March is Women’s History Month; a thirty-one day celebration of the historical contributions of women.
Remarkably, WHM is still in its infancy. It was less than forty years ago that the study of women’s history was unheard of, not just in the curricula of higher education, but in the public consciousness as well.
A Hispanic bakery, handmade signs intended to showcase the common man-populist support in Lubbock, Greg Abbott posing for a picture with a young Hispanic Texas Tech student, both of them brandishing the “Guns Up” sign (even though Abbott is a UT graduate!) False fodder for photo-ops!
Welcome to a carefully-staged and choreographed visit to the second most conservative city in America, Lubbock, Texas. Greg Abbott’s visit was a movie set, a Potemkin village where the façade is designed to fool the populous, rather than inform.
It was just a little thing. Nine months ago, Pablo Pantoja, the director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, announced he was leaving the GOP and registering as a Democrat. He cited the extreme culture of intolerance (one of which was a Heritage report that claimed Hispanics are at a permanent disadvantage because of their lower IQ!).
Then another little thing…Texas Republican Judge Carlo R. Key left the GOP. He cited the reason as “pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry”.
At 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, a brain-dead and pregnant Marlise Munoz was finally removed from life support at the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Everyone knows the details. Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unconscious in her home. She had made it known to her family that she did not wish to be on life support, yet a Texas law written and passed by a group of mainly-GOP legislators in 1999, superseded her wishes.
Make it stop. Please.
The last three days have been a wicked carnival of heinous comments about Wendy Davis and her biography. They’re now calling it Trailergate, isn’t that cute?
Look, there’s no harm in discussing the cracks in her biography, but media politico-males have taken it to a dark level of shameless attacks, bordering on misogyny and harassment. The online comments that followed after the slut-shaming-language began were more horrible than you can imagine.
Personal responsibility…it’s the tired, worn-out, overused trope of Conservatives. I’m becoming fairly sick of hearing it from the common-man-parrot-patriot on the Right.
The reality is this: We have two Americas and within those two Americas are two myths. You might even go so far as to call them lies.