February 19, 2012

It’s no secret that I became an OBAMA fan four years ago because I viewed him as a thinker of the 21st century…I felt strongly that he was of a new generation that had easily made the transition from the old industrial and service world and all that entailed, to an explorer of the century that lay before us.  I related to him because I saw him trying to conquer-in the world of politics and government- the same world of nay-sayers I was trying to conquer in my own small world of meetings and events- the comfort of tradition.  And through these four years as I’ve watched and evaluated and judged, I’ve found him, on balance, to be a good example of the tech-powered collaborator, searching for integrated solutions – just like he said he would do. That means he posed a threat to the Good Old Boys who at all costs, want to block change and the arrival of the “future” for which they are not prepared-wrapping themselves in the self-rightousness of past tradition.  And that means that along the way, as a risk-taker, he has experimented and sometimes failed – as we all do – then learning from his mistakes, made adjustments and moved on.

There is no doubt that the original healthcare mandate regarding payment for contraceptives was a miscalculation.  In the Obama administration, it was seen as a step driven by healthcare costs and women’s rights-and so they missed evaluating it from the perspective of the Republicans – who pounced on its omission of needed consideration of impact on religious freedom.  And perhaps, from a political point of view, having moved on to other pressing concerns, the Obama Administration-as the storm cloud began to form- took too long to respond to, reevaluate and rectify the issues that ensued.

Personally, assuming that in those 10 days, he was putting the country’s issues ahead of his own political future, I applaud him for focusing on his job, and not his career – nevertheless, it has created chaos across the land!

Charged up by experiencing a week when the country applauded their stance, the Republicans, despite the changes made, will not let it go.  And I say to them loud and clear:  “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  Matthew 7:1

Blinded by the glee of your “feel good” week, you have made a major miscalculation that I hope will bring you to your knees.

With a few angry and nasty words, you took me and so many other women around me back to the world of the l960s-70s and awakened a survival instinct in us so much stronger than a desire to win a US presidential election!

Immediately, the returning pain in my stomach and shortness of breath signaled “fight or flight”.  Whether women were out front as the “libbers”, or took measures, quietly and effectively, that conquered you and what you thought you did best, we were a united majority, supporting one another to achieve certain inalienable rights of the Declaration of Independence, expanded upon in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and rightfully fought for through the almost 100 ensuing years!

Make no mistake, we have not forgotten that struggle and will choose to fight again-no matter our political inclination.  In November, you, too, shall be judged.

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