Women Will Save America From the Republican Party’s Attack On Equal Rights By: RmuseApril 9, 2012see more posts by Rmuse

The Thinking Woman 2012/04/09 21:28:39

Wars begin when an aggressor seeks to seize resources or impose an
ideology on its victims, and in some cases, to squelch dissident voices
if the conflict is internal to a country. Leaders in Middle Eastern
countries such as Syria, Egypt, and Libya claimed they were not waging
war on their own citizens, but despite their claims, death and
destruction from military bombardment cannot be misconstrued as anything
but war, and the victims knew they were in a war. For an aggressor to
attempt to convince their victims they were not waging war against them
despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is outrageous, but like
leaders in Syria, Libya, and Egypt, Republicans followed the lead of
Gaddafi, Assad, and Mubarak and claim they are not waging a war on

The Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, claimed the war on women was entirely baseless and that the “media was trumping up the fictional attacks on women’s rights.
Either Priebus is ignorance personified, in denial, or is attempting to
cover up the Republicans’ drive to curtail women’s constitutionally guaranteed rights
in Congress and dozens of states. For the past year, Republicans sought
to redefine rape and limit women’s access to healthcare, and in the
past week, repealed a law to protect gender equality in pay. Republicans
cannot claim they are not waging war on women’s rights with any
veracity because they have waged this war with extreme prejudice since
January 2011 when they took control of the House and several state

Republicans have voted en masse against gender equality in pay as a
matter of course in their drive to discriminate against women. Except
for four GOP senators, every Republican voted against the Lilly
Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 that amended title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
In the Senate in 2010, every Republican voted against the Paycheck
Fairness Act that was another attempt to combat wage discrimination on
the basis of gender. Republicans wanted to guarantee that women continue
earning, on average, 77-cents on the dollar that men earn. Opponents claimed that women seeking equal pay would lead to “excessive litigation on the small-business community” because the Act protected women who sought
information on what their male colleagues earned. Republicans’
argument that businesses would face increased litigation ignores the
fact that if employers followed existing laws,
women would have no need to file suit for fair pay. Two of the female
senators issued statements explaining their no votes by expressing
concern that if the Act had passed, women would use class-action to
force businesses to follow the law. That was two years ago, and in their
continued war on women, Republicans in Wisconsin took the extraordinary
step of repealing a paycheck fairness law.

Governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing a law that made it
easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court.
The Equal Pay Enforcement Act of 2009 was passed to deter employers from
against women, and it allowed women to press charges and file suit in
the state’s circuit courts instead of federal court. Walker quietly
signed SB 202 that rolled back women’s wage protections and “turned back the clocks on women’s rights in the workplace” according to Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen. Business groups backed the repeal that Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health executive director, Sara Finger, said was a “demoralizing attack on women’s rights, health, and wellbeing.”
Walker’s assault on women’s rights is problematic for Willard Romney
because he praised Walker’s leadership and called him a “hero” and a “man of courage
and it demonstrates that Romney feels that women’s economic security
and healthcare issues need to be rolled back to the 1900s.

Republicans have used every argument under the Sun to deny women their constitutionally guaranteed equal protections
under the law, and their ridiculous arguments have no bearing on
whether women deserve equal rights. Wisconsin state senator Glenn
Grothman (R) supported repealing paycheck fairness arguing that “money is more important for men” and that they are “a little more money-conscious
than women. It is an offensive statement on its own, but the fact that
many families require two income earners to subsist, and that the
majority of single-parent families have mothers as the breadwinner makes
Grothman’s contentions absolutely false and infuriating.

The reasons Republicans give for legislating discrimination against
women are as irrelevant as their claim that the war on women is fantasy,
but for women who earn less than men, pay more for healthcare coverage,
or lose their right to decide their own reproductive health the war is
real. The economic and healthcare issues that affect women also impact the men
in their lives and if Republicans think they are only assaulting women,
they are mistaken. President Obama took umbrage at the Republican war
on women and likened it to a war on civil rights and freedoms all
Americans are guaranteed. The President pointed out that women earning
less than men “weakens families, communities, is hard on children and weakens the entire economy,” and finally noted that “When
people talk about repealing health care reform, they’re not just saying
we should stop protecting women with preexisting conditions. They’re
also saying we should kick about a million young women off their
parents’ health care plans. When people say we should get rid of Planned
Parenthood, they’re not just talking about restricting a woman’s
ability to make her own health decision. They’re talking about denying,
as a practical matter, the preventive care like mammograms that millions
of women rely on.

The President is correct and he stopped short accusing Republicans of
erasing the advancements women have made since the sixties, or that
they will not stop until they create an atmosphere that stunts women’s
economic freedom and mobility. If Republicans think women believe a
revamped Republican Party or Willard Romney will suddenly become women’s
advocates, they are deluded. Few Americans forget that in the lead-up
to the 2010 elections Republicans promised their highest priority was
creating jobs, and yet nearly 15 months later, all they did was
introduce 1100 anti-choice provisions in 2011 and 900 anti-choice measures thus far in 2012 that does not include repealing Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Law.

The biggest insult, though, was the chairman of the RNC telling women
the war on women was in their imagination and the product of media
fiction. Reince Priebus was playing a patriarchal role and expecting
women to shrug it off and support Republicans because a man told them
to. The Republicans have overreached again and this time they have
picked the wrong fight because not only have they awoken a powerful
giant, they have roused the husbands, boyfriends, sons, and fathers who
are incensed that a group of patriarchs is causing real economic and
health damage to the women they love and then have the audacity to tell
them it is imaginary. Republicans will not recover from the damage they
inflicted on women and no amount of reset in the general election will
change the deep-seated anger women feel at being treated like
second-class citizens and in the case of equal pay, slaves.

Women are sick-to-death of being treated like slaves who need
Republican men to tell them they are unworthy of equal pay, quality
healthcare, or the Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights. It is women
who will save America from Republican fascism because they have, with
minorities, taken the brunt of Republican attacks on equal rights. Men
have had their opportunity to lead this country out of the Dark Ages and
they have a simple choice; either stand aside and let women fix
America, or join them and right this sinking ship before it is too late.
Women make up over half the population, and yet they have, along with
the poor, taken most of the damage from Republicans for the past 15
months and are mobilizing to return the damage in kind in November.
Republicans may succeed convincing ignorant Americans to vote against
their own self-interests, but underestimating the intelligence and
resolve of women is an ignorant mistake they cannot recover from.

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  • ehrhornp 2012/04/09 23:36:16
    I find it amazing that any woman would still support the republicans. Republicans are anti American as their policies have done more damage to this country than Bin Laden ever could. It really angers me when I read something from a so called "conservative" who is actually a proponent of welfare for the rich. Well the rich need no welfare. They have received the vast majority of income growth since uncle Ron. It is time for them to stop being so greedy.

    Never in my life had I thought that Richard Nixon would look good. Even Uncle Ron looks decent compared to thes idiots leading the republican party today.

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