Friday, November 16, 2012

Double Down

Let's say, hypothetically, that your political party had just lost big because you really pissed off women and minority voters. Would you, (a) try to figure out how to be less odious, or (b) double down? Even if you didn't care about women, just from a tactical perspective, what would you do?

Obviously, you'd continue to oppose reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, right?

I admit, it wasn't the first answer that popped into my mind, either. Why fight against a law that funds women's shelters, domestic violence prevention and legal assistance for victims? I mean, assuming you're not Phyllis Schlafly,
In its 17 years of operation, it has done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence, while its funds have been used to fill feminist coffers and to lobby for feminist objectives and laws. . . The feminists have so broadened the definition of domestic violence that it doesn't have to be violent and can usually be whatever a woman alleges. Definitions of domestic violence include vague and overbroad concepts such as emotional distress, harassment, annoyance or merely unpleasant speech.
And you thought your crazy granny was bad!

No, the real reason House Republicans are still blocking the Violence Against Women reauthorization is because the Senate passed a version adding protections for undocumented immigrants and LGBT couples.

I dislike House Leader John Boehner. A lot. But if he were getting beat up, I'd still want the police to come to his aid. Boehner and the House Republicans must really hate undocumented farm workers to threaten them with deportation for reporting domestic abuse. We know that Republicans get the vapors from "alternative lifestyles," but gay unions are being recognized in ten states. I hear the gays might even be raising children these days!

Please, Senator Sessions, tell me how this is all a stunt by the Democrats.
I favor the Violence Against Women Act and have supported it at various points over the years, but there are matters put on that bill that almost seem to invite opposition. You think that’s possible? You think they might have put things in there we couldn’t support that maybe then they could accuse you of not being supportive of fighting violence against women?
I respect your use of sarcasm, sir, but I still call bullshit. Let me summarize the House Republican position on this one: We care about preventing domestic violence. But we care more about hating illegal immigrants. And, if we have to protect those icky gay dudes, too, then Girls, you are on your own.

Today's $5 goes to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Here's hoping the House can stop playing politics with women's safety and pass this VAWA in the next session.

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