Sunday, August 10, 2008

The political voices of women

By Carol Gee

The year 2008 has all the potential to be a blowout in the realm of politics. One of the signs in the increase in the involvement of women. Senator Clinton let the way with her very meaningful run for the U.S. presidency. She remains in the news because those in the know do not really understand what to make of her right now. And women are the ones to ask. Here is a good place to start to at least find out what women who write about politics are thinking. It is the "List of 500+ women bloggers, by founder Catherine Morgan. Catherine explains:

When I first published this list back in October, we had links to 100 women blogging about politics. Today, the count is at 500, and still growing. Are you a woman blogging about politics? Are you on the list? If not, please leave me your link in comments, so I can add your blog. And, if you would like to be a guest blogger on The Political Voices of Women with a guest post, please join our community.

Those of us who keep up with such things, know that neocons do not make the best friends for women. They are too fond of warring. At Think Progress, on Aug 6th, 2008, Faiz wrote this: "Bolton: Regime Change In Iran ‘Would Lead To Greater Stability In The Region’" My friend, betmo -- who sent me this link -- has some choice words in her accompanying e-mail:

oh- and it worked so well in iraq? does fuckwad realize that when we took the shah out that the ayatollah took over? i think i may have a stroke.

And far too often, Conservatives do not do well by women. Note the appointments of SCOTUS justices, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito. Just remember what has happened to women under the Bush administration. To find out more check out these links from from my friend Jon:

  • The first one is to a dispatch (8/6/08) to AlterNet by celebrated author, Thomas Franks: "How Washington's Right-Wing Wrecking Crew Robbed Us Blind." This is a great article about his new book, The Wrecking Crew -- How Conservatives Rule." To quote:

    Conservatives have turned a vast government built for our protection into a device for exploiting us.

    . . . So let us begin on the solid ground of these simple facts: this spectacular episode of misrule has coincided with both the political triumph of conservatism and with the rise of the Washington area to the richest rank of American metropolises.

  • Second, this great little website is called Unfit McCain. The Home Page is titled, "Seven reasons why you shouldn't vote for Sen. McCain in 2008." There are several other pages with a raft of useful "ammunition" for arguments with women who are leaning Republican.

I am currently so discouraged about all those losses that I have been in avoidance mode for a few days. But I take heart from my women (and men) friends have not let their voices be stilled at this crucial time.

(Cross-posted at South by Southwest.)

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