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Republicans … say one thing in front of cameras and continue to vote another on the floor of Congress


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yep, just another rant … Please Vote2018MidtermsMatter

The 113th Congress is long gone,but it should be noted they were “in session”  or “at work” fewer days than most of their constituents … the people they seem to keep saying depend on the government “tit” for “entitlements” then without remorse proceed to vote against average voter and their lives … some Republicans call “average voter” their constituents lazy and these constituents continue to vote against their best interests? I still cannot understand this.  The nonsense continued with the 114th and 115th Congress and now here we are with the 116th Congress.  We the people, are being governed by a guy with no political experience; seemingly no sense of real loyalty to what most of us call #AmericanValues, doesn’t seem to be a true republican or a person who leans left though fact is he has given $$ to both, he has said a lot, done little though the executive orders he once hated when President Obama was in office are coming at We The People hard, fast incoherently and a whole lot of those policies will be doing some damage in the near future … btw, can somebody tell this to trump voters. The trifecta he holds, aka our 3 branches of government, is capable of doing the right thing but they have decided slashing, burning, cutting average voter lives to shreds,stalled CHIP and holding DACA/Dreamers politically hostage; once calling them #incrediblekids now saying on every platform possible that they are bad folks, illegal, criminals and murderers. This trifecta government holds secret meeting, seemingly making secret deals constantly lest we understand or accept that all of this talk is not only cheap … The truth is being manipulated and what most of us know as the truth has officially become known as  “alternative facts”  … sigh

What happened to Congress?

It should make Americans all wonder if $175K for members of Congress is just too much for public servants that work less than 120 days a year as members of congress,led by Republicans. Thing is they seem to think the rest of us need 2 maybe 3 jobs, deserve less social services among some other stupid things like less migrant families though reports are that the trump administration has requested foreign workers for maralago numerous times a year ..smdh and I am not expert but the GDP will suffer if he goes full out ban the browns and blacks

Yes, breathe in slowly and slowly release your breath … be still, then repeat the process when needed as insanity in the News, and Politics begins to try and make viewers accept the trump era in “alternative facts” land put on loop mode.  The idea that Americans should just trust someone in the highest office or a member of Congress on face value is a joke but when you catch their work that looks like “performance art” seeming not only like they believe what they are saying but assume that no one is paying attention to their behavior on the floor of Congress because they certainly act like we all have amnesia every time they get a chance to be on cable TV.

So, again … Congress, led by republicans continue to say one thing while in front of the camera are planning take downs in secret rooms tossing their title of Public Servant down the nearest sewer which makes you wonder how we will ever pass Voters Right Act, immigration reform and other bills For Americans when a good faith effort is kept off the floor of Congress because of political competition and poison pill amendments added.  There was a time when we would tell the Republican Party they need to be more inclusive because trust, respect and future votes are not seasonal or easily earned nor should they be. The current republican party has many leaving stating this party is no longer worthy … due to white nationalism or something even worse.

The fact is, in this era of trump we have seen a whole lot of  divisive behavior which makes a left leaning voter wonder, can Republicans continue on this path, continue to  get away with so much and not pay for it in 2018 or the 2020 elections?  Okay, stop and take a deep breath as we watch this current government try to take our country to the extreme right and as  you listen to Republicans, they act; remember (act) like they plan to be in bipartisan mode but they have shown themselves to be less than trustworthy less than bipartisan and their votes … Please check any and all republican members voting records! This is proof of how they actually feel about constituents that cannot be denied or overlooked.

Republicans have been waiting for a trifecta that allows them to vote and pass bills without hearings or much debate. So, It is important that folks call your member of Congress because the next generation is counting on us because climate change is real,Women deserve reproductive rights, the voting rights act should be permanent, immigration reform and a real jobs act is the American path toward Stability not Austerity though Republicans seem to keep pushing or that 2007 financial collapse just didn’t impact them enough

I want America to wake up, push back, and demand all members of Congress do the People’s business

#Midterm2018Matters

Republicans see themselves as stewards of the purse strings in the House of Representatives, but it does not give them the right to toss #WeThePeople under the bus, who as taxpayers give them not only a salary but government healthcare?

Midterm2018 will decide what kind of life we all want our next generation to navigate through … please take the time to understand what and who is causing America to decline at this time  … The House holds the American #PurseStrings which is why Americans have been held hostage

Nativegrl77

Feminism …


by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010
 The belief that women are and should be treated as potential intellectual equals and social equals to men. These people can be either male or female human beings, although the ideology is commonly (and perhaps falsely) associated mainly with women.The basic idea of Feminism revolves around the principle that just because human bodies are designed to perform certain procreative functions, biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.Feminism also, by its nature, embraces the belief that all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason–including equal civil rights–and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle. Feminists–and all persons interested in civil equality and intellectuality–are dedicated to fighting the ignorance that says people are controlled by and limited to their biology.
Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect or politeness and need have nothing whatever to do with gender discrimination.
by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010
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So, why did I go to urban dictionary for the definition of Feminism?

beaseedforchangestickersGREENI got my Cosmo in the mail and while the fashions are fun some gaudy others worthy of a second look or two most are out of my price and age range, but when I see hair and beauty products well now that is a whole different response entirely. As I was thumbing through one of many magazines, which is another bad habit, an article about feminism popped up and yes folks are questioning Beyoncé among others with headlines such as … “Can you be Sexy and a Feminist” or as Cosmo asks, “Can you be a Sexy Feminist? It was a quick read and in all honesty, I don’t spend a whole lot of my time dissecting labels, but I will say that being a feminist used to be defined as a woman who didn’t appreciate men some said they despised them.  Women were advised to always question the gender roles of men & women, demand equal access to education, hardcore feminists suggested being a companion, forget about being happily married least we acquiesce simply because we are women. I don’t subscribe to hating on men, I like men on several levels, that includes my dad, my kid’s father, my son and a couple of bosses’ who happened to be male.

As a side note on a political level, current Republican men are the bane of our(women) existence in my opinion.

  So, getting back to Feminism, when it comes to being an active participant in what seemingly is the opposite side of equality and justice for everyone.  I have to admit, I have danced to fabulous music that had one or more negatives like sexual assault, misogynistic and chauvinistic words. It’s definitely not something I  ever used to think about while dancing, and as an adult, I found it upsetting when what was being said became clear; generally, this kind of talk would get a whole different response if these words were being exchanged through a conversation. In this 21st Century, we do hear more Women with edgy lyrics and come to find out that a story or two based out of reality has come to light … so, the choice to listen and buy is up to you.

   However, it does appear that the word feminism and or being a feminist in this 21st society is ever-changing ever-evolving to being about a belief in equality and the rights of everyone in all its forms and genders. I see the urban dictionary as being a place not only run by a younger group of folks but who use it and research the “stuff” they post. I admit to not referring to the urban dictionary that much, but found the post in the process of searching what younger folks felt about the comments on who is or can be a feminist, it caught my eye.  As you read on, Cosmo asked stars like lady gaga, lana del rey and Taylor Swift just to name a few, but when Pharrell was asked he stated, “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be (a feminist). I’m a man, but I do support feminists.”

Anyway, an article worth reading in Cosmo September 2014

~~ Nativegrl77

What do you think? Is being a feminist gender specific?

The answer is yes 2020, as the root of feminism is fem being that of the female feminine persuasion so Pharrell among others probably used the definitions as their guide … though in this 21st Century and while we are in the era of trump … we need more

 

Women and our Rights : past present future …challenged everyday


oh yeah, it’s a rant … tweaked

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So,  here we are in the 21st Century, Women have a constitutional right to have an abortion yet secret bills are being passed as if they(republicans) know what is best for all Women, just think about that and ask yourself … why is a healthcare panel made up of men considering women’s health who keep making strange comments about our lady parts while throwing ALL Women into one basket then under a bus ? trump says women should have some sort of punishment for exercising their rights while conservative lawmakers governors and mayors continue to puke on the Constitution by passing lawless bills.

The fact is Women lead very different lives, make individual decisions every minute of the day ~just like men … an abortion, like any other procedure is just one of several health care issues Women may have to encounter.  The best solutions: Birth Control in all its forms as well as safe affordable legal constitutional right to an abortion. I find it beyond offensive to hear Republicans infer that an abortion is chosen carelessly and for those who seem to think birth control in all its forms is a federal or states right issue actually use it as a Republican political football.  The fact is that Republicans with Women in their lives forget that their position pushes up against 98% of those who use birth control and they need to stop forcing their “family values” on women, focus on Jobs, Immigration, ending any idea of income inequality and Climate Change among just a few issues at the moment. I say,  honestly it doesn’t look at all possible for republicans to come to their senses, so vote for the Democratic Party that supports upward mobility as well as the middle lower classes and the poor = equality for all…

Call on your favourite republicans and ask why they assume Women are ill-equipped, silly, naïve or would put up with abortion bans without a fight ? least we talk about how hard a decision like an abortion is: It is NOT easy or done willy nilly! and while they seem to forget it conveniently …women DID use coat hangers, went to folks who were NOT in the medical field but took their money,  performed abortions and some women, this ended up being a fatal choice

Hey, whatever happened to ” liberty” under the Bill of Rights and “freedom” under Civil Liberties seriously -or does this only apply to certain men ?

We might be deep in this era of trump but never forget that on Sunday, January 22, 2012, President Obama released a statement letting Women know that he is reaffirming his promise to protect a woman’s right to choose.    Announcing that  “After evaluating comments, we have decided to add an additional element to the final rule  Nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law. Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more time and flexibility to adapt to this new rule. We intend to require employers that do not offer coverage of contraceptive services to provide notice to employees, which will also state that contraceptive services are available at sites such as community health centers, public clinics, and hospitals with income-based support. We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concerns.”

There were changes to the announcement above as well as big changes to health care for women … It was a time for hope and audacity because of the new health care law women looked forward to less discrimination.  We know some in the insurance field, doctors and or hospitals will try to beat the system, but the law is there to refer to now and covers All Americans not just some. It is hard for me to believe pro-lifers do not understand that every part of a woman’s health is subject to being penalized and that includes our reproductive health care, which includes a wide range of health care issues.  Isn’t bad enough that lawmakers actually would subject women to demeaning practices like a transvaginal scope; make them wait for 72hrs, but to make doctors liable and or do jail time too.  I have to say that among other ridiculous laws that need a vote in Congress, such as The Hyde Amendment requires a vote every year.

…   the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions with exceptions for incest and rape.[1] It is not a permanent law, rather it is a “rider” that, in various forms, has been routinely attached to annual appropriations bills since 1976. The Hyde Amendment applies only to funds allocated by the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. It primarily affects Medicaid.     wiki

I also admit that it pisses me off that the latest group of people in congress are still getting away with saying one thing in front of a camera yet voting another way on the floor of congress, which includes spewing and or forcing their “family values” platform/ideology on what I thought were free Americans. What year is it again?  If the Republican Tea Party now the Nationalist party truly wants smaller government, they should stop trying to control women, their bodies and or change laws for the sake of that “family values” platform or whatever the claim it is now, and whatever it is now, it is definitely the epitome of big government and an invasion of privacy.

The right seems to be aligning their demands for stricter abortion laws one state at a time. I cannot be the only one tired of the “Do as we say Not as we do Political Party of NO. It has my blood boiling. Now, Tea publicans running for President and some media folks are saying it is time to move on from nasty politics. I say if you want to become President of the US of A give Americans full disclosure. Women need to know if you support unnecessary procedures like a transvaginal scope  … Yet; the same people accuse President Obama of withholding information from the public or being un-American get offended when asked to provide personal information.  We are their constituents; we all deserve to know how these people will vote on issues of religion, race, gender, and or abortion. The beliefs of members of Congress dictate to how the vote will affect our constitutional rights. If you were listening, for three years conservative politicians, some conservadems ramping up of vitriolic “family values” rhetoric pushing the discussion of women’s rights, religion, race and gender preference up to the surface to rile their base. It is obvious now that Republican Governors had a plan to take the rhetoric a step further by passing anti-abortion legislation all over the country in fact as stated by NWLC – “Ninety-two. That’s the number of anti-abortion measures passed into law across the U.S. in 2011. In addition, in case you are wondering, yes, that is a record — in fact; it is over 2.5 times the previous record. “

Bad enough that Women must continue to fight for our rights for equal pay,daycare, medical leave let alone for safe affordable access to reproductive health care.

Now, as we move toward the end of 2017 with the trifecta that is trump and both chambers of Congress, controlled by Republicans who decided to vote on a right to reproductive rights on the anniversary of Roe V Wade in 2015.  This move by men in Congress was and is always incredible since there are more female members of Congress now and yes, a lot of right of center members who say they are fiscally conservative, want less government in their (our) lives.

Yet, topics like abortion, stem cell research/experiments and religious freedom get them flustered, put their undies in a bunch about abortion funding and seem to prefer that abortion be outlawed altogether if possible. I could not vote for a woman who feels I am not qualified, mature enough or have a “right to choose” no matter what side of the political aisle they sit. The fact is, women who choose to have an abortion, do so with great trepidation not because they are heartless but based on options given by qualified medical teams or if the fetus is not viable or at risk or both mom and fetus are at risk. FYI! the decision is discussed with a counselor and a doctor before any procedure happens. The choice to have an abortion is not an easy one and offering a safe place, an affordable procedure is better than having a woman or women desperate enough to take actions that could put their lives at risk like they did prior to roeVwade should always be in the back of congress…  it is the right thing to do. The idea that any member of Congress would want to control a woman’s body is ludicrous at best and again, the epitome of BIG Government; they should make something like the Hyde only better a law. The conservative ideology, clearly barbaric; spews old school dogma and not only crosses the line on numerous occassions, but it has also solidified a need, a call for an unprecedented effort for a grassroots movement to keep our Democracy safe

If you live under a Republican-controlled State and need or know someone in need of safe affordable healthcare with limited funds, your life has got to be beyond difficult.    Now, imagine the impact that repealing, replacing and eliminating access would have on ALL our families, friend’s or co-workers. Let alone the idea that some Republicans want to go back to a time when women and people of colour had no rights; seen but not heard and yes it sounds silly but before you laugh, take some time and listen to congressional members led by republicans and those running for office closely.

Just when I thought we were all moving into the 21st century … sigh

Resource :the internet

Nativegrl77 … the issue of choice is important and taken for granted in this era of trump …. Don’t let this guy turn the clock back on women because…  for women who lack resources things could go bad quickly … folks in restricted states need to help each other out

Marxism? Socialism? what ism are you?


beaseedforchangestickersGREENIt’s another rant …

So, is anyone else finding it almost amusing to see how easy folks seem to throw out labels to describe the actions comments and stance of candidates of the democratic party in a time when this government is seemingly in a  kleptocracy moment while living a kakistocracy with a wannabe autocratic tendencies… trump, is NOT who folks voted for and the plan to change America was set a while back and it appears or seems Mcconnell and the other republican cronies have been waiting for their chance  …. thing is, no one really wanted the acting gig until the birther grabbed us by the …bleep and while setting all our government agencies on fire, the rule of law, regular order on fire NOW we need to trust the Democratic Party because our morality seems at risk each day in the hands of republicans! This makes you think back to at least POTUS41 … Not too long you’ll get sick but then reality steps in as POC continue to be targeted, police seem triggered, the problem of a certain group of males continue to gain access to guns hurting others and in most cases, themselves and that is a shame. We have more schools on lockdown, several babies have died; there are now lockdown drills, some states have given teachers guns yet, another mass shooting occurs but nothing changes. There was a case of a teacher threatening to shoot her students having just had training… what could go wrong and sadly more unarmed black men and women are dying or dead and so the whole thoughts prayers etc are NOT enough. The idea that an activist is actually run over and some states decide to pass red flag laws but can’t improve background checks are amazingly offensive.   We should all know that even folks belonging to the nra think better background checks are reasonable but the gun industry is very strong and so when its fav pr organization says to jump many rs and most have do … though in this era of trump many many instances of violence have erupted and will be a timeline few will want to remember in the new year of 2020

Remembering the bush timeline aside from the obvious is sad; the guy acted impetuously then drove our economy into a ditch literally while Wall Street’s “creative accounting procedures” finally came to an ugly head. There was once an epic documentary called  House of cards by David Faber on Cnbc. It was a cruel reminder and or an awakening at how greed affects the mind, it was a truthful documentation of the nasty journey our economy took … for whom, by whom and how it (they) brought all of us down with them knowing the Government would pay for it all along … Unfortunately, the current trump unreality show doesn’t look at all like the one we watched shortly after our financial system collapsed because this is a moment in time when the question below isn’t so far fetched …  or worse a dystopian society? 

Are You having an existential crisis?

The existential crisis is something many people may face at one point or another in their lives when the world seems to become less meaningful and purposeful. People may question the inner logic of social systems, of their religion, of everything they have once held true, and they do so while becoming much more conscious of the brevity of life.

What is an existential issue?

quite simply, are issues that have to do with the plight of human existence, with the meaning of life, and what meaning, if any, our lives have.

trump has definitely set off a cause and effect with certain behaviors of human nature … is anyone else questioning their inner selves? hoping trump supporters are!

on what it means to affirm one’s own individual personal  choices and consequences for such choices …and yes in this current hostile environment living an authentic life is important but at risk

If we have to subscribe to labels … idk call me a Marxist who believes in Socialism at this time who also believes in capitalism but only with a lower case c … We need someone who cares, who is socially responsible and who believes the gap between the haves and have none needs to shrink; school me …what can be wrong with caring for all the people of the US … not just the one percent… especially since that one percent has been wheeling and dealing; starting from the house of bush and trickled down to Mainstreet .  You have to admit it is time for a change.

Obama was not a socialist or a Marxist … he was is a centrist, a person whose political opinions are not extreme: a person whose beliefs fall between those of liberals and conservatives … Question is what do trump supporters call him now?

Nativegrl77

an election affected by overt & unforeseen events


Mike-Myers-Dr-EvilMy election rant

I read a post on Facebook that rang true for me the night we all had to accept trump won the electoral vote. It was written in a seemingly calm tone because, to be honest, the feeling of unrest was still brewing within me and for so many others too, because as they say; trouble is “still afoot”   I will admit when the first reports came in I had a sinking feeling and include that with msnbc body language … journalists? who kept saying we will give you as much information as we can without giving away the whole store far too many times for me…  least we talk about the interview with the gold star family who clearly were uncomfortable, ending the interview with a strange look,  a huge hesitation then stated, which I love and respect: whatever the outcome tonight, the fight will continue …

That night the nation was told over 800 polling locations were quietly closed prior to the election …after the fact and state after state with republicans in charge were able to block folks from voting with the new voter ID law. A major wtf moment. Again, the closures of voter locations in certain states never made it into the airwaves in time or didn’t get the coverage it should have in order for some sort of action to be implemented or some serious bs was happening on all effin levels and blocked thousands of potential voters.  We did hear seemingly educated black folks some journalists and activists say Hillary wasn’t my choice so I didn’t vote for her … wtf?  Yes, some have said… hindsight is … 2020? Oh for the love of gawd where has the idea of  … acting with common sense and or for the greater good gone? I admit, yes these idioms are considered myths… but come on HRC V trump?

I voted for Hillary because I backed a sane person who had been in the system long enough to have made friends on both sides of the political aisle  … and while battling the media, certain politicians, and trump, who has no experience in politics, seemingly threatening us(POC)  with his version of National American values;  that WILL hurt family friends folks I have worked with.  Then there’s the FBI coming out twice, mostly republican during the Election season…  This Woman stood up, tried to not only crack that glass ceiling in politics she withstood the bull that still exists NOT just in the life of average female voter, or those in politics, but a nation of mostly white folks deciding to choose this white guy, again, having absolutely no experience seemingly deeming him basically their savior.   Yes, the break down is clinical! I blame some POC; I blame bernie bots for not realizing it was a binary choice to save our Nation! I blame republicans for continually finding ways to block the Black vote without punishment and I blame the uninformed and misinformed voter…  the idea that trump refused to be vetted is unprecedented and It’s shameful.

NO, I couldn’t don’t wouldn’t support bernie after doing research on his past, the idea that anyone would change his political label that many times should have given folks a pause. I don’t know why but the bernie NIMBY bill &vote for dumping #toxicwaste on #SierraBlanca among several other things bothered me. The lack of time spent either fighting with, for,  negotiating or in lockstep with the black community or any community of colour was a red flag and in comparison, I saw positives in  Hillary Clinton that were good bad and ugly.  The “predator comment” happened during a time of much violence and death.  The police the courts lacked among other things the ability to do DNA tests because science wasn’t there and yes the police were allowed to swoop in and take a lot of black lives to jail,  or killed them by using excessive force others resisted and some were guilty …a whole lot of black men were swept up by anger and violence back then – just so folks know – Black People from all walks of life tended to agree that something was happening and it wasn’t just the everyday black man it was a group choosing to be violent but most stayed silent while the clinton administration at the time chose to say it out loud- it was a shared thought … it just wasn’t voiced. Those who voted for bernie in the Primaries voiced their opinions but he lost and should have seen the evil lurking and did the right thing by supporting sanity over fascism on Election day.   ok, yes I keep going back to that old saying, for the “greater good” because it seems like an action based on common sense… where was it, what happened to it? We all heard the rhetoric from trump, who threw down with 16 -17 experienced republicans; only to show be seemingly scared, unwilling to go for the jugular and all fell out like cowards going down for the count.

I don’t believe you can be in the game of politics for 30yrs and not be a part of the shit that happens, stuff is said and done while knowing you have got to come together for the “greater good” but hey that’s just me.

Again, that post on Facebook, summed it up for me; The options came down to Fascism, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, fraud, rape charges, hidden taxes, ties to Russian intelligence, dictatorship, Putin and hacked emails that may or may not be tied to him as well.

We the People, finally heard after the election that yes indeed trump had/has ties to Russia and that ladies and gentlemen is probably just the beginning to some ish that will dribble out some our mainstream media will ignore, parts will be covered likely will be old news or skimmed over because of their mostly conservative owned stations.

Anyway, bottom line …  the post continued stating the other choice offered up what most said was a flawed but calm, qualified and predictable candidate … It shouldn’t take a brain surgeon or folks like m.moore to tell working-class white folks they should have supported and voted for sanity over fascism, but here we are. I agree, mourn then get your stuff organized because trump said a lot, threatened far more than acceptable, waved his finger at a lot of folks and we all know that actions, his actions do speak louder than his words and my told you so …#MidtermsMatterNow

now he’s being impeached

#ElectionsMatter

get ready for 2020

… Nativegrl77

first posted November 11, 2016