Monthly Archives: October 2012

Scenes from a Lobotomy

I love reading Twitter feeds during important debates in the US. Oftentimes, the snark from the Twitteratti (is that what we’re calling them these days?) is more revealing and interesting than the stream of platitudes that fall out of the mouths of those engaged in the debate. And never is it more revealing and valuable to me than when it’s presented from the point of view of someone who walks in shoes very different to mine. In this case, someone who is not a young, white (well, Slavic), privileged male.

The comments that caught my attention today?

DC Debbie ‏@DCdebbie

Both catholic men running for Vice President, but only one of them wants to impose his religion on my medical choice.

The other choice comment?

Laura Anne Gilman ‏@LAGilman

Biden is calm, reasoned, and factual about a woman’s right to chose, and why it’s important. This will doubtless infuriate some people.

In short, and in agreement with what these two ladies have said: It’s 2012. Abortion shouldn’t be an issue. It shouldn’t even be a topic of discussion.  Watching Ryan and Biden discuss the topic through the prism of their religous framework strikes me as fantastically weird, and brings to mind the image of a plumber trying to act like a lawyer in a court of law. So much of what was discussed at the debate just seems to fantastically weird. Being dubious towards a government-backed medicare system? It makes no logical sense. I even wonder if there’s anyone out there who actually understands how wildly complex (perhaps overly so) the US medical system is, and is cognisant of just how badly it’s in need of reform.

But then, when people are interested in putting local, native cultural norms ahead of pragmatic, obvious solutions, this is where you get: the USA, circa 2012.

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