9/17/08

My PoliQ

This is a questionnaire devised by one of the most devious brilliant minds of our time, Katie Schwartz of All the Way From Oy to Vey and my cohort in the Dear Thyroid blog project. (It only took me a year to get to it, love. At least the election's not over yet.)

She asked:

What is your name (nickname, whatever you're comfortable sharing), your age (range), gender, occupation, income bracket (range), how you identify (gay/straight/whatever)? Married/Single/Divorced? Kids (how many)?
My alter-ego es Freida Commitment Bee. I am mostly female and 38 years old. I am probably technically poor considering the fact that I am a full-time student with four kids (The Lip Model- 15.6, The Future President-13, The Genius-9, and Snaggletooth- 6), but I have a partner with a moderate income, receive grants and loans from tha gubment and have a cush part-time job where I am able to study (and blog), so I wouldn't call myself poor. I've been in much more dire straights. I was a single mother for 6 years and know which organic grocers in Austin will set out their refuse produce for folks to nab at the end of the day. These days I'm just in debt (but, off the credit card sauce, at least).

I am very bi-sexual. My partner is male and I utilize my blog to frequently vent frustrations about not being in a three-way marriage, even though I've never tried to be or anything.... My kids each have a different biological father, but I co-parent with the ex-Mr. Bee (who I married and then divorced) and the current Mr. Bee (who I have shacked up with for these past nearly ten years). Surely, that's more than too much information. We aim to please, when we feel like it. (Just don't ask me who “we” is..., or who “they” are for that matter.)
What are the most important issues to you in this presidential election and why?
The Environment- Seriously folks, without a place to live, does the rest of this matter? I have had my thyroid gland removed because of a tumor (goiter), all of my biological grandparents and my mother have had cancer, and my mother has a rare hereditary immunological deficiency disease. I suffer from anxiety attacks brought on by chemical exposures. Can we just be organic please? Consequently, I know a good deal about organic pest control and gardening techniques, herbal medicine and nutrition and do my darnedest to implement those techniques in my own life.

I have essentially lucked into renting a “green” house with solar panels and some other lovely features on five acres of land too far outside of Austin city proper to use buses and wish wish wish I could drive a car which did not use fossil fuels, so I wouldn't feel like a complete loser every time I go somewhere. Let's develop some alternative energy sources (besides nuclear), please.

Healthcare- I need me some. My husband needs some. My mother needs some. I think it's a human right. Ironically, my sons have CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) here in Texas, which George W. Chimpy helped get going. It's pretty darned good, ya'll. I think if we adjusted our priorities, we might find that we could actually be in better financial health as a nation if we implemented a not-for-profit universal healthcare system. Oh, and adressed the following...

End the War- Yesterday. Try Bush, et. al for crimes against humanity, please. I think killing is wrong. (Plus, quick look over at the counter over there in the sidebar. We've paid and gone into debt $555 billion to do this murdering.)

Eliminate the Death Penalty- I think trying to enforce a law that says not to kill with killing is downright moronic and inhumane.

Preserve a Woman's Right to Choose Whether or Not She Has a Child- My mother had me when she was 17 and did not have such a choice. I was not wanted by my father and my mother had to drop out of high school and marry the asshole who was physically abusive to her (and me to a lesser extent) for years. While I am most certainly glad to be alive, I cannot say I'm altogether happy about it because I have suffered from PTSD for years. I consider being in a home with violence as a child abuse, and think that abortion does more good than harm overall. Plus, I think it's a moral/ religious issue and thusly makes it a decision that one person cannot make for another.

I also think that the prospect that I (or my daughters) might be raped and forced to have a rapist's baby cruel.

I would also hope that stem cell research could be advanced, as I think it likely has the potential to cure some of the environmental ails we are bringing on ourselves.

While I know there are other very important issues. These seem to be the ones I am most passionate about.
Why do you think voters should vote for Obama/Biden, what differentiates this ticket from McCain/Palin?
Ok, now here is a question that, like the others, I will answer with my honest opinion. Chances are that the end result of the election of one candidate may not be much different than the election of the other. Obama is no Dennis Kucinich, granted. I have heard Obama state he may be in favor of war, would support universal health care for children, but not necessarily adults, and will back civil unions, but not gay marriage per se. I think we will have a Democratic Congress slightly less stifled. I'm not very confident Democrats will pursue legal action regarding the war crimes the current administration are waging. Idealogicaly, I am really a Green Party sympathizer, a socialist. There, I said it, and so, when I say what follows, I will say it with full knowledge of the reality of the situation. A Green Party candidate will not win the upcoming election. I'm not sure if not enough was done between elections, or if we're going to have to face complete and utter collapse for people to come to their senses, but we've either got McCain and Obama. Period.

So, I am in one sense, voting for Obama as the lesser of two evils, but it is a little easier for me to do than my saying that might imply. Though I do not know him personally, I like the guy. Mainly, I think his communication styles reflect an awareness many folks in politics simply don't have. He speaks with respect, he will advance the issue of respecting all peoples no matter what their color, and I very much think he is a candidate about which the youth of our country are excited to become President.

I do think we should resist the path we are currently on, but I also think it will take more time than we have between now and November to uproot. What do I think needs uprooting? Corruption, greed, destruction, racism, anti-environmentalism. Corporate rule, basically. I do not think that the John McCain camp will do one bit to improve the situation. I get mixed feelings about all this, because a very impulsive part of me thinks that it is possible that if we elected McCain and went further down the tubes (which we would), then it might be our shortest path to revolution. In my older age, though, I have gotten soft and I'd rather not see people suffer. I'd rather see us heed Dennis Kucinich's wake up call to America intentionally. I could go on and on about this, but this sums up my views here adequately. I voted for Nader in 2000. I'm voting for Obama this time.
If McCain/Palin wins this election, where do you see our country going in the next four years?
Oops, I think I just answered this. Down the tubes. Directly. Do not pass go. Do not pick up your $200 stimulus bribe check.
Economically, where do you think this country is today and how do you think Obama/Biden can make a positive impact?
Uh, the rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. In the future I don't things will be vastly different than they are now for a long time. I think there is a chance that a little of the corruption can be undone. I think it will take a century to undo the damage done and bring economic equality to all people (and, don't tell me I'm cynical, 'cause that's the most idealistic bullshit you'll hear anywhere). I think our economy is a false front for our trade system which should be centered on our basic survial needs as humans rather than consumption. Will we have the resources we need to live on this planet? That is the question. I'm pretty sure Obama will appoint Gore to a cabinet post and I know from reading Earth in the Balance and Diet For a New America that we need to seriously revamp our farming practices if we are even going to be able to grow food in the future. I am hoping that some very funadamental changes to our economy such as this occur. Change our economy from being a military-based industrial complex to a sustainable survial-based economy. I think that's a lot to expect from Obama and Biden, but I think it is what we as consumers with our dollars have to demand. How many times do I have to say this? If we want WalMart to go our of business, we shouldn't shop there. If we want oil companies to go out of business, don't buy their products. Easier said than done, granted, but the trend is there and it's irreversible, in my opinion.
In the past 8-years, how do you think this country has changed under the Bush regime? Have you been affected by these changes? If so, in what ways?
I think Bush is just the face of what America has been becoming for some time, a symbol of capitalism run amuck. I do think he should face the legal consequences for the crimes he has committed, which among other things includes all 1,250,000+ cases of murder for the illegal war he is continuing. In these past 8 years, my desire to live in a foreign country has deepened, though I am pretty sure I will stay in the US. I have greater concern for my children's futures, but I also think that his regime has done the thing I think McCain's would do, advance the fall of corruption. Inhumanity and inequity, raping the earth and her peoples are simply not sustainable practices. They cannot be continued indefinitely. I just hope he doesn't take the entire lot of humanity, or me or my children or those I care about or billions of innocents down with him. He is. I know.
I have read that Palin is considered the new voice of feminism, which is offensive in my opinion. Of equal concern are her views on abortion and the removal of books from libraries. I'd like to know what you think about all of that and how you feel about McCain choosing Palin as a running mate. And what kind of message you think that sends to women?
I mentioned this earlier, but particular to this question, I think his choosing her is demeaning to women. It seems like he thinks that we (women) are so stupid that we won't know the difference between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. It is the sexist version of the provebial racist view that all people of color look alike. I think that Palin will appeal to the same base that George W. Bush appealed to in '04 and that if we are complacent here as voters, McCain/ Palin could swindle their way into this one too. In that case, I shall be shouting "¡Viva la Revolución!" (I'd rather just get a hybrid car and teach math though, folks.)

I seriously want to thank Katie for asking me these excellent questions and you for reading them, or at least pretending to. I have seen some wonderful answers around on blogs and invite you to answer these same questions on your blog as well. (Be sure to let Katie know you did.)

9 comments:

FranIAm said...

clapclapclapclapclapclaPclaPclAPclAPclAPcLAPcLAPcLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP!
Rounds and rounds of applause for a brilliant PoliQ meme.

This is outstanding!

Randal Graves said...

Yeah, what the hell? I'm offended that you are all taking this seriously and being thoughtful and such with your answers.

Good luck fixing the world. Commie. Muahahahahaha!

if we're going to have to face complete and utter collapse for people to come to their senses

The answer to this is yes.

enc said...

It's really great to read about you, Frieda Bee.

I wonder what people think we are protecting our children from by banning certain books from the library. Why can't we just tell our kids the truth? What is going to happen to them?

Katie Schwartz said...

Spectacular! As Frannylish said, "Clap, clap, clap, clap..." FreidaBee, you incessentaly take my wig off. Everything you wrote about had your personal stamp (which I love) and a macroview of what is real and what we need to face as a nation. Brilliant. I am in awe of you.

So many things resonated. However, I particularly appreciated mentioning your preference of another candidate, but would still vote for Obama. Moderates and independents who view him as the lesser of the two evils might consider OB as well, for that very reason. I hope they do.

Flawless PoliQ, my dear.

Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Knock my socks off why don't you? I love how you approached this.

John McCain said...

That's just all communist lies and Vietcong propaganda. I know this because they tortured me to death to slander my beloved and blessed cuntry.

Border Explorer said...

Freida, you are really such a very good writer. This was great. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Well done, friend.

HelenWheels said...

Well done!! Great answers, and good to find your blog (thru Katie!).

I love that comment - as did Katie - that the GOP, by its cynical choice of Ms. Mooseburger, is essentially saying all women are alike, exactly like you say the bigots do with races... holy crap, great analogy.