Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On Cynthia, NOW and HBs

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So there's that. De Shawn, I saw your comment you left today on yesterday's post. Normally, I miss those things but my mother saw it and called me asking, "What did that woman [Amy Goodman] say?" I had to say, I don't know and I still don't. I'll catch that awful program tomorrow and write something on it.

What I want to talk about tonight is Cynthia McKinney. I'm supporting Ralph. When Hillary didn't get the nomination (excuse me, when it was stolen from her), I went to Ralph. Community members supporting Ralph back in January were very vocal throughout the primary in calling out the sexism that was hurled at Hillary. I appreciated that. I know she wasn't their choice and that some probably didn't like her. But they stood up and said, "This is wrong."

So that was probably the main tipping point for me with Ralph.

Nothing against him. But he and Cynthia have stands that I like. Both of them. So for me it came down to the fact that Ralph's people in our community were speaking out against the sexism.

And Cynthia's supporters?

You mean Kimberly Wilder with her non-stop rants against Hillary? Or how about how she had a list of presidential nominees she started back in 2007 but 'forgot' to provide a link for Hillary (everyone else had links). After this was repeatedly pointed out, Hillary finally got a link in May, right before Puerto Rico which, for the record, was the last primary. Thanks Kimberly Wilder.

And they couldn't stop ripping Hillary apart. All of those Green freaks. We have Geen Party community members and they are not freaks. I'm sure there are many Greens out of our community who are fine and upstanding people. I'm talking about the Green Freaks, the ones with 'power' or a 'voice.' And how they used it to sing Barack's praises.

Over and over. And to rip apart Hillary.

See, this is where Honkey Bitch first comes in to play. Kimberly Wilder is probably the first to be designated HB by me. And the reason was because Whitey (she doesn't like "White Mama" -- too bad) doesn't believe in Jesus but thought she could get all up in the Black people's Kool-Aid about what Jeremiah Wright's G** damn America meant.

Someone should have told her (and for her to listen, it would take a White person telling her), Kimmy, sit your ass down, this ain't your business.

But there was HB acting like it concerned her.

Barack's not a Green. She had no cause to defend him.

She's not a religious person, she had no point to butt her big nose in.

But there she was with her opinion.

Keep in mind that her party (Green) has a candidate and she can be blogging about that candidate but instead she's yammering on with a defense of Barack every chance she gets.

So it's people like her on one side and people like the Ralph supporters in our community on the other side (who always called out the sexism) that made it easy for me to decide to go for Ralph.

And as bad as Kimberly Wilder is, let me say something good about her. She's not Medea Benjamin. Kimberly doesn't play Green, she actually is one. Maybe in 2012, she'll learn not to play silent when sexism goes down and she'll also learn that it's not going to win the Green Party any support to pick a favorite during the Democratic Party primary. All she did was drive away support for Cynthia.

I was always Hillary. She was my first choice. So I got to watch as those going for third or independent took some time to settle. And for a moment there, it looked like they were going to head Cynthia's way. Then we saw the Green Party figure heads attack Hillary and refuse to call out the sexism and that's why a number of them (including Greens) moved away from Cynthia.

What was the point in having a woman as a nominee (Cynthia) to prove how 'enlightened' the Green Party was if they were just going to spit on another woman (Hillary)?

And, let's face it, they didn't want Cynthia. They wanted Cynthia somewhat (Kimberly Wilder really wanted her and started a drive to get her on the ticket). Then came the moment when they thought they might be able to get Ralph. Then they were all "Ralph! Ralph! Ralph!" Then Ralph said he wasn't running on his ticket and there was all this anger. I believe Wilder wrote something like, "Yes, I heard" (at her blog). Then all the sudden they wanted Cynthia again.

So watching all that go down and watching their 'voices' pile on Hillary and defend Barack from everything, it made it clear that this was a very anti-woman party. I guess that should have been obvious with Medea posing as one though.

Their actions told on them.

I say all that to say, NOW PAC should have endorsed Cynthia.

I've outlined my reasons for going with Ralph.

Maybe NOW PAC saw similar things and that's why they didn't endorse Cynthia. If so, they need to say so. Because Cynthia is a woman and the NOW PAC endorsement could have helped her reach the 5% she's seeking.

But maybe Kim Gandy saw the same thing. Saw the Green Party attack Hillary, saw them use sexism. Saw them stay silent on sexism. Saw them cheerlead Barack?

I don't know.

But Gandy needs to provide an explanation. She dissed Cynthia in my book.

Until she provides an explanation for that, she's one more HB in my book.

And it better be a real explanation. Not a "We didn't think her run was viable." That's b.s. That's no reason at all.

So those are my thoughts for the night.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Chaos and violence continue, the Congress discussed the spending in Iraq, NOW PAC made an endorsement but even Kim Gandy unwisely keeps insisting NOW made the endorsement, and more.
Today the House Committee on the Budget held a hearing on Iraq's Budget Surplus. Some background. April 8th the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing and US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Gen David Petraeus offered testimony. Senator Barbara Boxer raised the issue of the "Awakening" Council and how "you are asking us for millions more to pay off the militias and, by the way, I have an article here that says Maliki recently told a London paper that he was concerned about half of them". Boxer noted that the US was spending $182 million each year ($18 million a month) to "Awakening" Council members and "why don't we ask the Iraqis to pay the entire cost of that program"? As Sam Dagher (New York Times) noted Monday, the puppet government in Baghdad "is expected" to take over payment on October 1st. Iraq has yet another outbreak of cholera currently. Friday a press conference was held in Baghdad that offered blame for everyone but the Iraqi government which sits on billions that Nouri al-Maliki refuses to spend on reconstruction or rebuilding. This at a time when trash piles up, when electricity continues to be largely unavailable and when fuel costs soar. Monday Mohammed Abbas (Reuters) reported that the puppet government was stating, via spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh, that "we are in a position now not to ask for financial aid from anybody, even the United States. I think we have enough money to spend and we are not in need of any money in the future."
US House Rep John Spratt Jr. chairs the Budget Committee (Paul Ryan is the Ranking Member of the Republican Party). Appearing before the committee were (first panel) the GAO's Joseph A. Christoff, (second panel) Congressional Research Service's Christopher M. Blanchard, AEI's Frederick Kagan and the Center for American Progress' Lawrence J. Korb. We'll focus on some of the first panel only.
Spratt called the hearing to order and noted:
This hearing will be the first opportunity for the Congress to receive testimony on this report, the GAO report, since the Government Accountability Office released it several weeks ago. GAO reports that Iraq is now running a substantial budget surplus -- it may reach $79 billion. At the same time the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] reported last week that in contrast to Iraq's growing surplus, the budget deficit for the United States. is expected to exceed $400 billion for the current fiscal year. That's the second largest deficit in our history. Even bigger deficits are projected next year. This hearing will give the Budget Committee the chance to develop some insight into Iraq's fiscal situation and its ability to help pay for its own reconstruction. So far the United States has provided more than $650 billion dollars for efforts in Iraq, $50 billion of which were for reconstruction and security forces training. We're spending today at the rate of more than $10 billion a month which is by anybody's calculus a significant sum of money. Given our budget deficits here at home, some find it difficult to understand why American tax payers are still funding Iraqi reconstruction and security training. In funding the Gulf War, the first President Bush was able to secure much critical sharing from allies which greatly reduced the bill that the tax payers ultimately had to pay. Let me say at the outset that this hearing is not a debate on the war, not a debate on the surge or plans for redeploying any troops we may have. In fact, even the strictly budgetary issue of the total cost of the war -- military and reconstruction -- is larger than today's topic. We invited the Department of Defense to address a broader budgetary issue in our hearing this fall. They declined to appear. Thus today's hearing is called to examine the issue of the Iraqi budget surplus. We on the Budget Committee want to asses for the purpose of projecting the bottom line whether the burden of Iraq's reconstruction can finally begin to shift from the United States to Iraq itself given the surplus they're currently enjoying.
Following the ranking Republican speaking, a cry of "End the occupation by defunding the occupation!" was chanted by one woman. "You gonna call 'em?" asked Ryan leading Spratt to bang the gavel and declare to the woman, "I'm sorry you're out of order and you'll be removed from the room if you persist in doing what you're doing." Ryan chuckled at that.
"Iraq has an estimated 115 billion barrels of crude oil reserves," declared Christoff at the start of his testimony. "It's the third largest in the world. And oil revenues are critical to Iraq's economy accounting for over half of the country's GDP [Gross Domestic Product] and over 90% of its revenues. My statement today is based on the report we issued last month on Iraq's revenues, expenditures and surpluses from 2005 to 2008."
Christoff then reviewed some findings. From 2005 to 2007, $96 billion was generated in revenues (oil accounting for more than 90% of that money) and in 2008 $73 to $86 billion is the estimate for revenues "nearly as much as it generated in the prior three years." By contrast, 2005 to 2007 saw the puppet government spent "$67 billion on operating expenses and investments. Operating expenses such as salaries and goods and services consumed 90% of that total. The remaining 10% was spent on investments such as structures and vehicles. In general, Iraq has spent less on investments than operating expenses." Christoff estimates the surplus will be between $67 billion and $79 billion for this year. He noted the claim that this would all be spent and how "a similar claim" was made from 2005 to 2007 but that never happened and instead "ended each of these years with budget surpluses."
John Spratt: If the will was there they could be spending it at a faster rate than they are?
Joseph Christoff: Well they can spend it on their operating budget with no difficulties. They spent a large percent -- almost 80 percent -- on their operating budget. They can pay salaries. They can buy certain operating goods and services but when it comes to the actual investment side to reconsruct bridges, roads, electricity and water facilities they fall short.
During his time, US House Rep Chet Edwards asked that Paul Wolfowitz ' statements be put up from 2003 when he was then Deputy Secretary of Defense and testified to the House Appropriations Subcommittee (March 27, 2003): "We're dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon."
Chet Edwards: Given the GAO report, I guess I rank that administration prediction right up there with some of the predictions that we would be greeted as liberators, the war would be short-lived, it would cost the American tax payers less than a hundred billion dollars and we're turning the corner. We've turned so many corners in Iraq I think we're all dizzy from that. Every time we turn one corner we find another roadbloc down the way. I would like to ask you, just again, to get the facts on the table, in fact, let me ask staff to put up the chart on how much Iraq has spent and how much less it has spent than the US. I just want to verify, Mr. Christoff, that according to this chart, the United States tax payers that are now facing historic deficits of over $400 billion this coming year, US tax payers have spent $23.2 billion on Iraq reconstruction. Is that correct, Mr. Christoff?
Joseph Christoff: That's for four sectors that we looked at.
Chet Edwards: Okay.
Joseph Christoff: Security, oil, electricity and water.
Chet Edwards: Okay. So reconstruction in those four sectors. And the Iraqi government which I think now has an approximately $79 billion surplus has spent only $4.3 billion. Is that fact --
Joseph Christoff: That's correct.
Chet Edwards: -- correct?
Joseph Christoff: Yes.
Chet Edwards: So the US tax payers -- in addition to something you can't put a dollar value on, we've sacrificed over 4,000 of our young men and women in combat there -- we've then also spent five times what the Iraqis have spent on reconstruction despite Secretary Wolfowitz' prediction that Iraq would very quickly be able to pay for its own reconstruction. Let me ask you about this. Am I correct in understanding from your report that the same Iraq for which we have sacrificed over 4,000 American lives has just signed a $3 billion agreement with the Communist Chinese National Petroleum Corporation to develop the Ahdab oil field, is that correct?
Joseph Christoff: I don't have any first-hand information on it, sir. It's just what I've read in the paper as perhaps you have as well.
Chet Edwards: Okay. Well for the record, I think that is, Mr. Chairman, correct. The Iraqi government, the same one that's building up a $79 billion surplus while American tax payers are paying for most of their reconstruction efforts has just signed a $3 billion agreement with the Communist Chinese National Petroleum Corporation. And Mr. Chairman, it just boggles my mind to think that there would be any evidence that the Communist Chinese ability to develop oil fields is better than US corporations ability to do so. So once again, we turn a corner and we're hit in the face with something I consider to be insulting.
Edwards is correct re: CNP's contract. August 29th snapshot: "Meanwhile, China scores big! Erica Goode and Riyadh Mohammed (New York Times) announce that China National Petroleum signed a contract with the puppet government in Baghdad. With the DNC speeches this week repeatedly hitting on the borrowing from China, that will probably not go over well in this country." Sept 3rd snapshot: " Eric Watkins (Oil & Gas Journal) states the oil contract to China National Petroleum Co (CNPC) has been approved by the Iraqi Oil Ministry today. Today's Azzaman sees an exclusion of the US from the oil deals and insists this is due to pressure from Iran. David Berman (Globe & Mail) dismisses 'the concern about China cornering Iraqi oil, it's nonsense'. BBC via redOrbit documents the press conference in Baghdad today, presided over by Husayn al-Shahrastani."
US House Rep Lloyd Doggett was among the other Democrats asking questions and we'll note this exchange.

Lloyd Doggett: Do I understand from your testimony to Mr. Edwards a moment ago that a time when we were squandering our money and the Iraqis were saving their's that Iraqi citizens were paying about four cents a gallon for gasoline?
Joseph Christoff: Two years ago that's correct.
Lloyd Doggett: It's risen some since then?
Joseph Christoff: It's up to about $1.18 per gallon.
Lloyd Doggett: I think there are probably a lot of Americans who are paying for this so-called reconstruction in Iraq that would be mighty glad if they could get $1.18 gasoline. Did you play a role in the analysis of the benchmarks that the Government Accountability Office provided last year?
Joseph Christoff: Yes, sir.
Lloyd Doggett: What was that role?
Joseph Christoff: I was the director in charge of that report.
Lloyd Doggett: And have you also played the same role in responding to questions about the benchmarks from [House Armed Services Committee] Chairman [Ike] Skelton this year with the report that you just did in the last few weeks?
Joseph Christoff: Yes, I was the director on the progress report as well.
Lloyd Dogget: All of us remember, except maybe President Bush, that in January of 2007, he selected the benchmarks, the guidelines by which to measure success, by which to measure victory in Iraq and when we sought an analysis so we would have an objective information instead of just the propaganda from the administration about whether those benchmarks had been met the Congress turned to the Government Accountability Office. And my recollection is that when you came out with your report on August the 30th of last year that you determined that . . . 11 of the 18 benchmarks that President Bush had set were not met. Is that correct?
Joseph Christoff: Based on that prior report correct.
Lloyd Doggett: Yes, sir. And you found that of the 18 benchmarks the president set himself to measure success in Iraq that only three had been met as of August 30, 2007. Now this year, a year later, you did some evaluation again. You did not evaluate every single benchmark but you really found that there had been very little progress in the year. We know that fortunately fewer Americans are being killed there. But in terms of the objective of the Bush policy in Iraq, you had a grand amount of success in that they met one more benchmark than they had the year before, isn't that correct?
Joseph Christoff: Well we didn't go through a benchmark by benchmark analysis but we did provide a report that talked about progess on the security front, the legislative front and the economic front in our June report.
Lloyd Doggett: Right and I believe you found one more benchmark met than the year before.
Joseph Christoff: Again we didn't do a benchmark by benchmark analysis, sir.
Lloyd Doggett: Well if you look at the -- it may not have been called a benchmark analysis -- but you looked at some of the same factors you had the year before. Just to begin to go through them, on the Constitutional Review Committee, you found that they'd formed the committee but the committee hadn't done anything. Right?
Joseph Christoff: And that's still true.
Lloyd Doggett: Well they hadn't met that. On enacting and implementing legislation on de-Baathification you found that they had enacted the legislation but they hadn't implemented and of it, right?
Joseph Christoff: That's correct.
Lloyd Doggett: Well they hadn't met the second benchmark. On the question of enacting the hydrocarbon or oil legislation, you concluded that they had not met that again this year, did you not?
Joseph Christoff: Correct, and no progess this year either.
Lloyd Doggett: On enacting and implementing legislation on procedures to form semi-autonomous regions -- that was the fourth benchmark President Bush had -- you found that that was only partially met. Again they passed a law to allow the provinces to act but it hadn't been implemented.
Joseph Christoff: Well on that one it will be implemented when provinces come together to form regions so that's an open --
Lloyd Doggett: Right, but we're not there yet.
Joseph Christoff: Well no provinces have voted to form regions other than the KRG originally.
Lloyd Doggett: On enacting and implementing legislation for an Independent High Electoral Commission you found only partially meeting it. Again, they passed a law but hadn't implemented it.
Joseph Christoff: The commission was established. The provincial election law -- the date was established for October 1 but the implementing laws have not been enacted.
Lloyd Doggett: Right. And they won't have the elections they've been promising us they'd have for a year in October.
Joseph Christoff: October 1, they will not meet that date.
Lloyd Doggett: On the enacting and implementing legislation for a strong militia disarmament program --
Joseph Christoff: That's not met.
Lloyd Doggett: That's not met. And I see my time's up but, Mr. Chairman, we can keep going down the objectives that President Bush set himself for success, for victory in Iraq, and you'll find that it continues to fail. That this policy has been a failure, American tax payers are having to fund the failure while the Iraqis pay a fraction of the price we pay for a gallon of gasoline. Thank you.
In Iraq today, Robert H. Reid (AP) reports that the handover from Petraeus to Gen Ray Odierno took place, "With Defense Secretary Robert Gates presiding at the ceremony in a cavernous rotunda of a former Saddam Hussein palace outside Baghdad, Petraeus handed over the flag of his command, known as Multi-National Force Iraq, to Odierno and then bade farewell." Thom Shanker and Stephen Farrell (New York Times, A13) report that Monday's hijinx included a Gates' 'joke' that US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Gen David Petraeus have alternated playing "good cop, bad cop" in Iraq. The reporters fail to inform how many (if any) Iraqis laughed at the 'joke.' Tina Susman (Los Angeles Times) reports one Odierno change already -- he wants to be called "Ray" and not "Raymond". Susman also notes, "Odierno gained a star but lost a syllable in his first name. He was promoted to a full four-star general moments before the event took place. No reason was given for the change in his preferred first name, which must have happened suddenly. The press packet provided to the media included a biography of Odierno that introduced him as Gen. Raymond Odierno." A dust storm hit Iraq, she reports, for the second day in a row. Some of today's violence . . .
Bombings?
Laith Hammoudi (McClatchy Newspapers) reports a Baghdad bombing that claimed 2 lives with thirteen left wounded and a Baghdad roadside bombing that left eight people wounded. Reuters notes a Baghdad roadside bombing that claimed the life of 1 police officers and injured seven people.
Shootings?
Laith Hammoudi (McClatchy Newspapers) reports Sheikh Omar Raddam Getan was assassinated today in Diyala Province.
Corpses?
Laith Hammoudi (McClatchy Newspapers) reports 1 corpse discovered in Baghdad.
Today NOW PAC (not NOW as ABC and others are reporting -- the National Organization for Women CANNOT endorse, it's a violation of their tax status) endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket and Kim Gandy (NOW president) explains in several paragraph: 'Lesbians, go screw yourself.' There's no other way to put it after Barack's use of homophobia in South Carolina to scare up votes which NOW (or NOW PAC) never bothered to call out. For years The Ego of Us All tried to chase lesbians out of NOW and Kim Gandy's apparently decided to follow in Red Betty's footsteps. Lesbians really don't have abortions. The main reason would be rape. Pregnancies are planned by lesbian couples. So outside of rape, abortion rights isn't one of the biggest concerns on their lists. Nor did his mentor or pastor for 20 years who compared likened gay sex to rape, murder and lynching. Jeremiah Wright made that comparison not in some unearthed sermon but on national television (Bill Moyers' embarrassing interview with Wright back in April -- and no, Moyers didn't question him on that call). They do care about self-respect. Barack showed no respect to the LGBT community. Most laughable is Gandy's claim that "Sen. Obama opposed the nominations of George Bush's extreme right-wing nominees to the Supreme Court, who have consistently ruled against women's rights," -- Kim ends her sentence with a comma and not a period. Cass Sunstein is one of Barack's advisors. Sunstein endorsed John Roberts appointment to the Court. chicago dyke (Corrente) takes on Sunstein's latest stupidity, "Is the man really that dumb? That is, does he truly fail to understand that naming a post 'trimmers' that discusses reproductive and sexual rights places him squarely in the ass of many a joke? What a fool. The argument he makes there too is stupid. I guess young pregnant women don't deserve any rights because you know, they're too young to have sex but when they do and they get pregnant they can't be trusted to decide for themselves what to do about it, and anyway if Daddy's the Father he deserves to have another say in how to use her body Maturely, or something…"
As for Barack and abortion rights, Marie Cocco (Washington Post Writers Group) noted of Barack, "One thing is certain: Obama has backhandedly given credibility to the right-wing narrative that women who have abortions -- even those who go through the physically and mentally wrenching experience of a late-term abortion -- are frivolous and selfish creatures who might perhaps undergo this ordeal because they are 'feeling blue'." A point Kim chooses to ignore. If Gandy's going to rail against Bully Boy's appointees (Alito and Roberts) she might take a minute to find out where Barack's team stood on those appointments. But Gandy's been hawking Barack like an Amway product for sometime now. When she tried it at NOW's July convention, the response from NOW members was underwhelming which should have been Gandy's first clue that NOW ("for women") should either sit out the 2008 election or endorse the ticket of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente. Unlike Barack, Cynthia actually has a strong leglislative record on women's issues (no "present" votes, not even one). But Gandy proved it was all about sucking up to perceived power and not about being "for women" throughout 2008. Since NOW cannot endorse (or risk losing their tax status), Kim Gandy's statements should be pulled from NOW's website and appear only at NOW PAC (where it already appears). Failure to do so means more McCain-Feingold work on soft money is strongly needed. But, hey, just PULL THE TAX EXEMPTION STATUS ALREADY. Kim Gandy went on NPR's Morning Edition today and repeatedly referred to NOW PAC's endoresement (as did Renee Montagne) as a "NOW endorsement." She can't do that. NOW proper CANNOT make an endorsement. Kim Gandy's actions are begging for NOW's tax status to be pulled.
NOW PAC is a much smaller organization than NOW so Gandy hopes to piggy back on NOW proper (which actually has national name recognition) -- even though it skirts the law. Lisal Loring (The Daily Kenoshan) notes that voter choice isn't just an abstract, it's a genuine issue and quotes Cynthia McKinney explaining, "I sponsored the Voter Choice Act in Congress, which would have provided for the use of ranked choice voting in Congressional elections. I fought to defend and reauthorize the Voting Rights Act. I have long been a supporter of publicly financed elections. I have advocated same-day voter registration. I voted in opposition to requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections." Cynthia McKinney's long Congress record (she served several terms -- Barack hasn't even completely his first) allowed her to amass a strong voting record on what Project Vote Smart calls "abortion issues" -- 29 chances to vote and she only missed one. (McKinney was in the US House of Rep from 1995 to 2003 and from 2005 to 2007.) Barack's been in the Senate since 2005. Project Vote Smart shows four times he could have stood up. In 2005 he did. The other three votes? He didn't bother to vote. But hey, Kim Gandy loves him, that's good enough for . . . well for Kim Gandy. Here's Cynthia on some of the stands she took on reproductive rights: "In 1999, I voted NO on barring the interstate transportation of minors to get an abortion. I supported funding contraception and UN family planning. I voted NO to oppose banning partial-birth abortions. In 2001, I voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad and NO on a new federal crime for harming a fetus while committing other crimes. In 2005, I voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions." Cynthia stood up. Kim Gandy cowered. One's a leader, one's desperately hoping to be invited to the party.
Apparently, Cynthia McKinney doesn't speak to Kim Gandy or NOW PAC. That's a good reason to revisit McKinney's July 12th acceptance speech when she won the presidential nomination (in a real roll call vote -- not the farce the Democratic Party offered) of the Green Party:
In 1851, in Akron, Ohio a former slave woman, abolitionist, and woman's rights activist by the name of Sojourner Truth gave a speech now known as "Ain't I a Woman." Sojourner Truth began her remarks, "Well children, where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter." She then went on to say that even though she was a woman, no one had ever helped her out of carriages or lifted her over ditches or given her a seat of honor in any place. Instead, she acknowledged, that as a former slave and as a black woman, she had had to bear the lash as well as any man; and that she had borne "thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And Ain't I a woman?" Finally, Sojourner Truth says, "If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!"
As it was in 1851, so too it is in 2008. There is so much racket that we, too, know something is out of kilter. In 1851, the racket was about a woman's right to vote. In 1848, just a few years before Sojourner uttered those now famous words, "Ain't I a Woman?" suffragists met in Seneca Falls, New York and issued a declaration.
That declaration began:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government . . . But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled."
Two hundred sixty women and forty men gathered in Seneca Falls, NY and declared their independence from the politics of their present and embarked upon a struggle to create a politics for the future. That bold move by a handful of people in one relatively small room laid the groundwork and is the precedent for what we do today. The Seneca Falls Declaration represented a clean break from the past: Freedom, at last, from mental slavery. The Seneca Falls Declaration and the Akron, Ohio meeting inaugurated 72 years of struggle that ended with the passage of the 19th Amendment in August of 1920, granting women the right to vote. And 88 years later, with the Green Party as its conductor, the History Train is rolling down the tracks.
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My son grew up playing on the Floor underneath my desk in the Chamber of the Georgia House of Representatives. His buddies were the legislators down there, under the Gold Dome, who were my and my father's colleagues.
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Women are still the overwhelming profile of the minimum wage worker in this country. 65% of all minimum wage workers are women, according to 2005 statistics. Despite the law, women still go to work every day, performing the same tasks as men, yet bring home less pay than their male counterparts. Asian-American and Pacific Island women make 88 cents for every dollar earned by men, but African-American women earn only 72 cents and my Latina sisters earn only 60 cents for every dollar earned by men. Overall, according to 2007 statistics, women with similar education, skills, and experience are paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Equal pay for equal work is not yet a reality for working women in this country. And the glass ceiling is all too real.
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It is for all these reasons and more that I redeclare my goals in the language of my sisters who convened at Seneca Falls, NY 160 years ago. They wrote: "It is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." That declaration not only avoids the politics of the past, it contains a kernel for the future. How can those new guards for the future be won?" Here's how: When I was first running for Congress and it was the year of the woman, women all over the country were saying, "We want our seat at the table." And when I got to Washington, I saw that policy was really made in a room, at a table. There were real seats at the table. Well, imagine what has happened to public policy making now.
Apparently there was nothing in the above speech that NOW PAC could endorse. What a proud day today is for the National Organization FOR Women. Maybe Cynthia needs to be asking NOW PAC, "Ain't I a woman?" Maybe NOW PAC needs to read NOW's mission statement: "Our prupose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society -- sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination." To NOW PAC, that translates as "endorse men, ignore the women of color ticket, ignore that Cynthia has a long record of standing up for women's rights, go with Barack because we can do a trade-off and hopefully look like power players inside the Beltway!" Someone ask Kim to explain how endorsing Obama-Biden over Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente reaches NOW's "priority issues" (advancing reproductive freedom, promoting diversity & ending racism, stopping violence against women, winning lesbian rights, achieving Constitutional equality and ensuring economic justice)? Answer? It doesn't.
Meanwhile Barack played True Confessions. Delilah Boyd (A Scriverner's Lament -- video and text) emphasizes this statement by Barack on yesterday's Good Morning America, "If we're going to ask questions about, you know, who has been promulgating negative ads that are completely unrelated to the issues at hand, I think I win that context pretty handily." Staying with TV for a moment, this Friday's NOW on PBS will be an hour long special broadcast and will examine women -- in the electorate and in office. Ralph Nader is the indepenent presidential candidate. Team Nader notes:
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32 comments:

Larhonda said...

You said it exactly right. Green Party just cares about electing Barack. They're using Sister Cynthia.

Dionn said...

Greens suck. All Kimberly Wilder does is carry Barack's water. And did you catch the garbage from that "Green" on KPFK who spends all her time defending Barack when she's on to talk about Cynthia's campaign. They're using Cynthia. They're not supporting her, they're not trying to build her campaign.

Mia said...

This is what Wilder wrote about yesterday. 1) Yemen, 2) Hurricane Ike, 3) Jazz, 4) Diabetes, 5) Off shore drilling, 6) DC statehood and 7) Community organizer. Yet again, Kimberly Wilder's in the pocket of Barack. Not one word about Cynthia McKinney or Rosa Clemente. America, that is the pathetic Green Party USA.

Randolf said...

The Green Party did not call out sexism against Hillary or against Palin and they betrayed Cynthia. That's reality. Screw the Green Party.

Anonymous said...

From Kimberly Wilder:

Wow. The hate for me is so interesting.

Someone should really google "Hillary" on my family web-site, and see how few times the word ever came up during this election.

Many inaccuracies. But, I guess someone is having fun propping me up as some example. (Funny, I feel like a regular person, who works her butt off for peace and justice and my progressive, political party.)

To Mia: Pretty scary how closely you are monitoring my daily posting. But, please do note that my husband and I blog interchangeably with "wilderside." So, I think your list is off.

Also, the Community Organizer video we put together was a way to use a phrase people are discussing a lot, and draw people into a discussion on better-than-Democrat politics and on third parties.

Keesha said...

Oh shut up Kimberly Wilder. Everyone's sick of your tired ass. You prop up Barack and that's all you've ever done. Mia busted you and you can whine, "It's my husband" all you want but you got busted. You're a Green but not posting about Cynthia? But you always had time for Barack, didn't you?
It's really funny how when Cynthia sensed what frauds you were, you started the draft Cynthia to run. Then you were peachy keen on Ralph. Then he had the good sense to tell you where to go.
Hatred?
No one gives a damn about your White ass.
Marcia, please return to this topic tonight.
A lot more obviously needs to be said and I've already written C.I. about the crap on KPFK Monday.

Kavette said...

Notice that before Kimberly Wilder showed up there were four comments. Two mentioned her, two didn't. One mentioned her for one sentence.
Whitey Wilder gets awfully worried when us Black folks start talking, don't she!

Fajah said...

What Keesha said! Both in terms of go away Kimberly Wilder and in terms of write about this topic again tonight Marcia.
It's amazing Wilder's done so little to promote Cynthia's campaign but she has time to come by and leave comments.

Talicia said...

"Many inaccuracies," says Kimmy Wilder but she didn't name one. Kind of like that Karen at Time that Glen Greenwald busted this week. Marcia you are 100% right. Press on, my sister.

Simone said...

Marcia speaks the truth, others back her up and along comes a H.B. to insist, "You people don't know what you're talking about!" Whatever, Kimmy.

Kendrick said...

Kimmy wrote, "Someone should really google 'Hillary' on my family web-site, and see how few times the word ever came up during this election."
Exactly, Kimmy. You said NOTHING about sexism aimed at Hillary. And as Marcia also pointed out, you didn't even have a working link for Hillary in your "Presidential candidates" page.
That's the point, Kimmy, you ain't done nothing.
But prop up Barack.
Just another White busybody.
Your own remarks here demonstrate it yet again.

Kendrick said...

Kimberly Wilder signed in as "anonymous." Don't that just say it all!
LaRhonda, they are using Cynthia. The Greens really disgust me. That's why it was so easy to go for Ralph.
I agreed with Three Cool Old Guys in Friday's round-robin, the Greens are worried Cynthia's going to come out of this election with strong support and another third party and they'll be left in the cold.
Mia and Marcia you twin-busted her. And all Kimmy could go do was sputter "MANY" unnamed "INACCURICIES."

iwilder said...

How about a dose of reality about the wilderside support of Cynthia.

2,240 from wilderside.wordpress.com for cynthia.

And this site:

68 from sickofitradlz.blogspot.com for Cynthia.

Pretty Lame.

I'm sorry if you choose to stay in a sexist political party, but don't take your hate out on the Green Party.

peace
Ian

Mia said...

To Mia: Pretty scary how closely you are monitoring my daily posting. But, please do note that my husband and I blog interchangeably with "wilderside." So, I think your list is off.
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Flatter your ass somewhere else, Kimmy. I pulled up your page to see what you wrote on Tuesday.
As usual, you had non-stop rambles. You didn't find time to plug Cynthia's campaign once.
I think your mind, your ass, and your wig hat done off, Kimmy!

Carl said...

If Kendrick's up in here, you know things are boiling! :D
Marcia, you wrote a great post. Kimmy Wilder you wasted 2008, your life and our time.

Betty said...

Marcia is right. Mia's right. Keesha and crew, you know I got your backs. But I want to toss out one more thing. Common Ills community voted to stand with Ralph. So C.I.'s got no reason to even mention Cynthia. But notice who has and who hasn't. Hint: Wilder ain't done nothing.
Kimberly, sit down. Just sit down.

cedricsbigmix said...

Ian Wilder aka S**t For Brains wants to whine that Marcia's site only mentions Cynthia x number of times.
Marcia posts 5 times a week and didn't start this site until the end of January. Marcia supported Hillary in the primary and then switched over to Ralph. 179 posts with Ralph and 97 with Hillary according to Google. As for the Wilder's double scoop of garbage, Google shows 1,130. Not 2,000 and something but are we suprised Ian wouldn't know his facts? And of that 1,130, some of it goes back to 2007 (a lot of it) when Cynthia wasn't even a nominee. Kimmy wrote a lot about Cynthia when Cynthia decided not to run. And some of it goes back to 2006 like "White Ex-LAPD Speaks out about Cynthia McKinney". So Ian, go try your NEW MATH somewhere else and take White Momma with you. This ain't your home. Mike's laughing on the phone with me and he said for me to put in a song dedication to Ian and Kimmy: "There's no home for you here girl, go away/ Theres no home for you here." About says it all.

Mikey Likes It! said...

There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no home for you here
There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no home for you here
Id like to think that all of this constant interaction
Is just the kind to make you drive yourself away?
Each simple gesture done by me is counteracted
And leaves me standing here with nothing else to say
Completely baffled by a backward indication
That an inspired word will come across your tongue
Hands moving upward to propel the situation
Have simply halted and now the conversations done
There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no room for you here
There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no room for you here
-- White Stripes

Dedicated to the Wilders.
And, yeah, Marcia wrote a kick ass post!

And get this from Dumb Ass Ian Wilder, "I'm sorry if you choose to stay in a sexist political party, but don't take your hate out on the Green Party."

Dumb Ass Wilder, what party would that be? The Green Party?

What a Dumb Ass.

Little Ian's nappy must be soiled and effecting his brain. This community supports Ralph. Independent presidential candidate.

Betty said...

I posted before because Keesha called me. Now Cedric's called to say it wasn't enough for Kimberly Wilder to come by here, she had to try to sick her husband on us too.
The Wilders are not just bloggers, they are part of the Green Party structure. Think of them as only slightly better than Media The Progressive Democrat/Green Benjamin.
It's really hilarious that they can both post here claiming Marcia's wronged them but neither can point to an error by Marcia.
I have a feeling Betinna will be encountering one or both Wilders this Friday.
You know how the White Know It Alls just glom on Betinna. So look for it in my next chapter.
Mike, you love that White Stripes song but, for once, you found a place where it actually works. :)
Love you all (except the Wilders because my parents didn't raise no fool).

Carl said...

I need to amend my earlier statement. You know it's getting hot in here when Kendrick, Betty, Cedric and Mike are showing up.
Did the Wilders really think they had any pull with us?
Silly, silly H.B. and her hubby.

Kavette said...

OMG Mike, Cedric and Betty! :D I guess that's the response to the Wilders trying to throw their weight around. Letting us know that no one gives a damn what Ian & Kimmy say. They're tired song getting old. Notice how they offer no excuses for silence on sexism even though Ian wants to use the term in his post. Hypocrites.

Turell said...

I gotta find the song Ced and Mike are quoting.
And let's all pray the Wilders take the musical advice!

larhonda said...

And to think, when I read Marcia this morning, I almost went with sending her an e-mail instead of posting. Glad I posted and got to be first out of the gate. Now can someone close the gate before the Wilders get back in here.
Repeat with me, "They're using Sister Cynthia."

Anonymous said...

It's too bad about Kimberly Wilder. I always liked her in Romancing the Stone. Guess she got old.

Lavonne said...

"It's too bad about Kimberly Wilder. I always liked her in Romancing the Stone. Guess she got old."

That made me laugh!

I agree with the comments on the thread by all but I&K Wilder.

And if we think about it we knew this was going to happen. We knew they didn't want Cynthia. They just wanted someone and she was the one they wouldn't have to work to build a name for because she brought her own.

SO they figured they could use her to keep their place on the ballots (for 2012) and do nothing to promote her campaign.

It's just like 2004 only they got in trouble for that strategy. So they dressed it up a little and that's the only difference.

I hope Cynthia does end up making the other party into a real one and that the Greens are the ones left out.

Anonymous said...

Kimberly Wilder:

I thought that posting here meant I was noticing what you are complaining about. Don't know what weight I am throwing around. I do not get paid to do Green Party work. I do not have any interest and am not paid to get Obama elected. So, I see people saying odd things about me and my web-site, and I figure I will engage. Sorry if that makes me...something?

Perhaps we could think about what we have in common.

I believe that what I want is similar to what you guys want:

First, I want peace and our troops out of Iraq.

After that, some of the things I want are...

-To have some candidates (ie: Cynthia and Ralph) who will say in the media they want the troops out of Iraq.

-To force a public dialogue that war is bad and we should have the troops out of Iraq.

-A wish (but no capitulation, no ABB-style crap) that McCain does not get in office.

-A wish that Cynthia McKinney can win for President first.

-Or, a wish that Ralph Nader could win after her.

-A wish that both of them could get lots and lots of votes if they don't win, so the message of peace and justice gets forced on the two major parties.

So, why are we arguing? We probably want nearly the same things.

(One reason we are fighting is that instead of our government having IRV/Proportional Rep elections, they have winner-take-all, which is designed to keep us feeling more as "competitors")

If you want peace, or justice, or Nader, why don't you just use the slight visibility I have at my web-site to say your peace in my comments section?

And, by the way Mia, there is a photo of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente in the widgets on the right hand side of my blog. My support for Cynthia McKinney is evident every time someone opens a page on my blog.

And, half the stuff I am writing about is stuff that I know Cynthia's programs and platforms are good on. That is why I am showing how the government now is doing it wrong. Ie: Hurrican Ike, when Cynthia nailed it on Katrina.

If you all like Nader so much - great. I think he is a great man and much better than McCain or Obama. Why don't you write about Nader, instead of me.

Peace and struggle,
Kimberly Wilder

P.S. Plugging "anonymous" into the computer, while at the same time, signing my name, just means that I don't feel like signing up with yet another corporation collecting my personal information.

Keesha said...

"And, by the way Mia, there is a photo of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente in the widgets on the right hand side of my blog. My support for Cynthia McKinney is evident every time someone opens a page on my blog."
Why does White Momma keep addressing Mia? Does she think Mia's White?
Kimberly Wilder, quit coming to this site to lie. A widget? The issue is you post things to help Barack and you don't post for Cynthia.
That's the issue.
We all know it, read the damn thread.
You know it. So stop lying.
Really, grow up.

Carl said...

Kimmy Wilder has a lot of nerve posting here repeatedly with the same crap. (And having her husband do it to.) Get it, Kimmy, we don't respect you. We believe you push Barack. We believe you use Cynthia. Deal with that in your garbage or quit posting here.

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