At Kent State University, May 4, 1970.
This was also the date of the only major Vietnam War confrontation at my university: in response to the shootings and deaths and Kent State, students at Illinois State went to the flag pole on the quad and lowered the flag to half mast. Workers building what is now the library and the student union left their work site and raised it back up—among other things, symbolizing the class divide regarding the Vietnam War, in which college students who were exempt from the draft protested the war, while working class people vulnerable to the draft supported it.
America in a nutshell.
Left of Center
I am a professor at the University of North Carolina. I am a Westerner by birth and temperament, but after nearly two decades in this gentle, Southern state, I was until recently proud to call it home.
Today, it looks likely to be the case that my beloved home will pass an amendment to its Constitution that will make me a permanent second-class citizen. Last night, I talked with my husband of 12 years what we should do. Should I look for a job elsewhere? I love UNC. I love its students. But it is clear that a majority of its voters will carve in large, bloody letters hatred into the Constitution.
Should I uproot myself? I plan on writing the Chancellor of the University on Wednesday to let him know that I will start the years-long process of finding a new job. I am heartbroken. American Theocracy is a real thing - and the machinery of a pluralist, democratic state has been hijacked.
Truly, my heart breaks.
from The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan by Andrew Sullivan
This is heartbreaking.
I realize that most of the people who follow this blog are more interested in American politics than politics elsewhere, but let me take a brief moment to suggest you all pay a lot of attention to today’s elections in France and Greece. They are, in large measure, referenda on austerity, one…
On a much smaller scale, take a look at the local elections in the UK last week and the major Labour wins on the ground level. I’d hazard a guess that those wins weren’t because Ed Milliband is a great leader (he isn’t) but were rather a referendum on the coalition government (and probably on the SNP and the independence referendum in Scotland as well.)
No. The American people don’t want to vote for a loser. They don’t want to vote for someone that hasn’t been successful. I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they, too, can succeed.
John Boehner on Mitt Romney.
Politicalprof: Because if there is one thing one can say definitively about Barack Obama, it’s that as the son of a single mother who worked unspeakably hard to get her son the opportunity to get an education that then got him the chance to win scholarships to Columbia and Harvard, where he excelled:
he’s a loser.
My thesis abstract, as written by Microsoft Word.
Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?
Sometime slightly before midnight today, April 18, Paul Revere began his 1775 ride to warn the Americans that the British were coming the next day to try to seize the Americans’ arsenals at Lexington and Concord. The events set in motion the combat phase of the American Revolution.
Paul Mccartney sent Ringo Starr a postcard on January 31st 1969 (the day after the band’s performance on the roof of Apple Studios) saying: “You are the greatest drummer in the world. Really.”
The war on women is not exclusive to liberal women. Just because a woman won’t vote for Obama doesn’t mean the restrictive measures sweeping state legislatures across the country - and attempts at the federal level - can’t affect her.
The “war on women” - referencing legislation that restricts access to abortion, contraceptives, family planning and other reproductive health services - is applicable to all women. It does not apply only to the most liberal of us. Take note:
- “Virtually all women (more than 99%) aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method. […] Among the 43 million fertile, sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant, 89% are practicing contraception.” [Guttmacher]
- “In the United States, publicly financed family planning prevented 1.94 million unwanted pregnancies in 2006, according to the Guttmacher Institute… The result of those averted pregnancies was 810,000 fewer abortions, the institute said. Publicly financed contraception pays for itself, by reducing money spent through Medicaid on childbirth and child care. Guttmacher found that every $1 invested in family planning saved taxpayers $3.74.” [Nick Kristof]
With the Rosen vs. Romney debate stewing, I’m reminded that the war on women is about gender, not the political ideology of various women. Hillary Rosen deserves the heat she’s receiving, but this condescending comment is not exclusive. Women still ride the bittersweet line of being scolded for working too much while not spending enough time at home and being labeled as a weak and ineffective member of society for staying home to raise their children. (It’s also in extremely poor taste to criticize the work ethic of a woman who is battling multiple sclerosis.)
Even for women who do not face life-altering medical conditions, raising kids is not an easy job. I think Michele Bachmann is a wretched lawmaker, but I bet she’s worked her ass off to raise her five children and 23 foster children.
Let’s clear the air on one thing right now: Rosen’s comment does not negate the existence of the GOP’s “war on women.” Additionally, one asinine remark does not signify a war here, unless a slew of Democrats come out of the woodwork slamming stay-at-home mothers.
However, passing countless laws restricting access to contraceptives, attempting to criminalize abortions at a detectable heartbeat, and repealing a law that helps women fight wage discrimination does signify a “war on women.” And Romney is still not a good choice for women who care about reproductive health for all. As President, I don’t think he’d ever be proactive on social issues like reproductive rights, accessible contraception or well-financed family planning… no condescending Democratic strategist can change my mind on that belief. [Photo credit: ABC/Getty Images]