Monday, July 04, 2011

Pondering the Bulge…

Today is Independence Day in America.

Folks will barbeque…go to parades…bitch about the rain…set off fireworks.

That’s what lots of people do to celebrate Independence Day.

Me?

I’m recharging for the next battle in the struggle for reproductive justice.

The other day, as part of my three-day weekend recharge plan, I watched a documentary on the Battle of the Bulge. 

Blink.

What?

Well, shit…it was on and it was interesting!

Anyhoo, I watched as German forces launched a surprise offensive and pushed until the Allied line literally bulged. After initial chaos, Allied forces regained their footing and held key ground and then ultimately made German forces pay for their risky gamble.

I couldn’t help noticing that lessons of the Battle of the Bulge can be applied to the struggle for reproductive justice today. 

The opposition is coming at us with overwhelming force.

They have shown that they are planning one step ahead and are willing to take big risks.

They have successfully pushed back at reproductive rights and access to the full range of reproductive health care...and now, with multiple states set to defund life and cost saving programs, there is a bulge in the front.

Do we surrender?

Or do we hold firm to what we have…push to regain what we have lost…and make the opposition pay the price of defeat for their gamble?

I’ll take the latter, thank you very much…

…and may the opposition be damned.

Have a safe 4th of July holiday, y’all.

2 comments:

flyingcuttlefish said...

Yeah! Yeah!!!!
And after that! On to Berlin - and we'll pass the ERA! Just needs about 2 states. Ratification was frozen right where it was!

And we can play 'catch up' on 50+ years of negligable birth control research!

Anonymous said...

Let's all stop paying into the system and use our money to fund the things we want and need. We should all divest now. Representatives take our money and give it to corporations and leave us all to die the sucker's death.