"Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right…"

September 17, 2006 at 2:34 PM (Election 2006) ()

The following links

One

Two

are from Ragged Edge, and are from “before my time” in the blogosphere, beginning in 2004 Read them….it’s where people with impairment find ourselves…

And, the absolute Best Money Quote Ever, from the first link:

“Liberals say, ‘we support the social programs that you depend on, that you agree with — and because we do that, we should have your unqualified support, even when we support every ‘better dead than disabled’ cause that comes along.’ Folks on the right say, ‘Look, we’re out there on the protest line in Florida; we’re fighting for the lives of people like Terri Schiavo, so we should get your unqualified support, no matter how much we cut the social programs you need to function and even survive.'”

But why inthehell do I drag these out now?

There’s an election coming up. An important one… and no pollster has asked us, so no one really knows how we will split out what we think…so our vote, when we are able to cast it, won’t fall on one side or the other, and
will not be counted as a constituency per se, by either side…

*
I have heard, that we are, “such a small portion of the population…”

58 million, I believe, per the 2000 census…

Why is it okay for either side to ignore, as a constituency, 58 million persons?

I’m so *tired* of hearing the “We’re scared we might end up like you,” sociology argument.

If you might, then for *** sake, face it, prepare for it by giving reasonable accommodation in your head to the idea that access in the public (and one’s home) is a fundamental civil right as is access to affordable health care (the irony of being seen in only a partially acessible doctor’s office, believe me is not lost on me,) *as well as* the right *not* to die, so that a government or business or hospital or nursing home can save money, or that those observing us feel that we left this world with the correct amount of dignity…so that *they may feel better.* Think critically, as a self educator about these things…so that it will become easier, more common, for able people to know and interact with disabled people…fewer people will give into this internalized fear, things continue to get better ….

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous said,

    I think you mean 58 “million” — not billion. Still, point well taken. And that’s only in the US. I would not be surprised if the number of disabled people worldwide (taking into consideration the cultural variations of what one considers a disability…) isn’t pressing close to 1 billion. If you take a look at the HDI (Human Development Index) and how it’s calculated, you’ll see that the beancounters place the US in the top ten of all countries in health conditions, so I’m assuming that our 1 in 6 ratio is probably more like 1 in 5 or 1 in 4 elsewhere.

  2. Anonymous said,

    I think you mean 58 “million” — not billion. Still, point well taken. And that’s only in the US. I would not be surprised if the number of disabled people worldwide (taking into consideration the cultural variations of what one considers a disability…) isn’t pressing close to 1 billion. If you take a look at the HDI (Human Development Index) and how it’s calculated, you’ll see that the beancounters place the US in the top ten of all countries in health conditions, so I’m assuming that our 1 in 6 ratio is probably more like 1 in 5 or 1 in 4 elsewhere.

  3. imfunnytoo said,

    You’re right, I’ll fix the number because I know our ratio was talked about here in the US as one in five and a very eloquent post from a uk blogger I read lists their numbers as one in seven. but, billion or million, it still makes the point.

  4. imfunnytoo said,

    You’re right, I’ll fix the number because I know our ratio was talked about here in the US as one in five and a very eloquent post from a uk blogger I read lists their numbers as one in seven. but, billion or million, it still makes the point.

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