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15

Nov

The original social Democrat

The original social Democrat

Anna Wintour, a Social Democrat

(Photo from The Guardian)

Since I was 12-years-old I have pored over and cherished every single issue of Vogue magazine. I have never thrown one away. My favorites are displayed in chronological order on a shelf over my bed, and the rest are in various storage containers and cardboard boxes here in Gainesville and at home in Virgina.

Possibly unhealthily obsessed with Vogue, I have idolized Anna Wintour for as long as I can remember. When I saw this year how hard she was working in her fundraising and campaign efforts for President Obama I was absolutely blown away.

Rare is the woman who can oversee one of the largest publications in the world, maintain its superior quality, and become the fourth biggest fundraiser for a presidential campaign.

Through her example, Anna Wintour was able to influence the fashion industry to support President Obama in a way that it has never before backed any candidate. Their efforts were innovative, effective and of course, fashionable.

My favorite tactic Wintour employed in this campaign was her Runway to Win fundraisers. Wintour recruited top designers to create pieces specifically for the campaign. Designers who pitched in include Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Philip Lim and Lauren Silvano of Tory Burch.

For more information on Runway to Win, visit www.barackobama.com/runway-to-win. Some examples of the products can be seen below.

(Photo from meetsobsession.com)

Of course, Wintour threw some fabulous parties as well, including a $40,000-a-plate dinner that counted George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker among its guests.

Anna Wintour is definitely a social Democrat.

Anna Wintour invites the world to enter to win a seat at a dinner she hosted with Sarah Jessica Parker to raise money for President Obama’s campaign.  Anyone who wins can come, just don’t be late.

Sore Losers

(Photo from the GlobalGrind.com)

Since President Obama’s victory, many Conservative Americans haven’t been doing very well.  From angry tyrades to violent fights, a number of Republicans are furious about the result of this year’s election.

Personally, I agree with the millions of Americans who believe that this attitude demonstrates a severe lack of respect for our democratic electoral system and the office of the president.  More importantly, it demonstrates a serious lack of manners and class.

In California, a 22-year-old woman took out her aggression about the election on Facebook through an extremely vile and distasteful status.

Her status read, “Another 4 years of this (N-word), Maybe he will get assassinated this term.”  Unfortunately, her foul words went viral on the Internet, eventually resulting in the loss of her job and a local television interview.

More sadly, here in Florida a 64-year-old small business owner committed suicide after the election. The tanning bed owner was found in his Key West condo with two empty bottles of pills and a note that simply read “F—- Obama!”

An Arizona woman ran over her husband with her SUV after President Obama’s reelection.  She claimed his failure to go to the polls and vote led to Romney’s loss.  You can read more about this story here.

It’s safe to say these people have gone overboard in their responses, and disturbingly they’re not alone.  What happened to gracefully accepting defeat?  Do these people not realize that their actions do nothing but lower the credibility of all Romney supporters?

Keep it together people, and for crying out loud try to keep it classy. 


 

A Democratic Victory at an SEC Greek Function

The American people have officially reelected President Barack Obama.  After months of campaigning election day finally came, and we conquered.

Democrats and supporters rejoiced nationwide.  At a University of Florida sorority-fraternity homecoming away function at a bar in Jacksonville, Fla., there was no celebration.

There were tears, but they were not of joy.

Apparently just as overly-confident in Romney’s ability to win the presidency as they are in their own abilities to take girls home with them, the fraternity boys gleefully requested that the bar turn all of its massive televisions to Fox News so they could watch the states come in.

For most of the night, all was well.  Save a select few, most weren’t even paying attention to the televisions. 

Then suddenly even Fox had to admit it was over, and everyone looked up.  Chaos erupted throughout the bar as the boys slammed their drinks and demanded the televisions be turned off, and the girls pretended to care.

As 150-plus people mourned, three people looked around the room and found each other jumping up and down for joy.  “WHO’S TALKING SMACK NOW!?,” they excitedly shrieked over red, white and blue victory shots.

This serves as encouragement to people everywhere supporting what they believe in while constantly surrounded by naysayers.  Stand up for yourself and stick to your guns. 

Especially if you’re Greek because you’re already paying all those people to be your friends anyway.

25

Oct

And so to those who suggest that we are somehow ‘harming’ young women by encouraging them to take charge of their health we say this: We are not harming young women by educating them. We are arming them with information that they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, A Social Democrat

(Photograph from TheBlaze.com)

Democratic National Committee Chair, congressman for Florida’s fifth congressional district, University of Florida alumnae, cancer survivor, mother, and captain of the women’s congressional softball team among other accomplishments, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a social Democrat.

As a woman, a Democrat and an alumnae of my university, she has always been a role model and an inspiration to me.  After experiencing the joy of meeting her this summer and seeing first hand what a warm, gracious and energetic person she truly is I have even more respect for her.

Serving on the House Committee on the Budget, as vice chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and a member of the Democratic House Leadership, Wasserman Schultz’s credentials go on for days. 

Some of her greatest accomplishments include the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act (EARLY Act), which developed and implemented a program to educate young women about the threat of breast cancer, and the PROTECT Our Children Act, a piece of legislation that amped up law enforcement efforts for the protection of children.

She’s also a champion of women’s rights.  As vice chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, she’s dedicated to supporting women’s health, economic, legal and educational issues.

Imagine my elation when I flipped through the October issue of Vogue and discovered a feature article on her! You can see one of my favorite photos from the shoot above.

To learn more about Debbie Wasserman Schultz, visit her official House website by clicking here.

Election Season

Election day is officially only 12 short days away.  Months of political ads on TV, millions of phone calls, thousands of political rallies, and hundreds of stops on the campaign trail will all culminate on November 6. 

Every year, Americans line up at their polling locations, voter registration cards in hand, ready to cast their ballots for the candidate they believe in, and hours later we know who our next president is.

In the mean time, many of us lose our minds.

For many Americans, the election proves to be a point of contention.  We fight with our families at the dinner table, honk at cars driving by sporting an offending party’s affiliation, and scream at campaign workers calling to ask us who we’re voting for.

For other Americans, election season actually makes them insane.  For example, yesterday a man was arrested in The O’Connell Center parking lot for putting Obama 2012 bumper stickers over any Romney bumper stickers he saw.

Way to make us look good, buddy.

Throughout the next week or so, tensions will be high in America.  As annoyed as everyone gets at the negative advertisements, the phone calls, the bickering, and Grey’s Anatomy being cancelled for debates, we have to remember that we are so lucky to be being annoyed the way that we are.

The fact that campaigns reach out to any and everyone means that every vote counts. It means that we ALL have the freedom to vote for whoever we choose, and we ALL matter in this election.

In a world where many people can’t count themselves so lucky, we should all thank God for election season.  Exciting, scary, annoying, and an amazing example of our American freedom.

23

Oct

Welcome to the Social Democrat

Hi everyone, my name is Elizabeth, and I am starting this blog because I’m fed up with it being socially unacceptable to be a southern sorority girl and a practicing Democrat.

Jackie Kennedy wore pearls and Jack Rogers too. Let’s be realistic, she MADE Lilly Pulitzer.

Okay, seriously though, let’s look beyond Jackie’s massive Chanel sunglasses. As modern women pursuing a higher education, how can the vast majority of us support a man who wants to stifle our rights?

Romney is a part of a party in which every congressman voted no against the Equal Pay Act. He’s publicly said that he believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned. He wants to cut off all government funding to Planned Parenthood, an organization that women depend on for affordable health care of all kinds. He feels that employers have no obligation to cover contraception in their insurance plans for their female employees.

But let’s all vote for him because it’s fratty, and daddy is, and elephants are so precious.

After a well-spent summer working for the Obama campaign in Washington D.C. at the Democratic National Committee, I’m back in Gainesville, Fla., talking to the great political minds of our time at the sorority house. Don’t get me wrong I love my sisters, but I can’t take one more minute of seeing one in a fraternity “Make the RIGHT Choice” rush t-shirt.

Of course, I know that there are binders and binders full of extremely intelligent women who are voting for Romney for reasons other than trying to fit into a southern belle cookie cutter (just look at Sarah Palin). I’m not blind to the positives of the other side.

I’m just not writing a blog for them!

18

Oct

You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat.
Jackie Kennedy