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Thank God Almighty

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by Treadmarkz

I have not felt the sense of Patriotism, the sense that America is a beautiful place to be, that I have tonight, in a long time.

What Would America Be Like For the Disabled Under McCain? Here is a Preview.

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by Treadmarkz,

I saw this video on another person’s blog so I just linked to it because I think it is important to people to see this. Click the link and then play the video that comes onto the screen. I think it is telling of John McCain’s attitude toward the disabled and the issues we face. Listen carefully to what the woman in the video is asking and of course to McCain’s response.

The woman is asking McCain to support a bill giving disabled people more complete freedom of choice when it comes to public housing.

Surely I don’t expect him to say yes to everything he is asked, just so he looks good to as many people as possible, so I respect him for being honest. But he shot down the legislation the woman referred to, and then was not very specific about alternatives. Did not give the issue a lot of time. By “continue to upgrade the Americans with Disabilities Act” I just wonder, for whose benefit will these “upgrades” come?

A Step (no pun intended) In the Right Direction

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by Treadmarkz

I struggled with whether I should even point this out, but this ad for Liberty Mutual Insurance is exactly what I was talking about in this posting when I talked about how I wanted to see disabled people on TV but that I wanted them to “just be there”.

It’s not that I demand equal representation for people in wheelchairs because I realize that people in chairs do not make up the same percentage of the population as non-wheelchair users. It’s just that when a person in a wheelchair shows up in a TV show or ad, I would like to see them just being…just living. Not being made an inspirational example of overcoming great odds. And that is why I struggled with whether to post this, because this should be an every-day TV ad, and it will be soon, I am sure.

True, this ad does show the woman getting out regardless of her disability, despite barriers that might otherwise get in her way, and that is fine.  But even better, the ad is not about her disability at all. It is just pointing out how some people “make the right decision”, in this case buying Liberty’s insurance, but also making the decision to vote, which is the best part about the ad.

I hope we Americans go to the polls in record numbers this year, but I am happy to see that Liberty Mutual has taken the time to implore the disabled to do so, in a roundabout way. Because I have read that Democratic candidates know that the disabled statistically vote Democrat so they don’t bother reaching out to them, and I have read that Republicans know that so they don’t bother reaching out to them either. This is a generalization, I know, but it is enough reason for me to make sure my voice is heard.

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March 8, 2008 at 10:29 PM

Obama’s Got a Plan for the Disabled

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by Treadmarkz

(I wrote this commentary just before Super Tuesday, but the facts remain the same and hold true)

As I write this, Super Tuesday is one week away and I am doing some final “soul-searching” while researching the candidates. Beginning with the leading Democrats, I noticed something. Each candidate has a drop-down menu titled “Issues” on their homepages. Though Clinton’s covers health care, and she clearly makes it a high priority, nowhere on her list do I see anything about the disabled. Barack Obama has a similar drop-down list and “Disabilities” is the second item on the list. Check out Obama’s campaign video here.
Granted there are much bigger issues to tackle in ’08. I understand that. The war and the economy are big problems that the new President will need to work hard to sort out, and it is important to know who we want leading us in these endeavors for the next four years. However it bothers me that even though Republicans John McCain, Mitt Romney and Michael Huckabee all have a detailed section on health care, none approach the subject of the disabled, and even health care seems to be slipping down the ladder of importance for these GOP candidates.

The internet is where the candidates should be reaching out to the masses with their entire message. So if the disabled are part of the agendas of these candidates, where is the proof? Health care and Social Security is going to be a big issue for all of us one day. For some it already is. Some disabled people are completely covered by Social Security and hope to remain so. But Obama tackles issues that are the keys to keeping disabled people thriving, successful members of society such as education and employment for the disabled, discrimination against the disabled (contrary to my experience, it IS out there), and independent living.
Give it some thought before you cast your vote on Super Tuesday and in November!

I’m Treadmarkz and I approve this unbiased, factual message.

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January 30, 2008 at 5:01 AM