Sunday, December 10, 2017

Midnight Meme Of The Day!


-by Noah

Back in 1994, Congress passed Senator Joe Biden's Violence Against Women Act by a bi-partisan vote (Times were different way back then). The act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The new law provided $1.6 Billion to investigate and prosecute those charged with violent crimes against women. It also imposed automatic mandatory penalties for convictions, and also provided for redress via civil cases. The VAWA also created the Office on Violence Against Women as a part of the United States Department of Justice.

Fast forward to 2013 when the law was coming due for its periodic reauthorization. A congressional battle ensued as numerous Republicans sought to deep six the law just as they do with civil rights laws and voting protections. In the end, the law was reauthorized, again by a bi-partisan vote. However, the 22 senators shown in today's meme voted against the reauthorization of the VAWA. Look at those faces. You will see what most Republicans proudly call their leaders, their "best people," if you will. First and foremost, you will see McConnell, Grassley, Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Graham, Hatch, and current Attorney General Sessions.

Context is everything. If you are still astonished that the Republican Party is fighting tooth and nail to get Judge Roy Moore, accused pedophile, into their ranks, even after well-documented evidence presented by his accusers, look no further than their attitudes towards women as expressed in their votes against the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. President Obama signed the reauthorization into law in March of 2013. Would you expect a President Trump or Pence to do the same? That's a rhetorical question. We know the answer.

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At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One wonders why, if things were so different in '94 (hint: not so much--the prez was a well known lothario who gave us the 2008 crash), why would the law have to be re-authorized. A no-brainer like that should just be law. You know, like Sherman... of course that one has been ignored since the '70s by the bipartisan corruption of congress and the white house.

But it's still law.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Procopius said...

Errr... If the vote was 78-22, and all 22 of the votes against were Republicans, then 31 Republican Senators must have voted FOR the Act along with 47 Democrats. What's not bi-partisan about that?

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Noah said...

Procopius, I clearly stated that both votes were bi-partisan. The point of the post is also clear. How so many leaders of the Repug Party voted tells the tale.


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