ms. Palin’s extreme opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape. Sexual-assault victims are typically offered an emergency contraception pill, which some people in the anti-choice camp wrongly equate with abortion.

My hunch is that it was the result of outmoded attitudes and boneheaded budget cutting. Still, Ms. Palin has been governor for under two years, and she’s running for vice president largely on her experience as mayor of tiny Wasilla — a far superior credential, she’s told us, to being a community organizer. On the rape kits, as on other issues, she owes voters a direct answer.