The Lady Speaks

Au Revoir

From the post that started me on this blogging thing:

A Question of Doing What’s Right — Christy Hardin Smith
Jan 6, 2006

But it isn’t enough that I want more for myself and my family. Every person in this nation needs to wake up and realize that they deserve more as well. That’s a message that Democrats could take to the bank, I’m sure of it. I know it is a message that would resonate here in West Virginia. People are hungry for hope, they are hungry for someone who will value them — and not just use them as a pawn.

More than that, they deserve to be valued. It’s a question of doing what is right, not just what is politically expedient in the moment to win the election or raise more money or whatever else seems to be driving political power these days. Let’s give the little guy a voice again — help him to stand on his own two feet and make something for his children, and you help the whole country. That goes for moms, too, I can tell you that. [emphasis mine – Jenn]

I thought it would take me awhile to figure out where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do — and whether or not I really wanted to stop writing about politics — but as often happens, the path became clear in surprisingly short time and the signs were unmistakable.

After hearing, or rather reading, something yesterday afternoon that surprised me and quite honestly hurt to the core, mostly because of the source(s), I’m making a run for it.

It’s time to step away from politics for awhile, especially Presidential politics. I’ve decided to move into the slightly safer, less emotionally vulnerable territory of parenting blog.

While I never even made the Z-list, I’ve had a good time writing, and there are quite a few posts I’m very proud of having authored. One of those is being included in a college textbook that will be coming out in August.

Not bad for a small-town girl with a big mouth.

Of course, since I do have a big mouth, this is just ‘au revoir‘ and not goodbye.

I’m sure I’ll be back every once in awhile, when something simply pisses me off so much as to demand I write about it, but the topics will most likely be geared more toward social justice and social reform issues.

And I’ll still be around the web, but I’ll be staying in more friendly spots with people whose progressive values more closely match my own, as well as quite a few sites where politics isn’t even worthy of a passing glance

Thanks to all of you who’ve been reading this blog since January 2006. If you feel like it, stop over at The Mom Speaks and say hello.

Blessed be.

— Jenn


July 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. It is sad that we have this speech censorship mentality, even among Liberals. Remember, “I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”
    When people who are 80% in agreement politically want to silence those who disagree with them.
    Sadly, the Obama-maniacs are using the “our way or the highway mentality.”
    That is my final Presidential comment until after the convention.

    Comment by Mom | July 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. That has been the hardest thing about the election cycle: watching former allies suddenly decide the battles against unjust, unconstitutional laws and abrogations of law that we’d fought together were suddenly not important if Obama isn’t going to fight them as well.

    Sorry, but — in my opinion — “more and better Democrats” means getting political candidates who believe in many of the same ideals as strongly as we do. Not deciding those ideals aren’t a priority if the candidate isn’t supporting them.

    We were against these various evils when it was the Bush regime pushing them (like the FISA “compromise” ) but now far too many are perfectly happy to see these same things continue as long as their candidate supports them. And far too many are willing to do whatever it takes to shut down any opposition, no matter how rational or reasonable.

    As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” We have become that which we hated – Republicans.

    Comment by PA_Lady | July 3, 2008 | Reply

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