Posts Tagged ‘politics’

While I am a liberal (and declare as such over on my About page) I don’t really use this blog as a forum for my political views.  After all, celebrating what I as a man love about women isn’t rooted (ahem) in my political beliefs, and men of all political stripes can agree on many ways we think women are awesome — though I’m pretty sure that liberal men in general tend to be more appreciative of the feminine.

Still, if I’m going to be honest and true to the purpose of this blog, then occasionally I need to get a little bit political.  I’ve done it a couple times before (…She’d Speak Liberal, …She’d Be Passionate About Politics), and today marks another opportunity to do so.

While the results of the Presidential election in the U.S. justifiably got the lion’s share of attention, what really put a smile on my face was how great the polls were for women.  I tend to think a lot of what is wrong with the U.S. can be traced to the fact that our government representatives don’t do a very good job of actually representing We The People, and the most blatant example of that is the fact that over 50% of our population are female, but only a tiny fraction of our representatives are women.  November 6, 2012 changed that a little bit in the right direction.  Some bullet points to illustrate:

  • The Senate will have at least 19 female members when the new Congress convenes, which is the most in history– and if Heidi Heitkamp holds her lead in North Dakota — NORTH DAKATA of all places?! — then that’ll make 20.  Twenty percent is still shy of 51%, but it’s progress, and I suspect they will provide a decent firewall against the right-wing’s anti-woman agenda.

    Photo credit: Tim Pierce

  • New to the Senate is Elizabeth Warren, who takes Ted Kennedy’s seat from Massachusetts back into Democratic hands.  Ms. Warren is a warrior for working class Americans, the godmother of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,  and a Harvard Law Professor.  She’s smart, unabashedly liberal and proud of it, and not afraid to speak truth to power — which is something that is sorely lacking in Washington and the media.
  • Also new to the Senate is Democrat Tammy Baldwin who won the seat from Wisconsin and becomes the first openly gay Senator of either gender.  Not only is it great to have another woman in the Senate, but having a gay person in such a high-profile political position I think goes a long way towards hastening the erosion of opposition to gay rights in this country.
  • Deb Fischer won her Senate contest, joining Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Kelly Ayotte as Republican women.  It’s actually a shame because the Republicans lost two women so their numbers actually shrunk, but I think that the Republican party can use all the women they can find to hopefully increase the overall bank of common sense!
  • New Hampshire’s entire Congressional delegation and governorship is held by women!  How’s that for awesome?

In my opinion, a big reason for the election of a lot of Democratic women came in part because the Republican brand got tarnished quite a bit by the GOP’s “War on Women” — something that Democratic opponents certainly played up, but ultimately it was a self-inflicted wound by too many people in the Republican party saying and voting in ways that were hostile to women’s rights and a woman’s point of view.  I know of several women in particular who until fairly recently were pretty well a-political that got extremely upset by what they were hearing and made certain to voice their discontent in the voting booth.  I feel confident that their displeasure was certainly heard by the smarter operatives in the Republican party, and I suspect there will be a course correction.

Wherever she might be, my ideal woman may not be as in to politics as I am, but I feel confident that when it comes to victories for women this past week, she’s smiling as much or more than I am!

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I mentioned in my post Climbing Out of the Social Void that I had two new avenues for expanding my social circle.  One was attending the monthly Drinking Liberally meeting a week ago Sunday.  It was a mixed bag.  On the one hand, it was a really small gathering, about 11 people in total, and only two were women.  If I were going purely in the hopes of making a love connection then it would be considered a bust (especially considering one of the women bats for the other team).  But that’s not really the primary reason why I was going.  Mainly, I was hoping to just make some new acquaintances there outside of my normal social circle and the small number of people there was a little disappointing.  I was told that the group fluctuates in size, and that sometimes there’s so many people there the whole upstairs area is filled with Drinking Liberally folks.  Probably depends on when people get fired up about politics, and right now we’re in a bit of a lull.  The Republican nomination is pretty well sealed up, and the actual presidential campaign hasn’t really gotten into full swing, though we did touch on President Obama’s campaign kickoff right here in Richmond the day before.

Despite the small gathering, of the people who were there I got a real nice vibe.  All of them were strangers I’d never met before, but I felt very comfortable around them and they seemed comfortable around me.  We talked about various political topics, and I chimed in quite often with my own thoughts and opinions.

The meetup was over at 8pm, and I was a little disappointed that everyone pretty much hopped up and rolled out right at 8… I was kinda hoping that maybe a few people might stick around afterwards and chat, allowing for deeper conversation and the opportunity to get to know a couple people a little better.  Here’s hoping the June meeting might be a little more populated and a little more lively.

Next week my second social outreach project begins.  I’ve got a copy of the screenplay everyone will be critiquing and look forward to reading it, and hope that I haven’t forgotten too much of my screenwriting chops to be able to provide some useful feedback.

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This is a follow-up of sorts to my post …She’d Speak Liberal.  As I said in that post, the next woman in my life doesn’t have to be liberal, but it would be nice if she was.  What would be even cooler is if she were also really passionate about politics.  The recent Occupy Wall Street protests that have been going on for the past couple weeks have me longing for someone I could talk to about it and share in the excitement.

The almost daily outrages that came out of the White House during the George W. Bush years got my blood boiling, but I had very little outlet for that passion and energy.  I reached out and connected with people through Livejournal and listened to a lot of liberal and progressive podcasts, but with very few exceptions (getting together with a Livejournal friend from out of town and going to see Farenheit 911 and going out for drinks later was a wonderful exception) I was pretty well alone.  My then-wife was apolitical, as were many of my friends, and Richmond Virginia wasn’t exactly overflowing with progressives, especially at my age.  My computer screen and mp3 player just didn’t give that wonderful connection between flesh and blood passionate human beings.

The Occupy Wall Street protests make me wish I had someone with who I could load up camping gear, hop in a car and drive to New York, discussing life, love and politics all the way… someone like these fine politically active women from the Occupy Wall Street movement!

Let’s go talk politics and Faust!

Not only does she have a dynamite figure in low-ride jeans and sexy red tank top, but politically passionate and holding up a sign quoting Goethe?  Whoa…

Cradling democracy

I love her expression, which so perfectly matches her sign… and her long, slender fingers cradling “democracy.”  Those hands were made to intertwine with another’s…

Shiny Happy People!

Part of what makes me liberal is my optimism and belief in the goodness of people… and these two women obviously believe in the power of positive thinking.  The glass is half-full ladies… shall we drink deep and go out for refills?

Teach your children well

I have two copies of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States that I intend to gift to my children when they graduate from high school.  It’s my hope that I can instill my kids a sense of civic duty when it comes to voting and paying attention to politics and history.  This lovely woman’s got her baby started early!

talk about the passion!

The tattoo’d woman on the right is fired up, andI’d love to feed off that energy!  The girl on the left is cute but looks uncertain, like she’s not quite sure about being there.  Someone’s girlfriend maybe?

Say, can I borrow one of your signs?

I love the two distinct styles of these two ladies.  The gal on the left looks like a student and her sign reveals a clever geekiness that’s like catnip to me.  Digging the art-girl pink hair.  The gal on the right looks like a professional woman who’d damn fed up and ready to kick some ass, and combined with her exotic looks takes her sexiness up to 11.  I’d like to take either or both out for drinks and pick their brains.

You had me at hello

Speaking of art-girl pink hair… add the nose ring and tattoo, a fantastic smile, and a lovely homemade sign that recalls an earlier blog post of mine and with the string designed to wear as opposed to just hold shows she’s there for the long haul… *swoon*

Civil disobediance

This picture makes me wonder… what were these women doing to get arrested?  The woman on the right looks pissed, and she looks tough, sexy, defiant… I wanna bail her out and take her for a beer and let her blow off steam.  The woman on the left doesn’t give me the same aggressive vibe, but I love her shirt, and she’s got a look on her face like she’s someone who plays by the rules but she’s finally fed the fuck up.  I wanna bail her out and hear her story.

Even if I don’t find someone to go to things like this, perhaps events like this are where I might meet the next woman in my life… once I get a roommate and free up some personal time I plan to start going to monthly Drinking Liberally events put upon by Liberals of Richmond and connecting with people face to face who get as fired up by politics and current events as I sometimes do.  Life’s too short not to feed your passions, right?

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