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Choices We Choose

Why fit in when you were born to stick out? Oh Dr. Suess – you said a mouthful.

Society wants to strangle us girls. The rules and the regulations that have been put in place by the radical right wingers on the planet that aim to stifle us and hold us in our places are becoming worn and tattered. The hierarchy and religious zealots who have forgotten what love, faith, tolerance and acceptance are really all about need to be reminded that we are alive and well and in all our fabulous female righteousness will assure our voices are finally heard.

I really don’t know much about anything when it comes to politics. When I was younger I believed that this country was great. I believed that anything was possible if you worked hard and treated everyone the way you hoped to be treated. My Irish immigrant grandmother proved through the life she created in the affluent neighborhood outside of Philadelphia that you could come to this country alone at the age of 17 and build the life you only dreamed of. She believed that if you had faith, if you were kind to strangers and friends alike and that your word was your bond – you could make something out of nothing. She believed, lived and became the American Dream.

Take a look around at what is happening in our country and around the world. Don’t be complacent – don’t shield your eyes and ears from all that is verbally and visually obvious. What happened to the logic? What happened to the fairness, common sense and unbridled opportunity? What happened to progression of literacy and conversation? Where is the common sense found when we stop, look and listen to the rhetoric – of those that are vying for power in this country – are shoving down our throats each and every day? Why does it feel that we are sliding back into a world where stupidity backed by cold hard cash out shines intelligence backed by reason and experience?

Here are a few actions taken and words actually spoken by the Republican frontrunners:

Rick Santorum:

On marriage equality – You can say I’m a hater. But I would argue I’m a lover. I’m a lover of traditional families and of the right of children to have a mother and father… I would argue that the future of America hangs in the balance, because the future of the family hangs in the balance. Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?”

On birth control: “I don’t think it works. I think it’s harmful to women. I think it’s harmful to our society to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated, particularly among the young. And I think we’ve very, very harmful long term consequences to our society. Birth control to me enables that, and I don’t think it’s a healthy thing for our country.”

Newt Gingrich:

On marriage equality – “I believe that marriage is between a man and woman. It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it just fundamentally goes against everything we know.”

On a woman’s right to choose: Newt signed The Susan B. Anthony List – which is a Pro-Life/anti-choice Pledge asking the Republican presidential candidate to commit to pro life goals if elected in 2012. (Look it up – unreal).

Mitt Romney:

On marriage equality – “This is a president (Obama) also who is attempting to pave the way for same-sex marriage in our nation by refusing through his attorney general to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. I will defend that Act and I will also defend marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.”

On woman’s right to chose: “I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.”

Really? Really? Shit.

These are the front runners for the Republican Party for the President of the United States of America. These are old men smiling and juking for the camera covering common sense with rhetoric and backward thinking. These are the dudes who want to say that the state this country is in today is because of a guy who has been in the big seat for less than 4 years. Do they and their advisors really believe that we are that collectively uneducated and fool hearty that we would even consider that possibility? This country stands where it stands today because of greed and misjudgment, self glorification and bullshit of the Bush administration and beyond. That is obvious – right??

It is time for those of us who cringe at the thought of cavemen running our world and making our decisions for us to actively get out the vote. To work hard to stand for human rights for every human and to elect (if even to simply save face) the person whose moral compass does not deviate from the LGBT community – and more specifically – does not deviate from the women in our community and beyond.

What the hell did Dr. Seuss have to do with this whole tirade??? I don’t remember. Oh yeah – I do.

In this world full of rules shaped from some stranger’s doubt – why fit in when you were born to stick out? Dare to do the unexpected and make change for good – don’t be the thing that everyone could. Be loud and be certain when you hit that high note – change the world for the better with one simple vote.

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About K. Guzman

Kathy grew up all over the US - lots of east coast time. She is a surfer girl with an unabridged curiosity. A woman whose mid life awakening continues to bring her to the place she was meant to be. Her degree in Journalism/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida is being yanked from the archives and put to good use. Her two kids are grown and rock stars in this wild world – her Harley is ready for some serious summer miles – and her heart remains open to life, women and the possibilities each day brings.

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2 Responses to “Choices We Choose”

  1. And they are all millionaires. I mean everyone who’s running — Republican, Democrat and other parties. Someone who has a great plan but zero cash has no chance of getting in to help the situation. It’s been all about the money for decades. And of course about power, and the abuse of same. I do not believe this is what our forefathers had in mind when they wrote the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. It saddens me that so-called leaders have been mixing their personal beliefs with politics and thrusting them down our throats. US government is supposed to be ABOUT the PEOPLE, not about the leaders. I despise the political climate in the US and the fawning and the egos and all the judgment, but the biggest abomination in my opinion is the blatant mismanagement of money and services. There are great monsters in the insurance, automobile, petroleum and banking industries (to name but a few) that exist because “leaders” took the government away from the people. What happened to OF BY and FOR the people? It seems now it is more like what government can do TO the people. I believe there will be another civil war; the leaders are the minority and the people will reclaim what was taken.

    Posted by Karen | March 15, 2012, 10:15 am
  2. Unfortunately the very people these blowhards attack r the ones supporting these idiots. Women across the country have bought in to this patriarchal pack of lies system. We have become a nation (for the most part) of insensitive, rude, violent, self-serving, isolated idiots. If it were not so then men like Rush Limbaugh & Newt Gingrich etc (ad nauseum) wouldn’t have any power or money at all. Yes, it’s time America woke up but sadly I believe most Americans live by the sarcastic comment an FB friend made, “Go back to sleep America, your govt is in control…Go back to sleep America, ur govt is in control…”

    Posted by eg | April 18, 2012, 12:00 pm

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