Women are regarded solely as votes by the political Left. They are only sympathetic to women's issues as long as they fit into the agenda of the Left. Several recent developments bear this out.
The on-again/off-again Susan B. Komen's contributions to Planned Parenthood are one tremendous example of this. Nevermind the actions by Komen or their position on the issue. The reaction of the Left was very telling of how they truly feel. When the contributions were cut off, the Left went ballistic! Komen was giiving in to the harsh rhetoric of the Right. It was unfair to women! Then Komen did an about-face. If you supported the contributions, the Left applauded. They couldn't help themselves. It was a knee-jerk reaction both ways.
Another example of the Left's clouded perspective about women was that of the criticism from Hilary Rosen about Ann Romney's life experience. Romney's choice (isn't it about choice?) to be a housewife and mother of five kids is to be celebrated. Who among the Left can juggle grocery shopping, the laundry, making meals, cleaning the house, and paying the bills, all without skipping a beat? Housewives work for zero wages, often little appreciation, and almost always without a day off! They handle the economics, nutrition, and health care of the family, the transportation and discipline for the kids, and a dozen other needs of a family that no man would undertake willingly. Immediately after Rosen's comments were made, some of the rank and file among the Left and all of the Right unleashed a firestorm against her. Even Barack Obama chastized her. She backed away. She apologized.
Then good ol' Bill Maher decided to open his mouth. According to him, what Rosen meant to say was that Romney never "got her ass out of the house" to get work. He seems to think that housewives don't have to get out the house in the early morning. He seems to think that breakfast makes itself and the kids drive themselves to kindergarten. How long will the backlash against Maher take to build? Answer: It won't! Hilary Rosen was the scapegoat in this fray. The Left is not about to gang up on another of its own. The argument is not worth it to them. They will quietly ask Maher to talk about something else for a while, and hope the tumult dies down. They can't help it. It's in their genes!
But I still haven't told you why they do this! ...why they think this way!
I am convinced that the vast majority of voters, Left- and Right-leaning, have not thought everything completely through with regard to the reasons for their voting preferences. They latch on to the catch-phrases crafted by those in the shadows, and blindly follow without understanding why. This is bad on both sides. All of us benefit from greater information and better understanding. That is not to criticize or belittle anyone. It is to point out that others obviously have thought it all through.
On the Left, those who vote for things like "choice", gay rights, and gun control are most closely associated in the political spectrum with socialism and other totalitarian forms of government. There are several very clear reasons that the Left would be so steadfast in the realm of "women's rights".
The best way to force major change in government is through grouping of the masses. The easiest way to do this is to sell the masses a bill of goods on bogus issues, and make them think that they are somehow deprived if the related changes are not made.
Women's rights as a block of lesser issues, 1) promotes the division of the family unit by removing the wife from the home, 2) creates animosity between classes by making them each (left and right) believe that the other is an enemy, 3) is inflationary because it artificially puts more workers into the workforce and sending more dollars after fewer goods, 4) decreases the strength of the union by lessening the number of Americans via abortion, and 5) removes the focus of the targeted class on God and the morals that prevent us from participating in other issues associated with socialism. All of these serve to diminsh personal freedoms, and are the reasons for the solidarity shown by the Left.
Socialism is all about replacing individual freedom with a level of person security that is impossible to achieve. It removes personal responsibility from daily life, and so creates a mindset that it does not matter how poorly or how well a job is done, the pay will always be the same. It might sound cruel to say that the best condition for man to succeed is for him to be forced to struggle. But as government gets out of the way of man in his struggle, he sees a greater and greater chance of success. On the other hand, as socialist government planners take more and more control of the man's daily life, he is left with fewer and fewer choices.
Not one completely socialist country has survived for more than a few dozen years without either receiving assistance from other nations or dabbling in capitalism to supplement its socialism...not even China! Consider North Korea, Cuba, the Soviet Union... Why would anyone think that it is a better form of government?
Odd, isn't it, that the Left should have coined the phrase, Freedom of Choice? In the end, it is neither freedom, nor choice that Americans will enjoy...
Central planning is what she was alluding to, though I'm sure she didn't know it.
I would counter that with, "It takes individual freedom, and personal initiative!"
With the failure of the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) to pass with the required 2/3's majority, it becomes ever more clear that my premise for this article was on-the-money. The Left is not the friend of womanhood! This vote makes it plain enough to see!
It passed, but not by enough to over-ride Obama's promised veto.
Well, now maybe the Left-leaning mothers-to-be will slaughter their own daughters-to-be and take themselves out of the gene pool...
I've never voted Democrat in my life. The Dems like to act as though women like me don't exist, but we are the silent majority. We need to get off our butts this election and VOTE. Too many conservatives stayed home last time, and now look what we've got.
Interesting little background story for you all: When I was seventeen, we were allowed and encouraged to register to vote at our local public school, if we were within six months of our 18th birthdays. I was jazzed, and rushed right downstairs to register. I was stunned to notice that all the voter registration forms were pre-marked "Democrat". I was outraged. I told them none of them should be pre-marked, but if they were, there should be ample supplies of both types. They scrounged around and found a ballot without the political party marked. I filled it out and proudly checked "Republican". About a month later, my voter's ID card arrived in the mail. Sure enough, they had me registered as a Democrat. I had to go down to the Supervisor of Elections office and raise hell and talk about a lawsuit to get them to change it. Their response was interesting: they said how could I prove what I was alleging, and that it must have been an honest mistake anyway. Yeah....right. Bottom line is, they changed me to Republican (which is what I signed up as when I registered), and I've never changed it since. Everywhere I have ever lived, I have always checked to make sure I am registered to vote, and registered as a Republican. All of this happened back in 1978, in a small suburban town in Florida. Be not fooled: the Dems will stop at nothing to take over. They must be defeated. Every single one of us must vote this November. Our country hangs in the balance.