A friend of mine shared this clip today, of an interview about Kerry Washington’s speech at the DNC.  My friend shared the clip along with her pretty harsh opinion.  Her takeaway: that the woman being interviewed by Laura Ingraham is saying that sometimes you have to put fear into people, even if you have to lie, in order to keep Obama in office.

If you didn’t see Kerry Washington’s speech at the DNC, I encourage you to watch.  A brief clip of it is included in Laura Ingraham’s interview (link above); here’s the full speech.  I applauded her speech when I watched it live and again when I watched the clip shared by my friend.  The woman being interviewed by Ingraham, however — politics and race commentator, Jasmyne Cannick — gave a pretty bad interview, I must say.  It was painful to watch.  Ingraham was right to say at one point that Cannick was better than that, that we need a substantive conversation and not sloppy language.

My friend went on to say that Kerry Washington made it appear as though women would lose their rights — to vote, to use contraception and to have an abortion — under a Romney administration.  That is a blatant misrepresentation, she said.

You’re right, I said.  Neither you nor I (we are both financially stable) will lose our right to vote.  But the GOP efforts nationwide to implement additional voting regs add a burden for many folks that will reduce their ability to vote.  If Romney is elected these efforts will undoubtedly grow.

Is it a stretch to say people will lose their right to vote?  Perhaps.

I won’t lose my right to use contraception (not that I need it!).  I’m not sure what coverage you have, I said to my friend.  If not part of a catholic health system you are probably safe too.  For those employed by or covered by a religious organization, there’s a good chance that if Romney is elected, their health insurance coverage of contraception will be rescinded.  In addition, Romney has clearly stated that eliminating Planned Parenthood is a priority of his if he is elected.  For many, the full out of pocket price of contraception will make the purchase prohibitive.

Is it a stretch to say they will have lost their right to use contraceptives?  Perhaps, but for them what you call it will be just a matter of semantics.

And the right to have an abortion?  If Romney is elected, he and the GOP will do everything in their power to add folks to the Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade.  That is not a matter of semantics.

Did Kerry Washington use speech methods to add enthusiasm and emphasis, I asked? Absolutely. Did she misrepresent what is cold reality for some? I don’t think so.

In case you are wondering, I have not changed my friend’s mind.  /shrug

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7 Responses to rights

  1. In the UK, we have the “Conservative Party”. It is common for Conservatives to hope for Democrat success, because they find the Republican social views, and even the Libertarianism and tax policies, alien and repellent. And as the President said, it shows a weak grasp of foreign policy to come to London and insult your closest ally.

    I understand there remains a Conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

    • Jill says:

      Amen for the Conservatives in the UK that clearly have a better grasp on social equality than we do currently. The US conservatives now aren’t even conservative. They want MORE government to dictate what women do with their bodies and their health, what the poor and disenfranchised are doing with their rights to vote.

      The social agenda currently being played out in the political arena is as if The Crucible for the modern age. We’re not accusing women of being witches– we’re accusing women of being… WOMEN! AH! The audacity of women to care for their female health! If a woman is electing an abortion, she must be possessed by demons. It’s all gross. It leaves me reeling that we’ve got a full-blown Bully Party (also known as Tea, of which I am NOT part of but LOVE the actual drink that they are commandeering as their own). Cannot wait until this election season is over.

      • Mindy says:

        Jill, I’m so glad you found your way here from John Shore. I love your sharp clarity of vision and sense of humor, there and now here! 🙂 hee!

        I too refuse to give up my right to love TEA. Even if I am a mere WOMAN. (Some theorize that men have always been afraid of the power of women… a power that we seldom realize we have.)

      • Jill Hileman says:

        Mindy, I’m glad to have found you as well! Ah– what a journey these past 4 or so months have been! And I always feel a bit apprehensive about posting some of my strong opinions and my sass. But then I think maybe I’m just enough in balance with the other strong content out there! 🙂

        I’m still SO in awe and surprise at everything opening up right now (2012 energy)– personally, socially, politically, spiritually. Sometimes it leaves me breathless. So I continue to hang on, hang with people I feel a sense of trust and mutual respect, and hang in there. And keep drinking my tea!

        And YES! about the fear of the unknown and men– I find it interesting how many male political figures are exercising their jaws to prove just how ignorant they are about female biology and reproduction. Wowzers. Had no idea health class was so…useless for them. But look at what the political agenda is targeting– control over what men can never have any actual control over: the sexual and reproductive lives of women. Make laws to regulate, make derogatory remarks to subjugate, create fear and confusion. Anyway…could go on and on…

    • Mindy says:

      Once upon a time, the worldview of our Republican party echoed the worldview of the current Democratic party. It’s a weird bit of US political history.

      I heard someone say recently that the extremes of the “right” and the “left” are not so very different. It’s like they arms of each camp reach out and circle around a planet-like shape, and actually meet at one point. It’s worth pondering.

      I hope your “Conservative Party’s” hopes for Democratic success across the pond this way come to be. 🙂

  2. Mindy, You are brave, kind and good. Thank you for this post from the bottom of my pro-human values heart. blessings to you.

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