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Fear and Loathing – Let Us Not Indulge

Posted in politics by jaeminuf on September 16, 2008

I hadn’t realized until yesterday that some Obama supporters have been regarding HRC to be conspicuously absent from the campaign because, in large part, my political radar had been tuned to pick up Obama‘s presence. Although now I can’t find the specific Salon.com article through which I became aware of this acrimony, the eagerness and vehemence with which some Salon.com‘s readers thrashed HRC with charges of being a selfish saboteur and traitor were alarming. Especially in light of the fact that HRC has been out there campaigning on Obama‘s behalf:

While I too share the anxieties resulting from the past two weeks’ surreality, it does no good to to cast unfounded aspersions on HRC, insisting she isn’t doing enough to win it for Obama. Besides the fact that winning this election is the responsibility of Obama, his campaign, and his supporters (by which I mean me and you, that is if you want to see Obama in the office), we can do better. We can start by stepping back so that we can get a better view of what actually is happening and what needs to happen.
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Palin’s Teen Pregnancy

Posted in ethics, gender, politics, race by jaeminuf on September 3, 2008

Family Members of the Republican Presidential Ticket

I personally don’t care about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy. What I object to is the hypocrisy, not just of the Palin family but of the claim that it is a subject inappropriate for public debate.

On the one hand, of course, it is entirely a private affair; however, it was made a public affair a long time ago by those who insisted on abstinence before marriage, who cast judgment on anyone who had pre-marital sex, who sneered at teen pregnancies and particularly those of black teens, who supported policies that either rendered it impossible to terminate unwanted pregnancies or eroded public forms of support for girls/women and their unplanned offspring who lack the kind of support that Bristol fortunately has, etc.
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Sarah Palin vs Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted in gender, politics by jaeminuf on August 30, 2008
Governor Sarah Palin Sarah Palin Isn’t Hillary Clinton

 

(For full comparison, please refer to the original site.)

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • BA, Communications/Journalism, University of Idaho, 1987.
  • Education
  • JD, Yale University, 1973
  • BA, Wellesley College, 1969.
  • Media
  • Utilities
  • Professional Experience
  • Attorney, Rose Law Firm, 1976-1992
  • Faculty, University of Arkansas Law School, 1975
  • Author
  • Former Staff Attorney, Children’s Defense Fund.
  • Governor, Alaska, 2006-present
  • Former President, Alaska Conference of Mayors
  • Former Mayor/Manager, Wasilla City
  • Former Council Member, Wasilla City Council
  • Political Experience
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2000-present
  • First Lady, President Bill Clinton, 1992-2000
  • First Lady, State of Arkansas, 1978-1980, 1982-1992.
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