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Barefoot, Pregnant and in the Kitchenby Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
Politically, we are watching the U.S. spiralling down the drain.
(Calgary, Alberta) - I was outraged by the headline when I opened this morning’s New York Times: Women in Texas Losing Options for Health Care in Abortion Fight. I’ve never been a great fan of democracy because it’s a given that people can usually be counted on to vote against their own best interests. But this goes beyond that, where not only have the Republicans declared war on women, but many women are willingly serving as foot soldiers in the ranks.
This is what Abrahamic religion does to women. We have come to see it in Islamic countries where women are not allowed to go out in public without a male “guardian”.
Women in such countries have been subjected to significant repression, but it’s the end result of centuries of male subjection and domination. As women of America lose more and more rights, it’s in their best interest to un-elect Republicans before their own right to vote itself is lost. Then it’s too late.
When I first opened this story, there were 177 comments, Three hours later, there were over 600. Here are just a handful of the comments:
Then I read about the Republicans' physical assault on women.
In Texas a woman seeking an abortion must first allow an ultrasound probe to be inserted into her vagina. “It’s state-sanctioned abuse,” said Dr. Curtis Boyd, a Texas physician who provides abortions. “It borders on a definition of rape. Many states describe rape as putting any object into an orifice against a person’s will. Well, that’s what this is. A woman is coerced to do this, just as I’m coerced.”
And it goes downhill from there. I read a piece by Stanley Fish titled: “Rick Santorum isn’t crazy”. After reading the article I have to agree. It’s not Rick Santorum, but the American people who are crazy.
Politically, we are watching the U.S. go down the drain. Those who would deny this, are, sad to say, just drinking the Republican Kool-Aid. Militarily, with it’s nuclear weapons, the U.S. is the most powerful nation on earth. Politically, it ranks with third world countries. This, in spite of the most wonderful Constitution in the world (LOL) and the nation's vaunted exceptionalism
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Daniel Johnson as a teenager aspired to be a writer. Always a voracious reader, he reads more books in a month than many people read in a lifetime. He also reads 100+ online articles per week. He knew early that in order to be a writer, you have to be a reader.
He has always been concerned about fairness in the world and the plight of the underprivileged/underdog.
As a professional writer he sold his first paid article in 1974 and, while employed at other jobs, started selling a few pieces in assorted places.
Over the next 15 years, Daniel eked out a living as a writer doing, among other things, national writing and both radio and TV broadcasting for the CBC, Maclean’s (the national newsmagazine) and a wide variety of smaller publications. Interweaved throughout this period was soul-killing corporate and public relations writing.
It was through the 1960s and 1970s that he got his university experience. In his first year at the University of Calgary, he majored in psychology/mathematics; in his second year he switched to physics/mathematics. He then learned of an independent study program at the University of Lethbridge where he attended the next two years, studying philosophy and economics. In the end he attended university over nine years (four full time) but never qualified for a degree because he didn't have the right number of courses in any particular field.
In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary)
Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2011, has published more than 160 stories.
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