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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Now, just when were the good ol' days?

I gotta tell ya, the Right Wing never ceases to amaze me. They've claimed sole ownership of the American flag, the bible, anything moral, the words "trust", "honesty", and "forgiveness."

Just ask Ollie North, Pat Robertson, Richard Nixon, Rush Limbaugh and Jerry Falwell-just a few of the upstanding Reep stalwarts.

Now, if it wasn't bad enough, the Reeps can add another feather to their right wing, conservative, "moral" caps: sexism.

In an April 26 memo, conservative evangelist Pastor Ralph Drollinger told his Republican flock:

"It is one thing for a mother to work out of her home while her children are in school," wrote Drollinger. "It is quite another matter to have children in the home and live away in Sacramento for four days a week. Whereas the former could be in keeping with the spirit of Proverbs 31, the latter is sinful."

You say sinful? You know what's sinful? Asking hard-working women to stay at home (and pregnant) while their men go out and earn enough money to provide for them and their family. What's next, Pastor Drollinger? Do you want to take back the vote rightfully granted to women earlier this century? Do we penalize them for bringing home the bacon and frying it up in the pan and taking good care of their children and taking a big-ass hammer to the glass ceiling? At least in California, strong and proud Democratic women won't take it anymore. To prove that fact, Democratic legislators, including some men, recently donned aprons, a "scarlet" letter M for mother, and even addressed their colleagues barefoot, as in "..and pregnant", on the Senate floor.

But the Republicans have a plan of their own. Unfortunately, it does nothing to help all those women who are forced to work to support their families.

This small excerpt is from the California Budget Project:

The Governor proposes a broad restructuring of the state's welfare system that fails to address the most fundamental and vexing questions for policymakers: where are the jobs for unemployed workers and welfare recipients, and how can we insure a decent standard of living for all California workers? These questions are increasingly important as wage levels stagnate, the number of Californians living below the poverty threshold continues to rise, and the gap between the rich and poor widens.

Oh, yeah, Arnie. They should stay home and take care of the kids with even fewer coins to buy milk. Hell, why even educate them? Perhaps we can borrow some of those rags you wore in that awful "Conan" movie and treat them like more in line with the good Pastor's teachings--nothing but child bearers. Isn't the remake of "The Stepford Wives" coming out soon? Perhaps Ahnold can take Pastor Drollinger as his date and they can giggle the whole way through. Better get the popcorn ready.

Democrats have long realized that equity is a big fight for them in the 21st century. Why haven't the Republicans made a similar call for fairness? For equity? For simple humanity? And on that note, where was The Actor on this when conservative Drollinger offended Catholics at another of his "spiritual" prayer meetings, saying:

One of the primary false religions of the
world (which claims many followers in the California
Capitol) is Roman Catholicism... they are saved by meriting the graces needed for salvation.

Where was the voice of reason, or tolerance, at these Capitol-sponsored meetings? Why did The Actor simply suggest they move the meetings to another site? Where is the good Catholic now? And what about everybody's Democratic Darling, Maria "I-REALLY-am-a-Democrat and a Kennedy" Schwarzenegger? Absent, as usual, when it comes to causing any friction for her presidential hopeful hubby Ahnold.

Women everywhere should be outraged that a Republican-sponsored meeting suggests keeping them barefoot, pregnant, dependent and in their place. Hullo, Oprah. Listening to what your good friends are up to?

Who's next? Will we convince African-Americans that a life of servitude is really in their best interests? Will we ask the Chinese-Americans to go back and help rebuild America without any recognition? Will Mexican-Americans be relegated to the nation's farm fields because it benefits the country? The fact that the Reeps were involved and strangely silent on this issue is not surprising.

The fact that more Democrats didn't condemn it is...


  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger Joe Shaw said…

    The Democrats in this state have been rolling over and playing dead for Arnold and that's kind.

  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger Jack Conner said…

    I understand what you're saying Joe, but I'm not sure if it's that simple. I think that, like any Governor, this one has a Honeymoon period. Since the governor has a 70% approval rating, if Democrats go against him straight-up, then aren't they're going against 70% of the people?

    What do you think Joe? What about you Jorge

  • At 10:19 PM, Blogger Jorge Noticiero said…

    That's the prob with our kind. Dems have been playing dead since the recall. What they don'tunderstand is that dead starts to stink after a bit. Good comments, but a litle toooo California Dem for now.

  • At 10:24 PM, Blogger Jorge Noticiero said…

    Hey, Joe,

    Get mad, damnit. The Man-girdle (myrtle) has taken every bow since he put on the Mr. California sash. Too bad it didn't fit his new waistline, however, being kin is not what Dems have been doing. We've been afraid. Not good.

  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger Jorge Noticiero said…

    Booger. I meant "kind" and not "kin".

  • At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jack Conner said…

    Woah woah woah... I'm not saying Dems should play dead. Far from it.

    I'm saying that we can't be ignorant to the fact that the public is giving the groping one a loooong leash right now, so Dems should pick their battles wisely.

    Democratic Senator Debra Bowen wisely picked up on the "scarlet M" issue that you mentioned, and both the State Senate and Assembly are picking a fight with the Governor over his cuts to higher ed.

    My point is that if Dems start railing on Schwarz on the wrong turf (welfare, taxes, etc.) Dems will be eaten alive by the actor, his 70% approval rating, and his long leash.

    In short... Don't play dead, play smart.

  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger Pacific John said…

    I've thought from the beginning that most Dems overestimated Governor Bobble. It was sure an absurd gesture for DiFi and everyone else 'cept Angelides to pump up the bond measure. I like Duckman GR's take.

    Bobble Hero has backed down from all of the really big fights, and there's no evidence that his support is more than an inch deep... and we have no business strengthening that support. For my money, he's all show, a false front, a movie set. But we'll never know unless a few more Dems locate their spines.

  • At 5:06 PM, Blogger Pacific John said…

    oops, try this

  • At 5:20 PM, Blogger Joe Shaw said…

    Well, the problem here is that Arnold is getting all the good mojo because he's AH-NULD. He's "Hasta La Vista, Baby." His celebrity goodwill is hard to beat, admittedly.

    This is the main problem with California Dems: No one has a vision of what kind of California we should be striving for. There is no one stepping up to the plate. There is no leadership. Gray was the epitome of this. (I VOTED FOR JANE HARMAN by the way, in his first governor election primary.) Gray was not inspiring, he had no vision and he sucked up for money too much. Although the media is giving Arnold a pass for doing the same damn thing.

    Who are the prominent statewide Democrats?

    Congrats to Kevin Shelley for at least de-certifying the Diebold machines.

    Phil Angelides, what's he doing these days?

    Bill Lockyer I think is a loon. He could have come out of the gay marriage thing looking like a hero if he had said he would fight on Newsom's side.

    Grant Newsom (sp?), now there's a guy with balls and a vision.

    Loretta Sanchez? Ellen Tauscher(sp?)?

    Someone somewhere (Gropinator?) needs to start calling Arnold on all his shit, his endless fundraising, his Pete wilson-type appointments, his stealth cutting of benefits for the most needy of Californians, etc. He is putting a moderate face on a conservative (economic) agenda. I'm sure Arnold is not going to want to appear anywhere with Bush in the fall. It cannot help him. I'm surprised if he doesn't do a Zell Miller on the GOP. (not likely) Sucking up to Bush will be a mistake if Bush loses (and indications are he will).

    And what the hell is up with Maria Shriver? Ain't she a Dem?

    We need some Democratic leadership.

  • At 9:33 PM, Blogger Jorge Noticiero said…

    Now we're talking like Dems. All good questions from both Pacific John and Joe. We must start the dialogue now even if GAS is high in the polls. We all know 'bout polls, don't we? Says one thing one day, another the next, THEN the pinche voters decide to suddenly become involved when a has-been on-his-way-to-B-movies actor comes on the scene. Frustrating!!! Let's keep the dialogue going and spread the word: Red Sonja is not popular with everybody. It's just a matter of time before the right-wingers get their claws into the steroid goobernator and the voters realize that Pinche Pete is back... Next posting for discussion comng soon. Stay tuned.


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