While Republican controlled states continue to do all within their power to make voting more difficult for people who are likely to vote Democrat, GOP contenders still need substantial support from women. At least they understand that reality. That is where the momentary lapse into reality ends.
Obviously, most women understand that voting for the GOP is synonymous to handing their personhood to the very people who applauded the Supreme Court’s ideologically based Hobby Lobby ruling. We understand that the GOP opposes equal pay for equal work, opposes laws criminalizing violence against women and favors corporate control over women’s access to healthcare.
In short, a woman who votes Republican isn’t merely voting against her economic and political interests, she is voting against her very personhood.
Republicans continue to believe the problem is messaging. Renee Ellmers is the most recent to argue that if only women are talked down to at a low enough level, we’ll get it. We will wrap our pretty little heads around the complex concept that corporations are people and women should be property. Talking down to us means we will understand that the glory days entail women knowing their place is in the binder.
We can solve unemployment if only women would just get married – ideally before they find out about things like dignity, equal partnership in marriage and if the marriage doesn’t work out (or the husband is abusive) community property. Politics would be so much more stable if nice women knew they really don’t want the vote and for that matter, realize that owning property is way too complex. America would be a much better place if only women understood their purpose in life is home, children, satisfying their man and church.
If only Republicans would talk to us at a low enough level, so we will understand. You can listen to Ellmers explain it all here.
“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.”
Hear that ladies? The problem with the GOP is not their policies, it’s those complicated pie charts, graphs and big numbers.
“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,”
The best thing the GOP can do for America and for the Democratic Party is to take Renee Ellmers’ advice.
They can do that by getting rid of those pie charts, graphs and big numbers. It would certainly help if they reduce the message to monosyllabic words, ideally with pictures. The messaging would be much more effective if they can wrap it in bling. After all, the evidentiary support that woman are easily distracted by shiny objects is indisputable.
The best thing women can do for America, for their families and for themselves is to recognize that Ellmers is the latest to admit that the GOP still does not understand that the problem is backward and oppressive policies – not messaging. They don’t understand that even if you wrap the war on women in the shiniest object on the planet, it remains a war on women. They still don’t understand that the Republican Party ‘s problem is that they talk down to everyone who isn’t part of the 1%. That’s why they are on the path to self-destruction.
Their ignorance is our strength, provided we use our voices at election time.