Local politics, the county, and the world, as viewed by Tammy Maygra
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A Woman’s Right To Chose
As I read Mr. Turners comments, in the letter section of The Update I am concerned about his remarks regarding women and their doctors killing thousands in the last 45 years. You must know prior to 1973 that abortions were done quite regularly on all classes of women. Only the rich women had secret access to doctors and hospitals/clinics where they received the best care. Only after 1973 middleclass and low income women were given the ability to have an abortion in a clean environment and by a trained doctor. Prior to that, many women had to have an abortion in an alley with a coat hanger, or done by a self- proclaimed mid wife of sorts… or old aunt Nellie from down the road.
These non -sterile procedures often killed the woman later on with infections or they died from blood loss by the resident butcher. Now here goes to a point, whether you approve of an abortion or not, it is the right of a woman to make that decision either alone or with the “father” of the fetus or offspring. You note that I did not call the foetus a baby because at the time it is aborted all it is a mass of mucus and blood and not yet a viable living thing outside of its host. I call the woman a host because that is actually all she is.
Now let’s address this point, you say the woman and her doctor has killed thousands, well what about the man who impregnated the woman, he is as responsible, as it takes two to tango. Usually a woman has an abortion because the “man” refuses to take responsibility for his part in the conception of the fetus often abandoning the female.
We can be grateful that there is a division between the two major parties. It would be pretty bad if the entire country thought like the far-right, hide behind religion Republicans. As a woman I would not want to regress to the ignorant dark ages where women were treated as property. I would not want to be under the control of ignorant old white men who think that they can dictate to women, use a woman as they see fit and then discard her like a piece of garbage. The “liberals” which you seem to have an issue with are the people who regard all people as equal, want all kids to have an education, wants people to have the opportunity to have a job which they can support a family on, have the ability to seek medical treatment when necessary, medical treatment they can afford, and also have a good retirement, just to list a few things the “liberal” set supports.
As for the partisan divide the country is in, you are correct there is a division between the haves who have it all and the have nots who are scrambling for scraps. With the new president we have scraps which will become scarcer and scarcer and the poor will become poorer. More homeless, and more people dying because they can’t afford medical attention. Yes ,tax breaks for the top 1% always makes the country better and those trickledown economics have worked in the past so well for the middleclass and working poor.
What does this say about the greatest country in the world? The United States was a country where people could come and be safe from persecution because of their religious or political beliefs. A country where owning a home was the American Dream now that dream is unattainable for most people. A place where the man made enough wages his wife could stay home and raise the kids. Not anymore both parents have to work in order to earn enough income to live and our kids are raising themselves. Thanks to the Republicans and their ideology. Liberalism is just bad for America.
All the people who do not like socialists and their programs need to stop for a moment and think what socialist programs they are benefiting from and just which ones they would like to give up? As for Debbie Wasserman Schultz her actions were less than honorable and the DNC got rid of her.
This is not to say that being a Democrat that I agree with everything the democrats say or do, but I can say that I do not agree with the Republicans period. It’s odd how Mr. Turner feels that the liberals have taken over the education of our children. It was the republicans who controlled the school books and what was in them for decades. AS for an alternative form of government I quite can’t grasp that one, is it a different form of government if we treat all people the same? Or are we just following the Constitution?
Since when do we as Americans believe it is ok to be chastised for speaking out against wrongs even if it is our own government and their actions? Being a common person or an elected official it is our right to speak out against tyranny in all forms. Should we sit back and keep quit if our elections are rigged? Should we allow treason and treasonous acts? Should we allow people to be shot and killed because of the color of their skin? Should we allow men in power or just ordinary men to be able to grope women or rape them without any consequences? And a woman must keep quiet because she needs her job is that what we are about? What else should we allow and turn a blind eye to?
We the people are the government and those elected to run the government answers to the people, not in reverse. If politicians and farmers alike did not speak out against the injustices brought forth by King George we would still be under English rule. Speaking out against the government should not be criticized but commended no matter what political party you belong to.
A democracy is not always run without friction; it is often a nasty business where all sides go at it, sometimes there is agreement but mostly not. But then that is what keeps the democracy in some sort of balance over a period of time.
I hope that America continues to progress and evolve as Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They Are A Changin’.”