Speak s-l-o-w-l-y, I’m blonde, 2018 edition, #2

A while back, I was up at the moomincabin and I talked back to the radio. I do that all the time. In this instance, there was something about Kavanaugh on and I opined to a person who has known me *forever* that I was concerned about him overturning Roe v Wade. I think I said something to the effect that I didn’t want to go back to the coat hanger days.

This post is not really about Roe v Wade or my opinions about abortion access but to provide background, I will say that I believe it should remain safe and legal for those who do not feel that they have another choice. That has been my opinion since I was old enough to understand the actual mechanics involved in the birds and the bees as they applied to human beings and saw what women had to go through to deal with unplanned, sometimes violently conceived pregnancies.

After I made that statement, my partner in conversation accused me of getting my opinion from Nancy Pelosi. Say what?!? Apparently Nancy Pelosi made some kind of statement that [how many?] people would die if Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. Um. Ahem. Nancy Pelosi? I am not a Pelosi fan (although I have nothing against her). I do not seek out her opinions or statements about anything and I did not hear her comments on that particular subject.

This conversation made me feel as though I was not an autonomous human being capable of collecting information, analyzing it, and forming my own opinion without the help of some authority figure or other. I will say that it can often be difficult for me to translate my opinions into well-organized, eloquent streams of words but I am capable of forming well-reasoned opinions. When I am doing Word Salad I at least admit it, unlike the Orange Baboon.

This conversation took place weeks before the current allegations against Kavanaugh. I was nervous about the possible overturn of Roe v Wade at the time because I think it is a real possibility. Now I am also concerned that he seems to be a plain old garden variety liar (virgin until well after college? really? I doubt it). That is my own opinion. I formed by it reading many different news articles from various sources and thinking about my own youth and the small-town party culture I admittedly participated in only around the edges. We don’t need liars on the Supreme Court and Kavanaugh doesn’t strike me as someone who cares all that much about women’s issues. Yeah I know he has daughters. If one of them has an unplanned pregnancy as a teenager, he will be able to obtain an abortion for her, Roe v Wade or not, like the rich folks did back in the coat hanger days.

This post is kind of Word Salad but again, what it is really about is that I am an independent, autonomous human being. I form my own opinions and I believe that they are just as important as anyone else’s. I will NOT be belittled by someone claiming I am just parroting some politician.

3 Responses to “Speak s-l-o-w-l-y, I’m blonde, 2018 edition, #2”

  1. Margaret Says:

    As much as he drank and partied, I would very much doubt that K. was a virgin until after college. I would doubt that he made it out of high school without losing the V card. I share your opinions and concerns. P.S. Never listen to Pelosi so I didn’t get a single opinion from her.

  2. Paulette Says:

    It’s the sign of our tribal times, I guess. No room for independently arriving at conclusions. You are either in one camp or another. Any possibility of your having an independent thought? I too am concerned about losing Roe vs. Wade. Too many died in botched abortions. I hope this country can recover from this jerk.

  3. Tonya G Watkins Says:

    The very IDEA of losing Roe vs. Wade makes my head explode. This administration—and the GOP writ large—seems to be all about taking us back to the dark ages and making the Handmaid’s Tail reality. I think of all the work and struggle and angst that women have fought for so MANY years to progress forward and OUT of the dark ages, and it really makes me seethe that old white men (and their inexplicable female counterparts) seek to yank everything we’ve achieved to control us.

    Even beyond Roe v Wade, I’m sickened that Kavanaugh (and likely any pick from The Federalists list) views the presidency as above the law. That is, as long as the presidency is occupied by a republican.