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On Mother’s Day, A Look At The Last Six Months

On Mother’s Day, A Look At The Last Six Months

Anyone else looking back on these last six months and asking: what has happened?

As I prepared for my daughter’s birth last November, I knew that she was coming into a world in flux.  I knew that politically and culturally this country was frozen with partisan rancor, but I remained hopeful that the momentum that brought President Obama into office could break through that deadlock and move this country toward realizing the promise of its founding — a more perfect union dedicated to equality and justice.

Again I have to ask, what has happened?

Instead of moving forward to fulfill that promise the most affluent among us are doing all they can to eliminate our social contract.  Our country’s most vulnerable stand to lose the last bit of protections, in the form of Medicare, Social Security and other general assistance programs in order to protect billionaires from the burden of contributing their share in revenues. 

Instead of moving forward on those promises Republicans have distracted us with birther nonsense, with threats to shut down the government and with a concerted effort to undo generations of gains by the middle class in just a matter of months.

The news gets worse for women.  Republicans are constructing world where a rape is a matter of perspective and where young poor women are coerced into motherhood they way they were once coerced into indentured servitude.

Perhaps we’re suffering from a bit of historical amnesia.  Perhaps we’ve forgotten that, in this country’s recent past, our elderly, our poor and our most at risk were told that never again would they be left on their own, that this country will, as a matter of moral certainty, put in place a safety net to avoid repeating poor houses, debtor prisons, factory fires and widespread racial violence.

Six months ago I promised my daughter that should she be born into a world less secure than the one I knew, that I would do all I could to change that.  I told her she deserved to live in a world where her potential was not limited by her gender, where she would be treated equally and paid fairly and where her health would not be used as a political poker chip for a bunch of old men.

I never imagined I’d have so much work to do from just the last few months.


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6:28PM PDT on May 10, 2011

although depressing thank you for reminding us how far we have to go and how much work is still needed.

10:32AM PDT on May 9, 2011

Thank you. We have a lot of work to do....

9:38AM PDT on May 9, 2011

I said basically the same when my granddaughter was born 8 months ago.

6:44AM PDT on May 9, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:16AM PDT on May 9, 2011


3:01AM PDT on May 9, 2011

thanks for the article

12:12AM PDT on May 9, 2011

We all hope and pray that we will bring our children into a better world, but we know we aren't. The things that saddens me the most is that our childrens choices seem to become more restricted with the passing years instead of them having a multitude of choices. Our government has become so controling that they restrict us more and more instead of giving us lots of options to choose from. I want to be able to make choices, I don't want the government telling me that I must do something because it's better for me. Give me options and let me make the choice. There are many women who use birth control but it doesn't work for one reason or the other. Even taking an antibiotic can alter the effectiveness of the pill. They should have the option of an early term abortion if wanted. There should not be a bunch of men in government making decisions for them, their bodies or their families. Especially when these men seem hell bent on making corporations richer and middle class america poorer by burdening us with higher taxes, causing further hardship for our families. It has to end with us. We need to elect officials that will make positive changes and insure choices for our children. We need to prove our power at the polls. Urge everyone to vote. Can you believe that there are people who don't when we have an opportunity to have our voices heard. Use your voice, vote for positive change! Happy Mothers Day moms, show your voice, make a difference! Vote for change!

9:57PM PDT on May 8, 2011

I am in constant amazement at the way our country is going. How did we get to this point, where politicians are deciding how we live our lives? Yes, Martha, few are coerced into getting pregnant, but three of my friends became pregnant while taking the pill. They all gave birth, and their children have suffered because they could not take care of them financially. I am not pro abortion, I am pro choice. A woman should have the right to choose, not based on anyone else's religious belief, or on that of a politician who is catering to a specific group to get his financing. I have never had an abortion, but I do not have the right to deny it to someone who needs it.

8:56PM PDT on May 8, 2011

Thanks :)

6:22PM PDT on May 8, 2011


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