Spoiler alert: Bleeding heart liberal thinking follows.
Preach the truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world. – St. Catherine of SienaCatherine Benincasa (Catherine of Siena) was born in 1347, the twenty-fourth of twenty-five children of Lapa di Puccio Piagenti and Jacopo Benincasa. She was the first woman to be named a doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.
John had a joke about a visitor to Hell getting the grand tour and ending up in a room where thousands of people were standing in a tank of waste water, all the way up to their bottom lips. He kept hearing “mumble, mumble, mumble” and finally got close enough to hear what the people were saying. “Don’t make waves. Don’t make waves. Don’t make waves,” they were murmuring.
I don’t put an Obama sticker on my bumper because I don’t want my car keyed. I support Planned Parenthood and put a sticker showing that support on my bumper. It got ripped off. Working in the construction industry, I am well aware that my opinion on welfare, a woman’s right to choose, the death penalty, immigration, and health care is not the dominant opinion. The angry voices of Tea Party folks are loud and scary. So, I don’t say anything. I don’t make waves.
I’m tired of that. This silence of mine, and maybe some others, is hurting our nation. I’m not going to say that I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, but I will say that I don’t intend to pretend like everything’s fine.
- I listened to the Republican debate after the fact on www.npr.org. Ron Paul said that freedom to choose presents dangers that are the individual’s right to assume. When asked if that meant that we should just let an uninsured coma victim die, the audience broke into thunderous cheers.
- Shackling during childbirth is illegal in 14 states and is against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy. But women being held for immigration-related offenses classified as “criminal offenses” can still legally be handcuffed to their hospital beds by state authorities in the 36 other states. Those women can also be denied the right to have a family member in the birthing room or to hold their newborns for longer than 24 hours. Juana Villegas gave birth in the sheriff’s custody after she was stopped by local police while driving without a valid license. According to Elliott Ozment, Villegas’s lawyer, driving without a license is generally handled with a citation, not an arrest. He believes Villegas was only brought in because she was an undocumented immigrant.
- Does anybody remember the Terri Schiavo case when Republicans (chiefly) were trying to get court orders to stop her husband from letting her die? George W. Bush rushed to Washington to get a delay. Schiavo’s care was initially paid through a malpractice settlement but that money was long spent by the time her husband petitioned the court to let her pass. Medicare and state indigent care kept her alive for more than 5 years. What’s changed?
- I assume shackling a pregnant illegal alien giving birth would have met with the same thunderous applause as the uninsured coma victim. Yes, she committed a crime. She had forged documents and was in the U.S. illegally. Where’s the compassion? Is that an outdated concept like tolerance and compromise?
- Recently legislation has been introduced in Florida to repeal mandated drug testing the close to the hundred thousand Floridians, many of them kids, who receive cash assistance though a state welfare program. The average pay out is 240 dollars a month and state lawmakers want to make sure none of that money is used to buy drugs. In a similar measure, Kentucky state representative Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster) has introduced a bill that would enforce random drug testing for all adult Kentuckians receiving welfare, food stamps or Medicaid which he stated would save money for the state. Napier’s legislation was cosponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg).
- Bob’s son told me about this measure. He, and 70% of the Floridians, think this is a great idea. I don’t. Rick Scott, governor of Florida, is the co-founder of the drug testing company. (He recently gave his shares to his wife.) With 93,000 Floridians receiving assistance and testing average costs of $50 per person, somebody’s making some cash.
If this approach worked, then putting addicts in prison and taking their children away would make us stop using. It doesn’t work like that. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a disease. I would have wanted to stop using drugs so I could pass the test. I would have promised God and everyone that I wouldn’t use drugs. I couldn’t have done it. It’s a disease. It doesn’t go away with promises or wishes or the best intentions.
I’m tired of having the loudest, most hate filled voices be the tones that our representatives follow. I’m tired of feeling like I’m not represented in Washington or Austin because my reps and senators (with the exception of my state senator Judith Zaffirini) and governor are all Republicans. I do call. I do write letters and send emails. Is anyone in Washington or Austin really listening?
I don’t think so.