It was not my intention to write a political post, as I generally find politics to be a rather hateful topic. (Literally, full of hate.) However, tomorrow I am supposed to go to go on Anderson Cooper Live and tweet about their “Morning After the Election” show. So, you all get to suffer through a few slightly political posts. Kidding. Mostly.
My first thought? Oh, no… I hope people realize I’m actually smarter than that chick who plays me on the internet. Yikes… I fully anticipate folks coming out of the woodwork to inform me that I’m “just a mommy blogger” and therefore entirely unqualified to write about politics. One of the hazards of being a mom who blogs is just how easy it is for people to write you off. You have to write often enough about your kids that you don’t feel guilty, but not so often that people write you off as having nothing valuable to say.
I thought about all the celebrities who love to wear shirts telling people how to vote, and I cringed. I tried to think of a single celebrity who went to my alma mater. Then I thought about whether or not education even matters, since I know plenty of people who are highly intelligent and don’t have degrees…
Lastly, I remembered that other pesky thing, the pesky thing I rarely talk about… the dual degree in English and Communications and the original plan to become a journalist. (I’m pretty sure unpaid blogging doesn’t count.) That meant lots of classes in literature, creative writing, the media, and journalism, including…
Wait for it.
JOURNALISM AND THE SUPREME COURT
What might one learn in such a class? I’m so glad you asked.
1. There is more than one side to every story. (This is always something to think about while writing.)
2. In order for a story to be complete, there should be answers to the questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how. If you finish a story, and these questions weren’t answered, that’s shoddy journalism. Most of the short news blips we read and see on television fall into the category of shoddy journalism. Just because it makes a good soundbite doesn’t mean it’s accurate.
3. The Supreme Court does NOT make laws. The Supreme Court sets PRECEDENTS. Congress makes laws. States make laws. The Supreme Court does not. That does NOT mean the Supreme Court is not important. The Supreme Court is still the highest court in the land, but they are not the be-all, end-all. We have a system of checks and balances.
Over and over again, I keep reading that the rights to my uterus are going to be rescinded. Any minute the Uterus Police is going to come take away my IUD, and I will be forced to breed. Clearly I should be very angry about this.
Here’s the thing. I happen to be pro-choice, but I’m not buying this at all. It’s a distraction, more political kabuki. The President of the United States doesn’t stamp his feet loudly, fire a gun, and whatever he says becomes law. That’s how fascist governments and toddlers operate.
Thankfully, it is not that easy to change legal policy here in America.
President Bush was able to pass a law banning third trimester abortions because most reasonable people can agree that at some point a mass of cells does become a baby. We can debate the exact point ad nauseum. However, if I gave birth at 6-7 months, hit the child on the head with a blunt object, and then proceeded to drop the baby in a dumpster, I would be prosecuted for infanticide, and rightly so. If it’s wrong for me to do it, then it follows that it’s also illegal for a doctor to do it.
Otherwise, I am not opposed to reproductive rights. However, I honestly believe it’s a decided issue. Done. Finished. Full Stop.
Presidents who identify themselves as pro-life have tried to appoint Supreme Court Justices who are pro-life. And for the most part, they have failed, with many conservative Justices becoming far less conservative once appointed. (Souter, Kennedy, and O’Connor were all “conservative” picks.) It’s a firebrand issue, and most people know EXACTLY what would happen if abortion rights were infringed upon, formerly peaceful citizens rioting in the streets. It actually would revert to state laws, but that wouldn’t prevent people from rioting in the streets.
Most politicians are far more pragmatic than idealistic, and aren’t really prepared for that. Right now, with the military still in the Middle East, hurricane damages, fear about running out of natural resources, jobs being shipped overseas, high unemployment, and the economy in the tank… Seriously, where would one even find the time to wage a war on women?
I truly believe the “binders full of women” comment was a gaffe. The nineteenth amendment is not going anywhere. Reproductive rights aren’t going anywhere. If anything, women are gaining more and more ground in every field; it just takes time. I don’t believe the Republican Party wants to send women back to the 19th Century.
And I vote with my brain. Now, can we please stop talking about my uterus?
Fair Warning: If any comments mention rape, I WILL start talking about Bill Clinton and/or the Kennedies and all the allegations waged against them, which were never rescinded. You’ve been warned. There are plenty of despicable people on both sides of the fence. Let’s just all agree that rape is terrible, and leave it at that. Seriously. Anyone who says otherwise is despicable, and certainly NOT someone I would endorse, but I’m guessing most reasonable minded people wouldn’t endorse Jeremiah Wright either…
Lastly, I will approve all comments as long as they are respectful. You certainly don’t need to agree with me.