Friday, September 7, 2012

Just Vote

Watching the Republican and Democratic political shindigs in the last two weeks, I was moved.
An antiquated process perhaps, with explanations glossed over for sound bites, but the uninterrupted PBS coverage at least kept the vicious snakes this season from emerging with their venom. I have heard some really vile and unfair things, and outright lies, this political season.
But the conventions were another story, and I was heartened by the women who spoke -- some real pistols!
I was especially inspired when watching Tammy Duckworth,  who is running for Congress in Illinois. She lost both legs and part of her arm when the Blackhawk helicopter she was piloting was shot down over Baghdad in 2004. The short video of Duckworth speaking is here. The text of her talk is here.
Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention on August 30 is here. President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on September 6 is here.
The quote of the week came from Lilly Ledbetter of Jacksonville, Alabama. She pointed out that American women earn 77 cents for every $1.00 men make, but quipped, "Maybe 23 cents doesn't sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account ... " (video of Ledbetter here)
And if you want to know if something is being portrayed accurately, just check
http://www.truthorfiction.com/

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