1. In good conscience yes I will cast a ballot in the Democratic primary. There are many issues that I still align with the Democratic platform, from state spending and anti-casino. But why I'm voting is to vote against the anti-life propaganda that is seen in the low-info voter commercials. It amounts to fear mongering and polarizing.
2. Massachusetts has created a brand new buffer zone law around abortion clinics (not women's health, there's no buffer zone around my own gynecologist office). In one of the political commercials it portrays peaceful protesters (the one in the US supreme court case) to a situation from 15+ years ago in which two workers at a clinic were murdered. This candidate who is one of eight children himself is running for attorney general.
3. There are other incidences I saw on television, but because I have trouble citing it online I just won't talk about it. I'm just sick of it. The Massachusetts Democratic Party is not a 'big tent' party. It's disgustingly polarizing. I have no idea why people like these billionaire/millionaire candidates, for being a progressive. So I vote. I vote for those (despite disagreeing with), but do not utilize the low-info voter factor in cultural warfare in the television advertisements.
4. Voting in the Democratic primary I know I will be getting phone calls and campaign literature from EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood, but oh well. Yuck. But no better time to let them know you're pro-life.
5. Thoughts on "Inter-generational Kinship Cohesion"
Amazing how we turned family ideals/public policy from the goal of intergenerational cohesiveness to the an issue of government statuses irrelevant to any community interest but instead abstract concepts of privacy/equality within less an decade. A lot of the links I share are not pro-marriage, but adult adoptee/sperm-egg donor who are demanding their rights (despite educated, not in poverty). What I find disturbing that whether affluent or disadvantage, everyone thinks STEM & piano lessons is all a child needs to succeed and that money (not cohesion) is the only difference. -Renee Aste September 1, 2014 Facebook
6. Family matters, not just government programs. "But where success occurred, it was often passed down, through family resources or networks simply out of reach of most of the disadvantaged." -Washington Post
7. I want to write more on this, but amazing from the Huff Post last year how family (not the government) matters.
"In our study of family stories at the Emory University Family Narratives Project funded by the Sloan Foundation, we found that family stories seem to be transferred by mothers and grandmothers more often than not and that the information was typically passed during family dinners, family vacations, family holidays, and the like. Other data indicated that these very same regular family dinners, yearly vacations, and holiday celebrations occur more frequently in families that have high levels of cohesiveness and that they contribute to the development of a strong sense of what we have called the intergenerational self. It is this intergenerational self and the personal strength and moral guidance that seem to derive from it that are associated with increased resilience, better adjustment, and improved chances of good clinical and educational outcomes."