One of the Above

OK, so I’m a little behind in my reading.

Bill King, former Kemah mayor and yachtsman, published a piece in the Houston Chronicle on April 13th bemoaning the fact that we do not have the option to vote for none of the above on our ballots. He described being frustrated by the debate when the government hovered near the shut-down point a couple of months ago:

If the interview was with a Democrat, the Republicans “were attacking the nation’s most vulnerable,” “endangering women’s health,” “giving tax cuts to the richest Americans,” blah, blah, blah. If the interview was with a Republican, the message was “we are borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend,” “the government is spending $4 billion a day,” “big government is keeping small businesses from adding jobs,” blah, blah, blah.

Blah, blah, blah?

Blah, blah, blah?!?!

I’m sorry, but while those politicians may have been working from talking points, I don’t think you can blah, blah, blah serious policy differences that have massive repercussions for huge segments of the population!

On Seinfeld, it was fine to yada yada sex. But in real life, you can’t blah blah blah the basic bodily integrity of women.

I can tell from the tone of his essay that Bill King has never had his fundamental rights used over and over as a gambling chip in high-stakes politics. As a woman, having my reproductive autonomy encroached upon by the government seems to be some nightmare right of passage that’s caught on an endless loop.

I see advocacy for a none of the above option on the ballot as a slap in the face to those of us for whom affordable, accessible, nonjudgmental healthcare directed by a doctor and not a legislator is something that seems forever on the brink of being snatched away, bargained away for a tax break or a piece of political pork.

Bill King, I truly hope that one day I attain such a position of privilege and wealth that I can afford to throw away my vote. But knowing that too recently in our country, people died for the right to vote, and understanding just how brutal the impact of a misguided tax cut or misogynistic restriction on reproductive rights can be, I cannot imagine a time when I’d be willing to pick none of the above.

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