The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Gerrymandering, or the deliberate manipulation of the shape of voter districts to ensure a particular political outcome, is one of the most common forms of corruption in the United States. This crime is perpetrated against the American people by both Republicans and Democrats. We all know it. It has to stop. Here’s why it hasn’t. …

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priv·i·lege ˈpriv(ə)lij/ noun privilege; plural noun: privileges synonyms:advantage, benefit a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. When I was a little girl, my mother took me to a special place. We stood in line. Then we went into this booth and drew a curtain. …

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Why I Vote

The View from a Drawbridge

I used to work with a woman who had never voted, had no intentions of ever doing so, and was quite proud of that fact. She hated this country and everything it stands for, and did not want to participate in it in any way. She dreamed of moving to the Australian outback, where she …

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The minute I knew what my address would be in Washington, I registered to vote on line. Burning my Voter ID card from Florida made me feel as good as burning my bra would have during the early days of the Women’s Movement. You see, I come from the land of the hanging chad, where …

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The other day my dog jumped on me while I was in the middle of REM sleep. It felt like someone dropped a canned ham on me from a two story building. In retrospect perhaps it was a good thing, because it brought something to my conscious mind that had apparently been percolating in my …

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George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday. To be honest I was expecting riots in the streets. I wouldn’t blame them. I was outraged, too. As a Floridian I am embarrassed for my state. Yet again. It happens with annoying frequency. I was also mortified when Florida helped “elect” George Bush. We are the …

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