Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wake up call for America and the World

We the Female People laminated collage by HMBT 2007
Hello everyone,
I hope this post finds you all safe and sound. What a wild ride we have had as Americans this past two weeks huh? With the collapse of the banking industry on our heels, politicians that are taking over our lives, and the burden of being in a reality that chooses to live beyond its means. We are all, every, single, one of us under the gun.
A good and dear friend sent me the following essay, (thank you Sara) it is about the current situation we have in the US and our political system. I agree with the points that are made so well in it. You can read it below. I will only say that I agree with the essay in the points made and the picture it paints.
This is important, please read and pay attention to how you feel. Listen to that feeling and make a choice, whatever that is for you. Just don’t make the mistake as a citizen of the world, of making no choice at all.
OK, here we go:
Eve Ensler, the American playwright, wrote the following about Sarah Palin.
Drill, Drill, Drill
I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.
I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.
But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.
I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.
Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, “It was a task from God.”
Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or not.
She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.
Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.
Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.
Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.
I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but also of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.
If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, “Drill Drill Drill.” I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.
Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?
Eve Ensler
September 5, 2008
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Thanks for being here today and reading my post. I appreciate your time, I really do.
I would also love to hear from any one, their thoughts on the subject. Even if we don’t agree I would love to talk about the reality of our situation as World Citizens. I think discussion is essential to our growth as human beings.
Have a great day,
Heather
Go ahead, leave a comment, I know you have something to say one way or the other, and I offer this space as a free and non-judgmental platform. All beings are welcome here, and always With a Whole Heart. Oh, and forgive me this morning for not really checking my spelling r grammar, I am working and posting so it’s been a long morning. After yesterday I thought it more important to actually post this than to worry about all the little details, like my spell check does not work.

7 comments:

Melia said...

I honestly could not agree more. Great post!

scarlet said...

I agree, and yet I feel like the Obama ticket doesn't take enough of a solid stance on anything. I don't want to vote for those who push war and violence; I don't want to vote for ambiguity either.

Kathy Holmes said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I had to post about it today. :) I never intended to post about such things but this is becoming too important not to.

Heather said...

Thank you all for putting in your toughts on this important matter. I appreciate you all, thanks for being here.
Heather

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