Those watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu cannot be faulted for thinking they might be living a cyncial version of the old 1940s “Road” pictures with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. (Who gave her that name?!) A movie called “The Road to Gilead.” Emily Peck has other ideas, but there are portents that cannot be denied.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” resonates, but there’s reason for hope.
Peck is pretty optimistic positing that the road to Gilead is fraught with lots of potholes and obstructions, but we do well not to focus too narrowly on the falling rock on one side of the highway thereby missing the sheer cliff on the other side.
I am not watching “The Handmaid’s Tale,” much as I would like to. I simply refuse to pay another dollar beyond my already expensive FiOS service, so Hulu and Netflix are out for me. I have, however, read the book. The coincidence of the airing of the mini-series with the Democratic “Unity Tour” should set off some bells and whistles.
This is the axiom Peck offers that Bernie supporters continue to reject.
“Progress does not happen in a straight line. Setbacks are inevitable. What’s critical is what comes next.”
They rejected it during the 2016 primaries renouncing any and all incremental policies proposed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and stubbornly continued their opposition during the general election. They persist in their unwillingness to allow the Democratic Party to evolve naturally and have set out to take it over and overturn the common sense principles that have been its warp and woof since the groundbreaking days of FDR. Rather than empowering women, the party is rolling back its liberating positions on women under the influence of a man who refuses to join the party. No, this is not a relitigation or extension of the 2016 primaries. It is a fight for the future.
The parallels between the dystopia Atwood projected and perceived potential effects of the new administration are not limited to Trump’s positions and those of his cronies. The BernieBros continue to have a hand in suppressing female issues, concerns, and voices within the only party likely to continue to highlight them.
Women have a stake in resisting efforts on either side to curtail our rights and freedoms. Resisters must do it for ourselves. But we must be careful not to lose the party. That is where the strength is. The reason the BernieBots are fighting to usurp that power is because they know that a third party will have no muscle except to do what they have done in 2000 and 2016 – split the progressive vote.
We must remember that there was a reason why, at the end of her senior thesis, Hillary Clinton spurned Saul Alinsky’s methods (i.e. change from without the system rather than within) as well as the job he offered her and opted for the discipline of law school instead. We have to be in it to win it.
Leaving the party is no solution. Think hard before you do that because it is not only the Trump crowd that would happily see us in shades of red, blue, green, and stripes according to their designations of how we serve. We cannot determine our fate from the outside. The Bernie crowd knows this, and that is why they fight to take over the party. Let’s not just abandon it to them.
Crossposted at Still4Hill.
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Just going to put this out there #FWIW: If only Black and Latina women were getting abortions, would the GOP guys be trying to rule women’s bodies?
The answer is no.
What they want is age-old. The Catholic Church rules this way for the same reason.
They want white women to repopulate a diminishing white population – by force and by law if necessary.
White people are inexorably headed to minority status in the United States.
Even if white people remained the majority, there is no evidence that voters would tolerate racist legislation.
A few things are for sure, though. Women constitute the majority of the electorate, and we don’t care much for white men making decisions about women’s health care.
When they banish funding for Planned Parenthood, they block necessary health care for women and men: testing for STDs and cancer – blocked. Birth control – also blocked.
You balding, white-haired men do not represent women or our best interests in any way. You just want white women to pop out as many babies as possible to sustain a demographic majority in this country. What a poorly considered agenda!
Repopulation by birth rate is a cruel and shoddy agenda. Women are not baby machines.
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This is a must see! Happy Women’s History Month! Happy (belated) birthday wishes to Dame Vera Lynn! Thank you for your service. She’s 100!
She brought the troops through the worst times in a war almost none of us remember except through song, movies, history books. She served. She opted for her grandmother’s Irish name because she thought it sounded better than the Welsh name.
Sir Paul chimes in several times. I think he remembers her as I do: as an institution and national treasure. I guess we both remember her songs when we were kids. I was only four when my parents had to turn off the radio when “Faraway Places” came on. I cried. I still do, and I may never know why. The war was over years before and I was a little kid. But I cried.
Her song grabbed my heart. I should explain. My uncle was in the Merchant Marine. He docked in Brooklyn and Bremerhaven and passed through London. He brought back great cheese, toys from the German docks, and music.
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Hillary Clinton delivered the closing keynote speech to the Professional Business Women of California yesterday. In her remarks, she stepped up to defend Congresswoman Maxine Waters, whom Bill O’Reilly had insulted, and journalist April Ryan, whom Sean Spicer insulted in yesterday’s press briefing.
Interesting that he said it’s a full five-day week of press briefings. This administration is briefing-shy. The State Department is not offering daily briefings, either.
Full Remarks and Q & A here:
Transcript from Time.
Hello! Thank you, thank you all so much. It is great to be back in San Francisco, a place that has a big big spot in my heart and to be able to speak with all of you this afternoon.
Please be seated and you can jump up and down its been a wonderful but long day I hear.
I want to thank Anne not just for her kind introduction but…
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From today’s New York Times.
ON THIS DAY
On March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
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We are bloody but unbowed. Yesterday, after massive efforts of letter writing, phone calling, emailing, and petition signing, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education by an historic tie-breaking vote by VP and Senate President Mike Pence.
Not long afterward, the effort to confirm Jeff Sessions, noted bigot, as Attorney General ran into an effort by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to read a letter penned in 1986 by Coretta Scott King in opposition to Sessions being appointed a federal district judge in Alabama.
We see how this is going.
Here are the Twitter hashtags.
“Silencing Elizabeth Warren”
Here is the exchange on the Senate floor.
The swamp gases in DC are toxic.
Stay battle-ready. This is just the beginning.
Thank you, Liz!
Here is the letter.
My Senator, Cory Booker.
From Hillary Clinton:
Happy Black History Month!
Cross-posted at Still4Hill.
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Unlike Trump, Nixon actually won the popular vote, but the clumsy CREEP-sponsored break-in at the DNC HQ in the Watergate complex eventually caught up with him.
In case you missed it by dint of being born too late or if you memory is dusty, this Washington Post article gives a pretty thorough account of Nixon’s Saturday Might Massacre as compared to Trump’s legacy tribute last night now dubbed the Monday Night Massacre.
In the dark days of the Watergate scandal, former president Richard Nixon pushed out two attorney generals and the special prosecutor of the Watergate investigation in what became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.” (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)
On the night of Oct. 20, 1973, the United States was gripped by a constitutional crisis unlike any in its history.
President Richard Nixon, under investigation for his role in the Watergate scandal, ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor handling the case, rather than cooperate with him. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned in protest, after refusing to carry out the president’s orders. Nixon went on to abolish the special prosecutor’s office entirely.
The events became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.” It marked one of the most sordid moments in White House history, with the president using his political power to thwart an investigation and retaliate against his opponents in government.
“Saturday Night Massacre” re-emerged in the popular lexicon again on Monday, when President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for instructing Justice Department lawyers not to defend his order shutting U.S. borders to refugees worldwide and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries.
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Just hours after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates ordered the Department of Justice not to defend President Donald Trump’s refugee ban, the Trump administration ousted her from office. Yates, an Obama appointee, was tasked with serving as attorney general from Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration until his own AG nominee was approved. On Monday evening, Yates announced that the DOJ would not defend Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries while she was in office. Hours later, the Trump administration issued a statement calling Yates “weak” and announcing Dana Boente as her replacement.
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Here is Sally Yates, American hero.
The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not named in the article, is Daniel Ragsdale. He remains at ICE as a deputy director, but the one-two punch stirred echoes of Nixon’s October 1973 purge.
Speaking of purges, what’s up at the State Department? There were these from last week.
There is this from today’s New York Times.
I know oust and purge are words we do not normally associate with our peaceful, bloodless transitions of power in this country, but it is probably unnecessary to remind you that nothing is normal – especially our new special relationship with Russia.
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