“Voting one’s rage.”
As of now, the nation’s midterm elections are not yet over. But this much is clear: one major political party—shall we call it the Trump party—suffered from a massive miscalculation. For months, they all but threatened a great red wave, if not a tsunami.
What happened was neither red nor truly blue. It was pink, for the elections were proof of a largely silent presence in American politics, that of women. No polls captured their mass discontent, but this pink flood was unleashed by the summer ’22 release of the Dodd decision which threw out the precedent of Roe v. Wade.
This pink flood was sent out into the voting booths of America because of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court doing something it’s rarely done: taking away a constitutional rights that had stood for over half a century. Women quietly and effectively punished the Trumpists who defended the Dodd decision and sent many of them packing.They understood intuitively that politicians, especially male politicians, were poor judges of when or when a woman should choose when to give birth.
Americans are a funny bunch. They take a great deal of guff from their political leaders. But when their rights are stolen, another side emerges.Women marched straight to the polls and pulled the rabbit out of the hat. They refuted history by making a new history.
With love, not fear. This is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Prison Radio.