Tuesday, June 18, 2013

When Will The Republican Party End It's Sick Jihad Against American Women?


There may be a gender gap, but there are still millions of women who vote for Republicans. Really. True, Obama won the two-party vote among female voters in the 2012 election by 12 points, 56% to 44%, over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But that means 44% of women-- and they're not all in the South-- voted for Romney. Obama's 12 point advantage was smaller than his 14 point advantage in 2008, though substantially bigger than the Democratic advantages in 2000 and 2004 when Bush ran. The Democrats have been pretty good at exposing the depth of the Republican War On Women... with a little help from misogynistic, right-wing sociopaths like Todd Akin (R-MO), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Richard Mourdock (R-IN) and, most recently, Trent Franks (R-AZ). Polling has found, over the last couple of decades that women are breaking for the Democrats for very substantive reasons. Women prefer an increased role of government in protecting average families and the environment; women oppose military intervention and wars of choice; women support healthcare and welfare; women back restrictions of assault weapons; and women support affirmative action to achieve more equality.

Of the 100 women in the House, 62 are Democrats and of the 20 women senators, 16 are Democrats. Many of the House Republican women vote as stridently against women's issues as their male counterparts do. With the exceptions of Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) every Republican woman in the House is a straight-down-the-line opponent of every issue important to most American women. and both Beutler and Ros-Lehtinen are far worse on women's issues than even the most conservative Democratic men. 11 Republican women in the House have 100% anti-women voting records in the current session-- Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Candice Miller (R-MI), Diane Black (R-TN), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Kay Granger (R-TX), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), and Shelley Capito (R-WV).

Crystal Wright, who owns a p.r. firm in Washington, DC, uses the Twitter handle GOPBlackChick and identifies herself like this: "I'm a black, conservative woman. Wright winger." Last week, in an OpEd for The Guardian she identified her own party as stuck on stupid.
Stupid is as stupid does and, apparently, the Republican party didn't get Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's "stupid memo" because it looks dumber by the day. After losing the 2012 presidential election the "GOP establishment" from former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich and every white man in between acknowledged that the party must make "the tent" more welcoming to minorities and women-- where the votes increasingly are. So what does the GOP do? It keeps headlining white men behaving badly.

Americans were treated to a double feature of GOP stupidity this week brought to you by the senator from Arizona on 12 June. Republican Senator Jeff Flake had to apologize for his 15-year-old son's unsavory remarks on Twitter. According to Buzzfeed, Tanner Flake tweeted he would find "the faggot" who stole his bike and "beat the crap out of you." Tanner also posted screenshots of his scores from an online game "Fun Run" where he used the handle "n1ggerkiller."

If this isn't enough to make anyone's eyes roll in disgust, Buzzfeed reported that Tanner's Twitter account, which is now locked, revealed his repeated use of the racial slurs in January and February. Tanner made equally offensive comments on YouTube, including "nigger" and "faggot" along with calling Mexicans "scum of the Earth." Strong words for a 15-year-old, who also gleefully reminded everyone his father was a member of Congress, according Buzzfeed.

Issuing an apology, Senator Flake wrote:
"I'm very disappointed in my teenage son's words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable anywhere. Needless to say, I've already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well."
The burning question is where did Tanner hear this kind of "unacceptable" language? Typically, children repeat things they've heard their parents say or those close to them. The fact that Tanner Flake used these words with impunity across various social media platforms for months suggests he's quite at ease with bigoted thinking. Whether the senator knew about it or not, it's just another example of why blacks and other ethnic minorities don't trust the GOP's words of inclusion.

On the heels of the son-of-Flake hate rant, the good ole boys of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Bob Goodlatte (a Virginia Republican), thought now is the time to pass an abortion ban bill and alienate more women voters. As Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank aptly noted with sarcasm, not one of the 23 Republican members on the House Judiciary Committee is a woman. They are all white males dedicated to legislating women's health issues. Do you see the irony in this?

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and has no exception for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest or when the mother's health is in jeopardy. In all his male wisdom, Representative Trent Franks of Arizona said there was no need to include an exception because "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low". Interesting, particularly when studies prove otherwise.

The bill has no chance of passing, "even if it clears the House", Milbank wrote, because the Democrat majority in the Senate would almost certainly vote it down. Introducing the bill makes Republicans look stupid, and I say this as a member of the GOP and someone who's against abortion. Now is not the time to try and open up Roe v Wade.

America has a severe jobs and economic problem. Republicans in Congress should be focusing on those issues "not trying to legislate morality", as a good friend told me. I'm against abortion and the horror of how Kermit Gosnell killed live babies in Philadelphia is a tragic reminder that we as a society need to focus on the inhumanity of abortions through churches, charities and parenting that teaches morals and the value of life to young girls and boys.

After two presidential shellackings in 2008 and 2012, the Republican party seems to be stuck on stupid and doing business as usual. It's been three months since the Republican National Committee issued its 100-page autopsy report about what went wrong in 2012 and promised to reach out to more non-white voters.

The country is still waiting for the RNC to actually do something. What's evident is the GOP has the same white guys in charge doing and saying the same stupid things that lost them two presidential elections. The Republican party is rotting, but boys will be boys and that seems to be the way everyone in the establishment likes it.

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At 5:30 PM, Anonymous me said...

When Will The Republican Party End It's Sick Jihad Against American Women?

Never. Why should they? Despite all the harrumphing over how bad repubs poll among women, non-whites, and people with a brain, they continue to control the government.

With corporate money and gerrymandering, they win just enough seats to throw a wrench into any good works. And with all the republicans who win elections solely because they CALL themselves Democrats (FEINSTEIN!), that's more than enough to run things pretty thoroughly.

It's even worse than that. Republicans are going out of their way to appear outrageously bad (which effort is succeeding grandly), simply to make people vote for fake "Democrats" they otherwise would shun.

So don't expect repubs to change any time soon. It's all part of the plan.

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Dennis Jernberg said...

I expect the Republicans to keep doubling down on decline. They'll end their jihad only when they find themselves in the trash compactor of history along with their ancestor parties, the Federalists and Whigs. And the end may be coming sooner than we think.

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republican party is disrupting economic progress, business and women's rights in the name of power. There may soon be a new party that actually has American progress and economic growth as a focus, and this new party would supplant the republicans and drive the R party into near extinction.


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