I have collected a few gems of current events, commentary and pure entertainment that I want to share with you. I always aim to educate plus my inbox needs some spring cleaning.
First off the bat, in response to my post of March 22, “No Kidding Around”, about the successful passage of health reform:
A few footnotes to this vote. Some visual images stand out remarkably for me. When the Tea Party people were massed outside the Capital and flung racist and other poisonous epithets at such freedom-dedicated representatives as John Lewis and Barney Frank, the situation became as ugly as could be. At best, this behavior was a result of the heat of the moment and at worst, it could be a much more dangerous path that uncovers the base prejudice and toxicity of our population. Nevertheless, later in the day, when Nancy Pelosi and colleagues Steny Hoyer, John Lewis and John Larson entered the Congress, they presented an image of solidarity not only in support of health care reform, but also in repudiation of the base antics of the protesters outside. It isn’t often that we see men holding hands with men, so meaningful.
Another memento I will have from the proceedings last night was the women, i.e. the female Congressional representatives, in their simple, yet loyal stance to help our children. Regardless of their religion, their political position on abortion, they so beautifully voiced their concern for bettering the lives of our children. The men also spoke about this issue, but, and it may very well be due to some prejudice within me, it was the women who made all of their statements believable and quite moving.
My son Chuck sent me a wonderful, cohesive and equally heartfelt comment that underscored the depth of my feeling for this moment in history. He wrote:
I too was struck by the “march” from the office building to the capital and how it evoked the civil rights marches of yesteryear. That as a subtle yet crucial link they made — connecting this legislation not only to social security and medicare, but also explicitly to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. A powerful image, and brilliant stagecraft on behalf of the Democrats. It’s about time.
The same goes for the women’s’ rights crowd. You’re right that the Congresswomen stole the show. Not only Pelosi with her “being a woman will no longer be a preexisting condition,” but also Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut and Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida, who mentioned her breast cancer fight, her children, and said “the nightmare ends tonight.”
I was reminded of when Obama lost New Hampshire, and when he made what I still think is his best speech — a concession speech, no less! By explicitly linking his candidacy to King and the people who came before him, and to Cesar Chavez with the “yes we can” business, he saved his campaign at that moment. I think much of this health care victory was that the Democrats finally grasped the “big picture” – that Pelosi etc. finally realized the same thing, that the Democrats have a proud history which rhetorically can be very powerful.
The other powerful moment was the Republicans’ last-ditch attempt to sabotage the bill, by using the motion to recommit to focus on the abortion issue. Total desperation and nihilism. Of course, Hoyer was ready for them with Stupak on deck, who stuck his neck out even farther than he already had done. I think his role in this is much larger than we think — not for holding out for his own abortion beliefs, but rather for being the mediator for the 7-8 other conservative Dems who he managed to keep in the fold.
His thoughts were followed by an article on Nancy Pelosi enumerating her well-adapted leadership skills to head up the Congress. Please note that this was written on 6/11/2008, almost two years before the hard-fought battle and final enactment of HRC.
(As an aside, how do you like my newly learned, savvy computer skills? Instead of just listing the particular link I want you to read, I, thanks to my daughter’s tutelage, can now just highlight one word and Presto —- you have the link!)
Secondly, my cousin, Lady Alaska, sent me this picture. Notice the words on the tablet that Lady Liberty is holding.
Thirdly, Lilleyhope always keeps me entertained by sending me gems that show that humor is always about the most obvious things. Usually, we need to take things at face value and not get too creative about reading too much into a situation:
ACCEPTING THINGS FOR WHAT THEY ARE
Little Tony was 7 years old and was staying with his grandmother for a few days.
He’d been playing outside with the other kids for a while when he came into the house and asked her:’Grandma, what’s that called when two people sleep in the same room and one is on top of the other?’
She was a little taken aback, but she decided to tell him the truth. ‘It’s called sex, darling.’
Little Tony said, ‘Oh, OK,’ and went back outside to play with the other kids.
A few minutes later he came back in and said angrily,
‘Grandma, it isn’t called sex. It’s called “bunk beds”. And Jimmy’s Mom wants to talk to you.”
And finally, an item that I have been meaning to send to you for months. Here it is. Thanks for your continues interest in this site.
With love from me to you,