What women's rights look like when the two sides come together as one.
What women's rights are when women are no longer manipulated by party rhetoric.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Why Fewer People Are Sticking With The Parties

Cynthia Ruccia

As the year started off, we got this report from Gallup that the number of people who consider themselves as Independents is at an all time high of 40%. To me, it shows that people are finally awakening from a long slumber to understand that the ties that have held them to a party have broken. If 40% of the U.S. voters can't identify with one party or another or are pissed off with both sides, I see this as a very positive sign. The Independents are refugees from both parties and are Independent for alot of reasons. But the main reason is that the rhetoric coming from both parties has produced very little of what was promised, and people are tired of being corralled by the same empty verbiage year after year  after year. When I was a Congressional candidate in the 90's, we were taught continually that the voter must be treated with respect because the voters are not stupid. It seems that that advice is now very old fashioned and out of favor because the politicians keep treating us as a bunch of rubes, promising the moon and handing out crumbles of green cheese at best. Why do they keep doing it-----making those promises? Well, it's probably because we fall for the same old empty reassurances every single time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How To Get a Woman On The Ballot

Cynthia Ruccia

The way to get a woman president is just so simple, so obvious, so yawningly apparent, that the idea of writing about it makes me feel bored. HOWEVER, as counterintuitive as this idea of electing a woman president is, there is an intermediate step we must take in order for this piece of history to happen. What is that step? Well everyone-------WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!! And not only do we need to do something to make it happen, we have to believe that our efforts, no matter how seemingly insignificant, are important.

I believe that we women are often defeated before we even begin. I have observed that we even stop trying to do anything because of a self-defeating attitude that it won't matter. At the bottom of it all, we feel the task is just too difficult so why even try? We try over and over and over again, and we don't get the result we want. We get depressed, discouraged, and then we become cynical. And then we just stop trying--------we quit.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Postscript on Michele Bachmann

Cynthia Ruccia

I have turned 59 recently, and I have been voting since I was 18. I STILL won't have the opportunity to vote for a woman for president this year!! And I'm grumbling about it. It's 2012, and the only conclusion that can be drawn is that in this country neither Democrats nor Republicans are ready yet to seriously consider electing a woman for president. Oh yes, we have made a little progress, that is for sure. We are now letting women into the field to run for president, and we are considering them a little more seriously, but when push comes to shove and decisions must be made, as a nation we just can't envision a woman leading us.

Michele Bachmann is a case in point. Let me say up front, I didn't always agree with her positions. Some of them were even a little creepy to me (that's just me). But I was extremely proud and impressed with the way she conducted herself as a candidate. She entered the fray with gusto, confidence. She was articulate, and she stood up to the boys with strength, dignity, and no apologies. She even made history by being the first woman ever to win the Iowa straw poll.