DIARY of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Expression

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October 30

“There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.” – Zig Ziglar


The presidential election is a week away. Here’s a big, fat irony for you -- as an Adamant Liberal Progressive – the only one in my family and considered the black sheep for that – I was required to vote for the Republican presidential candidate in 2008. Yup, I was forced to vote for John McCain. And, why, pray tell? Because my uncle, who has been my biggest financial supporter, is a diehard Republican. He earned his money through business and has voted Republican since God knows when. The only thing he has asked in return is that I vote for the Republican presidential candidate; I am free to vote Democratic for the rest of the slate. And, I have dutifully complied.

My uncle’s investments have been adversely affected by this recession and he fears losing his house as well. He is vitriolic in his belief that Obama is bad for business, bad for the economy, bad for any hope for more jobs. Bad, bad, bad! I have tried to encourage my uncle to chill, reminding him that we liberals had to put up with eight frickin’ years of Bush II, and that it’s just the political pendulum swinging back and forth, as it is wont to do.

Thankfully, my one vote for McCain did not sway the election in his favor in 2008, and I doubt that voting for Romney will sway this election either. But to feed my soul, I went to the local Obama HQ and bought a nifty T-shirt that says “Peace, Love, Obama” on the front and “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek – Barack Obama” on the back. I’m wearing it proudly. I love that it’s in alignment with the spiritual philosophy I subscribe to -- that you have to embody the feeling you want before it manifests in your physical reality. Luckily, my uncle does not live in the area, so he can’t see me wearing it. So, no harm, no foul.

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Since we’re on the subject of politics, it totally blows my mind how any woman cannot support “Obamacare.” Traditionally, since women have been in the workforce in sizable numbers, there were two ways for women to get healthcare: through their jobs or through their husbands. Of course, for quite some time, there’s always been the private insurance market for anyone who doesn’t have a job or a spouse. But it’s always been prohibitively expensive, for the most part. So, what’s a woman worth her body temple to do? Stay in the workforce or get married? For the lucky few – it’s been both. These women at least get a choice of which health insurance to take - their husband’s or their jobs. But for women who aren’t married and who aren’t working in jobs that offer health insurance, there’s always been a gap. And a lot of women, I would venture to guess, just go without, leading to all kinds of issues down the road.

And, then, along comes a president who can finally bridge that gap. He is able somehow, miraculously, without one Republican voting for it, to get the health insurance law passed. So, for the first time ever, you don’t have to work or be married to gain access to reasonably priced health insurance.

So, women who oppose Obamacare, what is the problem? How can you not see this legislation as a huge milestone in the women’s rights movement? It frees up all American women from having to rely on their husbands or their jobs. And, in this economy, when a lot of women (as well as men) have lost their jobs, and since it’s a known fact that many divorces are over money, especially in times of financial stress, it would be a safe bet that a lot of women these days find themselves without a job and without a husband. I would think they would be embracing Obamacare like a cougar embraces a hot young stud at the local dive bar.

I, for one, cannot wait until these insurance markets come to full fruition in California. Let’s not let the whiny Republicans dismantle Obamacare before it’s even had a chance to prove itself.


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