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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Nation Organization of Women

Somehow Bug would up on an email list for NOW yes the National Association of Gals is emailing Bug. that in and of its self just causes me to go into fits of giggles but I digress… Here is the email and my comments/questions line by line.


Not Every Woman Supports Women's Rights (what rights? The right to free speech? The Right to bear arms?)

August 29, 2008

Statement of NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy on the Selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's Vice Presidential Pick (clearly they will be thrilled at the notion that a woman could be VP, right?)

Sen. John McCain's choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical effort to appeal to disappointed Hillary Clinton voters and get them to vote, ultimately, against their own self-interest. (See Kim right off the bat you lost me… See McCain picked Palin because she is hardcore right-wing. He and the GOP are looking to energize the base with this move not appeal to disaffected Hillary voters)

Gov. Palin may be the second woman vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, but she is not the right woman. (I’m not sure that you in and of yourself are qualified to judge that… I believe that we get to vote on that one dear… all of us) Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women's rights, just like John McCain. (Again, what rights? The right to redress? The right to peaceable assembly?)

The fact that Palin is a mother of five who has a 4-month-old baby, a woman who is juggling work and family responsibilities, will speak to many women. (And well it should) But will Palin speak FOR women? (No as the VP she will speak more for McCain given that that is what the VP does) Based on her record and her stated positions, the answer is clearly No. (See Above)

In a gubernatorial debate, Palin stated emphatically that her opposition to abortion was so great, so total, that even if her teenage daughter was impregnated by a rapist, (Have you ever met a woman that got pregnant from consensual sex Kim?)she would "choose life" -- meaning apparently that she would not permit her daughter to have an abortion. (You could have saved us a whole bunch of time by just saying this at the beginning Kim you don’t like her because she doesn’t worship at the alter of freely available abortion)

Palin also had to withdraw her appointment of a top public safety commissioner who had been reprimanded for sexual harassment, although Palin had been warned about his background through letters by the sexual harassment complainant. (We wouldn’t want someone with that kind of history to be in a position of power, unless they were, say, um, The President of the United States of America. I know one top official was impeached over that kind of behavior Kim, but your organization still supported him.)

What McCain does not understand is that women supported Hillary Clinton not just because she was a woman, but because she was a champion on their issues.(Oddly enough McCain does get this.) They will surely not find Sarah Palin to be an advocate for women.(Again not the VP’s job Kim)

Sen. Joe Biden is the VP candidate who appeals to women, with his authorship and championing of landmark domestic violence legislation, support for pay equity, and advocacy for women around the world. (Unless their Muslim women in places like Afghanistan Iraq or Iran)

Finally, as the chair of NOW's Political Action Committee, I am frequently asked whether NOW supports women candidates just because they are women. (No you’ll support the rapists, William Jefferson Clinton, for example but not the offspring!) This gives me an opportunity to once again answer that question with an emphatic 'No.'(Again the only thing that matters to NOW is the unrestricted access to abortion) We recognize the importance of having women's rights supporters at every level but, like Sarah Palin, not every woman supports women's rights.(Again what rights? The Right to a speedy trial?)

So here is the thing she keeps referring to “Women’s rights” as if this is some how a body of legislation or an amendment before congress. All she ever actually brings up that is different from “human rights” is abortion. So why not just say it? You don’t like Palin because she would, and did, chose life. I thought you were all about choice? Now before everybody gets all crazy I am not anti abortion. I am pro states rights, and if a state wants to outlaw abortion then I think it is up to the people of that state to decide. But of course liberals don’t trust democracy.

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May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~