The phony battle over certain kinds of birth control that are (often wrongly) called abortifacients is not about abortion. And much of the political fight about abortion isn’t really about abortion, either. It’s about whether women should be allowed to have sex.
Unfortunately, lawmakers and activists across the political spectrum have bought into the idea - some overtly, some tacitly - that good girls don’t have sex unless they are married and want to get pregnant, that there’s somehow something sleazy and immoral about a woman who has sex for its own sake. It’s a lie that’s supported in movie after movie - including ones allegedly directed at female viewers - that presents the false premise that men have sex because they enjoy it, and women have sex because they are in love. (Gentlemen: Nope. If a woman has sex with you, she may well be in love with you. Or she just wanted to have sex with you. Or she just wanted to have sex.).
It’s easier to try to force this double standard on females because most women cannot have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. That means they must have access to reliable birth control, and access to abortion, should they believe in it. But that’s something that still seems to make even purported liberals uneasy.
A Republican from Colorado couldn’t remember the words “birth control” when, during a Thursday debate, he was asked a question about reproductive rights. After saying he did not support personhood (which is nice of him, I guess), Rep. Mike Coffman said, “But I support a woman’s access to, um, certainly, to … this Hobby Lobby decision to … um.”
People of Colorado, elect this man! Just kidding, do not elect this man.
A campaign representative clarified that Coffman meant to say that he supports the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, “but also supports maintaining access to birth control,” according to the Denver Post.
I am here today to propose a new rule. The new rule is that dummies who don’t support access to birth control can’t say that they support access to birth control.
Coffman is one such dummy.
Republicans want to beat Democrats at their own game this November by proposing a new way to widen access to birth control.
GOP candidates around the country are saying they want to make the pill available over the counter without a doctor’s prescription for the first time since it was approved in 1960.
The party hopes its stance, widely shared by healthcare providers, will help neutralize tough debates over birth control coverage and cut into Democrats’ traditional advantage among women voters.
“Cory’s proposal puts women in control,” said Alex Siciliano, spokesman for Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the first 2014 Senate candidate to talk up the idea.
“Making oral contraception available to adults at every pharmacy, without the trouble of a doctor’s visit, would drop the retail price and save money and time and hassle,” Siciliano said in a statement.
Austerity vs Prosperity, Libertarianism vs Progressiveness.
The ideological argument has sharply elevated the profile of the race, analysts say, and may hold lessons for lawmakers in other states.
The nation is watching. The Kansas tax cuts and credit rating downgrades were issues in the governor’s debate on Thursday — in Iowa.
But the dispute also accentuates the unusually clear choice Kansas voters face in November.
“Kansans do have a very important question in front of them,” said Patrick Ishmael of the conservative Show-Me Institute in Missouri. “How do they want their government to work?”
Such a stark policy difference between two candidates for Kansas governor is unusual. In most other years, Republican and Democratic nominees have disagreed over legislative tactics but have shared roughly similar approaches to state policy.
Open Carry Texas got an earful from local black residents in Houston’s 5th Ward this week when its leaders met with them regarding a proposed march by OCT:
Following a contentious meeting with community leaders in a predominantly black neighborhood in Houston, Open Carry Texas postponed Saturday’s march after protestors, some of them armed, accused the group of being racist and attempting to use its residents as a political crutch.
OCT said in a news release via Facebook that “several members” in the Fifth Ward wanted to work with its members, but “certain individuals in the area” intentionally pitted area leadership against OCT.
At the meeting Wednesday those protesting OCT shouted “You are not welcome here today or Saturday.”
“After numerous phone calls and exchanges of emails with community leaders, the OCT board voted unanimously to postpone the event for a future date in order to give OCT and 5th Ward leadership an opportunity to overcome the controversy associated with this event,” OCT said.
“Our goal has always been to hold this demonstration with 5th Ward, not just in 5th Ward,” said OCT President CJ Grisham. “We have an opportunity to correct all the lies, miscommunication, and vitriol associated with this event and express our true intent. I’m more than happy to push this event back to make that happen.”
They may be saying postponement, but I doubt the march ever happens. Black people in Texas are not going to accept a large number of armed white people marching through their neighborhood and they have good reasons for having that attitude. OCT was clueless for having this idea, although unlike the more confrontational Open Carry Tarrant County (OCTC) Open Carry Texas at least had the sense to meet with local civic leaders and then back off when in became clear they were unwelcome.
Overall, the the residents of the 5th Ward handled things right, and bringing their own guns was a good idea. Letting Quanell X, a member of the New Black Panther Party, play a role in speaking to the media wasn’t a great idea, but it wasn’t an EPIC FAIL, since Quanell X made his case without saying anything racist (though several of the comments on the two articles say racist things about him).
Overall, though Open Carry Texas ended up looking silly and clueless, nobody did anything really stupid and nobody got hurt. And that last is a Good Thing.
I’m in solidarity with Digby on this, for libertarians to try to claim they are the only ones who care about civil liberties or the steady militarization of our police the past decade or so is totally bogus. We’ve posted about it here at LGF, and I’ve seen article after article about the situation from all points of the political spectrum. It’s something that very few reasonable people like.
So I’m hearing some nonsense that only libertarians have been talking about the militarization of the police. I am not a libertarian. I’m a liberal and a civil libertarian which isn’t the same thing. And I’ve been talking about this for a very long time. So have a lot of other liberals.
The fact is that civil liberties are rarely a priority in either political party. The libertarians in America tend to gather in the GOP while the civil libertarians like me tend to vote Democratic. We’re a minority either way, but the civil libertarian liberals outnumber the libertarians substantially.
Here’s a story from prolific Daily Kos diarist Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees dated June 20th of this year that illustrates the party differences in this regard:
During the amendment voting for “defense” appropriations last night, Alan Grayson (FL-09) introduced an amendment to prohibit the use of funds to transfer aircraft (including unmanned aerial vehicles), armored vehicles, grenade launchers, silencers, toxicological agents, launch vehicles, guided missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, mines, or nuclear weapons through the DOD Excess Personal Property Program established pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997.
Mitch McConnell Earns ‘Mostly False’ Rating for Claims on Violence Against Women Act Vote - Linkis.com
WASHINGTON — PolitiFact is giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a “mostly false” rating for his claim that he voted for a stronger version of the Violence Against Women Act than the version backed by President Barack Obama.
The fact-checking project of the Tampa Bay Times examined a recent McConnell campaign ad titled “As Is,” in which he claims that he “voted for even stronger protections than Obama’s agenda will allow” when the Senate weighed in on VAWA last year. What the ad doesn’t say is that McConnell actually voted against the version of VAWA that passed the Senate and went on to become law, and he instead supported a scaled-back GOP version of the legislation that left out key protections for LGBT, Native American and undocumented immigrant victims of domestic abuse.
PolitiFact tried to make sense of McConnell’s claim:
Because, I guess, hiring the candidate most qualified perform the work is never part of the equation. Maybe women should just volunteer to be sure they get to work at all.
A Republican Senate candidate from Oregon expressed her belief that businesses wouldn’t hire women if equal pay laws were implemented.
Monica Wehby said such legislation aimed at providing women the same opportunities as men would deny them careers.
“I would be concerned that it would make it more difficult for businesses to hire women because of the fear of lawsuits. They would tend to steer away. And I think that that’s an unintended consequence of laws like this that increase regulation and legislation,” she said Sunday during an interview with a local news station in Portland.
Senate Republicans in April rejected the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have held employees responsible for wage discrimination against women and would have required the U.S. Department of Labor to collect wage data from supervisors. Wehby said she supports equality for women in the workplace, but thinks there are flaws in the bill.
The good citizens of Tennessee won’t have Senator Stacey Campfield to kick around anymore. Nor will late night comedians, pundits, or journalists. The freshman, one-term state Senator lost his primary battle against Dr. Richard Briggs, whom most late night comedians, pundits, and journalists will likely ask if he agrees with one of Sen. Campfield’s most outrageous — and dangerous — false claims, that “it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.”
Campfield won just 28 percent of the vote.
Senator Stacey Campfield came to nationwide attention when he sponsored the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would not only have prevented any discussion of homosexuality in public schools whatsoever, but, as a result, so severely stigmatize LGBTQ children as to make them likely more subject to bullying and even possibly increase the rate of attempted suicides.