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AdLib On February - 14 - 2012

Professional spatula, Mitt Romney has attacked President Obama on defense claiming that his proposed cuts will prevent us from conducting two wars at once. Put aside for a moment that Mitt Romney knows as much about defense as he does about caring for your dog on a road trip, the idea of wars arouse the GOP base in a way that only the thought of a naked Ronald Reagan could.

Republicans love to hate, in fact, for Valentine’s Day today, the GOP website will send a dozen hateful pejoratives in a gift box to that special Muslim or gay person on your enemies list.

And as Mitt Romney voices for them, they like to have as many wars as they can eat (they love the “all you can hate” lunch buffets). They are at war with 99% of Americans who want economic fairness, Hispanics, gays, climate change, Kermit and Miss Piggy, clean air and water, protecting consumers and their savings and homes, green energy, peace, Muslims and all others who don’t profess Christianity, efficient light bulbs…and on top of all this, they are at war with over half of the U.S. population…women.

Republicans have been at war with women for a very long time (for an explanation, see: Larry Craig v. MN Airport Bathroom), recognition of this might have faded over a number of years because of how caught up they became in hating blacks, Latinos and gays…too much hate, so little time! But like a dung beetle chasing his dung ball downhill, the Republicans have finally caught up with their hate of women and are now positioning themselves to make it a major issue of their 2012 election campaign.

Last week, President Obama deftly diffused the controversy over the ACA’s rule that all employers provide free contraceptive care to women. The Republicans were gleefully gearing up for a battle with him, casting him as attacking religion for preventing religion from attacking the rights of 99% of women but they were out maneuvered when Obama transferred the obligation from church owned businesses to insurance companies.

Republicans were frustrated, they were all dressed up in all this hate with nowhere to go…unless…instead of giving up when the door was closed on them, they decided to kick down the door and invade everyone’s bedroom…of course! That would surely rally a majority of people to the GOP and against that baby hating, woman loving Obama!

We’ve seen the Right Wingers passing laws in states to block or make difficult women’s ability to have an abortion (even when her life is endangered), ongoing attacks on Planned Parenthood both from politicians and RW execs at The Susan G. Komen Foundation, statements by GOP Presidential candidates that women are incapable of combat missions in the military or have been brainwashed into thinking they should have careers by “liberals”…to hear these Right Wing men spew their spite towards women, you’d think they believed they gave birth to themselves.

Let’s consider some simple demographic facts. Women are a majority of citizens in the U.S.. Women are a majority of voters in elections. 99% of women have used or do use contraception.

So how does the GOP plan to win elections when they are at war with the majority of voters and citizens?

There is only one explanation for it…delusion. These types live in a political and social bubble, they listen to Rush Limbaugh, they watch Fox News, they associate or blog only with fellow extremists. So naturally, in the bubble they live in, everyone thinks as they do, everyone is an insecure, underachieving white male who’s intimidated by women, minorities and people who are different from them (“Paging Mr. Santorum! Paging Mr. Rick Santorum!”).

Everyone thinks black people need to be put in their place and women should be subservient to men. Men who fight for the right to decide what women should be allowed to do, even with their own bodies, are real and righteous men that are following what God (the male God that is, who also gave birth to himself) wants.

Of course, the real minority in modern day America are these troglodytes who somehow think that if they wish hard enough, it will become 1950 again and minorities and women will once again cower before the superiority of the Great White Male.

As this mentality pervades the GOP base, even those candidates who might not genuinely believe in this crap, have to gobble it down by the spoonful to prove to the anti-women core of the GOP that they hate seeing women empowered just as much as the Republican Rabble does…if they want to win their votes and the primary.

It is playing out like a self-parody, seeing all the old whte males in the Catholic hierarchy and the pundit class,  making declarations about what should or shouldn’t be a woman’s right, to birth control, abortion, etc.

This oblivious patronization and straight up diss of the entire female population by old white men who believe it’s up to them to decide what’s best for women, brings to mind a cartoon where Yosemite Sam bursts into a ship’s Powder Room with a match and says “Uh oh.” just before it blows up sky high.

The misguided GOP claimed that Obama’s rule on contraceptives has “awakened a sleeping giant”, referring to religious voters. To be fair, it did energize some of the evangelical base on the Right as well as news channels who have been drooling to find some way of hammering Obama to make the race for the Presidency closer and more profitable to them by attracting higher viewership.

Obama’s resolution of the matter and the fact that most Catholics (including men) supported even the original rule that required churches to cover contraception, undercuts the proposition of a sleeping giant being awakened on the Religious Right…more like a sleeping troll has turned over in its sleep.

Meanwhile, there may indeed be a sleeping giant awakened due to all of this but it’s not going to please the Religious Right in the GOP.

Though there have been women’s rights groups at work consistently, many women have not been focused on the fact that an entire political party has been at war with them (though many have been well aware of it). When specific anti-women incidents arise, they may attract the attention and energy of women but there hasn’t been an overall concentration of a majority of women in the nation on engaging their declared enemy in the overall conflict.

That may be changing now. As women’s rights have been usurped in state after state, there has been a building awareness that a coordinated attack on them is under way. The actions of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in trying to de-fund Planned Parenthood as part of this campaign seems to have been the last straw for many women (and men) who have been watching this war on women unfold.

This time, they got mad. They stepped up to SGK in huge numbers and said, “Oh no you don’t!” and SGK said, “Er…you’re right, oh no we don’t.”

That fire has only been stoked by this latest attack on women by the GOP,  who, like the cowards they are, hide behind the robes of the Catholic bishops to attack women (to the delight of the Catholic bishops). And because they get self-validation from the Right Wing echo chamber that what they’re doing is good for the GOP’s cause and chances in November, they have been redoubling their efforts and attacks.

Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri is introducing a bill in The House that would allow any employer the right to refuse contraception coverage if they claimed moral reasons. House Leader John “Cries Like a Man” Boehner and Senate Majority leader and Yertle the Turtle model, Mitch McConnell have both come out in support of such a bill.

Someone should mention three words to them…Little Big Horn.

Deluded into thinking that this is a winning hand, they are pushing in all their chips on making contraception and reducing women’s rights a defining issue. By doing so, they seem to be awakening and an actual sleeping giant and just in time for the elections in November.

They may eventually see this situation as David and Goliath but it’s not.

It’s Bambi vs. Godzilla…someone is definitely going to get squashed and it ain’t gonna be the giant.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. jjgravitas says:

    Interviews! We need more interviews! I love it how the GOP exposes the gaping flaws in their logic when they go public with their hate-button issues, such as their ironically termed “right to life.” They’re all about campaigning for the rights to life and to liberty … for some people anyway. But does the GOP ever recognize our right to the “pursuit of happiness?” No. Never. That would require that the “quality of life” also be included in the discussion. And what would “de-legalizing” abortion do to the quality of life? At best it would result in the additional births of thousands if not millions of babies to parents who don’t want them, who aren’t prepared, interested, or able to care for them. The majority of these unwanted children would be given up for adoption. How many of these republicans would be willing to adopt all these extra children? Not the politicians, I’m sure -- they’re too busy standing up for their hate-button issues.
    You want to prove you are a supporter of the “right to life”? Adopt a child. Not just one, but several.

    • SallyT says:

      JJgravitas, you got that right! Very good points that the Repugs don’t talk about. They don’t believe in “welfare” or medicaid or any of the things that these babies would need to have a ‘right to life’. According to Repugs, they will go up lazy, criminals, and should be child janitors. You stated that very well!

  2. coveark says:

    I simply cannot help having a picture in my head.

    Men in slippers, stockings, embroidered dresses and funny hats shuffling around.

    They are living in a separate community called a church.

    They do not pay taxes (….” render unto Ceaser”…being ignored ).

    They answer to a foreign leader in a cloistered city state, not even in our country.

    Some have been known to indulge in or cover for those who practice sexual misconduct with young boys.

    My question is this…..Why should their opinion matter one whit to the USA??

    The second question is….why would the GOP fancy themselves in agreement with this??

    The answer is that these swine will do anything for power. They also will do anything for money………But this race is about power and they want to beat our President Obama. I say that they are not in the race for any other reason than to gain power and I say they can all go to hell.

    We have the power to see that they drown in their own manure.

    We all know what to do……..vote, support,and know the right answer to the stupid statements and beliefs that too many see as truth.

    • AdLib says:

      Very nicely summed up, Coveark!

      It is our good fortune that the GOP has descended into a pit of such muck that every time they arise from it to howl and point accusationally at Obama, they merely call the public’s attention to how disgusting they are.

      The direction to go for Republicans winning their primaries for Congress and the Presidency go in the opposite direction of winning in the GE. So necessarily, they can’t have both.

      It’s a huge irony and a demonstration of what happens when extremists take over a political party.

    • SallyT says:

      Coveark, I see it that way, too. I also see it as male dominance and the Catholic Church has lead in that for centuries. Unfortuniately for them, it ain’t that way no more, boys! If they need to see how far we have come from that, just keep this crap up and they will see it in November!

      • coveark says:

        I hope they do keep it up and are all gone in November.

        If these people were to win. We could trade in our Democracy for an idiotocracy.

  3. choicelady says:

    I am fighting mad! Tonight on the Daily Show they had a tape of a panel of MEN all of whom said it was against their “moral values” to provide women and men with birth control.

    What even Jon Stewart FAILED to say is this directive is confined to employers who take TAX money and offer public services. This is back to the Civil Rights Act! No -- you do NOT get to take my tax dollars and then use YOUR values to keep me from my rights.

    What the HELL about the rest of us? Why are our values of no importance whatsoever? Why do the vast majority who USE contraceptives get left out here?

    Screw the old white guys. Well, on second thought don’t. At least not unprotected.

    Let ’em screw themselves. Of course, they just did.

    • CL, it was a FOX video, with Hannity at the helm, so it’s not surprising. Disgusting, yes, but it was the same old, same old for FOX. Odd, that there was not one woman among them. Aging religious farts that obviously either hate or fear women, and FOX snoozes constant attack on anything positive that Obama does. A perfect combination for FOX and their viewers. Hatred sells, these days.

    • SallyT says:

      CL, they kept us from the vote until 1920. Up til then they had control over our bodies because they made all the rules. It hasn’t been that easy for them since and it certainly won’t be again. That little pill with the right to vote is more power than they can imagine. I guess they need to see the blast to believe.

    • AdLib says:

      Heh! They are actually screwing themselves…without protection (from the public’s ire).

      All the polls show a vast majority supporting not only the way the rule now is on free contraception…but a majority still supports the original rule that required church-owned businesses to provide it!

      Catholics widely approve this even if the Catholic bishops howl.

      They are on the wrong side of decency and respect for ALL people, especially women and the majority of Americans recognize that. They are alienating themselves as they have again and again and that’s a good thing.

    • coveark says:

      They will screw us all unless we stay vigilant and vocal…..But I think your comment is well put.

  4. Khirad says:

    And here’s a “love song” back.



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