Dear Jane - That's Not Quite Right

Cumberland Times News : If anybody hates women, it’s not the Republicans

GOP Hates Women? Well Yeah, Kinda

Dear Jane Webster:

How do Republicans reproduce you ask?  The reproduce because they love sex, not women, but sex.  As a woman I hope you know the difference.  We (Americans) have long held women as somehow less than a full citizen, but yet we reproduced...  In other words, we men do not have to love women to reproduce. 

The ladies you mentioned Sarah Palin, Condoleeza Rice, Kristi Noem, Michele Bachmann, Jan Brewer, Susana Martinez, Mary Falin, and Nicki Haley - I'm afraid they are tokens.  The "war on women" was coined by liberal media because of policy not because they hate particular women.  None of the women you mentioned have initiated restrictions on access to women's health care.   Forced ultrasounds (Virginia, Pennsylvania), forced closures of Planned Parenthood (Texas, Kansas) and outright assault on abortion providers (Mississippi, Kansas, others) were all put in place by MEN - all of whom are Republicans.   And these ladies have remained silent on the issue.  That's what tokens do. 

As for the networks not broadcasting Ann Romney's address - it was decided LONG ago that they would cover three (3) days of each convention.  Three days for the Democrats, and three days for the Republicans. The GOP is demanding 4 days and because they didn't get it -are crying foul.  Ann Romney will probably get moved to another day, and I hope she does because I want to see her too.  But that means some other woman will NOT be seen on national TV. 

If the GOP were smart - and I have reason to believe they are -  they should use the one day that will NOT be on the air to present their platform.  Announcing it in prime time (particularly the abortion clause: no exceptions for rape/incest), could be detrimental.  I'm just saying....

Teresa Heinz-Kerry isn't a fair comparison to Mitt Romney.  You made the same mistake Romney has - assuming that the issue is money.  It's not.  It never has been. There are many reasons for tax returns - chief among them is whether the candidate followed the law.  We can also see what tax laws they may favor.  

The Kerrys released their tax returns for multiple years as is tradition.  As a result, there was no guessing what was in them, no insinuation, no hiding, it is what it is.  Romney on the other hand has made excuse after excuse - the latest being a direct contradiction to prior statements - on why he will not release tax returns.   Had he released them months ago - this would no longer be an issue and we'd be talking about something else.  Kerry was upfront and transparent.  Romney is not. 

Finally, you are correct the Republican Party once stood for women's suffrage and other human equalities - but that is now ancient history.  A lot has changed since then.  After the Civil War, Democrats ruled the South - supporting Jim Crow laws, voter suppression and opposing women's suffrage.  But the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s changed all of that particularly after the GOP adopted its so-called Southern Strategy.  Now it is Democrats who support the rights of minorities and women far more than the GOP.

I admire your passion.  Please keep writing!


Christopher Tracy


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