The American Republican’s War on Women

Even though I have a family legacy of being members of the Republican Party for over 150 years, I have no recognition of what I have known in the past as the Party before this current group that has taken over today.  Being a father of two daughters I cannot support nor cast a vote that is against the better interests of my own daughters; nor support laws that will be nothing but repressive, and harmful to them in the long term.

One can hardly blame Democrats for taking advantage of this “Perfect Storm” of stupefying proportions. The only thing Republicans failed to do was put a ribbon and bow on this mess.

Consider the headline grabbing events that came together almost at once:

1. Virginia’s pre-abortion sonogram law that could have required women to undergo a transvaginal probe;

2. The debate over religious liberty vs. contraception mandate, prompted by health-care reform;

3. and of course Rush Limbaugh’s commentary about a female law student in which he called her a slut and a prostitute and, in a final flourish, suggested she provide him sex tapes so he could watch her in the activities precipitating the need for birth control.

Individually, these anecdotes would have been problematic, but combined their effect on female voters this year is stupidity beyond any planned comprehension.

War has been declared on women, and there’s no way to change the impression now among a growing percentage of women that the Republican Party is made up of knuckle dragging, religiously repressive, Neanderthals.  Any responsible father with daughters should not be casting ANY Republican votes this election; and if he does, he does not deserve the blessings of having daughters in the first place.  The sins will be his own.

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29 Responses to “The American Republican’s War on Women”

  1. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Follow up thoughts:
    All Good Citizens of the United States need to understand and apply the lesson that “Obedience To The LAW”, does not mean “Submission To Tyranny.”

    With this thought I give you the example of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (born July 11, 1938), who is a historian of early America and the history of women and a university professor at Harvard University, and is well noted for the quote, “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History.”

    This should be well noted by all sane, logical, and critical thinking women across the United States this election year. Dare to rise up and make the statement that as women, you are not going to tolerate the tyranny submission, being relegated to a “Second Class” stratification that is the political platform propagated by the extreme element in control of the Republican Party today.

  2. J.O.B. Says:

    EOK- I’m sure you didn’t mean the last few sentences the way it sounds.

    1- Was to busy to even care about another state’s law, and since it didn’t pass, won’t even bother researching it. I will say that I don’t agree with it.
    2- As I said, I was too busy and I’m not sure what the mandate was. Did it have something to do with forcing birth control coverage for workers of Catholic institutions? If so, I do not agree with it. I also would like to ask, why does the President pick this fight to enforce his will?
    3- Rush Limbaugh’s rants are no different than Bill Mauers. They are meaningless, and who cares?

    In closing, maybe it’s not a war on women. Maybe it’s a war on religion. I’ve never agreed with politics mixing with religion, but both parties seem to be attempting to force their agendas on the American public. At least with these ultra-Conservatives, you know what you get. The President told me that my taxes would not go up. He lied. Outright lied. Do you really think you can guilt someone in my situation into voting for this guy.?
    I’ll give you an A for effort though.

  3. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    Being raised Roman Catholic and still being in the midst of very active Roman Catholics, I feel qualified to offer some information.

    Similar to a situation of the Morons, Roman Catholics have used large families to further their “influence.” The Orthodox Jews in Israel are using this method today and it’s working wonderfully for them (Israel continues to swing to the right). The Church began teaching us about birth control in the 5th grade. The girls were taught in one classroom by a Sister and the boys in another room were taught by a Priest. Semen was referred to as “snot like” and a sin (wet dreams). EVERY SINGLE Roman Catholic I know (except one aunt who is probably still a virgin) has used a birth control method, other than the Rhythm Method, at some time in their life.

    The Roman Catholic lay people do NOT get to choose who leads them. The Church quite literally is the largest Communist State in the World. The Church doctrine says the Pope is infallible, but no Catholic I know (not even my virgin aunt) believes that. Some marry divorced people or even non-Catholics, some skip Mass when something better is going on, and some even take Communion while “with sin.” And I was taught about evolution in a Roman Catholic classroom by a Sister; God help the Sister if Rome ever finds out. Most Roman Catholics try to lead a decent life by using reason instead of following lame rules dictated by an old man on the other side of the planet. The Church says you have to be buried in “consecrated” ground; this meant many of my very own relatives could not be buried next to their own husband/wife or buried in their hometown if they didn’t have a Catholic Cemetery (they were anyway).

    The Pope in Rome is trying to use the government of the United States to enforce his rules because he can’t afford a showdown with the U.S. Roman Catholic Bishop Council. This is the same Pope who is trying to reverse Vatican II, a huge change that Pope John the 23th implemented in the middle 60’s to bring the Church into the 20th Century. Rome is currently trying to drag the Church back into the 13th Century. It’s a control thing; think Middle Ages.

    If you take some time to notice, it’s mostly the non-Catholic Evangelicals who are complaining about the birth control rule. Remember when the Church of Scientology tried to have mental health coverage removed? These fringe groups make no secret of their desire to bring religion into the government. The question remains, Which Religion?

  4. J.O.B. Says:

    NON- You bring up some very good points.
    “Most Roman Catholics try to lead a decent life by using reason instead of following lame rules dictated by an old man on the other side of the planet.”
    When I realized that being an Irish Protestant was rare, I asked my Mom why we weren’t Catholic. She told me that our beliefs are the same, we just don’t listen to an old man in a big funny hat. 🙂

  5. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello Guys,
    Let me start off by saying that I am so….SO….SORRY that I have not been able to reply sooner. Life is just much too busy here of late.

    I will pass on my first example of the movement against women within the Republican that is gaining influence on a much too broad spectrum.

    The Full Quiver Project:
    The Religious Right within the Republican Party is trying, and in my cautioning mind, is moving their agenda even more so taking the Republican Party into an extreme aspect that will affect our sisters and daughters.

    A professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, whose name is Bruce Ware, is pushing their religious right agenda where he finds and quotes passages in the Bible to justify that God meant women to be submissive to men. It is within the same passage that states, children should honor their mother and fathers, and slaves should honor their masters etc.

    This Southern Baptist Seminary now has some of the other ideas from their fundamentalist positions. This new teaching is being called “The Full Quiver Theology” and is based on Psalm 127: 3-5 which reads, “Children are a heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward. As arrows in a soldier’s hand, so are the sons of the young. Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them.”

    The seminary’s president, Albert Mohler, explained that under-population was a pressing concern. Couples who choose childlessness are guilty of “rebellion against parenthood that represents nothing less than an absolute revolt against God’s design.” God will decide whether to open or close the womb. Using birth control is an act against God’s will. The truly Christian couple will allow God to decide whether each act of sex will result in procreation and sex will be returned to its proper place in a Christian’s life. What part of this decision does the Christian woman have? None because she should submit, of course.

    When asked about his position, President Mohler explained to the Chicago Tribune, “We are barely replenishing ourselves,” he said. “That is going to cause huge social problems in the future.”

    The “WE” that President Mohler is referring to is the influx of new Latino immigration and if the trend continues Euro-Americans will cease being the majority race in the United States by about 2050. Over the next half century, America will become a predominately non-white nation.

    Grace and Grit:
    As the second example I will referenced in the book “Grace and Grit” which is the story of Lilly Ledbetter. I suggest you familiarize yourself with the book.

    Lilly Ledbetter was born in a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. She knew that she was destined for something more, and in 1979, Lilly applied for her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory. Even though the only women she’d seen there were secretaries in the front offices where she’d submitted her application, she got the job one of the first women hired at the management level.

    Though she faced daily discrimination and sexual harassment, Lilly pressed onward, believing that eventually things would change. She was blatantly told and with out shame by the men many times that if she had sex with those men who were her bosses, she would not get a bad review. She did not go to bed with those men and her work reviews suffered on a daily basis.

    Then it was not until, nineteen years later, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. Devastated, she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she won and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again. Now here is the sudden take up in this case. The majority Republican Conservative appointed members of the Supreme Court decided to bastardize and changed the law right in the middle of the case being heard: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck, DESPITE THE FACT THAT SHE HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING THAT SHE WAS BEING PAID UNFAIRLY ALL THOSE YEARS.

    In a dramatic moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back and continue to fight for this blatantly unjust ruling.

    Now if you feel your sisters and daughters be relegated to nothing more that Brood Mares and then be ruled by the Conservative Republican appointed majority we have now with the Supreme Court where the viewpoint id that women are not to be reimbursed in parity with that of men for the same work, then by all means vote for the Republican’s this election.

    These are just two examples of many I could give if I had more time to indulge in but for now these are good topics for discussion.

    J.O.B.
    Again I want to say that I am sorry that I did not reply to you sooner in the week and did not want you to think I was ignoring you.

    NON,
    Please keep the conversation going on this topic as I appreciate your knowledgeable input and debates you bring to the blogs.

  6. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    My first “professional” job was with a very old company that had recently been bought by a “Bain Capital” type of company. I won’t say the name, but you would instantly recognize it.

    Anyway, when I started there the woman were regulated to waiting on the men. They even were required to bring us coffee when requested. They weren’t even allowed to park in the “executive” parking lot, but had to park with the factory workers. At 4:45 each day, the women would gather up all the coffee cups and gather downstairs to wash them. Being raised in a progressive Republican family, I found this behavior very strange.

    During my tenure there, we turned the company from a big loser to a big money maker. Some of the changes we implemented included replacing long time employees or downsizing by modernization (i.e. computers).

    There was a very talented woman working there that I made my assistant. When I decided she was too busy to stop working at 4:45 to wash dishes, a riot almost broke out. It was the other women who raised the ruckus! At the company picnic, I was even threatened by the husband of one woman.

    Imagine the fun when I decided to move on and named this woman my successor! She became the first middle management woman in the company’s history, over 100 years. And this was in 1978.

    I tell this story or the one about my sister’s breasts being discussed in a college class during the late 60’s. Women have come a long way. And I WAS hoping to have one for President currently, but the one we got is catching on wonderfully.

  7. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    I just realized I get my news in a strange way. I listen to the “right-wing fringe”, to find out what is hot. Then I research the facts using many sources. Seems you really can’t get a clear picture unless you research sites that are political opposites. That way you learn which opposing facts to dwell on.

    Why do people (i.e. my mother) take Fox News at face value and never question anything they say, when Fox News has a reputation for not being truthful (most of the time)?

    Their latest high jinks was a story saying new reports show the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) will cost twice as much as predicted. The reports actually says costs of the program will be substantially lower than originally forecast. Check it out:

    http://mediamatters.org/research/201203160005

  8. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello NON,
    I would guess that you mother grew up with the beginnings of TV with Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, and where those men established a trust and truth with those whom they broadcasted to. All of the above knew they had a responsibility to pass on the most accurate and bias free reporting of the time.

    Unfortunately the same cannot be said today with Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Programming, and most of the Talk Radio being broadcasted today.

    Your mother learned early to trust and believe the news reports of those great men of the 1950’s through the early 1970’s. She is just projecting that same trust to those today that do not deserve the honor and mantle established by their predecessors.

  9. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello All,
    I am passing on some more information to consider where extreme Republican controlled State houses are proposing very dangerous anti-women legislation.

    A committee of Arizona lawmakers has approved a bill that would prevent doctors from being sued for malpractice to allow anti-abortion doctors to keep potential disability information from parents without fear of legal retribution. The Arizona Senate committee has okayed legislation that will let doctors lie about an unborn child’s health reveled by the results of blood tests, ultrasound, CVS or Amino tests. To summarize, the Arizona bill would also ban abortion at the point when a woman often learns about a devastating diagnosis.

    Before becoming law, the Arizona bill still must be considered by the full Senate and House. Let’s hope sanity prevails.

    Sadly on the other hand Oklahoma recently passed a similar law and Kansas is considering the exact same legislation that would give evidence that this is an organized National Republican Platform being perpetrated against women.

    But the one that tops the chart and is forever on the lunatic fringe, Georgia State Representatives which are proposing an abortion bill that would criminalize miscarriages.

    How cruel would it be if a woman having to deal with the loss of a wanted pregnancy but then be brought to trial for the criminal act of having a miscarriage and have to prove that it was not caused by anything she had done to cause it?

    So if you think anyone of these laws are good for our society, please feel free to vote for your Republican candidates. I on the other hand find ALL of these laws repulsive and would never inflict the application to my OWN daughters. So if it is not legally good enough for my daughters, it is not good enough for anyone’s daughters and I take great offence to think that someone has the audacity and would want to inflict these laws onto my daughters.

    To conclude, my mind set as of this moment, I cannot help but take this as a personal attack on my daughters on an emotional level and I have not found anything thus far that would have me recount my final statement of the posting and it respectively still stands. I may have a change of heart at a later time but now right now.

  10. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    In 1996 Rick and Karen Santorum induced labor for a 20 week old fetus because Karen’s life was in danger. A fetus delivered by induced delivery could be seen as an abortion, as it is impossible, at that stage, for a fetus to survive outside the mother’s body. There were medical problems attributed to an operation on the fetus after a prenatal screening detected a health problem with the fetus.

    His position on abortion is no abortion for ANY reason, as he says in this clip from a campaign stop in Iowa:

  11. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello NON,
    What a good case of “Don’t do as I Do; but Do as I Say,” and if Karen Santorum had to deal with this today, her doctor could keep this potential disability medical information from her and Rick without fear of legal retribution.

    This is how extreme the Republican Party has gone nation wide.

    I have no recognition of my own Party anymore. They surely don’t speak for me anymore.

  12. mudrake Says:

    Engineer- excellent post not only because of the content but also because you are fighting so hard to wrest control of your party from the pirates who currently hold it hostage.

    Most sad is your final comment above, I have no recognition of my own Party anymore. They surely don’t speak for me anymore.

    We know this and we watch, like you, in disbelief and in common sadness.

  13. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello Muddy,
    Thanks for stopping by as I always value your input. This is a truly disturbing development and direction that my Republican Party has taken. For the sake and safety of my daughters’ future, I have to fight and oppose this current political platform perpetuated by the dangerous and extreme aspects that has taken over the Party.

  14. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    As a life long proud Republican, I hope they get their asses stomped this November so the fringe types will crawl back into their holes. You just know that THEY know they’re wrong when they either hide the truth or outright lie to get their agenda approved.

  15. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello NON,
    You and I have much in common; two Republicans who are outraged at the ignorance propelling the political platforms of the Party this year.

    At political meetings I have spoken at, one of my major points have been, if what you are proposing cannot withstand the light of day scrutiny, if you have to try to hide it within another venue or an our right lie, then it is not legislation that should be approved nor supported. Unfortunately most of the legislation that was passed during the Bush/Cheney years fits exactly that profile and is what has destroyed the working Middle Class today.

    Bottom Line, until the extreme element is purged from the Party, we are all in danger of loosing our Middle Class. When you loose your Middle Class, you loose your Democracy. I saw this happen in South America. The extreme conservatives within the Republican Party today are no different than the fascist parading and celebrating Augusto Pinochet as the savior of Chile, but in reality I saw first hand the “Tyrant” that was known by others. It has taken almost 40 years for Chile to recover to some semblance of a Democracy…at the cost of 3,000 lives just in the years of 1974 until transferring power to a democratically elected president in 1990. Even after 1990, it still took several years to recover.

    This is where we are headed with the current group of Republicans leading the Party. The “Johnny Come Lately” who think they have all the answers, but in reality can’t even formulate what the questions are. “They Don’t Even Know What They Don’t Know” and are leading this country into a very dangerous venue that we may never recover from in our lifetime if they are successful.

  16. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    UPDATE: 03-19-2012 6:42 PM
    Tennessee Republican Lunacy breaks onto the scene!!
    A new bill moving through the Tennessee House of Representatives would require the state to publish the names of each doctor who performs an abortion and detailed statistics about the woman having the procedure, which opponents worry will spur anti-abortion violence in the state.

    The Life Defense Act of 2012, sponsored by state Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), mandates that the Tennessee Department of Health make detailed demographic information about every woman who has an abortion available to the public, including her age, race, county, marital status, education level, number of children, the location of the procedure and how many times she has been pregnant. Each report would also have to include the name of the doctor who performed the procedure.

    Just as Dr. George Tiller on May 31, 2009 was shot and killed by Scott Roeder, a self appointed anti-abortion activist taking the law into his own hands. Dr. Tiller was killed during a Sunday morning service at his church, where he was serving as an usher. In Scott Roeder’s sick mind, he could not figure out why he was not seen as a hero instead of a murdering criminal.

    Just as Dr. Tiller’s killing was labeled as an act of domestic terrorism, and an assassination, we could very well have an outbreak of Tennessee Crazies taking the law into their own hands being justified in their sick minds with this Life Defense Act of 2012 bill.

    Maybe someone should propose a law mandating the name and address of Tennessee Representatives who support this Life Defense Act of 2012 law, their wives and children, where they shop, work, and go to school. That way if someone disagrees with this Life Defense Act of 2012, they can change the vote before it is cast in the State House.

    Of course I am not in favor of this last statement because it is just as crazy and dangerous as the Life Defense Act of 2012 law being proposed in Tennessee today.

    I can only hope that the 51% majority, the population of women in this country, will turn out and cast their votes to protect their and their daughter’s interest. It is IMPORTANT!!

  17. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    And yet N.O.M. still refuses to release the names of their donors even after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal.

    This Tennessee bill reminds me of Palin’s ads with cross-hairs over certain politicians, including Gabrielle Giffords. It’s not like we have a bunch of gun toting imbeciles running around. Well anyway, at least we’ve got some good gun control laws.

    (What do you mean where have I been?)

  18. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello NON,
    I not sure of the question you are asking and you may have to help out my poor old feeble mind. 🙂

  19. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    Heh, heh, heh……all my comments were supposed to be sarcastic. It’s just unbelievable that some elected dunces are still whining that nobody follows the laws while at the same time they are trying to pass laws, “their” laws, that are not based on the reality of this world. It’s like I’ve been away on a different planet and am totally unaware of what’s happening in reality.

  20. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    NON,
    Now I get it. You know I do enjoy our conversations and I am glad that we have met. As I have said, we have a lot in common my friend. 🙂

  21. Dog Gone Says:

    There are so many new instances of the war on women occurring daily, it’s hard to keep up with them. What seems clear is that the right is moving further right, and like the ancient maps, soon they will fall off the edge of the known world…… or be consumed by the monsters they themselves are creating.

  22. Engineer Of Knowledge Says:

    Penigma wrote:
    It was hard to keep up with the new attacks on women that were exploding daily.

    And that if the right went any further right they’d be in the ancient map territory where they’d fall of the edge of the known world, or be eaten by the monsters they themselves were creating.

    (I’m guessing the latter……)

  23. Engineer Of Knowledge Says:

    Hello Penigma,
    Glad to have you stop by. You are still having trouble and I do not know why. I have no filters nor delays set for making a comment but as I said, I will make sure your input is entered.

    Thank you again.

  24. J.O.B. Says:

    EOK- As much as I enjoyed the Ledbetter story, did you hear about the Anne Cambell story? She is a women who works in the trades. She (Self-admittedly) does half the work as her Male counterparts. Yet she makes the same wage. Don’t bother researching it. I work with her. It’s not some famous case written about in books.
    For every Lily Ledbetter, there’s probably 3 Anne Cambells. I hope Ms. Ledbetter keeps fighting the good fight, but he Ms. Cambells of the world do not help.
    As I stated before, the Republican party is broken. However, the Democratic party is no different. You want me to vote for a President who raised my taxes, after telling me they would not be raised? Not to mention VP Biden. This guy helped spend millions of dollars of tax-payer money investigating steroids in Baseball. F##king Baseball. This country is screaming for more options. Because it is my humble opinion, that these two parties, are no longer cutting it.

  25. Engineer of Knowledge Says:

    Hello J.O.B.
    I know you have been very busy and thanks for stopping by.

    Yea I agree that these two parties are no longer cutting it. Sometimes questions just grow so big over time that there may not be any GOOD answers to be had. You knowing my “Baby Boomer” age group, and I knowing your demographic age group that you develop your viewpoints from (which is a good thing) all I can say that my generation has to pass the baton and responsibility to yours. It’s your world now.

    I only caution that you must choose wisely because the vote you cast today has long term consequences for you and your children when you reach my age. Don’t allow yourself to be mislead, or lied to from the corporate funded extreme right rhetoric which is so predominate today. Obtain your information from the many broad spectrums that are out there and take the average, or the geometric mean, because this is where you will find the truth.

    As you know from our private conversations, I have a much better knowledge of what is really going on behind the scenes than most people in the country. (I have family members who worked in Washington D.C. like in John Boehner’s office as an example. Plus you also know the true inside information that I have passed some onto you and that as you said, “Most people don’t need to know” sources. 😉 Be very critical in your thinking and familiarize yourself with the “John Nash’s Game Theory” and its application. I stress that you really learn this application as it will help you in everything.

    Your statement, “For every Lily Ledbetter, there’s probably 3 Anne Cambell,” this is not a good argument. (The “Divertive Argument” pitfall in English 101 Critical Thinking and Logical Argumentation). I suggest that you just take this one English class at the least from your local Community College at night. It too will help you out immensely.

    As I saw in your posting that you are thinking of running for office, and I being a mentor within Freemasonry, this is the best advice that I can pass onto you. Also allow me to say that Politics is a very slimy business and at some point in time, as the junior political personal, you will be asked to break the law to protect the more senior person. This is just a reality of the job. The choice will be yours at this point to “Play Ball” or they will fund someone to run against you. Also be prepared to have your family attacked and viewed under a microscope.

    I will say in all sincerity, I do wish you the best of luck as I do think you are a good person with the best intentions for us all. Try to hold onto that for as long as you can.

  26. J.O.B. Says:

    EOK- Thank you for the advice. Trust me, I’m not striving for a new career. Just curious how far someone like me can go. Not even sure if I could get on a ballot. But what the hell, I’ll give it a shot….. 😉
    Maybe you could leave a question on my post, or a comment. Opinions are fine too.

    As for Ms. Ledbetter, I’m not trying to divert anything away from what she’s going through. Just pointing out the fact, that there’s more than just one force (Supreme Court) working against her. I hope that she carries on, and I hope she succeeds.

  27. Northwest Ohio Native Says:

    J.O.B. – The gateway to politics is joining the “Central Committee” first. There are usually many vacancies and this is a spring board to run with the party of your choice supporting you.

  28. J.O.B. Says:

    NON- Therein lies the problem. I do not believe in some core principles that both parties hold dear. We all know how Green Party candidates fair. I will definitely check it out though. Thanks.

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