Today, those of us from the Women’s Center at LPTS were shouted at by a very belligerent man, who said that we were “sick,” and not really women, for being there. Singing is the only thing that will drive a man like that away. So we sang We Shall Not Be Moved, and My Country ‘tis of Thee. I sang the Dutch Frog song and Idomein, adomein, and some other goodies from way back when. It is the only thing that makes it possible for me to be there. I am aware that this cannot be a short-term commitment and am bracing myself for at least a year’s worth of this work.
A part of me, the Dutch part of me, cannot really believe that this is happening, and I see the U.S. sinking into a bog of right-wing craziness. The so-called Health Care Reform Bill that may still pass will be a disaster, putting more and more money into the coffers of the insurance companies. The compromise made in the house on prohibiting federal funds for abortion was a sure sign of the power of the right wing in our government.