David just walked through carrying a plastic bag with all his bottles of meds and supplements. When he visits his cardiologist, he must bring the bag of pills he takes for this and that. Over the years he has added one thing after another to his supplements, and in the past two years he has been prescribed various pills. Sometimes I worry about the meds and supplements interfering with each other, so I go through them looking for obvious conflicts.
I subscribe to a number of magazines dedicated to various ailments, and the better ones carry information about recent medical research, as do major newspapers, like The Washington Post. For example, I recently read in the Post that Lipitor and its cousins have been linked to weight gain and diabetes. This was only one study, and more research is warranted of course. I have been taking Lipitor for seven years, and not because I ever had a cholesterol problem, I didn’t and still don’t, although my doc thinks the Lipitor is giving me the good readings he sees quarterly. He put me on Lipitor after I had a stroke. The doctors never determined why I had the stroke, although tension or inflammation look like possible culprits (not cholesterol). I would like to stop taking Lipitor for a number of reasons, and when I see Doctor Lessin at the end of the month, I will discuss this problem with him.
Meanwhile, David is off to the cardiologist who is tracking him because he has an AFib problem. He is in total denial of course. He will stop on the way to the doctor’s office to vote for Romney in the Republican VA primary. Romney is likely to carry VA with no problem because Newt and Santorum are not on the ballot. Both of the latter have urged the Tea Party folks to vote for Ron Paul who is on the ballot. Ron is OK and certainly has his devoted followers, although mostly around here (Washington DC, Arlington, and Alexandria), folks are either Democrats or moderate Republicans. In recent years, Bush, McCain and Hillary have all had their VA headquarters here in Arlington. Romney will too, and David says he’s going to vote for Romney.
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I am not voting today because I want to vote in the Democrat primary, and in VA you can’t vote in both primaries. I am not a Democrat, but I often vote Democrat, and I have already sent money to Tim Kaine‘s campaign. Tim was our governor for 4 years and then went on to head the National Democrat party for a while. He has returned to VA to run for senator, hoping to replace outgoing Jim Webb. I liked Webb and voted for him, but, he’s had it with Washington and is going to go back to write pot boilers. Webb, a decorated Marine who served as one of Reagan’s undersecretaries (defense) did much to help normalize US relations with Burma.
Webb’s pot boilers got him into hot water when he ran for senator. Apparently they are full of “sexy” scenes. Both Webb and Kaine are Blue Dog Democrats (Webb was a Republican at one time). Kaine, a devout Catholic, is pro-life and fluent in Spanish which plays extremely well in Virginia.
David has not decided who he will vote for in the fall, but at present he favors George Allen, who also served as senator and governor of VA. Both Kaine and Allen are good guys, and at different times, I have voted for each of them, but Allen faces an uphill battle with the extreme right-wing of his party here in VA. We shall see how things shake out in the primary elections, but at our house civility is the key word.
I have spent the past few days assembling material for my final paper in which I plan to examine reform (regarding issues associated with sex and gender) in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. I have distilled the many books on the subject to 10, which I have mostly read, plus 4 articles which I’ve half-read. Much of my work is combing through the library (online) and searching through the extant literature and finding the best material. This semester my long paper is mostly based on secondary information; last semester I delved into much primary information including court transcripts. I plan to begin writing next week, so if I disappear for several days at a time, you will know I am not dead.
What I find amazing is:
1/ how much of the material about this period is contradictory, controversial or misleading;
2/ how many people living today who identify themselves as Progressives, even “Politically savvy” people, are ignorant about the Progressive Era.
Many of the reform movements we 21st century types might think of as “good” began before or just after the Civil War (Civil Rights) were associated with the Republican Party, and are not really from the Progressive Era. Some things that are associated with the Progressive Era might have been thought “good” at one point, but are now judged very differently by some historians. Eugenics is an example of an idea thought good at the time but now condemned, also, restrictive immigration laws designed to keep out “undesirables” and abortion
These issues are related. The contraception and abortion movements were driven by the same middle class women who pushed for temperance regarding alcohol as well as female suffrage. Ethnic Catholics were opposed to the abortion and the banning of alcohol, and certainly to immigration restrictions. Some historians and sociologists (Angela Davis, for one) see the push to legalize abortion as racist.
Oh history is so complicated, and I am so limited in my time to explore this whole complicated topic.