Rick Scott… Go Home, You’re Drunk

I beg you, leave the state of Florida in peace and sanity. Or at least peace. Just go, Mr. Scott.

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Until next time,

-M

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Rick Scott… Go Home, You’re Drunk

Sanders: Planned Parenthood Part of “Establishment”

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Political contests, especially in this country where everything focuses on the candidate instead of the party, are high-tension situations. I get that. I get that verbal slips are made in these situations. It’s how one reacts to these verbal slips that matters.

One of those slips happened on Tuesday night, when Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made a comment on television implying that Planned Parenthood and several other progressive interest groups including NARAL and the Human Rights Campaign were part of the political establishment that his candidacy is fighting against. The one thing all of these organizations have in common, other than nor normally being described as establishment and fighting for progressive causes? They’ve all endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Interest groups endorse presidential candidates all the time, nothing special or newsworthy about that.

Except in the case of Planned Parenthood. Just two weeks ago news broke that Planned Parenthood was making its first endorsement in a presidential primary ever, and it was endorsing Hillary Clinton over her rival. The head of the organization had the following to say about this endorsement, quoted from above link:

“Let’s be clear — reproductive rights and health are on the ballot in 2016,” said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. “We’re proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

“No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women or such a clear record on behalf of women’s health and rights,” she added. “This is about so much more than Planned Parenthood. Health care for an entire generation is at stake.”

Before this endorsement, Democrats were united in defending Planned Parenthood from an unprecedented attack from Capitol Hill Republicans who were attempting to starve the organization of funds and shut it down entirely in the same way ACORN was shut down just a few years ago. This is nothing new for an organization that’s been breaking barriers since its founding in 1916 when its founding members were arrested for opening a birth control clinic. To this day it vehemently defends reproductive rights and its leading members regularly face harassment and even death threats for doing so. Nothing about that should sound to anyone like an “establishment” organization. And yet, in the middle of a primary that the country is watching closely and considering a referendum on progressive values, many in the Sanders camp are defending rather than even attempting to explain this opinion.  If the Sanders campaign wants to be the organization known for defining what it means to be a progressive, it should start by explaining to the American people what a Senator who’s been in Washington so long his hair had color to it when he first got there is doing calling a group of dedicated progressive women under daily attack from other politicians in that same city part of the “establishment.” I have great respect for the man, but I believe if he’s going to fight against the establishment he first has to be honest and acknowledge that he has been an active part of that establishment for decades, as has Hillary, as have most politicians in Washington. Both candidates, in fact, are far more of the establishment than Barack Obama, a Hawaiian born to a mixed race family, raised in Indonesia, the product of public schooling, former community organizer. If you want someone with a legitimate anti-establishment background, Barack’s your man.

Maybe asking who’s pro “establishment” is the wrong question. Maybe Senator Sanders and Mrs. Clinton both should be asking themselves a far more important question: if they actually have what it takes to succeed the most successful American president since at least FDR.

Sanders: Planned Parenthood Part of “Establishment”

Planned Parenthood v NRA

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Oh, the things I see on the pages of conservatives I’m friends with on Facebook. I’ll be the first to admit that I troll their walls as a means of finding things to write about. There, I said it. No shame, but neither am I proud.

Rather than touching on this for factual clarity, I want to point out something that this freaky meme has backwards: diction.

It has long been a joke between my twin sister and I that the “author uses diction.” This should be obvious to anyone who has ever been through high school English class, but sometimes fails to sink in. Word choice is one of the most important things in our society from books to movies to games. See the video I link to at the end for more on that – it’s a fun watch and very informative.

Here, whoever made up this little image that was, doubtlessly, shared all around Facebook, implies that it is wrong that stricter gun control tries to go into effect in the wake of 90 deaths; while it is equally wrong that Planned Parenthood gets federal funding for 3000 murders each year.

Let’s roll back right there. First off, we don’t “lose” people to gun violence. People are taken from the human race by other people with guns, many of whom are probably unable to understand what they’ve done on an empathic level. Most of these “losses” are murder.

Whereas Planned Parenthood doesn’t “murder” 3000 babies every day. There are approximately 3000 abortions in America each day and in excess of 100,000 world wide in the same span. These aren’t murder, but are an informed decision on the part of a woman and a doctor that impregnation does not a child make.

I’m not sorry; a fetus isn’t a child; it’s potential that can bless or ruin a person or family and it’s their choice, not yours, whether or not that potential is met. I’m not sorry you’re hurt over the NRA taking slag for the last year of shootings. I am tired of watching my President (almost) in tears because there has been a shooting almost every day for the last year and a half. I’m tired of the killings and the damned morons cradling a gun in one hand and their limp, impotent life in the other that I call countrymen.

So let’s back off of Planned Parenthood and worry about the real problem: people with guns who think using their guns to get their way is a good idea.

Use your words.

Until next time,

-M

Planned Parenthood v NRA