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Mike Pence speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo by Gage Skidmore

You know that famous quote by Frederick Douglass: “Power concedes nothing without a demand”? Well, I don’t know if that statement necessarily applies anymore.

Republican politicians want to criminalize abortion and punish the women who have them.

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In the Republican presidential primary, they put smiley faces on policies that would be devastating to all of us.

Illustration by Johanna Goodman

Firing questions at Richards, and then interrupting her answers, the members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee seemed intent on demonstrating their contempt.

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"Rose-Sanderson-Votes-for-Women" by Bain News Service

Looking back at the August 1920 issue of La Follette's Magazine gives me goosebumps.

   

It's pretty exciting to read that "17 million American women" are "fully enfranchised."

For the first time in American history, women may vote in every state in the Union for candidates for all offices...and women may hold any office now held by men, whether appointive or elective.

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Moses calls public health the Rodney Dangerfield of fighting disease. It gets no respect.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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