Powerful and independent are the adjectives de jour these days. They precede the noun woman as though this were some new phenomenon - some new government given right of millennial women. Au contraire!
The widespread adoption of technology that enables campaigns to micro-target voters has changed the purpose of polling from soliciting opinion to reinforcing it. Polling is part of a troubling trend toward indoctrinating voters rather than informing them.
I find it genuinely shocking that the President of the United States merely stood by and watched the Congress play a week long legislative game of “whackamoo”. This is the end of government of the people, by the people and FOR the people. Instead we have a perpetual campaign were the power of the political party is the basis of legitimacy – rather than power derived from the governed.
“What are YOU doing at Wal-Mart?I asked my son incredulously. “Haven’t you read about the building collapse in Bangladesh? Don’t you care that 1000 people died in an unsafe factory just so that American kids can go to school every Monday with brand new sequined T Shirts from Wal-Mart”?