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MY RESPONSE TO BLOGS4VICTORY’S LEO PUSATERI ON DOMA

Posted in CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, MARRIAGE EQUALITY with tags , , , , , , on 29/03/2013 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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I have come to notice that the clearest indication of a political ideology dying is when its adherents are not young people. If the last presidential election should have taught America anything it’s that the country in the next 25 years will be defined not by the baby boomers but by the youth of America that replace them. In 25 years a child born today will have voted in the 2032 presidential election, think about that for a second and people like this kid will represent 20% of the electorate. Now think about this, it is estimated that 33% of the conservative base those over the age of 65 and living in suburban and rural communities will be dead. Now anything can happen in politics; a wave of conservative nostalgia could rise up and sweep the Progressive movement aside. The Left could elect a president that becomes embroiled in a scandal that takes the party down with them. There could be war, famine, riot, who knows. Those things could all still happen and the Nixon scenario could play out all over again. In 1975 the GOP was on its knees 3 years after believing they’d not be swept out of power for a generation. Reagan was waiting in the wings in ’76 if Nixon had not seen the need to steal the 1972 election by committing crimes and covering them up and the Democrats with McGovern were in tatters. Reagan brought the GOP back in 1980 a seasoned politician who was nearly impossible to pin down on any issue– truly a Teflon president. Now the GOP is in the same spot Democrats were in back in 1973. They have a choice to stay mired in culture wars struggle and pander to their literally dying base or move forward and reach out sincerely to minorities and women. Despite the RNC autopsy which says some very positive things about how much the GOP realizes that it needs to change I feel that issues like the one I’ll address below DOMA, makes it impossible for the Right to come to the center. The GOP will shrink for the next 15 to 20 years and then it will begin to grow again as a center right party that compliments and checks the far Left elements of the Democratic Party that will raise their heads after a decade or so of congressional control. The best solution for the GOP right now is win the races you should win, destroy any third party based on conservatism that seems like it can gain traction in the South and Midwest, and take your coming losses humbly from 2014 until 2028 while you wait for the traditionalist 55+ base to die off.

My response to Leo Pusateri is below:

Since I’m likely the only lesbian who is married here, I’d like to make a brief comment.

For centuries, the word marriage did mean between one man and one woman. In those many centuries the society that gave rise to what is now America saw relationships between people of the same as a criminal act. In the United States, this is no longer the case. Over the last 100 years society has progressed on many issues. In 1920, women got the vote. In 1948, blacks were given equal accommodation into the US military. In 1954, schools were integrated. In 1967, interracial marriage was recognized federally. In 1973, a woman’s right to choose when and if she gave birth was recognized. Not one of these rights existed 100 years ago. Conservatives are traditionalists by their very name and nature. Tradition does not hold up very well against the sandstorm of change, however. The very rules are changing before your eyes and for people who have lived full lives where the touchstones of traditions were always there safe from the tsunami of Progressive change this thing about marriage surely comes as a great shock.

Those who were against women voting feared it would limit America’s ability to prosecute wars. This didn’t happen. Those who were against integration of the US military said there would be riots and massacres in barracks and armed uprisings by black soldiers against their officers–that did not happen either. Those that argued against school integration said it would ruin the education system and cause confusion and chaos in America’s youth. The slow progress toward equal education had no such effects yet white flight and the decay of urban centers has. Interracial marriage opponents argued that you would create a mongrel caste that would cost taxpayers millions of dollars and create a perpetually shamed underclass of white women who would be ostracized from “respectable society” for her choices. This didn’t happen. Anti abortion advocates argued that abortion on demand and infanticide run riot would be the result of the Roe v Wade decision. That hasn’t happened and abortion is likely the most regulated medical procedure, government intruding into individual rights, in America.

Now Conservatives argue about marriage as if it is the last thing that they own and that they only can protect what it, traditionally, means. Incest and polygamy are going to become the norm Leo says. True, 100 years ago every state in the Union had an anti-sodomy and anti-incest law on its books. I’m no advocate for incest or for polygamy. I don’t think anyone is born with an urge to marry more than one person; I feel that is generally more cultural or religious in nature. Sure some siblings do fall in love but I just don’t see a groundswell for incest anywhere in the near future.

So in the end I find myself back to what conservatives hold dear, control, tradition, religion, the ability to protect the home and hearth, but also I see fear. A fear of change, a fear of the death of norms resulting in a guilt that this touchstone was stolen on their watch when they were beyond the strength of youth to adequately defend it. A great writer noted many years ago that human life is short and brutal. It must be far worse for people who are so resistant to change that they can delude themselves into believing any of what Leo wrote. The times are not changing they have changed and barring a true miracle that brings young Americans between the ages of 13 and 30 en masse back to conservative traditional values and away from the true individualism that being Progressive holds then I see harder times coming for those of you who will live another quarter century.

I have no agenda except to secure for people who love each other in America to be able to marry who they love. I don’t care about slippery slopes, incestuous trysts, the squeamish discomfort that those on the Right feel when they think about gay sex and I certainly pay no heed to the bigots who consider my wife and I abnormal in some way. I am in no rush as I have a bottomless amount of time. If gay marriage does not come this year to every state in the US, so be it. It will be the law of the land in due time even if that is state by state in 25 years after many of the loud conservative voices here no longer speak and the 13 year olds who see no problem with gay marriage now are 38 and making the real decisions for the future generations in a Progressive America striding confidently toward the 22nd century.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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THE ISSUES THAT MATTER TO THE CONSERVATIVES IN AMERICA: ABORTION, RACISM AND THE WAR ON WOMEN

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, ABORTION RIGHTS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, ANDREW BRIETBART, BAIN CAPITAL, BIG LABOR, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, DAWN PATROL, DREAM ACT, DRUDGE REPORT, ERICK ERICKSON, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FOLLOW UP, FREEDOM, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GLOBAL ECONOMY, GOP MELTDOWN, HOW HELL WORKS, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, JIM HOFT, JT READY, JUDGE JERRY D BASS, JUSTICE, KOCH BROTHERS, L BRENT BOZELL, LAAL HETHRI, MAINSTREAM MEDIA SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, MARK EDWARD NOONAN, MITT ROMNEY, MORNING JOE, NEOCON1, NEWSBUSTERS, OBAMACARE, OCCUPY DC, OCCUPY WALL STREET, OFFICE OF THE TORTURER GENERAL, PAT BUCHANAN, PAUL RYAN, POLITICS, POOR WHITE TRASH, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, RACIAL VIOLENCE, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, ROCK THE SLUT VOTE, RUSH LIMBAUGH, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, TANF, TEA PARTY, THE AMERICAN TALIBAN, THE GREATER FOOL, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE MATING HABITS OF CONSERVATIVES, THE RICH STILL DIE, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY, U.S. ECONOMY, VOTER SUPPRESSION, WELFARE REFORM LIES FROM THE RIGHT, WHITE PRIVILEGE, WORLD NET DAILY, YOUR DAILY SIMPLIFICATION, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, حرر سوريا! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 29/08/2012 by sarahbloch

I read a Blogs 4 Victory post entitled, “The False Narrative” last night and went to bed with the words of a commenter turned poster Cluster ringing in my ears. That ringing turned to laughter as I thought of how I would reply to his positions on abortion, racism and the War on Women. Here’s the gist of his argument:

Abortion –The party with the extreme position on abortion is the democrats. They currently support federal funding, partial birth, and live birth abortion, and essentially the right to kill the unborn without question at anytime. This position is far out of the mainstream, and voters need to know this. Conservatives support life with the rape/incest exception, which is optional, and that position is actually the real pro choice position.

– Racism – Honestly the political party that harbors racists, are the democrats. Most of them simply believe that people of a darker skin color are victims of this society solely because of their pigmentation, and that without government help, they are incapable of living a productive life. This mindset is deplorable and offensive. They also believe apparently that they need to be the protectors of our first black President, because obviously he is unable to withstand criticism of most any kind, due once again to the color of his skin.

– War on Women – Once again, the political party that is waging war against women is the democrats. How offensive is it for most women to know that Obama and Sandra Fluke believe that women are incapable of providing for their own contraception needs? How hypocritical is it for liberal feminists to say “keep your hands off my body” but then expect us to pay for their abortion and healthcare needs? How denigrating is it to believe that a pregnancy is an obstacle in a woman’s life? The fact is, women are incredibly strong and more than capable of determining, and paying for, their way through life without anyones help.

Here is my response:

Abortion—The facts on this are simple. The Democratic Party supports a woman’s right to choose when she has a child. Thereby, a woman to the Left has a right to choose to have an abortion that takes place within the time allotted by federal law. I repeat federal law dictates the time span of fetal development where an abortion is legal. In some cases, where the life of the mother is in jeopardy, an abortion is medically necessary beyond this federal limit. I woman cannot, in any jurisdiction in the United States of America have an abortion procedure beyond 21 weeks simply by saying she wants and abortion. I do not know anyone who supports partial birth abortion on demand. I also understand the law that says any viable fetus born alive even in an abortion clinic must be kept alive or the physician and anyone attending can be charged with murder. What you have written is hyperbole for the conservative base and nothing more.

Racism—It is easy to throw this term around but I find this very dangerous. I think America has progressed concerning race more in the period from 1950 to 2000 than it has at any other time in its history. Since 2000 however, there has been a turn from the institutionalized racism of the last century to a reactionary bigotry over the last 12 years. One has to understand the difference between bigotry and racism to even engage in this conversation. Racism needs power to fuel it. The power comes from politics. If those in charge all come from the same racial demographic then it is far more easy to keep another racial demographic at bay with laws that segregate them. The post Civil War Democratic Party in the South, made up of the most ardent conservatives of the time, saw the opportunities they had once the Reconstruction ended to initiate laws that would secure them power for what they thought would be forever. Those conservative Democrats could not have seen the Federal Government ever exercising its power below the Mason-Dixon line again and for over one hundred years they were right. So instead of having the vision for the future that Grant held blacks were put into a lower caste by the ruling white elite in the South and life for them remained that way until 1946 when the first stirrings for a second emancipation began. By the time the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and signed by President Lyndon Johnson the white powerbrokers in the South realized they needed a new strategy, one less embarrassing than the overt bigotry supported by racist thinking that has been broadcast to the world by CBS News night after night. It took four years for a savior to come to the conservatives in the South who while Democrats were more than willing to shed that label to keep the suffering status quo in regard to the Negro. President Nixon utilized the animus between working class white and working class blacks in the South to march to victory in 1968. Reagan in his very first campaign speech did the same in Neshoba County, Mississippi and reinforced the new ethic of conservative views on race with his alliance with the Moral Majority in 1980. Race was cast aside in the late 1980s by President George H. W. Bush in the name of continuing economic prosperity. Demographers, however, knew that in a generation a great decline was going to take place among the white electorate. Younger white voters were becoming more and more liberal. Black voters had allied squarely with the new Liberal post-Kennedy Democratic Party led by Northern Liberals and Midwestern moderates. The GOP once a party of Ed Burke of Massachusetts and Barry Goldwater was now the party of Strom Thurmond and David Duke. The overt race baiting politics of the 1930s and 1940s no longer had a place among the Conservatives as it was no longer socially acceptable. The bigotry had to come from a dedicated and older bloc of conservative voters who see blacks and Latinos as a drain on their wealth [keep our taxes low], see minorities as a violent threat to their personal security [flash mobs] and demand that any leader of the country be able to prove he is American even if it is clear he was born in the US [birtherism]. Conservatives don’t need Racism because as their demographics shrink over the next 20 years, with the dying off of the Baby Boomers having begun in earnest, the power base that would have driven it too will have died off. Young Conservatives will take a new more inclusive tack. They will put the moralizing and religious traditionalism behind them and work to make their party a more populist and albeit nationalist simulacrum of the moderate wing of the Democratic Party. The next fifty years will be very interesting politically for America. On December 31, 2064 the last Baby Boomer will be 100 years old. The country that you know now will be long gone. I imagine it will still be prosperous but that prosperity will be dominated by Liberal married couples made up of majority that is composed of those that conservatives most fear the most. Educated white women will marry outside their race more as more and more blacks and Latinos earn higher education degrees in a truly level playing field. Gay and Lesbian couples will become full citizens as their marriages will be recognized as marriage in every state in the Union. Abortion will become rarer as government provided contraception is made cheap and widely available as Obamacare proves to be as effective for the young worker as Social Security is for the elderly. Churches will once again be filled with people of Faith rather than peasants of Fear. I feel that America in 2064 might be in the shining diamond midst of a new global golden age and she cannot be that with retrograde racial thinking but only by the continuing efforts of Progressives to keep up the pressure on the wobbling old man of Conservatism.

The War on Women—Post Clinton America finds itself in that phase the demographers of the 1980s warned conservatives about. Not to beat the issue to death but the pro-life position on abortion, as a political issue, while cloaked in the sweet intentions of preserving life is really nothing more than the most desperate reaction to a societal failure by white conservatives. The birth rates of Latinas and black women outpace that of white women nearly 8 to 1. Double that number for college educated white women over the age of 30 while the same demographic of black and Latinas is still a 4 to 1 advantage. It is politically perfectly understandable why a group of people who wants to stay in power, to have the America that they want would turn to issues of abortion and contraception when they are being beaten in the breeding race by such a wide margin. Also, marrying race with gender, this gives the Right another canard they can use—that women are to blame for the loss of white conservative political power through their desire to hold positions of power in a world they see as a man’s domain. American women don’t like this and they don’t like Mitt Romney no matter how many times Ann Romney begs for America to get to know her husband.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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