There is nearly always some dissent within a political party concerning an issue that conflicts with a member’s personal ideology or benefit for constituents that prevents them from supporting a specific agenda. In the ever-expanding Republican war on women though, there is complete agreement that there are no limits on the degrading and pernicious means to deny women the right to good health whether it is reproductive health or not. There was outrage last week when House Republicans convened a panel on denying access to birth control with five men and no women, and although it is incredibly outrageous, no intelligent human being should have been the least bit surprised. There is this misconception that the war on women escalated when Catholic bishops asserted their control over the Republicans in Congress to block contraception coverage, but this war began in earnest in 2009 and the first major assault began on the second day of the 112th Congress, and contraception coverage was not the issue.
The audacious assault on contraception last Thursday revealed the anti-women sentiments of misogynist Republicans in congress and state legislatures, as well as donors to presidential candidates. Rick Santorum’s biggest donor gave advice to women on birth control and said, “On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so inexpensive. You know, back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” A Virginia legislator rationalized a law that forces women to undergo invasive transvaginal procedures prior to having an abortion said, “A woman already consented to being “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.” A woman’s enemy and chairman of the House Oversight Committee convened to deny women access to contraceptives defended excluding a woman to testify on the all-male panel by saying, “she is not appropriate and qualified.” Obviously, Republican males are better qualified to make health care decisions for women, and if Issa had allowed the woman to testify, the panel would have understood contraceptives serve important healthcare functions besides birth control.
The Republican presidential candidates are all allied with the Republicans in Congress and they have signaled that if elected, they will continue the war on women regardless of the outcome of the contraceptive battle. In fact, every Republican, male and female, joined the war against women in early 2009 during the healthcare reform debate. Some of the most important features of the Affordable Care Act addressed discrimination in the insurance industry against women, and it explains Republican’s opposition to the health law. The GOP’s war on women is really a war on women’s healthcare.
Any Republican that opposes or promises to repeal the health law opposes insurance covering: birth control, breast cancer screening, coverage for maternity and newborn care, women paying the same for insurance as men, keeping women under 26 on their parent’s insurance, screening for diabetes, and eliminating domestic violence as a pre-existing condition as well as closing the “donut hole” for prescription drugs. After promising to make job creation their highest priority during the 2010 elections; what is the first thing victorious Republicans and teabaggers do when they started the 112th Congress? Vote to repeal coverage for these crucial women’s health care issues. Republican males are pigs and one has to wonder what their wives must think of their assault on other women, because any man who actively attacks anonymous women over their healthcare is also punishing their wives, daughters, and mothers.
Republican males have traditionally opposed women’s rights on myriad issues from gender equity in pay to changing the definition of rape to protect sexual predators. However, Republican women are just as culpable for voting and supporting their favorite misogynist in Congress and state legislature. In 2009, fresh off of defeat in the general election, Republican pig Sarah Palin went on a crusade to defame the health law as the start of “death panels.” Of course, Palin whored herself to Fox News so she will never have to face economic hardships and challenges to afford cancer screenings or being charged 150% more for health insurance than a man. Michele Bachmann will never have to worry about maternity coverage or new baby care and leads stupid women teabaggers in calling for the ACA’s repeal. It is expected that female Republican legislators and former half-term loser governor’s will join the good ole’ boys in assailing millions of American women, but the sheer stupidity of women who support men like Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, or any other Republican candidate is stunning. Any woman who supports a Republican for president is pathetic, and watching Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich promise to repeal the ACA and seeing women in the audience wildly cheering is sickening. There is nothing as pitiful as watching a victim cheer on her assailant like they were the Messiah.
These wretched women who support Republicans are as evil as their heroes, and there can only be a few reasons they oppose the health law and women’s right to healthcare. They are either racists who oppose an African American as president, serial women abusers, suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, or are trapped in a cult that demands subjection to a man as a pre-condition to enter heaven. Or, it is possible they are just incredibly stupid and would rather see their daughters, mothers and sisters suffer from Republicans’ anti-women policies than accept that the health law is beneficial and worth supporting.
It is beyond belief that any woman would support a Republican for any office, and yet there they are; cheering Republican presidential hopefuls with full knowledge their first act if elected will be denying millions of their sisters, mothers and daughters critical health care coverage. The male Republican legislators and presidential hopefuls are pigs, but the women who support and campaign for them are stupid pigs for helping deny other women basic healthcare coverage. If a woman refuses preventative cancer screenings, new baby coverage, or contraception, it is their right to choose for themselves. It is stupid, but it is their right to be stupid. However, giving unwavering support to Republican lawmakers and candidates so they can deny every other woman healthcare coverage is pure evil. It is also a sign that any person who would deny women the right to healthcare options is deficient of basic human compassion and, since 2009, all Republicans qualify as despicable whether they are male or female. One just expects women to show more compassion than Republican males, but as the war on women demonstrates, there is no difference between male or female Republicans; they are all evil.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.