I'm going to take a break from the usual focus of this blog, which is, namely, myself, and start going on a political rant here. Okay, so if you don't like that concept, feel free not to read this. But really, if you don't like it, you are the one I am writing it for.
Okay so here's the thing. I'm a feminist. A lot of people tell me they relate to this blog, and I wonder what they mean by that. I never really know. But people don't usually tell me, "I relate because I'm a feminist." So let me tell you something about why I'm a feminist. When I was about five, I was a big fan of my first feminist role model, Miss Piggy. I really loved how, even though she adored Kermie, she would give him those karate chop kicks in the leg every time he ticked her off, and say, "HAY-YA!!!" I thought that was pretty cool. So I looked around me at the women in my life, and I saw a lot of women who were wives, and mothers, and did not have jobs outside the home, and who were subservient to their husbands, and took orders like servants. And I thought to myself, "This deal is not for me." So I started telling my ultra-conservative, Nixon-loving, Republican grandfather, "I will never let any man tell me what to do." I started doing this when I was like eight years old. He got a real rise out of that. He was like, "You go put that in writing right now." So I did. I wrote these documents. And this is what they said, stuff like, "I, Jennifer Middle name Last name at the Intelligent Age of nine hereby do declare that I shall never be tied by a ball and chain to any man and I will never make any man's dinner every day like a slave and I will never get married." And then I would get people to notarize my "affidavits", as they were called *(I remember when I learned what the word "affidavit" meant by doing this). The notaries would be my aunts and uncles and grandmother. So my grandfather, he kept these documents all my life, hidden away. Unfortunately something happened to some of them, that I don't have them all anymore, but they were really freakin' hilarious the last time I saw them.
So this is just to say, how I became a feminist. When I was about 15, Anita Hill went to the Congress to state that Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Every single person I knew, every adult (kids didn't know anything about it), said, "I can't believe this lying wench making up these lies about a good man. What a bitch!". I will never forget reading in Ms. Magazine that feminists actually BELIEVED Anita Hill. And then I thought, "Wow! This is mind blowing. What if she is telling the truth."
And so I became a reader of Ms. Magazine, and Gloria Steinem books, and a feminist. Today, I'm on the state board for the National Organization for Women where I live and the local chapter board, and I go to rallies like one last week where Gloria Steinem was speaking. And I love knowing other feminists.
One thing I have learned from feminists is the value of a woman's right to choose what happens to her own body. And if Mitt Romney becomes President, he has already vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade by putting Justices on the Supreme Court who will strike it down. He believes life begins at conception. As Gloria Steinem said, "if people like this had their way, a pregnant woman would get two votes." He is the most anti-choice, dangerous candidate for women this country has seen in a really, really long time.
So I am telling you, if you care about women's rights, and you don't want to see poor women not be able to get the healthcare they need at Planned Parenthood clinics - DON'T vote for Mitt Romney.
Now I'm just going to summarize some of the other reasons to vote for Obama.
Obama is not anti-gay marriage. Obama created a healthcare plan, and imperfect though it may be, it is going to provide healthcare to millions of uninsured people who need healthcare, such as people with mental illnesses like a lot of people I've known in my life who have no way to get the medications they need. Mitt Romney will overturn the healthcare bill and get rid of it all. Mitt Romney will cut funding for mental health treatment and research and will not care to support social services. Obama will not be perfect, but he will be on the side of the people far more than Romney is. Romney is a wealthy aristocrat whose proof of the fact that he really likes American cars is "my dad owned a car company." Romney is so far removed from knowing that women are intelligent, capable, professional people that he had to have "whole binders full of women" brought to him so he could see that they were, and this story itself isn't even true, it's just a pathetic lie he made up to try to get women to vote for his stupid self.
The main reason why I'm voting for Obama is that Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, running for the Green Party, stand no chance of winning the election, so I have to vote for Obama, because he is the only choice that is acceptable out of the two who are running. And that is all.
Oh, and Obama doesn't want to start a war with Iran or declare economic warfare on China, or any other stupid war mongering bullcrap that Romney intends to do. Yes, he is not perfect. Yes there are drones. But there will be less chance of World War III literally happening, and not just happening in my delusions, if Obama is reelected.
Now, please do the world a favor and go to the polls and VOTE if you live in the U.S. because women fought for 150 years to get this right for you, and we didn't get it until August, 1920, which was a few years before my grandmother was born, meaning my great-grandmother couldn't vote because she wasn't considered a citizen yet. SO VOTE!!! AND VOTE OBAMA.
End of political speech.
I'll go back to rambling about my life soon.