One Tree Hill

“Now I’ve written the whole thing: for Christ’s sake give me a drink.”

“I can use the word ‘vagina’ when the context involves rape, but I cannot use the word ‘vagina’ when the context involves a certain degree of ownership and power over my own body.”

“I dream of the church being a place that destroys cages instead of constructing them.”

“‘The men of the right’ have found, in every generation, a substantial number of Christian women who considered the limited roles and secondary status allotted to them to be quite comfortable.”

“There is no mistaking the bond that Mr. Santorum has with conservative women — particularly married women — a group that has formed a core of his support since the primaries began in January.”

“We asked them simple questions like who they were, what they were doing, and what they hoped to accomplish by giving out hugs on the streets of Costa Rica.”

“The failure … to muster any serious climate policy is inevitably described by mainstream reporters as ‘a blow to environmentalists,’ as though it’s some boutique policy meant to benefit a special interest group. If reporters took climate change seriously, they would say, ‘the failure to secure serious climate policy makes widespread suffering and destabilization in the latter half of this century far more likely.’”

“Obamacare means never having to worry about getting sick and running up against a lifetime cap on insurance coverage.”

“In every other advanced country, the provision of universal access to medical care is a public responsibility. In every other advanced country, this principle has been accepted by the mainstream conservative party.”

“In the case of Trayvon Martin, the white religious community – including those affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, this area’s dominant affiliation – has so far been silent and invisible.”

I Could Be Trayvon

These are all our children.”

  • Nathaniel

    There will always be women who love being told that being domestic with many children isn’t just okay, but better and special.

    Mr. Santorum is just the latest example. 

  • CB

     And there will always be people who are not comfortable with their lifestyle choices unless they can legally require others to live as they do and/or punish those who don’t. Women should have the right to work outside the home or to work in the home. Santorum’s supporters think that’s one too many options.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    “In every other advanced country, the provision of universal access to medical care is a public responsibility. In every other advanced country, this principle has been accepted by the mainstream conservative party.”

    Not exactly. The Conservative government in the UK, with the complicity of the Lib Dems, is screwing around with the NHS.

    It would be more accurate to say that the mainstream conservative parties in most advanced nations have come to a grudging accommodation to the idea of universal health care, while reserving the right to tinker at the edges to satisfy the contingent that fetishizes the USA.

  • CB

     Even so, that still sounds pretty good relatively speaking….

  • Tricksterson

    Why “One Tree Hill” as a title?

  • Green Eggs and Ham

     The same could be said of the Conservative Party in Canada.  They also nibble around the edges of underfunding universal health care.  But they know that if they made an all out assault on it, that they would consign themselves to electoral oblivion.

  • Lori

      And there will always be people who are not comfortable with their lifestyle choices unless they can legally require others to live as they do and/or punish those who don’t. Women should have the right to work outside the home or to work in the home. Santorum’s supporters think
    that’s one too many options. 

    This.

    Contrary to the beliefs of many a fundamentalist SAHM I have no problem with women deciding that they want to live by fundamentalist rules. I don’t understand it, but if that’s what they want to do then I hope it works out for them. This is true because I am not made of straw.

    The thing that isn’t OK is when fundies try to take us back to the days when women had very few other choices and being anything other than a SAHM required a huge fight and tremendous will to buck the tide.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    I have a friend who is a lifelong Republican, devoted Christian, is unmarried, in her late twenties, and lives with her family.  I have always considered her to be a right-leaning politically moderate, and she does not expect other people to hold or live up to the values that she chooses to follow.  While she has not been too much a cheerleader politically, I have noticed on her Facebook wall that she has made comments defending Rick Santorum.  

    I always wondered why.  I guess it might be his stance on abortion, which is the one political issue that she cannot bring herself to compromise on.  I guess for some people, that really does trump all.  

  • PurpleGirl

    I was about to comment on that passage but you say it much better I than had my comment phrased.

    Also, I have friends in Canada who sometimes talk about changing their system to something more like the US and I want to hit them in the head. They are tending to conservative “individualism” and think that free market medical care would give them better options.

  • Willhennessy

    Because as Fred has been posting these things over the last few weeks, the titles have been derived successively after track names from U2′s Joshua Tree Album. One Tree Hill is track nine.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

    *growls* Yeah, most of what the coalition has done has merely made me roll my eyes and sigh about comprimise but the NHS and most of this last budget has me eyeing the Green Party’s manifesto thoughtfully (I’ve always been a libdem voter … I think *checks* yep always they formed before I was 18).

    It’s not that I now think of them as dishonest – I think in sole government they’d be a good thing but they’ve proven too spineless to be trusted in coalition.

    But there’s no way I’d ever vote Tory or Labour.

    *eyes green manifesto some more*

  • guest

    I became a UK citizen specifically to vote Green.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

     Biggest problem is we never get Green candidates where I live and the nearest local party is 16 miles away.

  • Matri
  • Tricksterson

    Ah, I thought it a reference to the TV show, which is why I thought it odd.

  • Anonymous

    Oh whatever you do, please don’t vote for the Green Party!

  • http://profiles.google.com/marc.k.mielke Marc Mielke

    It trumps all for me as well; I would never support a pro-life candidate, because to me the ‘pro-life’ view inevitably leads to horrible anti-woman regulations and attacks on contraception. I realize Harry Reid, et. al. are pro-life, but I’m not in a position to vote for him anyway. 

  • John Harland

    An interesting thing about the Green Party. There was a web thing which showed excerpts from the various parties’ manifestoes without attributing them, and asked readers to select the ones which most appealed to them. The Greens got a proportion of picks much greater than their usual proportion of votes..

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

     ;-P I live in a safe Labour seat. It doesn’t actually matter who I vote for, except that if I don’t vote I have no right to moan about politics.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

    Honestly, If I were in charge of the UK Green Party – which I’m not – I’d be concentrating on those areas where the combination of disgruntled LibDem voters and local issues make gaining councillors and/or MEPs most likely. Then I’d make sure those who won did a bloody good (and visible) job. Then at the next election they’d have a crop candidates with high local approval. Caroline Lucas won in Brighton Pavillon because she was good and people trusted her.

    If they could get just a few more MPs people might look at them less askance (after all the Liberal party had only a handful for a couple of decades).

    It would also avoid the perennial problem that plagues the LibDems (too even a vote) by creating a heartland for them.

    Politics for a small party in the UK needs to be a marathon not a sprint.

  • Anonymous

    The UK Green Party is, as far as I can work out, completely different from the American one. It’s hard to imagine them nominating Ralph Nader for national office, for example.

    I get the impression that where they’re doing well they’re doing more or less as Becka advises. Their problem of course, and it is a problem if they want to grow much bigger, is that they don’t really have anybody in charge, so their local profile varies wildly from place to place.

  • Anonymous

    UK racist bastards, on the other hand, seem to be pretty much the same as their American counterparts.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    The provincial Green Party in BC is an odd hodgepodge of out and out Libertarian folks mingling with the more usual hipster left to create that strange creature, a dogmatically free-enterprise pro-environmentalist political party. Needless to say they tend to make a splash but not translate that into massive electoral success.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X