(more after the jump, as they say in the Mainstream Media and DKOS. And well worth the trip, in this case -- Ed.)
So now you know. It really does matter who's President and which party controls Congress. A Democratic-controlled Congress would never have passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Act, which banned intact dilation and extraction abortions and, in flagrant violation of Roe v. Wade, lacked an exception to preserve the health of the woman. A Democratic President would never have signed such a bill...
Katha Pollitt dishes out her customary fare right after the inevitable bad news. Plus the obligatory backhanded swipe at those pursuing 3rd Party access. A few weak jokes. Scolding NARAL for supporting a Republican or two, No point in further excerpts. You know the drill if you've ever read La Nation. Nowhere to be found are the following names: Harry Reid, Bob Casey, Democrats For Life. Also MIA is the DP's high-priced 2006 sandbagging of pro-choice Green Carl Romanelli in PA. Likewise any reminder of the DP's failure to attempt a filibuster of Alito or to stop any of his buddies for twenty years running. No reminders that Henry Hyde and Jimmy Carter began the tradition of slapping restrictions on the rights of poor women when the ink was scarcely dry on Roe. Nothing of John Kerry's promise to consider pro-life SC judges if elected, even as he pocketed pro-choice money.
Dem-Fems have overcome the generation gap. Over to Amanda Marcotte as she boldly defends/parrots/expands Pollitt's inane talking points before a blessedly skeptical NZ feminist, Maia at Alas A Blog After blithely referring to the Hyde Amendment as "ahistorical," she adds:
...If you care about poor women, then it doesn't begin and end with the Hyde Amendment, either. One area of great contention is family planning programs overseas. Democrats reject the global gag rule and Republicans uphold it. The difference in these two stances is immense. Republican defunding of UNFPA alone has caused from 4,700 to 27,000 extra maternal deaths and 77,000 to 374,000 extra infant deaths a year that would not be happening if there were Democrats in control. We can't afford to play around and tell feminists to assist Republican victories when the death toll is so great.
Rah rah to showing those uppity foreign women with their tacky skepticism ! Hooray for the same tired diversions and drivel ! Let a thousand more Blue-clad pro-lifers bloom in high office ! Hail to our Sugar Daddies (and the occasional Sugar Mama) no matter how broke, humiliated and nauseous the effort leaves us ! Hold your nose with both hands as you vote (literally) with your feet, Sisters ! The downtrodden count on you !
Later, Amanda heads home to dodge and weave some more, going on for an hour about a missed period she had once. Errr... Amanda ? Messed-up menstrual cycles are not like setting a record in the thousand meter dash. They are also not some singular event indicative of your innate nobility or political acumen. Why were you happily burbling not long ago for Senate Bill 95-10, which the charming Democrats For Life brought down the plank ? How do you reconcile this endorsement with your proud pro-choice stance in numerous threads on your blog ? Are you on the take ? How about you, Katha ? What's in it for you, year after year as you whine nonstop about how important it is to elect Democrats, any and all Democrats ? Thanks, Big Sis and Little Sis, for once again reminding our masters how easily they can stampede, buy off and hoodwink frightened women, however privileged those women may still be. They need not defend us in any meaningful way. In fact, the more of our rights they throw on the auction block for their own profit the more you declare that we must love only them.
In fact, to everyone who tap-dances in either the personal or global guilt show under the DP banner: Your Sugar Daddy (Sugar Donkey ?) is an integral part of maintaining a colonial status quo. He helps the GOP pour our tax dollars into this sort of hateful and manic behavior every day. Who the fuck died and left either of them judge, jury and executioner to the rest of the world, anyway ? Enough hand-wringing. Enough dodging. Ponder the absurdity of exporting endless bombs and bullets worldwide. Not to mention sadistic sanctions and regressive economic practices, in order to suck up the lion's share of the world's resources for a privileged few. A comparative ladle's worth of childcare pamphlets and some birth control pills doesn't change that. Ponder the tragedy of letting the well-heeled abusers in this country repeatedly break American women's bones because maybe if we don't scream in pain and run like hell, they'll give our counterparts in a small, remote nation another pair of free secondhand crutches. Out of the goodness of their hearts. Besides, the two-party system will not let you give even that ladle's worth of goodness forever. Not with the bipartisan war machine increasing the waste of money and human lives in the service of GWOT. Your so-called leaders are dismantling choices of all sorts. I'm thinking that any rare humanitarian interventions not directly involving explosives, the World Bank and oil refineries will be ripe for excision, too. Probably sooner than you think, given what GWOT is costing all of us.
Frankly, I'm dropping the label of Feminist if this is all it offers. Take it away, and your paid shills with it. So determined to treat women like me as if I had no memory going back further than fifteen minutes ago. As if we had no right to think of any future beyond busing tables at Daddy's next campaign dinner for tips. Well, the lucky ones get that. The rest get scraps dug from the trash and a one-way trip to jail. Or worse. All are expected to be grateful. Oh so grateful to our Big Blue Daddy.
(*P.S.-- Thanks to bayprairie for the link regarding the Hyde Amendment. Also, Moiv at the blog Talk To Action sent me several great choice-related links via post #86 in this thread at Marisacat's blog. My sincere thanks to her. For space and time considerations I used only one in the above rant, but I highly recommend them all.)