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There is an important election and critical issues before our nation.
How sad then that in the face of unprecedented United States and European debt, collapsing schools, bankrupt cities, an increasingly aggressive Russia and China, Afghanistan and other crises, the party of inclusion, diversity and peace is spending so much energy on a “War on Women.”
This war apparently is being waged by the Republicans. And according to the amount of attention paid by the Democrats, this war is one of the most important issues facing our country today.
Do Democrats and our president really and truly believe Republicans have declared a “War on Women”?
Do Republicans not have daughters and mothers, wives and husbands whom they dearly love? And what about the millions of Republican women? Where do they fit into this war against an entire gender?
Apparently, the Left feels about Republican women the same way they feel about the citizens of Kansas; that they are too ignorant to understand what’s good for them. Republican women might be insulted by that line of thinking.
Either way, Republican women need to know their party is at war with them merely because they are women. They will be bummed to hear it.
Really, how sad – and ultimately destructive – is it that we are spending day after day hearing the great Lions of the Democratic party ginning up this war as if they really believe in their hearts Republicans want to hurt women, and to do so for no reason other than pure Republican meanness.
What’s even sadder is that apparently polls told the Obama campaign this was an issue that would fire up a segment of their base.
This “war” is what will motivate their voters. Of course, all of this talk of war is definitely a long, long way from anything resembling Hope and Change, or tolerance toward diversity of opinions. Vote for us because the Republicans are… just mean? Come on.
And of what exactly does this war on women consist?
A complete abandonment by the Democratic party, in a nasty election, of the one woman who had a legitimate shot at being the first female president of the United States? The utter demonization of a woman who was the second female vice presidential candidate of a major party in our country’s history? What is the cause of this war that will apparently take away all women’s rights?
Contraception? Is there a serious conservative who is against having contraception widely and inexpensively available as it is today? Do we see conservatives boycotting Walgreens for selling condoms and birth control pills or occupying Rite Aid parking lots and harassing their executives?
Are Republicans really taking up arms to prevent women from having access to birth control?
Is it abortion? Is this what the war is about?
Certainly, this is a divisive and passionate issue that has created an enormous amount of vitriol and drama on both sides, and is likely to do so for a long time. But again, is this really a “war,” and is it news, that for some on the right, this is as important an issue as it is to some on the left?
Roe v. Wade still stands and will do so until the Supreme Court decides otherwise. And as we have recently seen, their decisions and logic are unpredictable. So, it does not appear there has been a new war declared on women/abortion by Mitt Romney.
The issue that has ignited all of this war talk – as in most issues this federal election cycle – is about the federal government’s role in the funding of contraception and abortions. This is a totally legitimate conversation to have.
The role of the federal government in our lives is the important political issue of our day, as it has been for more than 200 years. And whatever side of the issues you fall on, to question the validity of federally funded abortions and contraception is not to declare a “war on women” is it?
In these difficult times, there are serious issues with which we must contend: a $16 trillion deficit, 8.5 percent unemployment with no improvement in sight, soldiers dying in a real war in Afghanistan.
It is of no benefit to this nation for politicians to ignore these real issues with platitudes while practicing sophistry regarding the “war on women.”
No politician, especially a president elected in large part on the promise of reconciliation and common ground, serves our country by using the inflammatory words of war in a disingenuous effort to supplant hope with anger just to get votes.
The war is on ideology, not gender.