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Touchy Topic Tuesday…Two?

Awake √
Dressed √ (in jammies, but not naked!!)
Children dressed √
Children fed √
Cats fed √
Dog fed √
Eldest off to school √
Bottle of Prune juice for breast-fed but somehow plugged up baby √
Yesterday’s coffee mug removed from desk √
Today’s coffee mug, full of steaming coffee, placed lovingly on desk √
Piles of work to do √
Blogging anyway √

Welcome back to Touchy Topic Tuesday, that day when I vent my spleen, or, lacking a spleen of my own, troll the blogosphere for the vented spleens of others.

Life with Quilts
features a statement in defense of home birth, including links to some interesting facts and statistics about birthing at home.
Birth is such a personal and touchy subject. I personally believe history speaks volumes, and women’s needs and bodies have long been ignored by the medical establishment. However, many of the doctors I worked with on my last pregnancy and delivery were willing to explore alternative birth options, and pain management options. So hopefully we are seeing a bit more common sense used in our OB’s, when it comes to allowing for a positive birth experience.

Mom 101 brought up the issue of germs and infants this week in her post I’ll take that Hazmat Suit in a 2T please.
The problem with germ paranoia is that over protecting your infant can pose a risk to their health. A baby’s immune system grows and develops by responding to the bacteria and germs the baby encounters. Keeping your home too clean and your baby too protected can actually harm them. Helium has a good short article on the subject.
As for the public bathrooms, obviously it depends on the room itself, but I certainly know I don’t clean and disinfect my bathroom every four hours, so the public restroom at Target is likely to have less bacteria than my bathroom at home. (Although it is other people’s bacteria, which is gross.) Remember! The dirtiest place in any public bathroom is the door!

As for my own kvetch of the week? I am still on the Hillary thing.
I have been making phone calls on her behalf all week, and doing so has made me feel better. I have spoken with women across the nation who feel as I do, that it is our time, that it is time to have a woman represent us, that they have always been able to vote for a man, and now it is time to fight for our woman. Speaking with them has given me hope. I am not a member of a small majority of women who believe choosing an intelligent, savvy and experienced candidate who is a woman is a good thing, I am part of a large group of women. Women who have waited their turn, women who want it now.
So I am calling for Hillary, and if you believe as I do, I am calling on you. Go to HillaryClinton.com and register to make phone calls.
Make a difference, let’s raise our fists and break that glass ceiling, there simply is no reason to wait any longer.

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Voices for Hillary…

I believe in Hillary Clinton.
I believe in her as a lawyer, a citizen, a mother, a democrat, a liberal, and as a woman.
Women in this culture have been in the background, standing behind and beside the great men of our nation…forever.
It is time for that to change. It is time for a woman to stand and be counted among the great leaders of this great nation, not as a wife or mother of a leader, but as a leader.
It is time for this woman.
Hillary Clinton is my candidate. She is the best candidate for this presidency. She has the most experience, the best chance of working with the status quo to implement changes, the best thought out plans and ideas for fixing the problems facing this nation.
She is also a woman.
I am proud to say that this time, in this election, I want to vote for this woman.
She speaks with my voice,
she understands my challenges,
she represents ME.
I am 32 years old.
I have never cast a ballot for a woman president.
This year that will change.
I will stand up for this. I will stand up for her.
I will make calls, I will donate money, I will blog, and comment, and debate.
I will be heard.
I will be heard because when I am,
I will vote for the candidate with my message,
my voice,
and it will be heard across the nation.
-Scylla

Please welcome my second guest blogger ever, Yvonne Montgomery Ewegen, with her thoughts on the matter.

The Gender Card

YES, WE CAN—IF WE WANT TO

WOMEN VOTERS CAN DETERMINE THE OUTCOME OF 2008 ELECTION—there are more of us! If we want to elect the first woman president of the USA, we can. We can have a leader in the Oval Office who has a female point of view. Imagine that.
Yes, Hillary lost the Potomac Primaries last night. Momentum appears to be on Obama’s side. But, but—Obama is on a roll that involves relatively few voters. Most of his delegate total is the result of caucuses, which represent very few highly-committed supporters: not a cross-section.

AND MAY WE TALK ABOUT FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN?
Hillary won big-time in FL, though she didn’t campaign there. No one did, though some of Obama’s national ads were aired. She won Michigan, too. Thanks to the national committee of the Democratic Party, none of those votes count, so the huge bump Hillary should have had never materialized. Ya gotta be lucky as well as good in the political game. (The Republicans penalized the two states by taking away only half of their delegates.)

PLAY BY THE RULES, PAY YOUR DUES, WAIT YOUR TURN.
That’s been the litany for both women and African-Americans. I could see the excitement about Obama if he had the time in grade, the experience, and the more impressive résumé. What has Obama done to justify the excitement he evokes? He has a great speech, a rousing, emotional speech, but what else? Hillary has worked for 35 years, and has accomplished legislation that has improved the lives of American citizens. See http://www.hillaryclinton.com She has worked with Republicans to get that legislation passed. With the Congressional Quarterly (a non-partisan publication) rating Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate, I have scant hope that he’ll work well with the conservative members of Congress. What will get done?

THE MOST DISHEARTENING THING is the young women I encounter who think sexism is dead, and who have apparently entered the “post-feminist” era I saw mentioned the other day next to a photo of a scantily-dressed woman with great legs. Say what? I take comfort in a young friend’s remark: “I’m for Hillary. I can vote for a man any time.”
Now’s your chance to support the woman.

WE CAN ELECT HILLARY CLINTON PRESIDENT. YES WE CAN.
–Yvonne Montgomery Ewegen

Come, speak up, be heard.

An article that brought me to tears…

Every once in a while there comes an article that sends goosebumps to your arms and tears to your eyes… this one, by Bob Ewegen (my dad) from The Denver Post, did that for me.

Black child, girl child, today your dreams are one

By Bob Ewegen
Article Last Updated: 01/25/2008 06:33:38 PM MST

Growing up on a farm in northeastern Colorado, I was constantly told, “Any American boy can grow up to be president.”

I dreamed of doing just that during those long hours on the back of a John Deere tractor. Today, at age 62, my odds of working in the Oval Office don’t look good. But that’s OK, because the dream served its purpose.

The things a child who wants to be president does — doing well in school, practicing public speaking, reading widely, participating in student government, going to college, etc. — also equip you to succeed in other fields. In my case, they led to the extraordinary privilege of talking with you and other Denver Post readers in what is now my 36th year with the West’s finest newspaper.

Years ago, I read an article by an African-American teacher that made the same points I just made about how the boy who dreams of being president also prepares himself for life. In sad contrast, the teacher said, many black boys dream only of being stars in the NBA. Their chances of living that dream aren’t much better than mine were of being president. But their fall-back position is far worse.

That’s because instead of doing the things I did to be president, some young blacks spend huge amounts of time playing basketball. Alas, if you don’t make the NBA, there really isn’t much of a market for dribbling skills.

That teacher also made me realize how lucky I was to have been a white boy. Because it wasn’t really true in my youth that any boy could grow up to be president — only white boys could. The White House was really a White Boy’s House. There are signs in front, printed in invisible ink that everyone can read, that say “No girls allowed” and “Blacks and Latinos please use the side entrance.”

Today, at long last, those signs are coming down. In a year when the Democrats are odds-on favorites to win the presidency, their race is down to a black man and a white woman, barring an upset by John Edwards in South Carolina today.

That means black boys, brown boys and all girls today can dream the same dreams I dreamed a half- century ago, with the same beneficial effects. It means my granddaughter Marlena can dream the same dreams my grandson Oliver can. And it means this amazing thing we call America is continuing to bring still more people into its glorious vision.

Against this backdrop, it seems almost churlish to ask: “OK, which specific barrier will fall this year?”

The media is besotted with that question. CNN had a show recently on “race vs. gender.” Polls say Barack Obama’s appeal is strongest with African-Americans. Hillary Clinton draws best with women and Latinos.

When the delegates meet in Denver in August, one of these special dreams will have to go on hold, while the other moves ahead. I can’t predict which dream will prevail. But history does say we’ve faced this choice before.

Feminist pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a strong abolitionist before the Civil War. After the slaves were freed by the 13th Amendment in 1865, Stanton and Susan B. Anthony split with ex-slave Frederick Douglass and other male allies by refusing to support the 14th and 15th amendments — because they granted the right to vote to male ex-slaves but not to any women. Douglass and other black leaders feared including women in the 14th Amendment’s vision of “equal protection of the laws” would prevent its passage.

The split had tragic consequences for both sides. Women had to wait for the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 to win voting rights.

Blacks in the South, in contrast, lost their rights — and often their lives — to the vicious “redeemer” regimes that restored white Supremacy after Reconstruction ended. For millions of black Americans, the rights supposedly granted in the 14th amendment were meaningless until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 made them whole.

There is a lesson in this history: black child, girl child, your dreams are one. Unite behind what you have in common and reject efforts to divide you. Regardless of which of you first wins the symbolic office of the presidency this year, you have both already changed history.

Bob Ewegen (bewegen@denverpost.)

Thank you daddy, for one of the best perspectives I have seen since the campaign began.