While I try to mostly keep things light here on How To Avoid The Black Market, occasionally an issue rolls along that gets my manties in a knot. Seeing as though I have a bit of leverage here with which to speak my mind, I will now pour myself a glass of water, clear my throat and begin.
Photo courtesy of Brian Herzog.
Due to the nature of this bit of news, I’m going to simply let it stand alone. I appreciate the consideration, and rest assured I will be back to ‘sticking to bikes’ (or whatever) on Friday.
Now then, as I’m sure most of you have heard, recently the decision was made to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care. However, in a WTF heard ’round the world they are very graciously allowing the continued support of the Army NASCAR team;
Shake and bake.
I’ll let that sink in for a second.
As a country that is currently in the throes of debate regarding health care reform, and with millions of people living without any form of insurance whatsoever, this decision is appalling at best, and extraordinarily dangerous at worst. This isn’t just an issue regarding a woman’s right to choose. On a broader scale this is an attack on the middle class, and most certainly the uninsured.
It’s a small gesture, but I implore you to sign this letter, and help make your voice heard.
Secondly, I have come across the following clip of Representative Jackie Speier responding to blowhard New Jersey Representative Christopher Smith during the house debate last Friday;
Aside from telling a small handful of friends over the course of her life, this was the first she had ever spoken of it.
The strength that this woman exhibited is incredible, but at the end of the day, it’s maddening that she felt it necessary to let this skeleton out of her closet.
I don’t have any way to properly conclude this rant other than to mention that I hate to say I told you so, but if you neglected to vote during the mid-term elections, this is part of that fall out. A very base definition of Fascism is a government that controls both birth and death, and from my perspective, that there is what they attempt to do.
Say I’m lying to myself if you must, but I like to think in at least some small part, by signing a letter such as this, we can still have some control over decisions made regarding our ‘best interests’, especially when they’re not.