It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

08 September 2008

Speak O Woman!

Time to dip once again into the seemingly infinite treasure trove of wisdom from our nation's founders.  Since there has been much talk and action of late on behalf of, and by the women of America, let's hear from one whose influence shaped the foundation of our republic: Abigail Adams.  A feminist and abolitionist, she was sharp witted, stubborn, strong.  Though she never cast a vote, nor signed a declaration or constitution, she is to be held among the giants who dreamed up this nation of ours.

Two quotes of hers come prominently to my mind in these times:

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

This is quite obvious.  We have seen what the women will do, and rightfully so, when their liberties and inalienable human rights are trampled.  I hope that in my small way I have leant my voice to the cause, making it plain that I stand, as a man and  fourth wave feminist, on Hillary Clinton's notion that women's rights are human rights, period.  There is no differentiation, and to speak of women's rights in any other context is, in my opinion, behind the times.

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.

Adams is speaking to you Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Leah Daughtry, Donna Brazile, Alexis Herman, Don Fowler, Alice Germond, and Barry Pampers Ovomit.  Your power is arbitrary.  It is not derived from the people.  And yet you try to lord over us with your fascism that you wrap in the false shroud of "hope" and crown with the thorns of "change."  But we have seen through you for months now.  The truth is coming.  Unshakeable, unyielding truth with a light so hot and so bright that no one will deny it.  You thought you could get away with mangling democracy with voter fraud, a back room deal, and a rigged roll call vote.  

You will not.

I leave you tonight with a special quote from Abigail Adams, just for Senator Obama.  I think it sums him up most adequately:

We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

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