Wake up Call for America and the World

We th Female People laminated collage by HMBT
We th Female People laminated collage by HMBT

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. 🙂

 

11 Comments

  1. Dina Kerik
    September 16, 2008

    Heather, Love.

    I am constantly astounded at the gullibility of the public. The saying that, ‘You get the government you deserve’ must have surely had this current population in mind.

    I’m seeing people fall for the same old shit as if 8 years of it in situ weren’t enough. I sometimes think that a good Armageddon would go far to thin out the gene pool and point out to whoever is left the folly of allowing snake oil salesmen, war mongers and those who believe in the dominance of man over Nature to have a leading hand in directing our lives.

    I am reminded over and over that virtue and morality cannot be legislated, unless it’s the brand of virtue of the ones in power.

    All of us to a one need to get up off of our asses and call down these self-righteous lunatics and tape their eyelids to their foreheads while dangling them above a melting polar cap, or the continent-sized plastic island of garbage floating in the Pacific. I don’t think we can turn back at this point. The Ark has started to roll over the cliff bearing us and everything else on this beautiful world with it.

    I’d just like to slap the silly shit out of the ones that got us here before we splat against the ravine floor.

    Love,
    D

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  2. Sara
    September 16, 2008

    Hey there sweet Heather!

    I’m so glad you posted this. Let’s wake a few people up and shake them up as well.

    You are my hero.

    Love ya!

    Sara

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  3. Dina Kerik
    September 17, 2008

    BTW,

    I’m nominating you for the Brillante Blog award. Go to my blog to retrieve the small pic and rules. I chose Vikki also. I know that WordPress doesn’t allow you to have many widgets, but having this in the body of your blog somewhere should be cool.

    You rock. Your blog’s smokin’. You are nominated.

    Love,
    D

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  4. Dina Kerik
    September 17, 2008

    Nevermiknd the Brillante Blog award. Go see Vikki’s blog on blog award bans.

    Cheesy grins. Holds out wine glass as peace offering.

    D

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  5. Kalliope Amorphous
    September 17, 2008

    THANK YOU for posting this.
    It reflects my absolute horror at the current state of our country. The idea that the McCain/Palin ticket could win sends me into a seething rage. If it happens, come hell or high water, I will find a way to leave this country and move to Canada or Amsterdam. No more optimism, no more hoping….I will have to leave.
    I am awaiting the day when our collective higher consciousness will rise up against this regime. There is a part of me that still believes it is possible to see an upsurge in voices on par with what happened in the 1960s…but there is another part of me that says It’s too late. People don’t care. They only want their beer, burgers, viagra and sitcom tv. Americans have stopped thinking I so badly want to be proven wrong. I don’t want to grow old and bitter against everything.
    As I look at this charade that is playing itself out on tv, I am flabbergasted over how anyone ESPECIALLY women could support Palin. How can that be? It send my mind into orbit.
    Thank you for being one of the voices that rises up.

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  6. cynthia
    September 18, 2008

    I only had time to read 1/2 of her essay – I’ll have to come back tomorrow morning to read the rest. All I can muster right now is a audible sigh….

    I’m tired of fear based political manipulation.

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  7. cynthia
    September 18, 2008

    PS – not her essay – because I’m totally in agreement, but the McCain/Palin ticket and their political heritage.

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  8. badkittyartstudio
    September 18, 2008

    Thank you everyone for commenting…
    Dina, you crack me up, I’d like to give the whole world a big shake and ask them “what the hell is wrong with you?!” too LOL

    Thank you Sara for sending me such a well written way for me to express my concerns, I love and appreciate you. Feel better soon, and give Chris a big hug for me. Sending you good vibes from KY.

    Kalliope,
    I KNOW! Beer burgers and viagra, that cracked me up, but on a serious note, this is the scariest time I have lived through as an adult…and I was around for the S&L crisis, back in the 80’s. The great Regan era…I watched part of my family loose everything they owned and then pay 12% interest to get a home again. It was sick, they were old and good people, that’s hapening agian all around the nation. The talking heads say “this is painful but healthy for the markets” maybe so…but if we choose to elect the McCain/Palin ticket (Hell to the NO I won’t be choosing that, I think I may go with the Green party actually, that Mikkinny is one smart chick) we should expect to continue becoming and remaining American Economic Slaves. It don’t matter what color you are these days, only if you spend money or not. Slavery, that’s what living in America means to me right now. Yuck! And Oh, Hell to the NO I won’t do it anymore. I am seriously considering just dropping out of society…just dissapear….it sounds nice anyway. Thanks for being here. I’ve missed you. 🙂

    Cynthia: I know the whole thing makes me extremly tired too. It’s just a game these days…I am not sure that our votes even count anymore…remember the Bush/Gore race? Well, I am not convinced that anything we do will change the landscape of American politics anymore, I don’t feel this country is For the people, By the the People any more. I think its more about deep pockets and power mongering. just my two cents is all.

    Love to you all my brave friends, love to you all.
    Thanks for being here.
    Heather with a Whole Heart

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  9. Sibyllae
    September 18, 2008

    Hello Bad Kitty! I just found you via the fabulous MUSECATCHER blog – and I have included you in my “artful bloggers” collection (posted here: http://sibyllae.squarespace.com/sibylism/).

    As for McCain/Palin- I echo all the above. Matter of fact, just posted on that also (9/18 -http://sibyllae.squarespace.com/home/) via inspiration from my friends at Red Ravine (hilarious post – check it out!).

    Your work is very unique and beautiful in every way. I especially love the vivid colors – as well as the paintings with no faces. Intriguing! Just wanted to let you know- thanks to Kalliope- you have a new fan! HUGS! From sib

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  10. tww
    September 19, 2008

    It is a god thing to have freedom of speech. I have spent a lot of time in countries where that is not the case. But I am always amazed at the rabid hatred exhibited, such as this. Most all of your assertions are incorrect with regard to Palin. Like you, I do not know this lady. But at least I am willing to find out about her real beliefs. Perhaps you fear anyone who does not line up with you on social issues. She is a woman succeeding in a male dominated world, willing to confront the established power structure.

    The beauty of the USA is the diversity of its people. If you ever lived in a country with a radical Islamic regime or a totalitarian dictator and lost your freedom of speech, you would quickly realize this country and its traditional values based on our Declaration and our Constitution are the greatest in the history of mankind. Palin scares most women because she is glad she is who she is and believes there is a place for men as well as women in this world.

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  11. badkittyartstudio
    September 19, 2008

    tww: First thank you for being here and sharing your thoughts.

    Rabid hatred? No, I’d have to disagree with you on that point. I didn’t ever say I hated anyone, nor has any commenter thus far talked of hatred of one person, a party yes, a policy, yes, a person no. If you’d really like to know what I hate, here is a short list:

    I do hate with a passion the fact that our great nation is under the thumb of people that have worked hard to ignore and change our great Constitution, and to disable the civil rights of Americans with the Patriot act.
    I hate the fact that my children are going to school and they (the schools) care more about their national test scores (to keep their government funding, under the “no child left behind act”) than in teaching them spelling and basic education skills.
    I do hate that there are human beings in our country who do not have health care, who starve every night because they have lost their jobs because the compaines have shipped the jobs overseas, where they do not have to worry about human rights, and whose children are not being properly educated to able to succeed in the new technology world.
    I do hate that our own government has allowed and encouraged the shipping off our jobs to other nations who will do it cheaper, leaving and trail of destruction through out our great land. Families need family wage jobs, and healthcare for all.
    I do hate that women, children and men are being killed everyday in an insane war.
    I do hate that our present government lead us into that hateful war based on lies, and then when caught in those lies, went ahead and kept on killing people.
    I hate the fact that it took our government 5 days to get water to the shelters after Katrina hit, while Americans died on their rooftops and in sheters.
    I hate that I live in a world where women with the same qualifications of a man are paid less to do the same jobs.
    I hate that our great country has become controlled by fear and hate mongers.
    Those are some things I hate. If you care to know. Hate one person? No, not at all.

    I am not afraid of a woman with power, after all this discussion was placed here so we may have an open dialogue about such important matters and issues. I wonder what issues based on your comment you are caring about? I did not personally attack you, nor did I attack Palin. You choose to come here and state your opinion as I invited you to do, I did not ask you here to personally attack me as a human being. I am glad you are in a place where you can now speak your mind and do so freely. Next time maybe you could express your feelings without feeling the need to level an attack on another human. I am simply trying to get the facts out, because I did check out those issues mentioned in the essay, before I decided to post it. I was speaking on publicly known and researched issues.

    I am just not going to vote for a woman because I am a woman too. I have done a good amount of research on Palin the person, and what I have found scares me because of her ideal-logy, not because she is a woman in any kind of power. I tend to see humans before I see genders. I am glad Palin likes herself, that is wonderful and she should, that is healthy.

    I just don’t want to be told what I can and cannot do with my own body. I don’t want my children to grow up and be forced into wars. I don’t my children to be underage and producing children before they are out of high school. You see I have three sons, this is important to me, it is important to every race of human that the war and killing stop…not to mention the financial burden that this war is costing the US taxpayer and will continue to haunt us for the rest of my life and my children’s lives.

    I don’t want to drill, drill, drill in our last reserves of natural beauty and wonder, not when oil is going the way of the dinosaurs and drilling for more oil here will not impact our day to day lives for more than 5 to 10 years from now, if ever. I want to bridge the gap between oil/fossil fuels and clean energy technology, which would create jobs, and as a country allow us to be independent, one nation, with liberty and justice for all.

    I would rather vote for someone who wants to encourage alternative fuels, new technology, create family wage jobs, and help to stop our national addiction/dependence upon oil in general. I would rather vote for someone who is actually qualified to do the job.

    What makes Gov. Palin qualified? Other than her gender and the Republican party pandering to the “female” vote? Does she have a stand on foreign policy? What is it? How about domestic policy? Has she released her private tax records? What has she done to be qualified to be second in command for our great nation? Do you know her stand or thoughts on healthcare? Taxation? Policy regarding gender equality? Civil Rights for all Americans, like the right to marry and love who you choose to love and marry, even if that is the same sex? How about her stand on the war today, that it is an “act of God” in her own words, which were nationaly broadcast to everyone? Killing in the name of a God…Whose God? Do you know her stand on the separation between church and state? How about her stand on faith based initiatives? What is her plan for the economy?

    I can’t find in my private research the answers to these questions, have you? Those are things I think worthy of discussion. Gender is such a small aspect of all those things, to my mind. And I have done due diligence before I opened this can of worms, have you? I don’t think ever, in a million years that everyone should think the same thing, or fall into a lock step mentality. That is what I am speaking out against as a matter of fact. We are the land of the free and home of the brave, right?

    We have had the ability to use alternative sources of energy for almost 80 years now. See, to my thinking this goes way beyond gender, (like I mentioned in my comments, I am considering voting for the African American Woman who is running for the Green party, are you? She is a woman, who has lots of experience, if qualifications matter to your thinking that is, they matter to mine, regardless of gender.) because it is so important that we stop doing business as usual. It is time for change, change with a heart mind and soul that looks to the future of all human beings, regardless of their gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientaion or color. You are right this is a male dominated society, and I would love more than anything to see that change, but I won’t help that change along with my vote, just because she is a woman. Whoever is to be elected, it needs now more than ever to be the right person. Whatever gender that may be.
    Thank you for your comments, and I wish you well. Next time, please consider not personally attacking someone, but rather try holding an open minded discussion instead, you may be surprised at what you can learn from and about others in this way.
    Heather

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