Don’t you hate mixed messages?
“Thanks, but no thanks (wink, wink) to your bridge money, Congress, but be a dear and leave your $400 million on the nightstand.”
“Pork barrel spending? Earmarks? Why, no, I can’t remember when I last saw the likes of them. Oh, wait. Are you talking about those gifts of ‘progress’ that I, like, totally earned thanks to the hard work of the pimp I sent to Washington?”
Here’s the thing. I know everyone has their own hot button issue that leads them to outrage and eventual involvement in a political campaign. For a lot of us that issue is reproductive rights – abortion – access to contraception – sex education programs – Roe v. Wade – issues of choice when it comes to every aspect of women’s health.
I understand how it’s satisfying to make a donation to Planned Parenthood in the name of Sarah Palin, and have PP send her a thank you. It’s a diabolical knife twist. It’s a “gotcha” moment, and for those of us fighting for rights that we believe are basic human rights, “gotcha” moments are few and far between.
A donation to Planned Parenthood at this critical moment in time is not aiding the Obama campaign.
If you are in a position to donate money, please consider where your funds will do the most good. If you support Planned Parenthood (and I do not, so there is my bias for the record) and believe with all your heart that sending a message to Sarah Palin is worth every penny of your hard-earned money, I hope you will also dig deep and find a few additional dollars to send directly to the Obama campaign.
If you think I’m wrong, let me know. If you think Planned Parenthood is wrong, tell them. I do. Every time they call or send a request for money.