Ya Got Trouble…. by Nancy Brophy
I watched a portion of The Music Man on television last night and had to turn it off. Not because it was a dated relationship between men and women. Professor Harold Hill states openly he prefers women with a touch of sin because there was less chance of his being dragged to the Altar. Centuries of men have felt the same way.
I snarl, I hiss, how can ignorance be compared to bliss?
I spark, I fizz, for the lady who knows what time it is
I cheer, I rave, for the virtue I’m too late to save
The sadder but wiser girl for me
And I’m willing to believe that maybe the show hit me wrong, coming on the end of a week of controversy now being called Komen-gate.
For those of you who live under a rock, Susan G. Komen Foundation cut off breast screening funds to Planned Parenthood in a “non-political” move because Planned Parenthood was under investigation by Congress, largely based on abortion issues. Despite Sen. Jon Kyl accusing PPA of spending 90% of its services on abortion when the real figure is 3%, facts aren’t important.
Now I know all you folks are the right kind of parents
I’m gonna be perfectly frank
Would you like to know what kind of conversation goes on
while they’re loafin’ around that hall
They’ll be tryin’ out Bevo,
tryin’ out Cubebs,
tryin’ out tailor-mades like cigarette fiends
And braggin’ all about how they’re gonna cover up
a tell-tale breath with Sen-Sen
Now one fine night they leave the pool
headin’ for the dance at the Armory
Libertine men and scarlet women and ragtime
Shameless music that’ll grab your son, your daughter
into the arms of a jungle animal instinct- massteria!
Friends, the idle brain is the devil’s playground, trouble!
Here’s what I know about abortion. There is no winning this debate. People either believe that birth begins at conception or they take the stance it’s not your right to legislate my body. No one is standing in the middle offering a compromise because there is no middle ground.
Regardless of which side you supported on Komen-gate it was a fascinating process to watch. Many people hadn’t realized that breast cancer and women’s health could be politicized. Considering that in December Congress’s approval rating was 11%, the lowest since Gallup began keeping polls, this news did not sit well with the public. And the fact there appears to be a question of whether or not Nancy Brinker lied to the public when she said Karen Handel was not involved and then Karen Handel refuted her statement by taking full responsibility in her own blog.
And I probably need to say at this point that the first job I ever had when I got out of college was working for Planned Parenthood in…. (If you’re following this, the answer will come as no surprise) Gary, Indiana.
Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana,
Not Louisiana, Paris, France, New York or Rome,
But Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana,
My home sweet home.
As though the Republicans weren’t having enough trouble, Mitt Romney endorsed the Komen decision on exactly the wrong day. So if we close our eyes to the fact that Romney asked for Planned Parenthood’s endorsement in 2002, he’s totally Pro-life. It is difficult to believe that his stance as front-runner is slipping.
But like all musicals, there is a happy ending. Komen and Planned Parenthood did kiss and make up. However, I suspect only Planned Parenthood with it’s $3 million in new donations will be singing:
There was love all around,
But I never heard it singing.
No, I never heard it at all,
Till there was you.
Posted on February 10, 2012, in General and tagged General, Karen Handel, Komen-gate, musicals, Nancy Brinker, Planned Parenthood, See Jane Publish, Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Music Man. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.