I have never written to you before, but you know, today is the day for something new. I am in the midst of a war you see. I am wondering how it got started and what we could have done to prevent it and I confess, I thought of you.
Oh, I am not going to blame you for the war that I am in. I am not even going to hint that it is all your fault, but I think there is a lesson here for all of us, including you. I think it is something that you might want to pass on to your daughters and any other young woman that you know, who might respect you.
When your husband was the Republican nominee, myself and the president of our non partisan pro choice community had a conference call with Ann Stone, who was the founder of Republicans for Choice in 1989. The lengthy call was in part a discussion of the path of the party on this issue and your beliefs. Yes, Laura, your beliefs. We were assured that you were pro-choice and we would have no need to be concerned regarding choice if your husband was elected. We challenged that and of course, Ann suggested that your influence would be felt by your husband.
She was wrong. You were silent and we were disgusted. Another Bush woman sat back while women and their reproductive rights were thrown to the conservative, religious, R party wolves. I often have thought of that moment, how your silence for 8 years devasted women's issues. I have thought of how you stuck to the safe and narrow path of what a women could be interested in, reading wasn't it? Also you were someone who helped advance the Susan B. Komen non profit. We all now know what that means now, don't we? Was that through your women's health and well being initivative, health omitting reproductive aspects, the very thing which distinquishes us from men?
I wonder how that felt to be silent for the sake of your husband's politics, to be a different first lady than Hillary Clinton, to show nothing which was not approved, to be restrained.
I got a sardonic smile when after your husband was out of office and you reaffirmed you pro choice stand, and also your thoughts on gay marriage. What a difference those 8 years made for all of us! You must see that now. Your silence, your acting the "good wife", what did that really get the American woman?
Perhaps, you are in part responsible for the successful attacks on women. Maybe, you helped stage this war. Perhaps you helped with your silence, offering a kind of collusion. Well at least no one got upset with you the way they did with Hillary, no name calling for you!
So many women like you...so little time to remind them all, they had a hand in this war.
Before I sign off, I do hope all is well with the family, the girls especially. Hope they have access to every single aspect of good reproductive health, that they never want for anything. I expect that with you as their mother, all will be well. I just wonder about the rest of us, you know, the ones in the war. Thanks for eveything you did as First Lady, everything. I just hope that it was all worth it. No regrets right?
Best to you,
Copyright 2012 by SheilaTGTG55