I’m Back And It’s Finally Over

I’ve been on vacation with Manthing’s family in the Outer Banks, Duck, NC to be more exact.

It was a nice vacation lots of doing nothing in particular. I read, did a little research for an article, some cross-stitching, lots of laying around, kid- wrangling (we have 6 nieces, ages 3 to 12), swimming, movie watching and video game playing.

I also got together with some dear friends also down on vacation for an afternoon of shopping. Manthing and I took a trip to the Aquarium at Roanoke Island , where I delighted in watching the Otters. I got used to nothing in particular, quickly. Photos forthcoming.

But now I am back and I got my Rantipants on.

Last night, I got an e-mail regarding my comment on Twitter about Obama. So far, I haven’t made public comment on the DEM Race. I am so fucking glad it’s over, I nearly wet myself. But now, it seems more than a little obvious to me that what the American people want (the popular vote) is not what is important here.

I belong to neither party. I see my political leanings as moderate. I
vote my conscience, who I believe is the best person for the the
job and as a famous Queen once said: "We are not amused".

The choices presented
to me suck- big green ones. Obama or McCain: a choice between bad and worse.

There’s a lot of talk about Civil Rights and how far we’ve come, "in just 50 years", now that Obama has enough Dem Delegate votes to win the nomination at the convention. It isn’t only that he is inexperienced, Obama’s speech/pandering last night was nauseatingly condescending and sickeningly hypocritical. To her credit, Clinton stuck to the topic at hand and thanked everyone who has supported her and continues to do so.

Just as I would not vote for Clinton based solely on her gender, I would not vote for a man or a woman based on their ethnicity. That’s right I said ethnicity and not race. To refer to Obama as a different race, is stupid. Despite skin pigmentation and ethnicity differences, he is still a member of the human race is he not? 

This Dem nominee race has also seen a little history repeating itself. No matter how things change, they still stay the same.

In 1848 the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Fall, NY. 68 women and 32 men sign a Declaration of Sentiments,
which outlines grievances and sets the agenda for the women’s rights
movement. A set of 12 resolutions is adopted calling for equal
treatment of women and men under the law and voting rights for women.

The Emancipation Proclamation abolished American slavery in 1863.

The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865, made abolition law and prohibited all forms of slavery.

"
Section 1. Neither
slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime
where  of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within
the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction".

 

The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1869 gave Black men the right to vote.

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote
shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on
account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Seventy years later, the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1919 gave women the right to vote.

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be
denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of
sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this  article by appropriate legislation."

True enough, it is a historical first that an American woman campaigned for a presidential nomination and it only took 22 years. The first woman to run for "high office" was Ferraro in 1984.

I won’t pretend I won’t be disappointed if Clinton chooses to become Obama’s running mate. In thinking about it, it does take the sting out of a nomination for Obama. If change from the status quo is what we are truly looking for then perhaps, tenatively and cautiously I would be open to voting an Obama/Clinton ticket. Once I quit retching, anyway. Worse than an Obama/Clinton ticket  would be a McCain/And Anyone He Picks ticket.

Given how history appears to repeat itself, I wonder if I will see another qualified woman run for and win the office of President of the United States in my lifetime. I sure hope it won’t take 81 years to see a qualified woman in the office of the President of the United states.

In case you are interested you can find a pretty comprehensive list of Women Presidents Appointed Heads of state around the world here.

*Note: I used the candidates voting records instead of the usual wiki bios in the links.

***UPDATE***

For those interested:

You can find info about Victoria Woodhull here.

Info about Margaret Chase Smith can be found here.

Info about Shirley Chisholm can be found here.

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5 thoughts on “I’m Back And It’s Finally Over

  1. This morning I typed a search in for “altered artist” because on my sites I call myself a “collage artist & creator of connections” but recently I have been thinking about how I create more than collage and maybe I should change my title to “altered artist” Not that I am so into titles but you know how it goes when you are creating a site. The first link in my search was to your altered artists site. Which I browsed through and absolutely LOVED! at the end I clicked on “you can find me here” and was sent to this blog where I have just read your post. How refreshing to read your words!!! Everyone in the creative blogger community has seemed to (sometimes blindly) jumped on the Obahma bandwagon. I have kept my political views to myself on my blog, but I am a Clinton supporter. I wasn’t always…I listened and read and made my decision by conscious too.
    Thank you for this post.
    I am going to browse around your creative happenings some more.
    Nice to meet you!
    Take care,
    Melba McMullin

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  2. Hey Kid Sister- I see I should have been more succinct in stating that Ferraro is the first woman to campaign for a Presidency to date.
    Clinton is the first woman in recent memory to run for the Presidency and win both the primary and the popular vote.
    Granted that women could not legally vote until 1920, technically Woodhull's run for the Presidency wasn't valid. Other factors also played a part such as her age and her gender in general. Thankfully, times are somewhat different now.
    Margaret Chase Smith was nominated but did not actually seek nomination and was also the first woman to be elected to both the House and Senate.
    Shirley Chisholm tossed her hat in the ring and lost to George McGovern. She was also the first Black woman elected to Congress.
    IMO- all of them are extraordinary women.

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  3. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Of course – I always have something to say though, just as a friendly fyi: neither Ferraro nor Clinton were the first women to run for “higher office” – though Ferraro is the first (and only) woman to be nominated and run as VP from a major party. And the both are likely the ones to have had the best shot at winning, and Clinton was the first to win a presidential primary. And should have been the first to win a nomination based on experience and qualifications, but I’m preaching to the choir here.
    (In case anyone is interested, the first was Victoria Woodhull in 1872 with Frederick Douglass as her running mate – she was quite a woman. The Repubs had the first woman to be placed in nomination at a convention of a major party in 1964 – Margaret Chase Smith. I know Shirley Chisholm ran in ’72, but don’t know if she was the first Democrat.)

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  4. While I might disagree with you as to qualifications of the various candidates, I totally and completely agree with you about the “human race” lens through which we ought to view things.

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