Eleanor Roosevelt: July 23, 1943

“So my plea is that those who have the gift of words, use them in these days to give the people hope by which to live and dream, for without the vision we shall perish.”

I have deep admiration for Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States during one of our country’s most challenging times. She had bold, and you might even say modern, opinions about political, social, and racial issues. She was articulate, thoughtful, outspoken, and worked tirelessly for the causes she believed in.

In so many ways she was a woman well ahead of her time.

We could benefit from her voice today. And so I think that I will post regular quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, starting with this one, which I believe is quite appropriate for those of us who read and write blogs:

“So my plea is that those who have the gift of words, use them in these days to give the people hope by which to live and dream, for without the vision we shall perish.”
From her nationally syndicated “My Day” newspaper column, July 23, 1943.

Have a Little Pity For Senator Manchin

A lot of people are really mad at Senator Joe Manchin right now. Today he voted to confirm very controversial, very conservative nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The final vote was 50 to 48, with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski voting “present” (meaning she didn’t vote either yes or no) and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia being the only Democrat to vote yes.

Liberals are branding him a traitor, calling him spineless, labeling him a self-serving coward, and threatening to back his Republican opponent in November.

But have a little pity for poor Joe Manchin. It’s not easy being blue (in a red state).

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An Old Friend’s Very Revealing Statement

Even the people that you think are your allies often turn out to be as much a part of the problem as the people who show it overtly by their words, deeds, or their votes.

Today I was confronted by a statement from a man that I have known and respected for more than three decades. With his statement, he showed that he, too, blames the victims and completely fails to understand the real problem.Continue reading “An Old Friend’s Very Revealing Statement”

Kavanaugh Situation Says a Lot About White Male Privilege

It’s no secret that white male privilege, specifically UPPER CLASS white male privilege, is so ingrained in our society that usually most of us don’t recognize it. That’s sort of the definition of privilege I guess. But other times it’s so apparent that it slaps us right across the face. That was the feeling I had today while I was listeningContinue reading “Kavanaugh Situation Says a Lot About White Male Privilege”

The Abortion Debate is Back. Why, exactly?

No, this isn’t another post about the heated topic of abortion. It’s about the secret plan to make sure that we never resolve the issue.

My body, my choice.
Jesus is Pro-Life!
Against Abortion? Don’t have one!
Everyone who supports abortion has already been born.

The slogans are out again.

The confirmation hearing and upcoming vote of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has once again awakened the barely-slumbering abortion debate in America.Continue reading “The Abortion Debate is Back. Why, exactly?”

Women’s Vote, 99 Years and Counting

The 19th Amendment guarantees women the right to vote. The text states simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

What that simple text – a mere 28 words – conceals, however, is Continue reading “Women’s Vote, 99 Years and Counting”

Mrs. Maisel: Marvelous or Misguided?

Congratulations to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for its two Golden Globe awards. Though I don’t generally talk about movies or TV shows, given the theme of this one it’s no surprise that I’ve got an opinion.

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There Can Be No Compromise

“I have the feeling that we let our consciences realize too late the need of standing up against something that we knew was wrong. We have therefore had to avenge it—but we did nothing to prevent it. I hope that in the future, we are going to remember that there can be no compromise at any point with the things that we know are wrong. . . . .”

Eleanor Roosevelt’s words upon returning home after a visit to a displaced persons camp following the end of World War 2 serve today as a warning and a reminder. We must summon the courage do what we know is right.