As Ted Cruz vowed to investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood while speaking at the Iowa State Fair today, a silent protest that was visible throughout Cruz’s speech reminded Republicans that payback is coming on Election Day 2016.
A sign was visible over Cruz’s shoulder during his entire speech that said, “1950 called. They want their workplace policies back.”
Here is an edited clip featuring the sign from USA TODAY:
Cruz joked that Hillary Clinton was a “wild-eyed socialist who has policies that are dangerous for America and the world.” The woman that visible holding up the sign that protested Republican positions that reinforce gender inequality in the workplace, along with millions of other men and women would strongly disagree.
Progress in catching up with what much of the rest of the world is already doing is not socialism. Hillary Clinton is not an extremist liberal. In fact, the debate among some Democrats is centered around whether Hillary Clinton is liberal enough.
Ted Cruz threw the word liberty around a lot during his speech, but it is clear that when he speaks about liberty he doesn’t mean freedom for all. Cruz like the rest of his Republican colleagues is most concerned about liberty for millionaires and corporations.
The Republican definition of liberty remains straight out of the show Mad Men. Rich white males have all the liberty, and the rest of the country is a blind spot to be ignored.
One woman who was holding one sign sent a powerful message. Women who believe in gender equality are always there. They are watching, and on November 8, 2016, those women and men who are fighting for progress will be voting.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association