( - promoted by mooncat)
It was not that many years ago that I discovered I was not a conservative. I was born and raised here in Alabama, and I figured everybody else was like me. But boy was I wrong.
I worked mostly straight-time away from Alabama for 20 years, in the oil field. I had to do that to make the same money the men made. Coming home 3 times a year for 21 days each time, I was not exposed to the changes occurring in Mobile.
Then I got married to the man I'd been engaged to 50 years before, an Irishman from Massachusetts. I rediscovered the person I was back then--a liberal-thinking Democrat--and realized why I was different from those around me in present day Mobile.
It is very disheartening to find NO alternative to a GOP candidate on the ballot. It is also very unnerving to think how hazardous it is to be targeted for vandalism if I want to display my support for the President. It is also aggravating to have the US Senator who lives in Mobile not be willing to listen to an alternate reality. My opinion is, if he's not part of the solution, he's part of the problem.
One of my goals for Alabama is to make US a "swing state" for future elections. I'd really like to see how the votes were spread around the state for this past election. If Democrats got 38% of the vote and we were less than half a million from the Romney total, I think we have a chance of besting them, or making them sweat. I've heard a lot of remarks about the obsolescence of the GOP as the old white man party. And with redistricting themselves where they put the minorities separate, they are painting themselves into a corner....sort of like the old days when they gave Oklahoma to the Indians and it wound up being full of black gold!
You cannot say that women are a minority, even though we've acted like second class citizens willingly. Allowing ourselves to be slandered and shamed into being afraid to assert our beliefs, abandon our rights. I was a little older than many of the younger women's libbers, and like a breaking wave, I was caught in the turmoil and foam of that wave, taking very hard knocks during my working days. Now I see the backlash coming at women, and I am furious that women are once again losing ground.
No argument about life being precious. However, our body is our own. I'm willing to bet that the people who want to tell a woman what to do will be the same folks who want to privatize the prisons and then harvest the organs of those prisoners for organ transplants. After all, they want to make everything show a profit.
I found LEFTINALABAMA.COM back before the election, when I was looking for like-minded folks. I'm only now exploring how to use the site, and will be pleased if anyone corrects my mistakes or wrong assumptions. I saw no local races to support, so I supported Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts because she is FIRST CLASS. Her presence in the Senate is a blessing to us all.