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May 14, 2008

I feel compelled, as a supporter and group host of HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT, to share my opinions of the news today as in the Title above.  This commentary was originally posted to NARAL'S blog, but since HILLARY CLINTON *is* still a candidate for the President of the United States, I feel, we ...as supporters and voters, have EVERY right to be infurriated about decisions made before the primaries in all the states have been held, and all the voters in this country have had a chance to have their votes count!    ....Kactus-Kat


** TODAY:  A BLACK MARK ON THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN (AND AN EMBARRASSMENT TO BEAR WITH THE WOMEN OF OUR WORLD) **




John Edwards has been in cahoots with Obama since the day he dropped out of the race.  (And despite his state voting for HILLARY).  They have had private, secretive meetings regarding the race since that time, and I don't doubt Obama picks up his phone to talk to any MAN he can find out there who feels threatened by HILLARY CLINTON.  The key word in all of this, of course, is "MAN".

Do we, as the women of America, continue - after centuries of oppression STILL want a man to speak for us? I'm so shocked that the 21st. century is ushering in a step back for all women! This truly will go down in history books as a MAJOR step backwards in progressive women's rights and independence in a male-dictated society!

What ARE we thinkin'???

It saddens me that we still can't think for ourselves, speak up on behalf of ourselves, and DECIDE for ourselves. We still have a man answering NARAL's phone number, and obviously now RUNNING NARAL's opinions and views! Slap our mothers and grandmothers squarely in the face, why don't you? They're already rolling around in their graves with what you, Nancy Keenan, did today!  I don't expect more out of Edwards, afterall, he's a man, but this from a woman??  Next, will you rule that men are in charge of pro-choice? Our bodies? Our minds? Our purses? Our jobs? Our lives?????????????????????


And what the heck is that saying to our daughters and granddaughters??  "Here, let me read you about your rights, sweet daughter."   "...but, what rights are those, Mama dear? Didn't we give those away on May 14, 2008? Mama....were you there when Nancy Keenan said, 'let there be choice, but let the MEN in office do the choosing?'"


It is not a surprise that everyone is trying to pressure HILLARY CLINTON into dropping out. The bigwig Democrats (mostly MEN) will not hesitate to take the say away from the American voters in time for a candidate to be decided BEFORE the convention.  These men, you see, are getting quite jittery because their states and their delegates have been won by
HILLARY CLINTON!


This is sad, but it's not nearly as unforgiveable to me as what NARAL has done today. A prominent women's organization has decided NOT to go with a very strong women's rights leader in order to back a man who couldn't care LESS about the rights of women in this country, and has NO RECORD WHATSOEVER in support of women's rights!  Is that the "cheerleader, dumb-blonde" mentality we wish to convey to the rest of the world in 2008?????
 

It makes me sick....it's made me cry....and it's made me FURIOUS enough to cancel my membership, and write you a very strong letter that I hope other women in this country agree with.

I'm also writing on behalf of the women who are not around any longer to PICKET in FRONT of your business today! Those suffragists who worked SO DARN HARD....and for what? Our votes don't even count....and when they do - well, YOU, Nancy Keenan, TAKE OUR CHOICE for a candidate away by backing someone (yes, a MAN!!) who hasn't solidly won a primary in MONTHS!!  HE does NOT, nor will he ever know what it is like to be a WOMAN!  He just doesn't have the right parts!  And no matter how many single mothers raised him, he will NEVER know what it's like to birth or nurse a baby!   He will NEVER have an abortion because he was raped, he will NEVER have to hide in a bathroom to deliver an unplanned pregnancy, he will NEVER stand before a judge saying he has killed a fetus, and bear that anguish & guilt for the rest of his life!!   God, in all her mercy, will be the ONLY one who will know what that feels like.......God, or another woman - certainly not a man!


Yes, it's the 21st century, but NO....women are still not smart enough to ban together and stand up for their rights TOGETHER -- in the massive VOTE (voice) together we should be! And until, collectively, we can be heard (and our votes, too!), we continue to daily, take a step back, instead of a step forward towards equal rights for women everywhere!!




 

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Posted: Wednesday May 14, 2008, 6:15 pm
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Lee Hughes (10)
Friday May 16, 2008, 12:42 pm
I think Edwards is just going for who he feels is the most "popular" so he can have some hope of still getting into the white house, even if it would be just a member of the cabinet.

I sm proud that there is finally a candidate that won't back down like the ones on the Republican side did. Hilary, don't listen to the media propaganda...NEVER BACK DOWN.

Vivian Nelson Melle (3)
Friday May 16, 2008, 6:23 pm
It was a dark a dreary day in feminist history. Edwards is just sniffing around for the Secretary of State. And NARAL, well, I hope they feel it come fund raising season. How sad that their affiliates, who need the donations most, will feel the pinch, not national. And the affiliates had nothing to do with the endorsement. How infuriating for them.

. (0)
Thursday May 22, 2008, 10:38 pm
NOTED!

Darlene K. (367)
Thursday May 22, 2008, 10:53 pm
I was disappointed when MoveOn endorsed Obama, but when NARAL announced their endorsement...., I was very disgusted and confused. I have lost ALL respect I had left for Edwards. You make good points here, Kathy. This whole election process has been sick.

Jaclin S. (230)
Thursday May 22, 2008, 11:24 pm
My comments do not really matter because I do not live in the US of A- but I read this and I have noted it because I admire Kathy's tenacity to stand up for what she believes in and to see it through to the end. So great reading Kathy - good points. It must give women everywhere a buzz to know that there are people out there like you who believe in them and what they are doing and back them to the hilt.

Ramona Gehl (141)
Friday May 23, 2008, 4:25 am
Right on Kathy....Blog on sister!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Friday May 23, 2008, 5:57 am
Great blog Kathy. Thanks for it.K

Past Member (0)
Friday May 23, 2008, 11:18 am
I too am saddened by this..what a precedent this is setting for our young girls...I am so proud of Hillary for sticking it out & if she does agree to be VP...I will be even prouder of her because she knows what is good for all Americans not just for herself...she is a helluva woman...I will keep doing everything I can to get her elected..thanks for your post

Past Member (0)
Friday May 23, 2008, 11:32 am
Great argument....great points and a great piece of writing! Well said Kathy and kudos to you!

Melissa Chapman (284)
Friday May 23, 2008, 1:51 pm
I am so proud to call you my "sister in arms"! Your writings remind me that there ARE some women out there that are using their brains.. and in times like these, it is good to know that we are not alone.. YOU are NOT alone! I STAND BY AND WITH YOU!

Elle J. (279)
Friday May 23, 2008, 2:06 pm
I can assure you that John Edwards has not been in cahoots with Barack Obama since the day that Edwards suspended his campaign. I was supporting John Edwards. You will note the word suspend rather than drop out. There is a difference!

Elle J. (279)
Friday May 23, 2008, 2:07 pm
I can assure you that John Edwards has not been in cahoots with Barack Obama since the day that Edwards suspended his campaign. I was supporting John Edwards. You will note the word suspend rather than drop out. There is a difference!

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Friday May 23, 2008, 2:44 pm
Great Kathy!!!

Many Kudos to you!!

LYG's!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 24, 2008, 10:51 am
Geez Kath, it' sa s if a plague has decended on anyone and everything that is Hillary related. You can sure count on all the cockroaches coming out of the woodwork whenever politics are involved. I am just speechless by the fact that NARL came out with thier support for someone other then Hillary.

Kathy, I cant tell you how much respect Ihave foryou and the hard work and determination to stand up and support Hillary, even while being attacked yourself for doing what you and many of your followers think is right. You are not alone and there are so many of us who would follow you to the ends of the earth. You rock!!

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