Yesterday, my cousin tagged me on a Facebook post that turned into a running debate about what was more important to voters, the economy or the abortion debate. First, I’d just like to say that I was pretty pleased that I was asked to back up my cousin. That really made my day and I was having a shitty day all day. The second thing I’m going to say is that, yeah, I’m going to talk politics for a bit.
Now, in specific, the commentary that ended up happening was that someone felt that all of us idiots who are talking about the abortion debate were in fact, massive idiots. I’m not going to directly quote here, but the gist was that we should be paying attention to the recession and we should be thinking about ways to actually fix said recession.
I’m not a huge history buff when it comes to the economy – talk about boring – but I know enough to know that most major recessions were generally fixed by the economic boom surrounding some type of war. We see it just in this century alone: prior to WWI we had a minor recession in 1913-1914. It started fixing on its own, fixed completely during WWI, and then we had a minor recession at the end of the war. (All of those people working for the war effort had nothing to do after that.) We see similar after the Great Depression. While FDR was doing an excellent job and boosting the economy prior to our entrance in WWII, it was really WII that set us back up again. If you look at all of the major war efforts during the 20th century that America has applied itself to, you see a recession, an economic boom, and then another recession. I’ll just leave this list of economic recessions in the United States here for anyone curious.
The thing is that I would definitely love to see the magical end to this current recession. I’m feeling it on two different fronts, in case no one was aware. I not only lost my job (because of bullshit) but I’m having a very difficult time in finding a job to replace said job. Part of that is because I’m looking for a specific salary, but also another large part is due to the fact that, you know, people who are hiring are looking for astronomical amounts of experience in the sectors I’m searching through. On the other front, TH works in the trade industry. Yes, he’s in the union but his father owns a small painting business. The recession is seriously effecting his work schedules and bids because people are under bidding what is a fair price (for a four to five man team) and doing shitty jobs in the mean time. (Here is a list of those employed in trades, which are less than 50% of all workers. And the outlook for job growth in the next ten years.) So, yes. When I say that I want to see the cure for the economy, I’m really not joking.
The thing is that I’ve long since realized that there is absolutely no quick fix for this current predicament. I believe we discovered similar issues in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Everyone would hear about how there needed to be fixes, but they were a long time coming. It’s just the way of the economy. It grows, it stagnates, it declines. We’re in a decline. I don’t like it anymore than anyone else, but I’m going to remind people who the average unemployment rate during the Depression was nearly 30% and we’re at less than 10% now. I realize that we can’t just work a magic wand and fix shit. It doesn’t work that way. It takes years of hard work from both those of us who are the work horses of this nation as well as good hard work for those in power. End of story.
So, why doesn’t this have more of a say in who I’m voting for than abortion? I should be angry and upset and want a fix, right! WRONG. I understand that shit doesn’t work like that. It takes hard work. It takes time. And switching to a new president with questionable economic practices under his belt? It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
The reason why abortion has more say in who I vote for in November is because I am a human being who can make conscious and informed decisions about what does or does not happen to my body without the general consent of political douchebags who do not know me from Jane Doe. The thing that gets to me most about this whole thing is that a good selection of the males in power believe that I am too stupid to decide if the child I did not want lives in my uterus for nine months, without my consent. The thing about this is that I am not stupid. I am not ill-informed. And I am the only one who knows what is in my best interests. The men who run this country do not know what is best for me, an unemployed mother of one who can barely make ends meet as they are, and it will continue to stay that way.
Until I no longer have to write nasty letters to my congressman about things like the Blunt Amendment. Until I no longer have to worry about being bombed to death in a Planned Parenthood clinic. Until I no longer have to worry that people think I am too stupid to make a decision about what my body does or does not need at any given time, never mind what additions my life does or does not need at any given moment. Until any of those things stop (and a good bunch of others that I haven’t mentioned), the abortion debate is going to be pretty fucking important when it comes to who I do and do not vote for.
We won the suffrage movement. Let’s win the abortion movement.