August 18, 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the one that gave women the right to vote. Women around the world and in America fought for that right, many died for it.
As Women's History Month, 2014 comes to an end, I can't help wondering what footnotes will be attached to Women's History Month, 2015 and beyond.
Is it possible that women are taking their right to vote for granted? Let's hope not.
While infringements on anyone's constitutionally guaranteed right to vote may seem inconceivable, it's happening all around us. In states controlled by Republican legislators and governors, they are enacting law after law, decreasing voting hours and increasing obstacles to the voting booth. Not surprisingly, the targets have been the poor, the elderly, ethnic minorities, working parents, students-anyone who is unlikely to vote Republican.
Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker just signed a bill limiting early and absentee voting, even as he professed his desire to protect the voting rights of all Cheeseheads.
When Pennsylvania went to federal court to defend their proposed voting restrictions-restrictions proposed to limit voter fraud-the state's attorney general admitted that there had been no cases of voter fraud in Pennsylvania.
Just as Vladimir Putin said he had no troops in Crimea, the GOP says they are not waging war on women. The whole idea of the GOP war on women, they say is merely a fabrication of the Left.
Trying to require women to get pre-abortion trans-vaginal ultrasounds and making them watch videos of abortions is a fabrication of the Left. You know better than that.
Many women feel, and reasonably so that extreme views of the white men on the Right will be offset by their female counterparts. Maybe in a perfect world.
One of the many issues the GOP has been fighting is equal pay for women. If you can understand their defense of that opposition, you're probably smarter than I am.
Cari Christman is executive director of Red State Women, a Texas PAC with funding as transparent as a lead wall. When asked what Republicans voting against equal pay for women would propose in its stead, her answer was as obscure as her funding.
Ms. Christman said, "If you look at it, women are extremely busy, We lead busy lives, whether working professionally, whether working from home, and times are extremely busy. It's a busy cycle for women, and we've got a lot to juggle. So when we look at this issue we think, what's practical? And we want more access to jobs. We want to be able to get a higher education degree at the same time we're working or raising a family."
I have no idea what that means, but women in Texas are apparently very busy and for that reason they are not interested in compensation commensurate with their efforts.
The Koch brothers are pouring millions of dollars into commercials featuring white women complaining that Obamacare doesn't work. Many of the far Right candidates running in 2014 are running on platforms almost exclusively based on the repeal of Obamacare. The question, though is, "After Obamacare, then what?"
We've seen attacks on voter's rights, Roe v. Wade and equal pay. They want to track down and deport 11 million illegal aliens, many of whom are an integral part of our economy.
Is there a "hit list"? If so, what's on it?
We know Obamacare's at the top, closely followed by Roe v. Wade. I wouldn't be surprised if the 19th Amendment was in the top 5.
With enough funding-from the likes of David and Charles Koch and Sheldon Edelson-they might even be able to do something about that pesky Emancipation Proclamation.
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