Obamacare did not survive the Supreme Court challenge because of legalities; Obamacare survived because of politics. Nine million people stood to loose their health insurance, if the court ruled that federal subsidies for affordable health care were illegal. Most of those nine million people live in states where their Republican representatives are up for re-election. What this tells me is the vote, yours-mine-ours, still matters. Why do you think the ALEC controlled Republican Party are so consistently chipping away at the Voting Rights Act? And successfully too, I might add.
This week’s passage of the ALEC supported TPP destroyed any lingering hopes and dreams I had of a fair and level playing field for all. Racism, environmental destruction, poverty, misogyny, intersectionality—every social ill we face is a direct/indirect result of an economic system meant to serve the few on the backs of many. That so few make the connection between social issues (I include religion under social issues) and economics boggles the mind. That so few make the connection between legislation passed in Washington and the quality of their lives scares me. We are not controlling the narrative— profit is—and profit will always spin social unrest to profit’s benefit: “us versus them.”
I am a straight, white, 62 year old woman and I was devastated by what happened in Charleston. I got an email saying, “not all white people.” What I wrote back was, “not all white people,” is akin to a man saying, “not all men,” on the subject of rape. Why does someone think it’s all right to kill people because of the color of their skin? How can anyone blame life’s difficulties on people of color, different sexuality, and women? I have held these questions since I was eleven years old and still I have no answers, just anguish and tremendous sadness. In my experience though, the ugly side of people is they need to feel superior to someone— us versus them—and when that superiority is threatened they kill it.
I am thrilled beyond belief that gay marriage is now legal across the United States. But know the ALEC controlled Republican party is in the process of writing model legislation to chip away at the new law at the state level, in the exact same way they eviscerated the Voting Rights Act and unions, and Americans United for Life (ALEC’s baby sister) eviscerated women’s reproductive freedoms. “Us versus them,” the godly versus the godless and the godly’s are feeling threatened so they kill the godless. You see how it works?
The good news is the progressive party grows stronger daily.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
Kristina Roegner, (R-Ohio) a married mother of three, Tea Party candidate and first year state representative was seated on the Hudson City Council when the Republicans discovered and decided to field her as a candidate in the 2010 mid-term elections against democrat Mike Moran. Since her election the soft-spoken Ms. Roegner, who has co-sponsored and been instrumental in the passage of three anti-abortion measures, sponsored HB 298, a measure that would de-fund Planned Parenthood, with Ohio Right to Life and Families First backed Cliff Rosenberger.
The Senate counterpart of the bill was sponsored by Kris Jordan. Jordan, who was under investigation for fourth degree misdemeanor domestic violence until his wife dropped the charges, is the only legislator in Ohio to vote against the Jessica Logan Act, the bill designed to protect children from bullying and named after the young girl who took her own life.
With some slick machinations that reek of Charmaine Yoest and AUL, HB 298 was snuck into the state budget to avoid public scrutiny and the word “defund” became “re-prioritize,” the bill passed, and Planned Parenthood is now at the bottom of the barrel for receiving federal monies for health care for low-income and poor women. If I were to hazard a guess where Ohio was planning on steering some of those federal monies I would say to Pregnancy Centers. Pregnancy Centers are the pro-life movement’s Planned Parenthood, with scripture and without the choice, and are currently pushing free sonograms.
Ms. Roegner’s voting record reads like a template for ALEC’s agenda. She is pro-fracking and opposed an amendment to add an extra layer of environmental protection to Lake Erie. She supported bills for re-districting, limiting collective bargaining, school vouchers, and opting out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She is a proud signer of the Tax Payer’s Protection Pledge and has an A rating from the NRA for supporting the bill to authorize a concealed and carry licensee to possess a firearm in a liquor permit premise, providing said licensee is not drinking, and to openly carry a handgun in a car, rather than say in the glove compartment.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) promotes a wide range of profit geared “model legislation” of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation. ALEC’s agenda includes, but is not limited to, gutting the rights and protections of workers (limited collective bargaining) privatizing and weakening the public school system, (school vouchers), eroding regulations and environmental laws (opposing environmental protection for Lake Erie) providing business cuts and corporate welfare (the Tax Payers Protection Pledge) undoing health care reform (opting out of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and permitting greater corporate influence in elections (redistricting).
In order to draft and promote their “model legislation” ALEC operates Task forces that bring together Republican legislators and representatives from corporations. Kristina Roegner is an ALEC Education Task Force Member. Cliff Rosenberger is an ALEC Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Member. Kris Jordan is an ALEC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Member. In the past ten years ALEC has spent $9.3 million on the state; thirty-three bills were introduced in Ohio between January and October, 2011 that were identical to or contained elements of ALEC “model legislation proposals.” Nine of those bills, which contained thirty-three pieces of ALEC legislation, were signed into law.
When Charmaine Yoest’s AUL, the legal wing of the pro-life movement, received the coveted Weyrich Award for “Grassroots Organization of the Year” she noted in her acceptance speech that eighty-eight anti-abortion measures introduced in thirty-two states were based on AUL’s “model language.” This is ALEC speak. Paul Weyrich, now dead, God rest his soul and keep it away from ours, founded ALEC in the 1970’s to oppose abortion, ERA, and to support school prayer. One of the men instrumental in ALEC’s early years was John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio, who just signed into law the bill Kristina Roegner sponsored, eviscerating Planned Parenthood and seriously jeopardizing the health care of 100,000 women, men, and children. It’s like playing six degrees of crazy conservatives and I’m barely touching the surface of a web of connections that go on and on and on.
Kimberly Yee, the subject of my last post, is an ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member. Cynthia Lumis (R–Wy), who a colleague of mine recently wrote about, is an ALEC member. Debbie Lesko (R-Ar), who said that women should be made to watch their abortion, is an ALEC state chairman. Jan Brewer was the featured speaker at the ALEC annual State & National Policy Summit in Phoenix. Rick Perry is an ALEC member. Fifty of the ninety legislators in Arizona are ALEC members, eight-two Texas legislators are ALEC members, thirty-six Ohio legislators are ALEC members, and the list goes on. It’s pretty damn clear that the more ALEC legislators there are in any given state legislature, or the House, the more legislation there is against abortion and women. The fact of the matter is the women I’ve been writing about, the so-called softer gentler face of the pro-live movement, are an integral part and intrinsic to the success of a conservative agenda that reaches far beyond women’s rights and the freedom to choose. They are part of a movement that would turn the country into a kind of feudal system run for profit by patriarchy and their God, and that is not only a crime against the tribe of women it is a crime against humanity. The backlash has started but the damage has been done and it is going to take time, pit-bull persistence, and a refusal to be easily mollified by shiny objects, to undo.
From my heart to yours.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
(1st posted addicinginfo.org 4/22/12)
The nationwide juggernaut of anti-abortion legislation we witnessed in 2011, and are witnessing daily in 2012, is clearly part of a perfectly coordinated and precisely executed strategy to chip away at abortion rights at the state level.
It’s quite brilliant actually; why take on abortion at the federal level where a win is not guaranteed when with the right language in the right states, a win is guaranteed. This is the thinking of Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “You don’t have to overturn Roe to actually make progress at state level,” she said. The point is to make Roe “crumble under its own weight and become irrelevant.”
This is why all the legislation you’re seeing is geared towards making abortion, a heart wrenching and remarkably hard choice to begin with, as horrifically difficult and humiliating as possible.
AUL, the legal wing of the pro-life movement and Charmaine Yoest, its President and CEO for the past three years, are players behind the bills for pre-abortion ultra-sounds, trans-vaginal ultrasounds, forced viewing of an ultra-sound, abortion waiting periods, parental notification, required viewing of state established anti-choice websites, re-defining gestation time, the question of fetal pain, abortion causes breast cancer lies, required pro-life counseling, and clinic regulations so restrictive that clinics have to close their doors. The effectiveness of the bills is due in large part to the language, what is called “model language” and that language is spelled out in AUL’s annual report, Defending Life: Proven Strategies for a Pro-Life American. Once the bill is written, and AUL will provide lawyers to help, it’s just a matter of getting it into the hands of a pro-life elected official, in a state friendly to anti-abortion measures, to move it through the legislature. Defending Life just happens to rate the states friendliest, and not so friendly, to anti-abortion legislature.
AUL under Charmaine Yoest put together the report, The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, which reads a lot like my divorce papers wherein my ex-husband described my daily Buddhist chanting as “strange rites and rituals involving loud noises and loathsome odors.” Along with accusing Planned Parenthood of misusing federal funds, which is impossible as Planned Parenthood is audited every year due to the Hyde Amendment, the report accuses the organization of “assisting those engaged in prostitution or sex trafficking,” “failure to report criminal child sexual abuse,” “willingness to provide women with inaccurate and misleading information,” and “willingness to refer to substandard clinics.”
It also accuses Planned Parenthood and its affiliates of plotting to defeat common sense federal and state laws and legislation meant to protect women and families in order to “enrich their bottom line with attorney fee awards.” The investigation was opened in September 2011, by the vehemently pro-life Cliff Stearns, (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Having had the honor of working with first responders I already knew who Stearns was; he was the man who decided that the names of the men who for months on end dug for bodies in the toxic wreckage of the World Trade Center and desperately needed medical care as a result, should be checked against all terrorist lists when they applied for aid under the Zadroga Bill.
On January 31st, 2012, Susan G. Komen announced that they could no longer fund Planned Parenthood as they were under federal investigation and their new guidelines outlawed funding any organization under state or federal investigation. Keep in mind the investigation began in September of 2011, Komen was defunded in 2012 so the guidelines had to have been written after the investigation into Planned Parenthood started. The loudly pro-life Karen Handel, who wrote the new guidelines, was hired in April, 2011. That someone so loudly pro-life and openly against Planned Parenthood was hired as a senior vice president responsible for federal and state advocacy efforts speaks volumes to Komen’s receptivity to the pro-life movement.
Given Ms. Yoest’s remarks after the defunding, I’m pretty sure the next step of the movement was to align themselves with the “cure,” From an article by Sarah Kliff in the Washington Post, “Yoest says the anti-abortion community is exploring ways to support the group (Komen). Her group (AUL) for the first time will have a team in the D.C. Race for the Cure, called. Team Life. “Yesterday we were looking at Komen’s web site and how we can interact with them,” Yoest says, “I want them to get as much benefit as possible. We’ll have T-shirts and a pasta dinner. I’ve run in a couple of marathons, that’s why I always wanted to be a part of their great work.” Team Life disappeared with the backlash.
A married mother of five, a breast cancer survivor, a high-powered career – she testified against Sonia Sotomayor – Charmaine looks like the person you sold doughnuts with to raise money for your child’s class trip and comes across as the kind of reasonable, rational woman you’d believe if she warned you away from the produce at the store on the corner of Elm and Maple, in favor of the produce at the store on Main. Her appearance, her demeanor, her way of answering every question as if she is protecting and empowering women, perfectly masks the true thrust of the pro-life movement namely the harassment, coercion, and intimidation of women and the absolute annihilation of women’s reproductive freedom and choice.
Charmaine Yoest is one of the female faces of the moral authority that is Patriarchy. She is a woman against women.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools, Katherine Manaan MAWT
1st posted on addicting info 4/16/12
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