I'm Nadia, affectionately known as "Justice Jonesie" by my bloggy friends, founder of Niche Mommy Conference and co-founder of Blogalicious. I'm a savvy mom to three, law professor, and blogger since 2006. I blog at JusticeJonesie.com about motherhood, food, travel, and more. I became politically active at the age of 30, after I became a U.S. Citizen. Since then, I’ve volunteered for Obama for America and as a Voter Protection Attorney. When I am not working or chasing after my kids, you may find me training for a half-marathon or enjoying a chic night out on the town with my hubby.
This country was founded under the idea that church and state shall remain separate; let’s hold American government to its promise. That promise is that American values should be left to the individual citizens rather than having laws or government define them for us.
The fabric of this country is made up of vastly different values from household to household. We are a country rich in diversity in our backgrounds, religious beliefs, and values. Since the values are so different, we should avoid having the state reconcile any differences in the varying definitions that we may have. When the state gets involved in defining moral conduct, it then becomes a decisive stance on which value will be honored.
The obvious example is the debate about same sex marriage. Same sex marriage debate trickles down to the conversation of adoption, health care, and so much more.
Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions are behind us, undecided or ambivalent voters should have a clearer picture of which candidate will get their vote. We saw two stark differences between Charlotte and Tampa that went beyond the location of the cities and the palette of the rooms. We heard from the candidates, supporters, and Americans, all whom shared the personal stories behind the political platforms.
So which party won at their convention?
I don't think it was about which party "won," but more about what American voters stood to gain from the conventions.
The First Lady's speech at the Democratic National Convention was the much anticipated speech of opening night. All weekend I watched the news as political pundits talked about what we could anticipate from the speakers. Although much of the talk centered around the rising Democratic star Julian Castro, one thing was for sure, America could not wait to hear Mrs. Obama's speech (or see what she would wear).
At almost 10:40 p.m., Mrs. Obama took the stage and then literally took over the night. Mrs. Obama spoke from the heart as she shared her personal life story, President Obama's story, and how they grew up with challenges and without much, just like many other American families. We heard Mrs. Obama speak of hardships and challenges faced by their own families, and that of many Americans.
Legitimate rape. The first time I heard this phrase I had no idea what Todd Akin could have possibly meant. In fact, I thought I must have misread the quote. But after reading it again, and hearing about it all over the media, I had to find out what Todd Akin could have possibly meant by such a contradictory phrase. Did Akin mean to suggest that there is such a thing as a legitimate or illegitimate rape? Is the illegitimate rape the one where the woman said no but really meant yes?
According to Akin, yes. As I read the entire context of what Akin stated, I was disturbed. Akin is under the belief that a woman that is “legitimately” or really raped, will not get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Hmm… really? Because in 5th grade health class, I learned that sexual intercourse can result in conception and therefore pregnancy. So why the discrepancy?
The Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Medicare plan is bad news for everyone. We are facing the toughest economic times in the history of this country with 23 million Americans out of work, struggling to make ends meet. A plan that increases the rising cost of health care only perpetuates the problems that our country faces and further cripples America. The plan is to cut over $800 billion in Medicare but does not provide a solution as to what seniors are to do with the remaining gap in expenses. What Romney and Ryan propose to do is to replace the current medicare plan with a fixed voucher system. The voucher will decrease over time ultimately shifting the continued increase in rising health care costs to seniors.
If the Affordable Health Care Act is repealed, your average senior today can expect to experience medical costs to rise even more, on average, by $11,000 per eligible senior. And that is just the beginning.