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I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Friday, August 08, 2008

The Political Voices of Women

The year 2008 has all the potential to be a blowout in the realm of politics. One of the signs in the increase in the involvement of women. Senator Clinton let the way with her very meaningful run for the U.S. presidency. She remains in the news because those in the know do not really understand what to make of her right now. And women are the ones to ask. Here is a good place to start to at least find out what women who write about politics are thinking. It is the "List of 500+ women bloggers, by founder Catherine Morgan. Catherine explains:

When I first published this list back in October, we had links to 100 women blogging about politics. Today, the count is at 500, and still growing. Are you a woman blogging about politics? Are you on the list? If not, please leave me your link in comments, so I can add your blog. And, if you would like to be a guest blogger on The Political Voices of Women with a guest post, please join our community.

Those of us who keep up with such things, know that neocons do not make the best friends for women. They are too fond of warring. At Think Progress, on Aug 6th, 2008 Faiz wrote this: "Bolton: Regime Change In Iran ‘Would Lead To Greater Stability In The Region’" My friend, betmo -- who sent me this link -- has some choice words in her accompanying e-mail:

oh- and it worked so well in iraq? does fuckwad realize that when we took the shah out that the ayatollah took over? i think i may have a stroke.

And far too often, Conservatives do not do well by women. Note the appointments of SCOTUS justices, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito. Just remember what has happened to women under the Bush administration. To find out more check out these links from from my friend Jon:

  • The first one is to a dispatch (8/6/08) to AlterNet by celebrated author, Thomas Franks: "How Washington's Right-Wing Wrecking Crew Robbed Us Blind." This is a great article about his new book, The Wrecking Crew -- How Conservatives Rule." To quote:

    Conservatives have turned a vast government built for our protection into a device for exploiting us.

    . . . So let us begin on the solid ground of these simple facts: this spectacular episode of misrule has coincided with both the political triumph of conservatism and with the rise of the Washington area to the richest rank of American metropolises.

  • Second, this great little website is called Unfit McCain. The Home Page is titled, "Seven reasons why you shouldn't vote for Sen. McCain in 2008." There are several other pages with a raft of useful "ammunition" for arguments with women who are leaning Republican.

South by Southwest's web page has undergone a bit of summer house cleaning. I consolidated all of the groups to which I belong into the same section. I updated the list of places where I post, as well as edited my Blogroll. And I moved things around a bit. Yet to do is updating the civil liberties section. I am currently so discouraged about all those losses that I have been in avoidance mode for a few days. But I take heart from my women (and men) friends have not let their voices be stilled at this crucial time.

View my current slide show about the Bush years -- "Millennium" -- at the bottom of this column.

(Cross-posted at The Reaction.)

My “creativity and dreaming” post today is at Making Good Mondays.

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betmo said...

take heart gee carol :)i have had some crises of the heart too recently- but i keep thinking about the book i am reading 'mindful politics' and the essay that talked about doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. one author said that they don't view voting as 'the lesser of two evils' anymore- but they vote for whom they feel will do less harm. perspective i suppose. i read the other night about the environment- and picking the area that means the most to you because there is too much for one person to do. small groups get things done and huge groups very little imo. they spend copious amounts of time bickering over agenda when they could be rolling up their sleeves and pitching in. i have found that large groups need a leader and smaller groups- not so much :) engaged buddhism is what i am striving for these days. it is what is giving me the strength to log on daily.

Catherine Morgan said...

Thanks for linking to The Political Voices of Women, and for being part of our growing community.


Carol Gee said...

The synthesis of gaining strength through combining Buddhist "mindfulness" and politics, betmo, is a mind-blower for me. It sort of picks up on the idea of Servant-leaders, in a way. I never would have thought of such.

Catherine, I am pleased to be a part of such a writing community. I am just getting started, of course, feeling my way a bit right now.

And betmo, I want to reply to your earlier comment:

"with all of the lists and databases and government sanctioned spying-. . . truth seekers of any kind- . . . end up in an outsourced, mercenary run detention center . . . folks i have met with integrity-. . . seeking the truth and researching and trying to make sense out of all of this too. . . folks branded 'conspiracy theorists' will indeed be reclassified- as truth tellers."

I thank you for saying I have integrity. You do, too! The truth does matter, doesn't it, even though I can't always discern it well.