JIM CREES: In every thing we say, there’s a little bit of truth
First of all, let me state explicitly and clearly — I don’t believe the GOP is waging some organized, (or even unorganized), “war on women.”
Don’t believe it.
But since I am well acquainted with my readership, those who will now scurry off to write me a letter castigating me for my belief in the GOP’s “war on women”, I will repeat my first sentence claim in all caps — I DON’T BELIEVE THE GOP IS WAGING SOME ORGANIZED WAR ON WOMEN.
The GOP isn’t waging war on women any more than liberals are waging war on Christmas.
Having said that... the Republican Party continues to suffer from the incredibly stupid ramblings and ranting of some more prominent leaders and members of the Grand Old Party.
Just when the GOP public relations people make a few steps forward in addressing issues of gender, race, or ethnicity, one of the party’s celebrities spouts off with some moronic meanderings.
Just recently, GOP notable and former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee commented on the Democrats, women, and birth control before a gathering of the party faithful.
“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it,” he told an Republican National Committee audience.
So, women need to be supplied with birth control because they “cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without government help ...”
To be sure, Huckabee was trying to make a point suggesting the Democrats had created a “Big Brother” approach to women’s health, but it certainly seemed — appeared — and sounded as though it was HIS insinuation that at least some women, in at least some situations, in at least some circumstances simply were incapable of controlling their... um... urges.
I’m pretty sure that’s not exactly what the governor meant.
BUT... it is what the governor said.
The problem with the GOP when it comes to women, race, ethnicity, and sexual preference isn’t what their personalities mean, it’s what their celebrities say.
And Lord knows they say some stupid things. Consider, s’il vous plaît, the not too distant past:
During the last election cycle, Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin suggested openly and ever so ignorantly that female rape victims — that is to say, women who were victims of “legitimate rape” — would not get pregnant because their bodies would shut down and reject the reproductive process.
Yessir. “Legitimate rape.”
Then Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, offered some insights into rape noting, “I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Yep. God intended for the rape to happen. It’s all part of “The Plan.”
Then, a rich supporter of presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Foster Friess, said his preferred candidate was spot on in his philosophical disagreement with birth control since all women really needed to in order to not get pregnant was “... put aspirin between their knees.”
And finally, for your consideration, while discussing the Violence Against Women Act, a proposed bill that would have created federal funding for domestic violence women’s shelters and a number of family violence prevention programs, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell suggested that all the bill actually did was diminish from a much more important small business tax bill.
Again, all this stuff may or may not be what they meant, but it IS what they said and did.
There’s a problem, and it isn’t just folks like me who recognize that there is a problem.
Following Huckabee’s unfortunate rant, PNC chairman Reince Priebus said flat out that the governor was simply out of line in talking about women’s libidos.
Priebus was very concerned, he said, with the “...tone and choice of words” Republican speakers were using to express their ideas.
But he wasn’t sincerely apologetic. Rather Priebus was worried about the effect moronic comments could have on election bids noting in an interview on The Daily Rundown “...you know, you have to accept the political world we live in, in the sense that you cannot offer up words like ‘libido’ — wherever that came from — you don’t offer up these sorts of lobs and set up passes and serves that allow the Democrats to spike the ball.”
In other words, Priebus suggests that all the stupid things GOP candidates say about women, ethnic group, and sexual preferences aren’t necessarily wrong, they just don’t do the GOP any favors while trying to win elections.
The problem is that while considering what guys like Huckabee, Akin, and too many others in the GOP say about women, minorities, reproductive issues, and same-sex policies, I have to remember what my mother-in-law used to say about inconsiderate and unkind speech:
“In every thing we say, serious or in jest, there is a little bit of truth.”