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Election a time for healing

Dear Editor:

Do Democrats want to make a statement, or do they want to win in November?

I suggest they could best do the former by first doing the latter.

Barack is intelligent and articulate, with an acute awareness of the need for change. By throwing himself into the presidential maelstrom, he shows he has courage, and that’s in his favor. But he doesn’t yet have enough experience, though he could very well be elected president in eight years.

Hillary is intelligent and has courage, too. Even better, she has the one thing that is sorely needed right now. This is her time.

If Republicans win in November, they’ll think they can continue their disastrous policies. Those policies have led us into unimaginable debt and war without end. America now has a damaged reputation and delusions of empire. We show favoritism for the well-off at the expense of those who aren’t. We reject the reality of global climate change.

Republicans and their corporate and religious sidekicks have a distinct inclination to exclude and ignore. Among the marginalized are welfare poor, working poor, the uninsured, the middle class, homosexuals, environmentalists, scientists, the non-religious, the elderly. Common sense and civil rights have been left on the trash heap.

Too many people are living out the definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different result.”

This election is about more than politics. It’s about the human family and the planet, which are both in critical condition. We need the Feminine Factor, and that’s Hillary’s ace.

What’s in the feminine factor that is so crucial now? For one thing, nurture. Also inclusion, connection, listening and compassion. There’s less aggression and egotistic self-service than the masculine displays.

There’s concern for the Whole, not just for one Part.

All that isn’t to say individuals can’t express these qualities; nor does it say every

woman has every ideal trait. Even lionesses roar sometimes.

When you have a sore, you release the pus before you apply medicine. When you clean, you look at the dirt you’re sweeping out ” you don’t close your eyes.

The out-of-control masculine is more visible now because it desperately needs healing. Two examples: the ongoing debacle in Iraq and all its side effects; and recent news about routine abuse of women ” not in some strange, faraway culture, but right here in our own homegrown fundamentalist cult.

The feminine is the healer that bodies, emotions, minds and spirits are crying out for.

It’s time for woman to roar. It’s time for the feminine to be publicly accepted, so it can balance the destructive side of the masculine, which has had a free pass for so long it seems invincible.

How many more years of illness do we want?

The 2008 election is crucial for this simple reason: It is not business as usual. It is Healing Time.