New Words

March 15, 2006 at 11:05 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Over the past eleven months or so, persons close to me have used words about me that they’ve never used before.

It’s all been done in allowed joshing or polite discussions so I’m not angry about it.

“Stubborn,” has been said of me before, so it doesn’t count as new.

“Opinionated” doesn’t count either, because it’s been said before.

“Ham” or “High Verbal” same notation.

Here are the new ones:

Rigid

Nuts

Crazy

And I have to fight the notion to run back to those that I really want approval from, that used those words, and backpedal on items that seem to make sense to me, socially or politically that they oppose.

I won’t

The decision to go to war in Iraq forced me to actually pick a side, become a partisan leftist…I was moving that way, …but the wrong war at the wrong time for the wrong reasons….etc etc etc.

I oppose the political and religious right for more reasons than will fit on this page. Read the archives. I’m no neocon’s friend.

And, even those who stand on the same side as myself, well, my attitude is distasteful to them as well because:

I oppose abortions of convienence by wealthy people so they can avoid the trauma of having a disabled child. That’s the only choice I can find that I do oppose, but I do, and remaining silent or disavowing that opinion because many strong smart feminists say they don’t agree…can’t anymore sorry.

I’m no environmentalist. When *people* aren’t losing jobs and homes due to bad governance, bad wars, bad economic policy and a few outright evil people, *then* I’ll save the Grand Canyon, or the neighbors dog.

(Update 3/19/2006) When I’m wrong, I’ll admit it. The clock is ticking on the environment a lot quicker than I realized. Still aint my priority, but it damn sure needs to be someone’s in the next decade. CBS News won’t let me link, but they have the story tonight.

Death with Dignity, isn’t, if the disabled are the ones pressured most often and most inimically by economic or famillial interference to sign the advance directive, right here please, thank you.

Because, Good Lord, people with disabilities are invisible enough. And we’re finding out that the Internet means we have quicker access to attitudes as well as information. So we’re finding out the depth of the (instinct?,habit?desire? prevailing societal bias?) to “make them go away”

We saw the outrage and public outcry last summer when someone was mistaken for a terrorist in London and shot.

When a man with multiple disabilities is mistaken for an escaped prisoner and shot, there’s a small blurb in the local paper. That’s it.

When children and civilians are dying in a war that many many people have questions about, there’s activism and concern

When children with HIV or chronic ilness need a feeding tube to survive they’re told in a media covered story that their survival consists of abuse of the Medicaid system.

Or, a professor with disabilities that has been teaching long term…gets asked to step away from lecturing as a probable precursor to an attempt to fire them.

Or the piece of the abortion issue that the right would like to exploit and many on the left support.

The idea that the right to choose isn’t just about choosing to give birth, but choosing what kind of child to give birth to…

Yeah, rigid,nuts, and crazy. That’s the new me all right.

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