Results of the mid-term elections were barely a day old when finally I heard a resounding response to Tea Party rhetoric. No, it didn’t come from President Obama or Harry Reid or Jon Stewart. It certainly didn’t come from Franklin Graham or Glenn Beck. Instead, it was delivered with undeniable moral authority by a mother of six who is not yet old enough to be president of the United States.
The oracle is a Liberian woman named Leymah Gbowee, and her message is simple: I see your humanity, will you see mine?
Talk radio show host Michael Savage claims to have ten million listeners. From his home in the affluent San Francisco suburb of Larkspur, he sends out a constant stream of anti-immigrant, anti-gay, and, oddly, autism-scorning diatribes that are more popular than they ought to be. One of his listeners apparently was Jim Adkisson, the man charged with shooting eight people in the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville on July 27. Two of them died.
In the hours after Adkisson was thrown to the floor and arrested and roughly 200 congregants had been evacuated, police said they found copies of Savage’s Liberalism is a Mental Disorder , Let Freedom Ring by conservative talker Sean Hannity, and The O’Reilly Factor by Fox Television’s Bill O’Reilly in the shooter’s home.
This was a difficult week for us progressives who support Barack Obama. Having secured the Democratic nomination in the midst of a volatile economy, Obama proclaimed that he “loved the markets.” And when the Supreme Court struck down the gun ban in the District of Columbia, he said amen, and when it struck down execution for child rapists, he agreed with John McCain that it was a bad decision. And, by the way, Obama’s not in favor of holding the telecoms responsible for infringing on our privacy if the president tells them to.
Then he went up to Unity, New Hampshire, and made nice to Hillary. More importantly, she made nice to him. I just hope that both of them will keep in mind that women are counting on them for their birth control. Because, that’s one of the many things that hangs in the balance in November.
Random reflections on politics, the media, political activism, women's lives and spirituality, often inspired by travel, cultural events or what I read.
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