This week, news broke that brought a shock to the Obama administration and the main stream media. News that the Internal Revenue Service, a government organization, was targeting Conservative organizations in what can only be described as a Nixonian political game. Conservatives, however, are not at all shocked. In fact, many of us have been screaming from the rooftops for almost two years.
Smart Girl Politics Action formed in early 2009 prior to the launch of the tea party movement as a c4 nonprofit. We were lucky enough to have our initial organization formed within a few months before the IRS began targeting groups like ours. Under the c4, SGPA conducted training classes, online and off, for free for women around the country. In our first two years, we offered both activist and candidate training classes, all of which were nonpartisan.
Due to our overwhelming early success, the leadership at SGPA decided to separate our training away from the activist and issue education arm and organize under a sister organization, Smart Girl Politics. SGP, a c3 nonprofit and nonpartisan group, was launched in 2011 with the sole purpose of training more women to get involved in the political process. At this point, we were already hearing the stories from other "tea party" groups about how long the process was taking.
Last week, Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she had a preventative double mastectomy earlier this year. Through genetic testing, she discovered that she carried a mutation of the BRCA 1 gene. According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer are increased if the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation is detected. The decision to have a double mastectomy is a very difficult one. I know because I underwent my own double mastectomy in March.
I would like to share my story with you. My story is a little different from Angelina Jolie’s story, but hearing her revelation reminded me that I am not alone. We are all proud to be women and enjoy our feminine qualities. Our breasts, perched proudly on our chests, symbolize different things for each of us .Some consider their breasts a nuisance, while others proudly display them. For some, they represent power. For others, they represent sexiness. Sometimes breasts may remind us of a time when we held our children during breastfeeding. Love them or hate them, they are an important part of who we are as women.
In January while taking a shower, I felt a mass in my right breast. I have a good friend who has been battling breast cancer for nine years, so I always do my self- breast exams. I wasn’t alarmed at all. My last mammogram six months ago was normal. I had a fibroadenoma in the same breast before, so I assumed I was dealing with the same issue. I decided to deal with it after my vacation the following week.
When I returned I made an appointment with my OB/GYN. I underwent another mammogram, and no abnormalities were detected. The mammogram was followed by an ultrasound, which detected a suspicious mass. Based on the appearance of the mass, a biopsy was recommended.
There has been a lot of speculation, especially in the wake of Benghazi, that the Obama Administration is incompetent. After a lot of thought, I don't think this is true. I think they know exactly what they are doing - well, sort of. They have a plan, they have an agenda (and this is the leaders of the Leftists Progressive movement, not just any particular administration). They know what they are doing. Where they are incompetent is trying to cover up one of their plans, or schemes, when something about it doesn't go exactly as planned (fast and furious, Benghazi, the AP and the DOJ, the IRS targeting ). I mean think about it: Here's a President who pushed a health care plan that doesn't have it's last regulation go in effect until 2018. He was elected in 2008 to his first term, but the plan his side championed, that is the president's signature legislation, wouldn't come to full bear until 10 years later. And health care is not the only set of blue prints they have.
Conservatives in general and Republicans in particular have had little to celebrate in the news for the past five years. So the news of the White House and the Obama Administration coming under attack was somewhat of a welcomed surprise. After two failed Presidential campaigns and a party that looked more like a political version of the movie “The Hang-over”… as everyone stumbled around trying to piece together exactly where it all went wrong and how the tiger got in bathroom in the first place, any bad news for Democrats was good news for the GOP.
As any new mom knows, when you begin to take your baby out in public, well meaning folks – many of them strangers – will approach you, complement or fuss over your baby, and say “they grow so fast – enjoy every moment.” If you ask me, this advice comes from a good place but misses the mark in so many ways. First of all, from a practical perspective, I don’t know many people who “enjoy” getting pooped on, screamed at for an hour straight, or their nipples rubbed raw. This is not the entirety of what it means to parent an infant, but these are very real “moments” in a day in the life of a new mother. We can all love our children deeply and still acknowledge, there are moments in motherhood which are not enjoyable at all.
I’ll take it a step further, though. I think if you “enjoy every moment” of parenting, you’re doing it wrong. Not only is that goal unattainable, I don’t think it’s the right goal for parents to have.