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Vedder Tuesday Ⅹ: Porch

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So, I said that I was willing to compromise on paid-for abortions in order to effect health care reform.  I've been thinking a lot about this, and, though it upsets me, I think I really am.  Bob Mike called it having someone "thrown under the bus for this thing".  I don't think that's entirely true, but there's some truth in it.

In any case, let me balance that a little bit with the Vedder Tuesday for this week.

Porch

What the fuck is this world running to?
You didn't leave a message, at least I
Could have learned your voice one last time
Daily minefield, this could be my time.  'Bout you?
Would you hit me?
Would you hit me?

All the bills go by and initiatives are taken up by the middle
There ain't gonna be any middle any more
And the cross I'm bearing home ain't indicative of my place
Left the porch
Left the porch

Hear my name, take a good look
This could be the day!
Hold my hand, walk beside me
I just need to say:

There's something
There's something I don't mind
There's a choice in my time
I don't think changing it --
Not a good time to make a change for it
There is something in this that's different
I know how I want to live
How I want to choose

Hear my name, take a good look
This could be the day!
Hold my hand, lie beside me
I just need to say:

I could not take
Just one day
I knew when I would not ever
Touch you
Hold you
Feel you
In my arms
Never again

Back next week.

11 Responses to Vedder Tuesday Ⅹ: Porch

  1. Bob Mike says:

    I don’t think that’s entirely true, but there’s some truth in it.

    I should probably clarify my position somewhat. Back when you posted this, I held the position that it wasn't ideal, but it was a compromise that I was willing to accept in the name of getting things done. I might not want to pay for professional prayer, but it's clearly something that some Americans want, and I assumed that those same few Americans would likewise be making concessions on issues that bothered them (which is to say, abortion and a few other issues related to sexual health). That no longer appears to be the case.

    Looking around, it seems to me that most of the people willing to accept that abortion will not be covered under the new plan are the very same people who will likely never need one. My girlfriend has, over the years, broken several fingers and toes (ballet!). Appropriately, the bill in question would cover her seeing a doctor for this. I can tell you with no doubt in my mind, though, that she would rather have a broken digit go untreated than to not be able to afford to safely terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

    There are certain issues where I've been willing to hold my nose and vote Democrat, knowing full well that I don't agree with them on that particular issue. I'd always operated under the assumption, though, that they were operating out of the same playbook as me on the issue of abortion as a women's health matter of unmost concern.

  2. Looking around, it seems to me that most of the people willing to accept that abortion will not be covered under the new plan are the very same people who will likely never need one.

    Gah, did you just call me a sexist, Michael?  Let me elaborate.  I'm on psychotropics.  If the plan required a compromise that certain SSRIs would be covered and others would not, or that ECT would be covered but talk therapy would not, I would think that sucked, but I'd be willing to be partially "thrown under the bus".  Presumably your response will be that I'm assuming a situation in which I would still get some help vs. one in which women get no help.  But if the plan, say, covered birth control, the morning-after pill, emergency HIV drugs, and pap smears, I think concessions can be made.  I'd like to see a compromise position, in which there were an exception for danger-to-mother/danger-to-fetus/etc. -- actually, the more I think about that the more I think that's something about which I'd have to insist -- but mandatory coverage for abortion-as-birth-control, when it's a single $250 procedure and one can apply for financial aid from Planned Parenthood, is not something for which I'm willing to say to a diabetic (and, as you know, this disproportionately affects certain ethnicities more than others) "I'm sorry, I'm going to have to insist that you don't get insulin because some senators wouldn't pay for free abortions."

    I would like to be able to claim that I find abortion rights as important as does anybody.  Clearly that's not the case.  But the implication that I can't understand this without being a woman?  I don't know where on the continuum to draw the line that I can't understand prayer "treatments" if I'm not a Christian Scientist, or subsidized marijuana if I'm not a cancer patient.

    Fundamentally, though, the background of this page is not blue and you know me.  But now I sit back, pretend this is MetaFilter, and wait for the flood of people to call me a sexist again.

  3. Bob Mike says:

    I was referring more to the people who wrote the amendment to the bill. You and I, for better or for worse, aren't really a major consideration in the process.

  4. I was referring more to the people who wrote the amendment to the bill.

    Ah.

    Well then.

    Fuckin' A!

    Motherfucking sexists!!!1!

    Where do they get off?!

  5. Oh, and I ghostwrite for Dennis Kucinich.  Just sayin'.

  6. Karina says:

    Back to the topic at hand, this is one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs. I won't go into an in-depth explanation into why I like it, mainly because there isn't one, simple as that. Please tell me something, why do people over-analyze things? Songs and tattoos are my main pet peeve... ANYWAY, sorry, I know that has nothing to do with the song or your post, but I had a conversation with a friend about that today, and since you usually do that with...pretty much everything, I figured I'd ask.

    I do have a personal statistic concerning the song though. It's been my experience that every time I yell "POOORCH!" at a concert, the band usually plays it. Granted, I've only yelled it at one concert, and it happened to be a Pearl Jam concert, but still, 100% success rate.

  7. Granted, I've only yelled it at one concert, and it happened to be a Pearl Jam concert, but still, 100% success rate.

    Ha!  You're awesome.  Wanna make out?  :-)  (Sorry, I've been reading too much XKCD.  It warps a nerd's brain.)

    since you usually do that with…pretty much everything, I figured I’d ask.

    Are you asking me to over-analyze why people over-analyze things?  Well, my answer's in five parts.  The first three parts are text-based, but I'm going to have to share a PowerPoint presentation on Google Docs for points four and five.

    Songs and tattoos are my main pet peeve

    You know, I've corresponded with a woman who has a tattoo of her favorite album.  I think it's even Pearl Jam.

  8. Karina says:

    Touché! Hey she sounds pretty cool.. And it is true, but I also happen to be obsessed with road signs (yeah, don't really know why..), so the album wasn't the only reason. :p  I meant the kind of people who get inked and insist their every tattoo has "deeper" meaning. It's pure horseshit.

  9. Yeah.  The meaning of tattoos is just skin deep.  Like the tattoos themselves.

    Hey, that's kind amusing.  I think I'll get it tattooed.

    I also happen to be obsessed with road signs

    So the next time you're hit upon at a party, by some freak who asks "What's your sign?", you can say "STOP".

  10. Karina says:

    Haha, anybody who uses that line deserves to be slapped.

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