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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"Legitimate" Rape

Well, it finally happened. Rep. Todd Aikens' remarks about "legitimate" rape of women, his suggestion that a woman raped cannot get pregnant, and his opposition to the availability of an abortion for those victims of rape left me speechless for two days. Let me tell Mr. Akin and the other conservatives who are marketing and promoting their gobbledy goop....6 blocks from my home a man shot and killed his wife and two children. He violated his wife horribly; the police could not tell whether it was done while she was alive or after he murdered her. He raped her and mutilated her. That is the reality of rape. And, to go off topic for a moment, the man had commited an act of violence against another woman and was convicted, but still was able to obtain the guns that slaughtered his wife and children. The man was able to obtain a concealed carry permit, even though he was not eligible. I can't get the vision of this poor woman and her beautiful babies out of my mind. So, when you read my comments going forward, know that all of this is up close and personal with me. It is not some abstract. Has Mr. Akin no pity? Throw the rapist in jail and protect a fertilized egg. But no mercy for the woman abused.