It’s no secret that Republicans are actively working against the interests of average Americans, doing all they can to worsen America’s economic problems in order to increase their leverage in the Presidential election. Being devoid of solutions to remedy the plethora of problems their policies created in the first place, Republicans busy themselves by distracting America with one of their old standbys – the war on women – with the ultimate aim of maintaining the Plutocracy they’ve been constructing for 30 years.
“For thirty years, now, Republicans have been yammering about small government, deficits, the glories of the free market, and the incompetence and wastefulness of government.
It’s all been a big lie, part of a well funded and cleverly executed coup d’etat, designed to enable the ultra rich and corporations to literally take power out of the hands of government and money out of the pockets of individual citizens.”
Maintaining the power and privilege of the 1% is the goal – by any means. Republicans weave stories “freedom” and “small government,” while waging culture wars that violate their very myths.
By now, you’ve seen the pictures from the ethically-challenged House Representative Darrell Issa’s panel on contraception consisting only of men. Actually, there was a woman present and ready to testify - a female Georgetown law student whose friend lost an ovary due to the fact she couldn’t get access to contraceptive treatment because of the university’s religious affiliation. Issa barred her from participating because, in his opinion, she was not qualified. Issa didn’t understand why everyone had their bloomers in a wad, the panel was, after all, about religious liberty – not access to contraception. Naturally, women have no qualifications to be on a panel of religious authorities – especially since God is a man, as every male religious authority will attest. All I can say is, “Thank GOD Republicans are there to relieve us all of the burden of having to make such complicated decisions about our personal lives!” Now, we can all go about the business of being FREE, right? After all. Republicans are all about limiting the size of government so as to protect individual freedom. Except, they’re not. That’s part of the big lie. Republicans are only concerned about so-called “big government” when it gets in the way of their Plutocratic masters ability to ride the people mercilessly to to bank unfettered by the only institution powerful enough to tell them to “play nice” – namely, our government.
Any individual or group could and would be sacrificed on the Republican altar of power, whose only deity is the unholy dollar.
Do Republicans Really Favor Small Government?
The short answer is “NO.”
Republicans and their corporate over lords were never really concerned with making government small. In fact, the size of government exploded under Reagan and Bush II, and we didn’t hear a peep out of Republicans. In the last thirty years, only Clinton reduced the size of government significantly, and he did so while declaring “the era of big government” to be over.
What they really wanted was a weak government.
Government is one of the only forces capable of preventing the excesses of unconstrained markets, so step one of the Plutocrat’s coup had to be to thoroughly discredit it. It began with Reagan’s famous quote, “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem,” and despite massive and growing evidence to the contrary, it’s been repeated so often, that it is now accepted as revealed truth.
Don’t look for the Democrats to set things straight, though. If Republicans are merely paid mouthpieces for corporate America, Democrats are wholly owned subsidiaries of it. As for the main stream media? They are corporate America.
Getting back to Issa. To add irony on top of hypocrisy, the hearing was titled, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State.” Given the CONservative penchant for shoving their phony Christianity down the nation’s throat, again, as a device for garnering support from the very people whose lives they seek to destroy… the title was just another small slice of Republican propaganda. A typically misleading and inflammatory word-play umbrella under which Issa’s panel would stir up the Republican mouth-breathing base by demagoguing the healthcare overhaul’s requirement that employers’ health insurance policies (GASP!) cover contraception.
As their true, appalling, archaic and misogynistic colors again fly on full display from sea to shining sea… normal people (non-Republicans) are left to wonder how any woman could ever cast a vote for members of a party whose mission is their complete subjugation. But as a recent study out of the U.K. found, children with low intelligence are more likely to grow up to be social conservatives and racists, so upset by the fact that they can’t wrap their tiny minds around a complex world, that they gravitate to institutions that simplify it by promoting and maintaining strict hierarchies. This being the case, CONservatives both male and female, may deem women in full control of their destinies to be frightening beings, and thus find comfort and security in stripping them of any shred of their hard-won autonomy. These people are easy pickings for the Republicans, who promise to maintain order by keeping everyone in their natural “place.”
From Moveon.org. Here’s a list of some of the latest Republican attacks on women.
Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP’s War on Women
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker. [link] + [link]
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.” [link]
3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that couldmake it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.) [link]
4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. [link]
5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. [link]
6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. [link]
7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool. [link]
8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens. [link]
9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country. [link] + [link]
10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing toeliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up). [link]
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But wait! There’s more.
Yesterday, Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, held a hearing on the recent debate over contraception and health insurance. Here are just 10 of the many lowlights of that hearing and the larger political debate on this issue:
1. Catholic Bishop William Lori’s analogy at the GOP hearing comparing the requirement that insurers provide contraception to a law requiring Kosher delis to serve pork.
2. Issa’s decision not to allow a Georgetown Law School student to testify at a hearing about access to contraception on the grounds that religious liberty, not access to contraception, was the subject of hearing dealing with access to contraception.
3. Chairman Issa’s comparing his work to prevent women from having access to contraception to the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. Chairman Issa’s decision to hold hearing on whether contraception rule violates religious liberty but only inviting people to testify who already believe said rule violates religious liberty.
5. Having to repeatedly point out that Justice Scalia is completely right that the government not including religious exemptions in generally applicable laws does not violate the Constitution and does not threaten religious freedom.
6. Having to watch a mostly male group of religious zealots try to impose 19th-century views on contraception on American women and girls.
7. Having to repeatedly point out that almost 50 years ago the Supreme Court, made up of all men, ruled that the use of contraception is a fundamental right protected by at least five provisions of the United States Constitution.
8. Watching alleged people of faith use the rhetoric of religious liberty and freedom solely to achieve their political goal of defeating President Obama.
9. Hearing Rick Santorum compare President Obama’s desire to ensure access to contraception to the use of the “guillotine” in 18th-century France.
10. Watching my hard-earned tax dollars fund a religious rally on government property run by a person who doesn’t see the cruel irony of holding a hearing on “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State” and then only inviting true believers of two faiths to testify.