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Ryan, Romney, Akin...Are You Kidding Me?

The recent events in the political race for presidency has reached an all-time low with the remarks made by Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, regarding rape and incest.

"Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate
association with their oppressors."  ~Evelyn Cunningham

I have to be honest; I am not one for politics. I don't like anything to do with government, because I, for one, do not believe in its ability to carry out what it seeks to do. I firmly believe that money is the primary goal, and the one with the most of it at the end of the game is the winner. And I think that humans are the pawns in this game, as well. Innocent humans, who break their backs to make this country what it is.

This disgusts me.

What disgusts me even more is that, after all of the years that women have spent, fighting for equality, for everything that Gloria Steinem did, for everything that Helen Gurley Brown did, and for everything that Susan B. Anthony did, and for all the others who fought the good fight, we have three members of our government, who are looking to push the women's movement right into the dark ages.

Are you freaking kidding me?

I have watched women take over corporations from men, and turn the businesses around with blood, sweat and tears, to get things done. I have seen women at home, multitasking, doing things for their children, working full time jobs, and collapsing, exhausted, in their beds, at night, because they have taken on so very much, and are given so very little in return. I have seen women who are pushed around by society, taken advantage of, because others view them as "the weaker sex". And that annoys the living crap out of me, because it simply is not truth.

My heart has gone out to such women, because they work hard, and there is no validation, no glorification, no honor for these women. For that matter, where is the validation, respect and honor for ANY woman? It doesn't matter what we teach our girls anymore, because if Romney and Ryan win, every single thing that we ever fought for is going to be tossed right out the window. Kind of like the baby with the bathwater, only a whole lot worse.

I am not saying that there are not people out there who do not value a woman's rights. But to allow someone as dangerous as Mitt Romney, or his cronies, Ryan and Akin, to make such disparaging comments against women, and then to attempt to hide it, shows the cowardice of such individuals. And we do not need a coward for a president. We need someone who fights for ALL Americans. We have women in the military, we have women who are heads of major corporations, we have women in the Senate, we have women who take on all sorts of responsibilities. Are we going to invalidate them with cowardice? Have a backbone, and stop relying on religious dogma to get your votes, guys. That's not what's going to do it for you, because you know, as well as the rest of us, that once you are voted in, you will not do a damned thing that you promised, anyway. Except take away women's rights. And that scares the hell out of me.

A woman's body is her own. It does not belong to a man. I do not care what anyone has to say about this; the Bible was written by a man. There are some who believe that the Bible was inspired by God, but it was still written by a man. And if you read the passages, you will find that a lot of them correspond with the views of Romney, Akin and Ryan. I am woman, hear me RAR. (Note to editor - this is an acronym for Romney, Akin and Ryan). We are not subservient to men. We are equal, we are helpmates. Nobody is better than anybody else here. We are the same. And the sooner that Romney, Akin and Ryan get it through their thick skulls, the better. Because if they don't shut up and stop speaking out of somewhere other than their mouths, they are going to have quite a revolution to deal with. I, for one, am ready for it. You say you want a revolution? Well, come on. We all want to change the world. (Thank you to John Lennon.)

To uphold a bill that would prevent any abortions is a travesty of justice. While I do not believe that we should take a life, any life, because it is not ours to take, I still believe that a woman should have the ability to make her choice. What is next, Mr. Romney? Do you propose that a woman is not entitled to health care services? Or yearly PAP exams? Or yearly mammograms? Are you trying to make this a man's world? Because, let me tell you, sir, we outnumber you, three to one. Try and pitch your speeches to the public - you will find that you are severely outnumbered. Just because you are a male does not make you stronger, you know.

Mr. Ryan, you supported Mr. Akin when he tried to ban ALL abortions. At what point does it end? At what point does the feminine collective pain body and populous finally say, "ENOUGH!!"? Please do not insult our intelligence by saying you didn't do it; there is more than enough evidence to show that you did in fact support Akin's ideals. Are we heading for Nazi Germany again? Dear God, I fear for this country...

Women have rights. They always did. They are emotionally stronger, physically stronger, and quicker thinkers than men. They are also a hell of a lot less lazy. And they can balance the world on their pinkies, if they should decide to do so. It is this fact that frightens the hell out of people like Romney, Ryan and Akin. "Keep a woman down..." Well, it will be a cold day in Hell before you keep this country's women down. That's all I can say. It is a public outrage to hear the rubbish that is being spewed right now. "Even in the case of rape and incest, a woman should not have an abortion."

Are you kidding me?

Do you, Ryan, Romney and Akin, have any clue what goes through a woman's mind when she is being raped? Do you honest to God think that she wants a memory from that awful experience? Do you think she is not feeling guilty enough, having post traumatic stress disorder from such an experience, that she would like to rid herself of all memory? And you have the audacity to state in your public campaign that you would abolish her right to rid herself of this atrocity? Where in the hell are your morals? There is serious lack of judgment here. You are not getting it. You are completely clueless. My question to you is, how do you look at yourself in the mirror every day, with a clean conscience? I find that to be impossible, given your latest escapades that have been all over the Internet and newspapers all over the world. You are making this country a laughing stock.

How would you like it if someone told you, after you just found out that you had prostate cancer, that the insurance companies are refusing to pay for your prostate surgery and the follow up care, because you are a male? Because you had the nerve to be born with a penis instead of a vagina? Let's see how you would feel, were the situations reversed. Healthcare is a right for EVERYBODY.

You have an awful lot of nerve, telling a nation that is mostly women that you would like to see certain things abolished, such as abortion. I am not saying at all that I believe in killing a fetus. I am a Buddhist, and I believe that all life has the right to be here. But there are certain situations, as in the case of a blighted ovum, where a woman needs to have an abortion, to rid her body of the waste of the toxic cells in her body. If you pass laws to make abortions illegal, is it your intention to reduce the population by wasting womens' lives? I am telling you, if you take away a woman's right to choose, if you take away her inalienable rights as an American as well as a member of the human race, you had better be ready for a fight.

Because I intend to be the leader of this revolution. And I will not back down to you, or to anybody else.

You can take your campaign nonsense and shove it somewhere where the sunlight cannot touch it.

And I can bet my bottom dollar that that for every single word that I wrote in this essay, I will have at least two women in this country to support me. Try and beat those odds, sir. You will have a fight to the finish. Don't expect to win. Because you won't.

And please remember something, Mr. Romney, Ryan and Akin - where would you be without your mother? Would you take away her rights to health care or to choose? Would you take away the rights of your wife, your daughter, your niece, your girlfriend, your sister? Think about that, before you open your mouth and say something that clearly was brought about from Neanderthal thinking.

I've said my piece, and have laid down my gauntlet. Let's see how many out there have the courage to stand and take their place with me.

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Laura August 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Patty Servidio your last comment is wrong. You said " A womans body is hers, and she has the right choose what to do with it ". If you want to improve your appearance and maybe get a facelift, YES. A child is conceived by " 2 "people. A man and a woman. It is his child too. What if he loves that not yet born baby ? What rights does he have ? This is my last email. I agree with the email " you are a man hater ". I feel sorry for you. Have a nice day. Laura
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Thank you all for your comments. I am for abortion. If you really want to know, I am for abortion for medical reasons. I never once said that I thought that it should be used as birth control by irresponsible individuals. Every single case is different. That is something that you all fail to realize. And obviously, none of you is reading my messages, or else you would not insult me the way you are. I am neither paranoid or hysterical. I am a nurse with thirty years of experience, and I am only relaying to you what I have seen and witnessed. Laura, you may have your opinion of me, but I am not a man hater, as you all seem to think. I am sick and tired of women being put on the back burner, especially when it comes to health care. Please, do some research before you start talking about a man's rights. A man has a right to state whether or not he wants the child, but the bottom line is, it is the woman's body. Hers, and hers alone, to decide what to do with. And if she is unable to carry the fetus to term, for health reasons or otherwise, I would by all means support her choice. I cannot judge a woman who has an abortion; sometimes, it is the only viable choice. I am discussing health care because some of you have the intelligence to post links and to state truths. I am not into propoganda. But I wish to thank those of you who support the truth. Thank you, Walter. And Just the Facts, if you were courageous, you would publish your name, instead of hiding behind a moniker.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
We are discussing abortion because politicians like Todd Akin fabricate nonsense that a woman's body can magically rid itself of a pregnancy. We are discussing abortion because Paul Ryan supported Todd Akin's previous plan to rid every woman the right to an abortion. And abortion and women's health issues are not black and white - there is a lot of grey. There is research to support that women were not privvy to a lot of health care, and only as of late, (the past twenty or thirty years) women's healthcare has gained momentum and insight. That was what this blog was about - not taking away our rights.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
And Just the Facts, I am not the bully here. You are.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I'm sorry you feel that way. You have every right to an opinion. It is just a shame that a lot of people feel like you do. I was not supporting Obama when I wrote this blog. I was writing it to address the ridiculousness of remarks made this week. I'm sorry that you failed to understand that. I spelled it out quite plainly.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:49 AM
And it was brilliant - thank you for sharing it.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I certainly cannot believe that you have the audacity to call names. I wonder how old you are, and if you have the courage to stand behind your own name, as I am, or if the moniker is just so you can insult others and make your radical ideas known. I am certainly not stupid, and I am not paranoid or hysterical. Look at the facts, and read my rebuttals. You are certainly on your own agenda. I am not for Romney, and I am not for Obama, either. I can tell you this; this country is in trouble. Romney, should he opt to abolish abortions, will in fact send women's health care back to the stone ages. You should really do research before you blow off your mouth. You are really too immature to be posting on this blog.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:54 AM
And this, sir, I totally agree with. The entire healthcare system in the United States is in major need of an upheaval. Physicians, nurses, and all health care workers are sick of what is going on. This was an incredibly intelligent, valid and well researched comment. I thank you for your insight.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM
My honor, Beth. Thank you.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I am terribly sorry that some of you are thinking of cancelling your subscription to the Patch. I am also sorry that you all feel that the integrity of the Patch has been compromised by my blog. It has not been. The Patch publishes local voices. That is what I am; a local voice. It is a shame that you all are blaming them for something that I clearly wrote. And I will tell you, if you would have the courtesy to ask politely, what it is that I am for and against; I am not wishy washy. It's such a shame that a lot of you have taken what I have said completely out of context, and have picked it completely apart. And yes, women's health care is INCREDIBLY important. I would say that money isn't everything; health is. And when you don't have your health, you are in fact the poorest person on the planet.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Being for and against everything means that I can see both sides of a situation. Unfortunately, a lot of you cannot do this. I hold out the hope that one day, you will all be able to see both sides, and form your own opinion. But until then, I suppose we will be left with people who will degrade and insult others for expressing their personal freedom of speech.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Thank you. You were the one I wanted to thank first. I appreciate your support. I may not have many supporters here, but I have to tell you, your words are truth, and I have a very strong feeling that we are from the same like-mindedness. It is very sad when others have to use strong language and insult, because there is no fight in them. Again, many thanks.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I did in fact put men in a negative light, because of the years of repression. If you have done research, you would have heard of the "collective feminine pain body". There is a lot of information out there - I would strongly suggest you read it. There are in fact men who think they are superior, and I agree. There are men out there who in fact do respect women. I am not a man hater. And to Just the Facts, to borrow a phrase from the teenagers of this era, WOW, way to be that guy. I think YOU, sir, are scaring others to see things YOUR way. I am no despot. I don't have to prove myself to you. But apparently you have your own opinion that will not be swayed. I think you are the one who is off his/her rocker. You think whatever you want - obviously, you already do, and I feel sorry for you. If you had any idea who I am, you would never say the things that you do about me. You may think I am a man hater. If you are a male, I can tell you this - I hate men like you.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 01:20 AM
@Walter, I am honored and grateful for your apology. The fact that this blog stirred quite a few emotions, to say the least, actually made me think about how politics are really a topic that enrages others. I liked everything that you had to say; your links were valid, and I believed in everything you said. Please, I am grateful to speak to someone who is lucid and has a wonderful respect and insight for women. I believe you; it will be a dark day, and I hope and pray that such a travesty does not come to pass. You are an intelligent and valid person, and your wife, mom, children, and sister(s) should be very proud of you. You are quite wise, and I am grateful for ALL of your comments. Thank you for enlightening me, as well.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 01:46 AM
@Goin' Commando - I want to make it clear that YOU were the one I wanted to thank first. That's what I meant, but other comments came thru. Thank you.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 01:48 AM
@John, @Walter, and @Big_E, thank you very much for actually reading the article and understanding what I was trying to convey.
Dad of Three August 27, 2012 at 02:06 AM
For Laura and "Just the Facts," who each asked Patty about situations ion which the father of the fetus, the un-born child, did not want there to be an abortion, I have the following questions: 1. If both the mother and the father of the fetus, the unborn child, agree that there should be an abortion (and let's put a time limit, for the sake of argument, of the first trimester, would you then support the abortion rights of the mother (confirmed by the father)? 2. Do you contend that a rapist has a right to deny the woman's right to an abortion of the fetus conceived by rape? Those are easy questions to answer with clarity.
Laura August 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM
To Dad of 3/ your email was really good. You asked 2 questions with respect. I am going to answer them. ( 1 ) If mother and father agree, in the first trimester I agree with you. The abortion is their choice. It would be wrong to tell them what to do. ( 2 ) A rapist is the lowest form of life. They should put him in jail and never. That woman has 100 percent the right to choose. Patty Servidio please put your " A Woman Needs A Man Like A Fish Needs a Bicycle " tee shirt. Have a great day. I did this one for dad of 3. This is my last email.
Dad of Three August 27, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Laura Thank you for your very understandable and well-considered reply. I am also not for totally unlimited abortions, but neither would I ever support those who oppose them under any circumstances; in fact, they get even more nutsy-squirrel about extending this to opposing use of stem cells sourced from fetuses, cells that would otherwise be wasted, when they could be used to help those with devastating medical conditions. Furthermore, many of those opposing abortions under any circumstance, also oppose use of "artificial birth control", and, as they sew, so shall they reap. Their effect is to increase the need for abortions, and they cannot escape their responsibility for being a primary cause of the use of abortion to deal with unintended and unwanted pregnancies. But, if someone is going to force me to choose between allowing more abortions than I believe is warranted, versus allowing no choice whatsoever for the mother, then I have to allow that woman to make the final decision. It is her body, and no one else has the right to control it in an unlimited way. So, once agin, I find myself sitting somewhere in the middle in this great national debate, but I chiefly condemn those who distort the issues and inflame what should be a rational discussion, and that means the lunatic fringes of the "no abortions ever" crowd, as well as the lunatic fringe of the "abortions anytime, any way" crowd. What sad polarities for a truly complicated problem.
Linda Otta August 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Both sides are very extreme and this is a much more complicated issue than "ban all abortions" (R) to the other extreme of allowing "partial birth abortions up to 9 mths" Thats where it gets sticky, in the details. Abortions should be allowed up to a certain point. It is called freedom of choice. No situation is cut and dry. So the R's have it wrong to ban it all (if that is truly the case) and the (D's) have it wrong to allow a child to be born and left on the table to die. That is murder. The line does need to be drawn and I do agree with the R's wanting to allow the states to chose what laws govern the states they rule.
Laura August 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Dad of three, you are right. It is complicated. I hope we can come to a almost happy medium in the future. Thanks. Laura
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Dear Dad of Three and Linda Otto, I would like to thank each of you for well thought out, truly concise responses to an incredibly delicate matter. I have totally agreed with the fact that this is a sticky situation - there is no black and white - it is a gray area. Abortion always has been, and so have a lot of other things that we, as humans, debate about. Banning abortion completely (R) would take away a woman's right to choose. Allowing a child to be born, and left on the table to die is murder (D), and I do not agree with either of these options. We should finalize this blog with the matter that we agree to disagree, and that each case should be considered in full before a final decision is made. That is what I was trying to convey. A woman's body is her own, to choose to do with what she wants, just as a man's body is his own, and he can choose to do what he wants to do with it. I do not believe in late stage abortions; I never have. Early termination of pregnancy would always be the most humane option, but unfortunately, there are still too many complications in this debate. It comes down to the situation, and we cannot ever state what we would do in that situation, unless we were confronted with it. For each and every one of you who had the courage to share your opinions, whether I agreed with them or not, thank you. This was an incredibly heated debate. I hope that in the future, there can be a somewhat happy medium, as well.
Patty Servidio August 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
And Laura, if I had that tee shirt, I would wear it proudly, lol. Thank you for making my day :)
Nassau Taxpayer August 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Here we go... GOP Details Huge Medicare Change In Leaked Platform Sahil Kapur August 27, 2012, 1:22 PM 12391 In a leaked party platform circulating on the eve of their convention, Republicans reveal in candid detail how they intend to upend Medicare. ... Under the defined contribution approach envisaged by the Rivlin-Ryan plan [a proposal that’s remarkably similar to Romney’s], most of the risk of future health-care cost increases would be shifted onto the shoulders of Medicare beneficiaries. This feature makes the proposal radical. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has found that the plan will raise seniors’ out-of-pocket medical expenses by thousands of dollars, a fact Democrats hasten to point out. The draft Republican platform claims that the competition among private insurance plans will lead to major cost savings, though little evidence exists to support this argument. Under the Romney-Ryan plan, the value of the voucher, as long as it doesn’t exceed a certain level [indexed to GDP +0.5%] , adjusts to cover the cost of the second-cheapest policy on a competitive insurance exchange (n.b. which doesn't exist).
DPP September 01, 2012 at 03:50 PM
To your elaborate resume; journalis, blogger, writer, major storyteller you can add 'nut job'
Joy Heintz September 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Suffolk Taxpayer We need to stop taking away benefits for the retired people including insurance and social security benefits for people who have worked their whole lives to and paid into it. It Romney was taxed at the same rate as we we would be able to cure the deficit. I pay 50% of my income and ROmney pays 14%. What is wrong with this picture?
Carla September 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Picture yourself with a better accountant or Ron Paul as President with the flat tax he proposed. But you'll have to rid Washington DC of the back-biting hyena packs first. Maybe the accountant is the most realistic method.
DPP September 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM
You obviously need a better accountant or you are a total liar. No one with half a brain and a good accountant pays 50% of their earned income in taxes although on LI we pay more in school, town and sales tax than almost any other state. That number will only go up if the Dems and Libs have their way and cave in to the unions and their demands just as Rahman Emanuel did in Chicago where the incompetent and highest paid teachers in the country were given a 17% pay increase and no accountability in a city where the graduation rate is slightly below 60%. Another Chicago politician selling out the taxpayers of that city.
Patchogue Snoop January 26, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Delusional Patty. Yet your liberal comradettes have no problem protecing Muslim rights in this country including the POTUS, so they can kill, maim and destroy Muslim women? This was another MEDIA/LIB attack on conservatives so the dictator could win another term. No where in the world do woman have more freedom and opportunity than in the US. At least for now.
Patchogue Snoop January 26, 2013 at 03:22 PM
patty, What does murdering a child in the third term have to do with a womans body being her own? Then for you to throw "God" into your arguement to support your viewpoint? Appalling to say the least. For some reason I know that God does not want women killing innocent children in the womb just 'cause I don't want it! Society as we know it is in a death spiral. Do you really know what Romney's view on abortion rights are or do you just buy into the hype from our corrupt liberal media types?

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