Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Republicans Are Coming

This year is another great one for the circus that lives below the 49th parallel of North America - it is election year. The two great parties of the people and for the people are squaring off against one other, beating their collective chests and saying "See how great it would be with me running the show!"

 For this election, we have in the Democrats corner the President, Barack Obama. From all that I have seen of him and about him, he appears to be a man of his word. He has really worked his butt off over this past 4 years, he has actually done something real, several actually. He repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell, he managed to save the auto industry from complete ruin and he managed to bring in a national health care bill to allow more people access to decent health care. On the negative side of the President, he is still  haunted by the whispers that he isn't a natural born citizen and he relates to the great evil that is been named Islam.

In the other corner, we have Mitt Romney for the Republicans. He appears to be a man of his word as well, thou the value of those words seems to be negligible at best. He also appears to be a very rich man, thou it is very hard to accurately asses that as a great deal of his personal wealth appears to be in off shore bank accounts. He is a very charismatic man, he would have to be. The fact that there are women in the US who will vote for him is proof of that.

The republican party has just recently made its polices clear over the past week and one of those policies or goals is to put women into their place. Yes, I know I ranted on this last week but it really bears more energy. The only question I really want to examine is why is this still an issue? Why are women still second class citizens in one of the most developed country on Earth? Why do women pay more for health care, are they denied prompt and appropriate health care, do they perform the same work as men and get paid less for it? Why is a woman who chooses to stay at home and raise her children considered not to have been working? Why are less than 10% of all rapist given any sort of jail time when every one who is raped given a life time sentence by the "justice system".

I ask to every woman in the US, how can you look at yourself in the mirror and vote for a man who will continue and add to this cycle of violence to you. To your Mothers, your Sisters, your Daughters. And to every man, who was the person who held you when you were a child? Who was the person who kisses your knee when you skinned it? Don't let the Mitt Romney continue to push that person to the back of the bus. Women don't need special treatment, special rules, they need to be treated the same. That is all they want.

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