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Sep
08

weeping for my country today

We have gone communist all the way, but without the “cradle to grave protection” for the citizens!
A READER HERE WRITES:
In her speech at the RNC, Sarah Palin made a special effort to connect with folks whose lives have been touched by disabilities. With a wink and big smile, she said you will “have a friend in the White House”. However, on the off-chance that she will become the Vice President of the United States, she still won’t be occupying the White House. That will fall to John McCain who has declared that he will not support the Community Choice Act. He even states that publicly in this video. John McCain is NOT a friend to people with disabilties. And, as the record apparently shows, neither is Sarah Palin who actually cut funding for special needs programs in Alaska (and for unwed teenage mothers). I have no doubt she loves Trig and all of her children, but I do have doubts that she has a true idea of the extra time and attention it will take to create a full life for him.
As the primary caregiver for my husband Keith, I am appalled at the glorification of caretaking by a woman who has a whole network of people who are taking care of those 5 kids. It is a daily struggle to manage our home, the attendants, Keith’s business life, my business life and, oh yeah, my identity beyond all that, a woman named Ruth who has had the same chipped nailpolish on her nails for the last few weeks. (It’s not a fashion statement, it’s a testament to the fact I’ve got other more pressing uses for my time.) Wow, I just counted up my responsibilities…looks like I’ve got 5 kids too. However, I don’t have a whole state at my disposal and I certainly don’t have national support for my work.
Without the Community Choice Act, none of us will.
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.
– Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in our Time