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I AM Running For President, Officially

2 Jul

My sad attempt to do drag.

While the past 528 days have been excruciatingly painful, the past week has been so intense that everyone I know is understandably in despair. With Justice Kennedy resigning under a cloud of mystery, the Supreme Court ruling against women’s rights to access safe abortions, gutting union power, justifying discrimination against the LGBTQ community in the guise of religious freedom, and supporting 45’s racist travel ban, it has all been too much! This on top of 45 withdrawing us from the United Nations Human Rights Council and insulting our former allies, while praising dictators like Kim Jung Un and Vladimir Putin. This is particularly difficult in the wake of 45 congratulating himself for his “summit” with Kim Jung Un and now we have evidence as of June 27 that North Korea is currently increasing its nuclear capacity–thanks 45–you truly are a moron! The summit between 45 and the Puppet Master (Putin) should have the entire nation enraged, terrified, and thinking about courses of action to resist this administration. It is easy to see why the nation has plummeted into great despair.

I have sadly been pondering and understanding why thinking people who experience depression contemplate suicide–I say this with no judgement, but rather complete empathy, as I have struggled with depression for over 40 years and have periodically thought about suicide. I have decided the course of action I am compelled to take, is that I must run for President and assemble a cabinet that celebrates our diversity and is committed to equity — that we dedicate ourselves to lifting every voice, and I want to be the first openly Queer President.

My platform that I will run on is:

  • Medicare for all/Improving access for all to health care
  • Focus on Women’s rights, specifically reproductive rights
  • Establishing and sustaining rights and protections for the entire LGBTQ community
  • Establish a commitment to addressing Climate Change
  • Make Higher Education accessible to all
  • Establish a Living Wage and Support our Unions
  • Develop a complete redistribution of wealth to eliminate poverty and address housing as a human right
    • Taxing corporations and families and individuals earning over $250,000 a year
    • We have over 30 years of evidence that the “trickle down theory” is bullshit
  • Abolish ICE
  • Design some form of gun control
  • Support and help to rebuild Puerto Rico

As First Gentleman, my husband, Robert, will pursue a platform of civic education for all, esuring that today’s generation of students is tomorrow’s generation of informed, effective voters and engaged community participants.

I would also appoint people who actually have the capacity for critical thought and are competent for cabinet positions. Maxine Waters (who has received an extraordinary amount of death threats for asking for peaceful protests, in contrast to 45 who incites and ask for violence) will be Vice-President. RuPaul will be Secretary of State–although bitch please, she stole my song “Don’t be Jealous of my Boogie,” as I recorded it back when I was a Ziegfeld  Follies girl in 1930. RuPaul, “you better work,” as we have a great deal of repair work to do around the world. The Grande Dame, Latrice Royal will be the Director of the FBI. Kayta Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova will become the Director of the CIA. My press secretary will be Ms. Vanjie who will replace the slithering  soulless sycophant Sarah Huckabee Sanders. John Lewis of Georgia will be the new Attorney General. Replacing the walking illiterate homophobic pustule, Betsy DeVos, will be Ms. Sasha Velour. My former student and veteran, Sergeant Brandon Robert Leonard (Army) will be the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. My esteemed colleague and dear friend Professor Lisa Hawash (long time advocate for those in poverty and experiencing homelessness) will be the Secretary of Labor. My amazing colleague and friend with EqualityWorks, NW, Juanita Range will be the Secretary of the Treasury. My equally amazing colleague and friend also with EqualityWorks, NW, Kenya Budd will be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Gita Mehrotra, who has over 15 years of experience working with and advocating for communities around housing will be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Asha Omar, a former student and now colleague and has over a decade of experience around issues of diplomacy will be the Secretary of Defense. Jodi Sisson will serve as my Chief of Staff for her decades of experience in social justice. Christine Baranski will be my Whitehouse Counsel.

Moving on to the Supreme Court. This court has been lopsided with Fascists for long enough. Replacing Justice Kennedy will be Ms. Bianca Del Rio. With the latest sexual harassment accusations against Clarence Thomas, he will be impeached and replaced by the right honorable Anita Hill.

My administration will work with heart, passion, and empathy to make the lives of all humans better and to create greater access. We want all people to be able to thrive and live in love and prosperity without barriers. I want our country to be a place where people with targeted identities no longer have to live in fear and that all public servants operate from a place of curiosity, humility, and empathy. When we accomplish this, we will have as evidence a lower crime rate, less hate, and less fear. We can live in community and celebrate and honor all human beings and see how our diversity around the intersections of race, queerness, gender, ability, and gender identity make us stronger! Love will prevail! We will be able to see that finally Mike Pence and Alex Jones can celebrate their long lusty love affair publicly. 

I implore you, please vote in the midterms in November and change the balance of power! Send McConnell packing! In solidarity and with love, Michael.

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Women’s History Month 2014: Anita Hill

28 Mar

Anita HillToday it is an honor to have the opportunity to celebrate a woman I treasure, someone who is an amazing role model for women in the United States. Today SJFA celebrates Anita Hill. I also need to thank my dear friend Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write about  Ms. Hill.

I actually had the great pleasure of meeting Ms. Hill several years ago. No surprise, she was absolutely brilliant, gracious, and far more compassionate than I would have been. I was able to have breakfast with Anita Hill shortly after the bizarre phone message left on Ms. Hill’s answering machine demanding an apology.  I have no clue as to what kind of “Tea” our Ginni was drinking during that Tea Party.  I can hardly believe it has been nearly 23 years since they put Anita Hill on trial for being sexually harassed by the now Justice Clarence Thomas.  I suspect many of us share Ms. Hill’s feelings regarding his appointment:

“I believe in my heart that he shouldn’t have been confirmed,” she said in a recent interview, acknowledging that it irritates her to see Justice Thomas on the court. “I believe that the information I provided was clear, it was verifiable, it was confirmed by contemporaneous witnesses that I had talked with. And I think what people don’t understand is that it does go to his ability to be a fair and impartial judge.”

Although she is a very private woman whose life was practically destroyed after the hearings in 1991, we can finally learn more about this amazing woman in the documentary of her life that was released on March 21, “Anita.”  While the documentary does not reveal her current impressions of Justice Thomas’ history sitting on the High Court, it does show how far we have yet to come regarding how we treat women and how sexual harassment is still a very real issue. How terribly sad that we still blame women and worse yet, we have devolved into a culture where we try to justify rape.

I hope people get to see the documentary and I hope we can stand in solidarity with women who experience the horrific violation of sexual harassment.  Thank you, Ms. Hill for being a hero to so many.

Breakfast with Anita Hill

8 Jun

What an extraordinary treat to have breakfast with Anita Hill.  As a volunteer with Planned Parenthood here in Oregon, I was able to hear Dr. Hill at breakfast and even steal away some private time with her, well long enough for a couple of questions and to tell her how much I love her.  The past 20 years have done nothing but make her even more eloquent and amazingly gracious given how ill she has been treated.  Not even the nefarious Ginni can dampen the indomitable spirit of our Anita Hill.

I remember watching the Thomas/Hill hearings in 1991–what a horribly dark period of history for the United States.  What is worse is the legacy of installing the bigoted and ethically challenged Clarence Thomas as a supreme court justice. Hill’s speech was gracious, hopeful, and inspiring.  She addressed the issue of the economy and how it pertains to women’s health issues, quoting Susan Faludi: “All of women’s aspirations, whether for education, work or any form of self-determination, ultimately rest on their ability to decide whether and when to bear children.”   How sad that 20 years after the attack on Anita Hill, we now witness a full scale attack on women’s health and reproductive rights: Indiana is just one of 8 states that has now completely dismantled Planned Parenthood, which will result in an increased financial drain on the healthcare system.

It is painfully clear that Thomas has landed on the wrong side of history, as his behavior has revealed he did in fact sexually harass Dr. Hill.  Fortunately, the Thomas/Hill hearings did bring the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront.  While there is still so much work to be done regarding sexual harassment. Anita Hill had the courage to use her voice and hopefully will inspire others to find the courage to use their voices.

A Broken Clock Moment For Alan Simpson

12 Apr

Simpson's Broken Clock Moment

I am starting to believe The Rapture is going to take place quite soon. Conservative Republican Alan Simpson is the voice of reason regarding homosexuality and abortion–well, a broken clock is right twice a day. My first encounter with Simpson (R-Wyoming) was watching him badger and belittle Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings, or shall we call them the Anita Hill hearings. His behavior was reprehensible and sent out a clear message that if you have been sexually harassed don’t bother reporting it. Click here to see some video footage of Simpson attacking Ms. Hill. Sad that the incompetent, ethically compromised, and bigoted Clarence Thomas is part of Simpson’s legacy.

More recently, Simpson is infamous as co-chair of the Cat Food Commission. So one can only imagine my surprise when I read that the same Simpson was the voice of reason regarding a woman’s right to chose: male lawmakers shouldn’t be allowed to vote on the “deeply intimate and personal decision” of abortion. Not only did Simpson stand up for women, but he also took a stand by condemning all the homophobes within his own party:

We have homophobes on our party. That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children. Now if they’re going to get off on that stuff—Santorum has said some cruel things—cruel, cruel things—about homosexuals. Ask him about it; see if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul.

I’m glad someone finally took Rick (The P is silent) Santorum to task for his homophobic bigoted views and language. I never thought I would say this, but I do believe Simpson is not only redeeming himself, but he is making it safe for Republicans to be thinking individuals again, rather than blind, bigoted, bellicose, bullies. Thank you, Mr. Simpson.  Click here to see the full article and video.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 5

5 Mar

Honoring Josephine Herbst

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Josephine Herbst. Herbst was an American journalist and labeled a radical communist. I think she should be known best as a social reformer–a muck raker for the public good.  She incorporated the philosophy of socialism into her fiction and aligned herself with the political Left–basically a “do-gooder.”  Like Melville, Herbst wrote about the struggles of the proletariat.  I would call her a journalist who wrote for social justice. Some of her novels include: Nothing is Sacred, The Executioner Waits, and New Green World. Herbst also wrote for a time for The Liberator. Her writing career incurred the wrath of many and subsequently her politics lost her several jobs and she was the subject of harassment by our own government–I’m sure it is difficult to believe our government would harass anyone.  Oops, there was that whole Anita Hill being put on trial and then installing Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court Justice after the evidence showed that he did sexually harass Ms. Hill.  Then of course, we have the very long and ugly history of people being investigated that might or might not have identified as Communists–remember Joe McCarthy? We sure could use Herbst right now in Wisconsin and The House of Representatives. I would recommend that one start with Pity is not Enough.

Russian Judge has good news for Clarence Thomas

6 Feb

Thanks to my friend Jen Lockett for sharing this article with me. Oy! Even after reading the article twice, I was in disbelief.  A story in yesterday’s Telegraph, made me wince in pain for women all over the world and harkened back to the pain I felt for Anita Hill during the hearings where Ms. Hill must have felt violated twice. The article addresses a judge in Russia that ruled against a 22 year old female, stating that: “employers were obliged to make passes at female staff to ensure the survival of the human race.”  Really? Really, did you say that out aloud? Well, this must be good news for Clarence Thomas and his Tea Party wife, Ginny.  Click here to see the full story.

Just trying to ensure the survival of the human race.

Ginny’s Tea Party: A Bitter Brew

5 Feb

“I can’t be a racist. I’m married to a black man,” is something Virginia Thomas has to say quite frequently these days, with her newly SELF-APPOINTED position as “ambassador to the Tea Party Movement.”  Yes, I’m sure you all remember our charm-free Ginny, who, after 20 years, called up Anita Hill and demanded an apology for telling the truth about how Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. According the NYT article, Virginia Thomas said on said on libertyinc.co, a Web site for her new political consulting business,

that she saw herself as an advocate for “liberty-loving citizens” who favored limited government, free enterprise and other core conservative issues. She promised to use her “experience and connections” to help clients raise money and increase their political impact.

“Liberty-loving citizens”–hmm, unfortunately that does not include us homos, or those of us that are pro-choice, or those of us that wish to stop giving tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.  If you have been following this blog, you know her husband a Justice on the Supreme Court has already used his celebrity and influence to raise money for the Tea Party (old cranky white man party), which is a violation of ethics for justices.  Of Course, legal ethicists worry that Ms. Thomas’s effort to take a more operational role on conservative issues could intensify questions about her husband’s ability to remain independent on issues like campaign finance and health care.  Gee! You think so? What a dynamic duo: a self-loathing black man who has over-assimilated into the white dominant culture (identification with the aggressor) and a white privileged woman that won’t have to worry about the anti-woman legislation being introduced because her money will protect her.  Click here to see the NYT article.

We sure do love some white wealthy people. Anita, we are still waiting for an apology!

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