In the last few years, my mom--one of those older, Jewish Florida residents we hear so much about--has suffered a severe political devolution. I'm not sure whether it's the result of sabotage committed by her long-time, wingnut boyfriend or the jadedness nurtured by Bush's disastrous presidency, but she has deteriorated from a committed Democrat to an apathetic, apolitical cynic. Over the last few years, she has lost faith in the process, the politicians and her party. She no longer distinguishes between Democrat and Republican, and she no longer exercises her civic duty to vote.
With the U.S. ranking an astounding 71st in the world for women's political participation - comprising only 16% of the Senate, 23% of state legislatures, and 10% of big city mayors - the co-creators of "Take our Daughters to Work Day" have launched a national campaign to encourage political participation among girls, entitled "Take our Daughters to the Polls."
"Children model their own dreams on what adults and society show them to be possible," said Marie Wilson, President of The White House Project. "By taking girls to the polls on Election Day, we teach them that they are a valuable part of the political process, and that their voice and their vote can make a difference."
"When we started 'Take our Daughters to Work Day' over fifteen years ago, we showed girls their unlimited potential in the workforce," said Carolyn McKecuen, President of the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation. "Now we need to teach our girls that they can succeed and lead in the political arena as well."
The campaign will encourage parents, grandparents, and other adults to pledge to take a young girl to the polls this Election Day, which can be signed and submitted online, while encouraging eligible voters to register.
The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization, works to advance a richly diverse, critical mass of women into leadership positions, up to and including the U.S. Presidency.
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day program was founded to create an opportunity for girls and boys to share and communicate their expectations for the future.
These robocalls are demonstrably false accusations framed in insinuating language which would probably be grounds for a libel suit in any other context than a partisan political campaign. But as we have often observed there is no ethos of integrity in the modern Republican party, and the presumption of 'honour' so widely promoted as the McCain mystique and employed liberally in his campaign rhetoric is merely a ploy behind which it is 'business as usual' for the GOP we have come to know so well:
When McCain/Palin offer sleazy attacks in a speech, it's easy to hold them accountable. When they offer scurrilous lies in a television ad, it's almost as easy, especially with the whole "approve this message" line and media scrutiny of campaign advertising.
But McCain, Palin, and the Republican Smear Machine save some of their most offensive work for automated robocalls, which fly just below the radar screen. It's obviously abject cowardice, but decency and honor are the last things McCain is worried about now.
This robocall offensive is a major initiative of the McCain campaign and an obvious priority in their allocation of limited resources. This is the McCain campaign revealed in harsh light as typically underhanded, a campaign which will 'do anything and say anything' to win an election no matter what the methods; without integrity, oblivious of the consequences of it's actions and certainly bereft of honour. These are the right-wing zealots manipulating our collective political process with falsehood and insinuation, dividing our nation and questioning our patriotism all the while.
Hold on to your hats. I thought I had read and heard every possible take on Sarah Palin. I don't need to review the reasons she's reprehensible. But then Maxine Albert, a friend of mine, offered what can only be called a fresh insight on the Vice-Maverick nominee.
Bear with me and Maxine. What she writes has nothing to do with policy. You can take this as satire, or as a profound analysis of the emotional, non-verbal communication all of us engage in unconsciously all the time.
And as we know, more and more research confirms that voters' decisions are made largely on an emotional, not a rational, level. Maxine Albert's commentary after the jump.