Hello February.

elewisLast night I was overjoyed to see Google’s doodle of Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of African American and Native American heritage to achieve international recognition as a sculptor. I wrote about her eleven years ago, so I was ecstatic that more people would learn about her. I hope that this also means that more is discovered¬†about her and her groundbreaking body of work.

I voted.

voteI have never been so relieved to turn in a ballot, just to have the election process be over on my part. I do not care about the nightly updates. I can just read up on the ballot measures and local candidates who were running. As for the national candidates, like I said before, I’m just glad my part of this is over. From now on, if I see a politician who is actually serving the interests of his or her constituents, I will encourage that person in any way I can. I just do not want another campaign season or quality of candidates like I have seen this past year.

What is net neutrality and how can you protect it?

Net neutrality is a really big topic in the news. Here are some basic facts about what it is.

The FCC has asked for public comment on net neutrality. The link below offers an opportunity to make your voice heard in the battle for a fair internet.

https://www.dearfcc.org/

 

Monday News: The Health Care Law at the Supreme Court.

Today, the United States Supreme Court began to hear cases brought forth against healthcare reform legislation. The courtroom, which holds 400 observers, is packed. People carting signs on both sides of the issue are marching outside, providing visual evidence of the discordant state of political discourse in this country. There is plenty of blame to go around for this, unfortunately.

On one side, you have the conservatives, who started this battle as soon as the legislation was passed. Tea partiers protested loudly against a person’s constitutional right to be uninsured. It amazes me that the party whose shining achievements include ensuring that welfare mothers don’t buy Cadillacs are now determined to defend a person’s right to potentially amass medical bills that he or she can not pay. Before the presidency was lost on the issue, the GOP had nothing meaningful to say about health care reform. It was treated as one of those issues that the little people had to deal with. Now they say there are alternatives to universal healthcare, and yet I find myself giving them the side eye.

It’s not like the liberals have handled the situation much better. Yes, they actually made an effort to address the issue, but our current presidential administration essentially shot this bill in the foot when it refused to allow a conscience clause for pharmacists, businesses and employers who, because of their beliefs, do not want to fund abortion and abortive practices. So now, religious organizations are forced to buy insurance that charges them twelve dollars a year to fund abortions. That’s not asking for a lawsuit to happen. ¬†I understand the role that Planned Parenthood has played in this election, namely the big checks that they wrote in support of our president, but sometimes government has to act in the people’s best interest and tying up laws in court because people can’t negotiate is not in the best interest of any of the people who are being crushed by the cost of healthcare.