Mitch McConnell endorser Mike Huckabee made the mistake of offering his opinions on women today on NBC News. Understand, he based these on the “women he knows”, so that might explain the disconnect with the real world. But still. Huckabee thinks the main problem women face is Democrats telling them to get some sugar from Uncle Sugar. Seriously.
Huckabee tells us that Democrats want to tell women that “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”
Huckabee, “Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for their birth control medication.”
I confess that Huckabee lost me at “their birth control medication” because I thought men benefited from that as well. No? But yes, this is a winning strategy — because the party that seeks to make all abortion illegal is also defunding birth control for poverty stricken women. This is how they say, “Ladies, we’re on your side! But that pregnancy that results from an act that takes two? That’s on you, sweetie.” Luckily since they are against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and refused to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act for a year, we can get a real picture of their idea of female “freedom”.
So, Huckabee assured us that he sees women as smart and capable. So capable that his Republican party stands for the “recognition of equality of women and the capacity of women.” Don’t expect that “recognition” to come in the form of the only thing that matters, and that’s policy.
If you don’t believe me, ask a Republican how they feel about heavily regulating industry while we TELL industry that we have total faith in their capacity to do right. We just see no need to act on that faith policy wise. Uh-huh.
Or ask a Republican why if they see women as so great, why they don’t trust us to make our own medical decisions. Why do they feel the need to control us via their Big Government at every turn if they think we are so great? Why do they think government is the perfect vehicle to control women by passing laws that make it hard to get an abortion and defund access to birth control, but then they don’t think government is a good vehicle for pay equity.
This, Huckabee tells us, is not a “war on them” it’s a “war for them”. Oh. Don’t you feel better now?
I wondered when we’d get to shaming women’s libidos in this discussion. It didn’t take long. It’s the Democrats who are waging war on you ladies, Huckabee tells us oh so not condescendingly. Democrats want to tell women that “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”
McConnell has been super impressed with his major endorser of Mike Huckabee in the past.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) January 18, 2014
Birds of a feather etc.
So ladies, aren’t you glad that Mitch and his buddies really GET IT? Stop asking for things from Uncle Sugar! Mitch might not believe in pay equity for women, but hey. You wouldn’t be worried about that if you were one of the women Huckabee knows. Or rather, I suspect he means women he “admires”, because a woman that a Republican admires does not depend upon her paycheck for stability because she has the good sense to turn all of her power over to her Patriarchal Good Old Boy, who will do as he sees fit. A girl just has to hope that he doesn’t see the Appalachian Trail as fit, or like a certain Florida Republican, replacing his entire family with a new one overnight and then pretending his other kids don’t exist.
Ladies, stop holding your hands out for Uncle Sugar. Jump back into that binder you came from like a good girl and hush up about things you don’t understand.
Hey, Republicans, this whole rebranding thing with taking back the “war on women” narrative by saying it’s not true and pointing fingers at the Democrats is working super well so far! Keep it up!!
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