I was so happy to see Scandal again. “Top of the Hour,” aired March 21, after so many weeks without — The continuing saga of the regular cast and the sad story of a marriage unraveling. Olivia’s advice to the wandering wife, CEO Sarah Stanner, sounded as if Olivia is talking to herself too. Quinn’s training by Huck and her fast learning, including her blunders, and coming into her own were lovely to see. Loved Abby and Harrison taking on the corporation and winning and seeing the biggest Bible thumper on the board of Sarah Stanner’s company being guilty of hypocrisy in the ethics they demand of all others, as so often happens. Very interesting conversation between Abby and Harrison about his betrayal of her: Are you a gladiator first and a person second? He is. Is she? I think not, thank goodness. This is often a question needing to be answered by all of us about loyalties to work and to family. Jake is cheating on Fitz, so Fitz is going to be betrayed again by someone very close to him, someone he trusts. That should take him even more over the edge and to even more drinking; he already looks so awful. I miss David and James.
As for Olivia saying she is “apolitical,” I don’t think so. She voted to rig the election for Fitz because she thought he would be the better president. She liked what he would do for the country. Sounds political to me. Certainly her vagina was also part of that decision! So in answer to your question, Cyrus, Olivia’s vagina is political. For a definitive answer, best to ask Olivia again – although she has already said her feelings for Fitz influenced her voting and choosing to rig the election.
I cannot help but wonder, President Fitz, why you are nominating Judge Murray Randall (R), a straight white man, for the Supreme Court? And not just any old straight white man, but one who wants to be in our bedrooms, telling us what to do with our bodies. For your rigged presidency, true and fitting. For your murder of Verna, not too repentant. And for no abortions Justice Wannabe Randall, cheating on his wife is okay as long as the woman does not get pregnant, I guess. Sarah, was he against abortion then, and was that a reason why you did not tell him you were pregnant? Or did you tell him and did he tell you to get lost? Why did you have your husband be the father?
President Fitz, take heed. A majority of women in this country want control over our own bodies and want abortion safe and legal. And we vote. Maybe that is why the cabal of five had to rig you in to the presidency via the electronic voting machines. And we haven’t even gotten yet to your murder of Verna after she told you about the rigging.
While you are still prez, in case you don’t know, appointing someone to the Supreme Court is arguably one of, if not the, most important things you get to do. The Justices are there for life, and they decide cases that deeply affect the entire country.
For me, the scandal is not about the long ago affair of your then married prospective justice with a married student, but that you are nominating an anti-abortion white male to the Supreme Court. Don’t we have enough of those there already? And wouldn’t it be better to replace Verna with a woman? A progressive African American woman is my choice. Here are some reasons why:
Need I tell you, women bring a different perspective to everything. Not only is Verna gone, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is probably going to retire within the next four years too. I recently watched the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, aired February 26, 2013, on PBS. I saw and heard again the nomination of Clarence Thomas by George H. W. Bush to the Supreme Court; some of the testimony of Anita Hill about Thomas and his sexual harassment of her when he was her boss; some of Thomas’ response; and Thomas being sworn into office as a Justice of the Supreme Court, including the comment that “polls showed a majority of Americans believed Anita Hill.” You can watch it here, [Part III, 22:39-28:43] We need to remember both the sexism of Thomas and the sexism that voted him a seat on the Supreme Court.
The sexism of the Supreme Court must be addressed now. We need a diverse Supreme Court now, we need another woman there now, and we need the first African American woman there now – in Scandal and in real life. Unless we want to continue to be a country that still gives more rights to white men than to anyone else.
Although woman vote, elections get rigged by the fraud of the electronic voting machines, as has been exposed in Scandal and the real life backstory. Many people are keenly aware of this, and growing daily, and are doing everything we can to stop this rigging.
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Sheila Parks is an ardent feminist, internationalist and peace & justice worker. She is the founder of the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots and the author of WHILE WE STILL HAVE TIME, The Perils of Electronic Voting Machines and Democracy’s Solution: Publicly Observed, Secure Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB) Elections.