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20 September 2003 @ 10:35 am
And now for something horrific...  
The doctors and nurses in these clinics are fighting AIDS, rape, sexually transmitted diseases and genital mutilation of girls, and instead of being hailed as heroes, they're denigrated and stripped of funds by White House ideologues who don't know what an African slum is.

I was reading the times for articles on human rights for a class of mine, and this is one of the pieces I foudn. This is the kind of thing that, as a woman, simply enrages me. This administration offends me personally, to think that they have anything to do with representing me (which, quite literally, they don't. I didn't vote for any of these people). No, I may not be poor and I may not be Chinese or African, but I'm a woman, and this kind of side swipe at those women who are really in need hurts me personally. Especially since it's for votes, it appears.

Call me bitter, but I'd like to see what happens when one of his drunken little girls gets knocked up.
Mood: angry
Laudrelaudre on September 20th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
I could get political and ask why this charity is dependent on government funds, but I'll forgo that argument, as it's really a question of favoritism and idiotic politics, not about actually cutting wasteful government spending.

Be that as it may, in response to the last statement, the psychology of the self-designated elite is that the rules of the rank and file don't apply to them. Senator Diane Feinstein, D-CA, I used to believe was simply sadly misguided in her beliefs about firearms and crime, until I found out that she carries a handgun herself.

If Bush really had the values he says he has, if one of his daughters got pregnant, he'd make her and the father get married and raise the kid right. But I doubt he does, so it's far more likely that there'd be a quiet abortion.
Mellen: Hara ga tatte syoo ga nai n desuabsentmammoth on September 20th, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)
It's the fact that a program like this would be cut when we're spending billions on an insane war that really upsets me, I suppose.

Granted, our withdrawl probably won't be the total end of this charity, and one can hope it will continue to do good works, it just makes me upset that a government as powerful as ours is supposed to be can be so unhelpful to the world at large. This is just another example that sets me off.
Laudrelaudre on September 20th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
Well, going back to political ideology for a moment, I fail to see how it's a responsibility of the American government to provide charities and subsidies for foreign peoples with American taxpayer dollars. It is a responsibility of the fortunate to aid those less fortunate, but that's a responsibility of the American people, not our government.

Be that as it may, you're quite right -- this business in Iraq was a bad idea going in, and this is only proven more so on a daily basis. And that we're spending billions of taxpayer dollars on it, while cutting some of the admittedly beneficial funding the government does provide now, is ludicrous.
337common_as_stone on September 20th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
somehow i have this sneaking suspicion that if abortions were personally relevant to the everyday lives of white, american males, we'd never even have to deal with this sort of travesty.
dubpulse on September 20th, 2003 06:47 pm (UTC)
ah, the 'morality' of the administration is quite transparent.

or at least one would think. This gets back to my comment one post after this one.