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Independence Day Announcement

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With this post, I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.

Aletha of Freesoil Party and I and a few others have been discussing this for some time now.  We have thought together about how to make the announcement, wondered what might be best and when we might move forward, thought and discussed how women and men might respond.

I decided I would simply make the announcement today, on the Fourth of July, 2007,  Independence Day.

When in the course of living our lives, as women, we recognize that once again, as has been true for, by now, centuries in the United States, we can find no presidential candidate on the horizon upon whom we can depend and look to to (1) pay attention to what we say about our lives, our aspirations, our hopes, our needs, our struggles and concerns; (2) faithfully represent and advocate for our interests; (3) make our concerns a priority; (4) work diligently and tirelessly on our behalf; and (5) whom we feel we can trust, then it’s time for us to step up to the plate and take action.  So, that’s what I’m doing today.

Send me in, Coach.  :)

Heart

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53 thoughts on “Independence Day Announcement

  1. OK, I’ve picked myself from up off of the floor. You are a woman of rare and true courage, Heart. How wonderful if the first woman President of the United States was her own woman and not just a political hack for the boys, ala Hillary and Condi.

    You have my vote. If there is anything I can do, I will be *more* than happy to.

    Posted by Branjor | July 4, 2007, 10:56 pm
  2. Ah, if I lived in the US I would vote for you!

    I wish you luck, Heart.

    Posted by Anne X | July 5, 2007, 3:02 am
  3. Wooo hooo! You’ve got my vote too!

    Posted by roamaround | July 5, 2007, 3:53 am
  4. For my first post, I shall congratulate you on your set of solid steel ovaries.

    You are bad-ass, woman. You are also getting my vote, hands-down.

    Heart for President!

    Posted by CJ | July 5, 2007, 6:36 am
  5. this is quite possibly the best news ever.

    i’ve always seen people standing out in the cold on election day holding signs and banners to support their candidates, and it made me wonder what it would be like to have a political candidate i truly believed in and really wanted to win. now i know. :)

    when do we get bumper stickers?!

    Posted by ladoctorita | July 5, 2007, 12:38 pm
  6. My hypothetical question is:

    How are you going to have a government or a country without a military? Are you against the military or against specific policies? And if you are against war totally, how are you against war, but not revolution? Revolution/war made our country and gave us our freedoms, rights, and that every brave soldier (male and female) who puts on a uniform defends. Sure you can argue, that many do, that our men and women in uniform are not defending our rights in the Iraqi war, or the rights of Iraqis in the Iraqi war, or in the war on terrorism, but by enlisting in the military they are.

    Even Andrea Dworkin agreed with revolution and even the need for violent revolution.

    You make it sound so easy. “Just slap on a uniform” for a job. But there are a lot of people who are too afraid to “slap on a uniform”. There are people who do not join the military for ethical reasons, but there are a lot more who do not join because they are cowards, even when the war is right and necessary. So to blanket people who join the military with escapism, while blanketting people who do not serve our country in uniform with ethics is disheartening.

    I do not think the answer is no military. I do not see how you can have a government, rights, or freedoms that are not defended by men and women in uniform. Stable governments can provide rights, freedoms, and especially freedom from violence, that regions without stable governments do not have the luxury of, and are riddled with violence and human rights abuses. It shouldn’t be a luxury but it is and it is provided for by men and women in uniform.

    I think the answer is taking back war from an all male agenda. Women need to get into politics. Women need to arm themselves, create weapons for women, and more women need to join the military and the infantry needs to be opened to women because women can do it just as well as men.

    I’m surprised you would run for president, Heart. Hypothetically speaking, if you were President of a country, would you have an extreme isolationist policy, along with something bordering communism. What would you do if a country waged war on us? What about developing relations with foreign countries? I’m just curious what policies you support.

    Posted by Kiuku | July 5, 2007, 5:16 pm
  7. Oh, yeah — this is gonna be good! Count me in as a campaign volunteer. I always wanted Pat Schroeder to run for pres. And I know you have a fairly thick skin, but are you prepared for the vilification? You won’t be able to moderate a policital campaign like you do a blog. I’m assuming you’re serious. Because I certainly am. Let’s do this.

    Posted by stacy | July 5, 2007, 6:29 pm
  8. Hmm. . .I have a feeling a lot of men won’t want to vote for you, but a lot of women will. . . you’ll have to do a LOT of traveling and campaigning if you hope to beat out the Republican and Democrat giants, but I’m sure you already know this.

    I have a sad feeling it won’t work out because the said parties are much too powerful right now, but maybe I’m full of shit. . .I don’t have much hope that you’ll win, but that’s not going to stop me from voting for you.

    The very best of luck and I sincerely hope you prove me wrong, Heart!

    Posted by Chloe | July 5, 2007, 8:35 pm
  9. GREAT NEWS! :) One thing about running for prez is all the people you can meet, to spread the word and educate women about feminism. Get as many people to interview you as possible! I mentioned here how I interviewed Sonia Johnson when she ran for prez in 1984–that was really educational for ME TOO. At one point, the “interview” just turned into an intense conversation about feminist goals.

    Good luck Heart!

    Posted by Daisy | July 5, 2007, 9:55 pm
  10. Thanks, women! Bumper stickers and signs, coming right up. :)

    I think I’ve thought about this for long enough that I’ve counted the cost; in any event, we’ll get our issues out there, huh? Thanks so much for the encouragement. :)

    I’ve deleted some comments here, including my own, because this is the announcement of my candidacy for president, and I’d like the thread to remain about that. The issues in the comments I’ve unapproved are important, and we will definitely revisit them.

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 5, 2007, 11:19 pm
  11. I would like to have a blog button, for certain, to put on my sidebar. It would be a good thing to draw more women to this site. :)

    Peace,

    ~Chani

    Posted by Chani | July 6, 2007, 1:37 am
  12. Definitely a blog button, Chani!

    I think Aletha might be out of town. :) She will be surprised when she gets back. But yeah, we are going to get on this, and I’m glad you women are up for it! Stacy is close to home and you, too, pretty soon, roamaround, that is hopeful!

    Kiuku, I am not sure what to think about the odd assumptions and strange ideas you’ve included in your comment there. I am no kind of “isolationist,” let alone an “extreme isolationist,” and I am certainly no kind of “communist.”

    Very, very briefly — but something to be thoroughly fleshed out as the days progress — I believe that all human beings have a right to live in peace. Very broadly speaking, I think that our only hope — and I mean our ONLY hope — as human beings, for continued life on this planet lie in (1) “waging peace,” in our homes, in our communities, in our politics, in our world, creating a culture of peace; (2) disarmament; (3) demobilization; (3) demilitarization; (4) sustainable communities; (5) envisioning and creating a “society of compassion” in which the human rights of all people — ALL — are respected and (6) which recognizes every person’s fundamental human right to share in the resources and participate in the process of directing the destiny of the planet.

    I think we should immediately create, institute and implement a plan for the quick and orderly withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. I do not believe that our security as human beings, whether in our homes, our communities, our nation, our world — certainly not as women! have we EVER learned this! — lies in a “strong military.” Strong militaries are, more often than not, a threat to women, children, and the vulnerable. Ultimately our security must rest in our common longing to live at peace with one another and with all of creation, and in recognizing that learning to resolve our conflicts peacefully and to live harmoniously together, respectfully, despite our disagreements, is in ALL of our long-term best interests. Might does not make right. If you get what you want through force, you will have to maintain the upper hand through increasing amounts and degrees and kinds of force, escalating, escalating until you have what we have right now, a world on the brink of catastrophe and destruction. The only sane and sensible response to the worldwide catastrophes on the horizon, which are just a matter of time, is de-escalation, demilitarization, compassion, learning to resolve conflicts peaceably and nonviolently. We don’t really have any alternative if we want any sort of sustainable future.

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 6, 2007, 3:11 am
  13. No, I was not out of town, but I was too preoccupied to go online yesterday, trying to finish up my article on feminist diplomacy, which delves into some of the questions Kiuku asked, as well as some ways I envision to accomplish the goals Heart stated in response to those questions. My article is long and getting longer, so I would not attempt to summarize it here, but one line that seems to fit here is: Feminist diplomacy has many such possibilities that sound impossible in a mainstream frame of reference, because they are.

    That article should be finished this weekend. The Free Soil Party is about revisioning everything from a feminist perspective, taking nothing men think they know for granted. We are seeking candidates for every office, female only. The idea is not necessarily to keep males from all involvement, but males cannot represent females regardless of how much a man may say he supports our interests, and males cannot be allowed to interfere in a feminist revolution. I do not know how to create a blog button, but this is one idea for a political button I floated early last year:

    PUT THE OLD BOY NETWORK
    (picture of fatcat men with hoglike bodies chowing down at a pig trough in a pasture)
    OUT TO PASTURE!
    VOTE FREE SOIL PARTY
    freesoil.org and womensspace.org

    Posted by Aletha | July 6, 2007, 4:47 am
  14. Wow. Heart, Aletha, this is the only time in my life that I have ever wished that I was American. You go sisters, rock the world.

    Posted by allecto | July 6, 2007, 4:59 am
  15. \o/ YOU GO, WIMS! :D I wish I could vote for you! Being all Canuckistani, alas, I cannot. I too, can imagine there will be a lot of shit flying your way, but at the very *very* least, there’ll also be some interesting conversations going on! What Daisy said about spreading the word. I also realize how little I know about how the American political system works. How one goes about doing what you’re doing. Do you need a giant pile of money? Do you need a minimum of X number of people backing you? Etc etc.

    I like the button idea, Aletha. Also, we need a Canadian Free Soil party! Especially since ol’ Stevo dumped funding for the Status of Women group- *especially* if what they were doing was any kind of activism. asshat.

    anyhows, I’m crossing all my fingers and toes, and looking forward to hearing national discussions about feminism again! :D w00t!

    Posted by Cinder | July 6, 2007, 5:41 am
  16. All right, I’m all fired up now! :D

    Who’s my running mate?

    ::::::Heart, shrewdly peering around::::::::

    Posted by womensspace | July 6, 2007, 7:01 am
  17. Well, I’m not interested in the vice-presidency, but if we’re going to indulge in our fantasies here, you can appoint me to the Supreme Court. There’s a few Justices I need a word with and more than a few laws that need an overhaul. Can’t wait to see the looks on the other justices’ faces when I start interpreting the laws. :P

    Posted by Luckynkl | July 6, 2007, 10:35 am
  18. “Very, very briefly — but something to be thoroughly fleshed out as the days progress — I believe that all human beings have a right to live in peace. Very broadly speaking, I think that our only hope — and I mean our ONLY hope — as human beings, for continued life on this planet lie in (1) “waging peace,” in our homes, in our communities, in our politics, in our world, creating a culture of peace; (2) disarmament; (3) demobilization; (3) demilitarization; (4) sustainable communities; (5) envisioning and creating a “society of compassion” in which the human rights of all people — ALL — are respected and (6) which recognizes every person’s fundamental human right to share in the resources and participate in the process of directing the destiny of the planet.”

    I’ll vote for that.

    jean

    Posted by jfr | July 6, 2007, 12:54 pm
  19. Oh boy, Heart president and Lucky a Supreme Court justice. I might move to America for that.

    Good luck, Heart!

    Posted by delphyne | July 6, 2007, 1:12 pm
  20. Here’s the bumper sticker I want:

    Feminist Nation
    Seelhoff for President 2008

    oh yeah!

    Posted by stacy | July 6, 2007, 4:01 pm
  21. Hey, I want justicewalks as another supreme court judge.
    :-)

    (if a canuck is allowed to barge in … )

    Posted by Mary Sunshine | July 6, 2007, 4:58 pm
  22. Right on Heart.

    You’ve got my vote.

    Posted by Jess | July 6, 2007, 5:30 pm
  23. Ha, Mary Sunshine. That would be quite the confirmation hearing.

    While I’d probably make neither a good VP nor a good justice, do let me know if there’s anything this woman can do for you, Heart. Seriously, if you ever need anyone to proofread speeches or releases, help with slogans, make meager monetary contributions, what have you, just holler.

    Posted by justicewalks | July 6, 2007, 7:35 pm
  24. This is really beautiful news. I salute your courage and determination. If I can do something from far away europe tell me so. I’m eager.

    Paula.

    Posted by Jokerine | July 7, 2007, 7:26 pm
  25. Ah, you women. :) You make my day.

    I know the bumper stickers should say, “Seelhoff for President.” But “Heart for President” has such a nice ring to it. :)

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 7, 2007, 7:39 pm
  26. Heart,

    When you are president can you make a “man tax”, since men commit most of crimes and inhabit most of prisons it only makes sense. Then we can use that money toward child care and funds for women without child support.

    Posted by Kiuku | July 8, 2007, 2:01 am
  27. Absolutely, Kiuku, a “man tax” is part of my platform.

    In a nutshell:

    (1) Half of the taxpayers in the U.S. are women, but men commit, by far, most of the crime. 94 percent of prison inmates were male in 1995. Women pay for male crime with their lives, their bodies, and their tax dollars.

    (2) I would propose a “user fee” for men of $100 paid each year when they file their tax returns. since they use the criminal justice system almost exclusively. This is not a new idea. Young men between the ages of 18 and 23, for example, pay high rates for car insurance because they disproportionately are involved in accidents. All boys must pay the higher insurance rates, even though all don’t have or cause accidents.

    (3) Monies collected via the “user fee” would be used (1) to identify boys who are having trouble in school and who come from violent homes, and to provide tutoring and other kinds of support for boys at risk for criminal behavior; (2) to provide child support for women who are not receiving the support because their children’s fathers are incarcerated; (3) for domestic violence, rape relief programs, and other programs which address and educate around male violence and criminal behavior.

    Some of my ideas are from the book Men Are Not Cost Effective– Male Crime in America by June Stephenson, Ph.D., who writes about the problem of male violence and criminal behavior and who proposes a man tax. A Man Tax was recently proposed in either Finland or Sweden, if I’m recalling correctly, but it failed.

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 8, 2007, 2:52 am
  28. I just told my husband that someone I know is running for president! This is very exciting. Let me know how I can spread the word in Texas.

    —looking glass

    Posted by Looking glass | July 8, 2007, 1:10 pm
  29. I’m in California; let me know if there’s anything I can do to spread the word!

    Woo-hoo! I didn’t think there would be any candidates I could be remotely excited about for 2008 and I just shed my party affiliation like so much dead skin.

    Posted by anonymom | July 9, 2007, 7:10 am
  30. Heart, this is amazing. A member of the feminist blogosphere is running for President! I salute your spirit.

    You and Aletha have a media plan and all that?

    Posted by Violet Socks | July 9, 2007, 7:26 am
  31. Hey, dak, thanks. It’s a comin’ :).

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 10, 2007, 12:47 pm
  32. Another volunteer from CA, right here. :) I went out to eat the other day at “Follow Your Heart”, a health food store, and wished I could steal their logo for your campaign, haha. Is your Myspace compaign page up? Can we assist with that? How about buttons / banners for websites? We’ve got a few artists down here in the family who could pitch in.

    Posted by Pramiti | July 10, 2007, 6:33 pm
  33. How on earth did I miss this?! Almost makes me wish I was American, just so my vote would count!

    Posted by Anji Capes | July 15, 2007, 6:39 pm
  34. Do you actually take yourself seriously? Do you actually think you stand a chance of winning?

    Posted by Mr. Anonymous | July 19, 2007, 5:05 pm
  35. Mr. Anonymous, my answer to both of your questions is “yes.”

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 19, 2007, 5:08 pm
  36. Best of luck Heart!

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with sheshouldrun.org, but get nominated there and you could get some women already in politics behind you!

    Posted by Trudi | July 21, 2007, 11:33 am
  37. Thanks, Trudi! What a great organization She Should Run is! I linked this post back to a blog post there and also nominated myself. Hey, what can I say. I’d be a great President. :)

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 21, 2007, 12:53 pm
  38. First, I am a man and I’m with you. I have two questions about the rationale behind your “man tax.” If you truly mean it to be a “user fee” for the Justice system, then why am I, someone who has never committed a crime in his life required to pay? And what about womyn inmates? Aren’t they “users” of the system?

    Again, I am with you; it’s just rare you get to directly ask a candidate a question. :)

    Posted by Steve | July 26, 2007, 8:18 pm
  39. Heart, the above poster (as several recent commentors are) is a troll with a link to a shock site. It really needs to be removed immediately.

    Posted by Rich | August 4, 2007, 10:09 pm
  40. I must say, I honestly support your decision to run for office. But, I do have a few questions, and if I could have a moment for you to read this it would mean alot. (You dont often get the chance to ask questions to a candidate)

    First. Your wish to Demilitarize and make for a truely peaceful nation. That is a beautiful dream, but I fear thats all it may ever be. With the way the world is shaping up these days, it is going to become more and more violent. We are gearing up towards a Nuclear Showdown greater than the Cold War with the (Former) Soviet Union.

    With diplomatic relations growing worse between the US/UK and Russia (Whom still has Well over 10,000 Nuclear Armed ICBMs… Many of which most likely still target American cities) As well as Russia’s Spy Agency returning to the old Cold War Spygames again. This leads me to my First Question on this issue:

    How, as President, do you plan to ease tensions with the Russian Federation?

    As well on that topic, China has not shown wiether they are a friend or a foe yet to the United States, we are currently just a buisness partner in a sense. All the while, China has an Unknown number of Nuclear arms as well. Also, China has the biggest Military in the world, and is rapidly Modernizing and Expanding their military. China’s economy is also becoming a threat to the United States, As the Chinese Economy continues to grow, more and more products that could easily be made in the United States, are made in china, and sold for much less in the United States. Our dependancy on Chinese Products has already caused issues with Food, and Pet Food as well.

    So my second Question is: How as President do you plan to ween the United States off of Dependence on Foriegn products?

    And lastly on this topic, with Rouge Nations who consider the United States their enemy, such as North Korea testing a Nuclear Device late last year, and Iran (Supposidly, Granted it has not been Prooven, but the words of Iran’s leader hint towards a Hostile Nuclear Program) attempting to gain access and/or build Nuclear Arms. My question is as follows:

    How can you Justify as President a lowering of our defense against nations whom genuinly wish to do harm to the United States and the People of this nation?

    Secondly. Your concept of the “User Fee”. I agree that money should be set aside from taxes to help Children whom may run the greater risk of turning to crime rather than become productive members of Society. But to say:

    “envisioning and creating a “society of compassion” in which the human rights of all people — ALL — are respected and (6) which recognizes every person’s fundamental human right to share in the resources and participate in the process of directing the destiny of the planet.”

    as part of your campaign plan, and then propose a tax that singles people out on the account of their Gender Alone is not equal, it is not a recognition of the rights of ALL people.

    So my question on this is: (And I honestly mean no offense by this, I am just very critical of all political candidates)

    How can you justify running and attempting to fight Sexism to bring Equality, when you propose a tax that itself is Sexist?

    ((Now, i know of the recent assault your site has suffered, and I hope that those responsible do pay for their crimes. And I hope that my post can be read and responded too. I am very interested in hearing your response.)

    -Matthew Davsion
    -Cleveland, Ohio

    Posted by Matthew | August 5, 2007, 1:32 pm
  41. Where is the federally mandated financial information regarding the amount and source of donations taken in, as well as the amount and type of expenditures?

    Could you please direct me to that site.

    Thank you.

    Posted by Prosehack65 | September 24, 2007, 2:40 am
  42. And where is your base level of intelligence, Prosehack65, (and fitting screen name, by the by.)

    Once I have registered my candidacy with the Federal Election Commission (after I have spent $5,000 of my own money on my campaign or have received $5,000 in donations), then my campaign committee will be required to file regular financial disclosures, within 30 days of filing or by May 31 of that year, whichever is latest.

    These are not posted anywhere publicly. Imagine the ramifications given the abundance of stalkers, predators, perpetrators, rapists, murderers and unknown quantities such as yourself strolling around the universe. Interested citizens may formally request copies of financial disclosures from the Federal Election Commission after candidates have registered with the FEC, but they are required to disclose their own name on the request, their address and other information, which information will be furnished to me (via my campaign committee).

    Now. Stop stalking me here and elsewhere. I’m sick of it. You are one sick, obsessed puppy. If you think the way it works is, a woman announces her candidacy for President and any Joe Blow from, what, the state penitentiary or the county jail somewhere gets to then say to her, “Hey, give me your financial information,” to do who the hell knows what with, you have, to grossly understate, not given things much thought. You do not evidence a very thorough grasp of the intricacies of electoral politics. Bub.

    Don’t comment here, and don’t e-mail me ever again. You will never be entitled to any sort of disclosure of anything directly from me.

    So back off.

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | September 24, 2007, 2:51 am
  43. Really interesting that you’ve got an ISP address in Austin Texas, just like somebody with screen name initials TJ or FCH, depending, always a person who was all about the Benjamins.

    Posted by womensspace | September 24, 2007, 3:03 am
  44. Huh. I found you commenting elsewhere to someone else’s blog, prosehack. You appear to be a stone racist, questioning, for example, why it is that people might think Song of the South is racist, golly gee whiz, doesn’t seem so to you, and not only that, why, you really enjoyed, as a Southern white “girl”, hearing your grandmother read Uncle Remus to you, and by george, who’d a thunk it, to hear what a “tar baby” is.

    Posted by womensspace | September 24, 2007, 3:32 am
  45. heart, prosehack65 is now trying to harass me over at unconventional beauty. ridiculous.

    first they ignore us, then they ridicule us, then they harass us, and then . . . :)

    Posted by ladoctorita | September 24, 2007, 3:34 am
  46. Thanks for that reminder, ladoctorita!

    xxxooo

    Interesting how we can be so insignificant and yet so worth stalking all over the internet at the same time, huh. :)

    Posted by womensspace | September 24, 2007, 3:42 am
  47. I was wrong about something. Citizens can go to the FEC website and can click on summaries of candidates’ or incumbents’ financial disclosures as well as lists of contributors to campaigns and how much they contributed.

    Citizens can also request copies of campaign financial disclosures by formal request. Candidates then may make our own similar formal request and may inspect applications for access to our own financial disclosures.

    Posted by womensspace | September 24, 2007, 5:20 pm

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