How many times can you say the same thing? How many times can you do the same thing and get different results? Well, it appears that the same thing MUST be said over and over again in order for it to sink in in order for us to stop doing the same things over and over and over again and expect to get a different result.
Since Ohio is part of Super Tuesday, the circus has come to town. Since I have become an Independent I am a target of both parties. For instance, I was given free tickets to attend last night's Democratic dinner featuring Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I was also invited to attend an event featuring Ann Romney. Thankfully, I couldn't attend either since I was recovering from getting my port removed------yay!!!! That was the last thing I needed to do to put my year and a half breast cancer ordeal in the rear view mirror. I feel like I have been run over by a truck from the anesthesia, but it's all ok-----a cause for celebration!!!! Thanks to all of you who have stuck by me with your well wishes, encouragement, love, and friendship. I couldn't have gotten through the day to day challenges without you!!
Have you noticed the Democratic meme this week? There is a war on women!!!! This is news? The Democrat's definition of this war is centered firmly below the belt on our uteri, ovaries, and eggs. The report in today's Columbus Dispatch on last night's dinner had every major speaker railing about "the Republican war on women." I have been writing ever since I've been blogging about how the Democrats bring this storyline out every election year to cow women into voting Democratic. And once again this year, they are at it again. And the Republicans are hamhandedly handing them every stupid opportunity to keep this storyline going.
I am sick to death of it. For those who are reading Women Win Too for the first time, let me make it clear. I am unapologetically pro-choice, I am almost 60, and I DO care about reproductive rights. My beef is that we have given up every single other important marker for women to fight this narrow fight on reproduction, and we have ignored women's economic issues to our complete detriment. Read the stats in the right column which are but a small sampling of how women aren't making much of any progress towards economic parity and you will get a glimpse into my and others point of view.
The reality is that women are continually being defined by someone else's idea of what is important to us and in many respects it is our own fault. Either WE define what we want, or someone else is going to do it for us. And over the past 50 years, while some people are content to control our economic destiny by fighting about our female parts, the U.S. ranks #70 in the world in women's representation in government, etc.
There are lots of women on the Republican side. One of the great Republican women is from Ohio, JoAnne Davidson who has been the national co-chair of the RNC, she's been an acclaimed Speaker of the Ohio House. There are also stellar Republican women in other states as well. The Democrats are disingenuous in their declarations about the Republican "war on women" because they can't seem to make an articulate case for the many women on the Republican side. Only that maybe those R women aren't really, well, women. Huh???????
The Democrats are waging their own war on women by narrowly defining what's important to women. They trot out the usual arguments ONLY to manipulate women into voting Democratic. The Democrats are just as guilty as the Republicans as to the current state of lack of female representation anywhere. It used to be argued that there just weren't enough qualified women to appoint to things because they hadn't been in the workforce long enough. That is simply old news at this point. If both of the parties REALLY cared about women, they'd stop talking about our genitals and start appointing women IN LARGE NUMBERS to powerful positions. Everyone wants a pat on the back for appointing one woman here or there. Pshaw!! How about appointing half of your cabinet heads as women for a start? How about naming a woman as VP on your ticket? These are some of the most obvious things party leaders and presidents can do that would really make a HUGE statement and really change the game for women forever in the United States. If you ask party leaders why THAT isn't happening, you only get alot of mumbling in return, some incoherent rationales that don't amount to a hill of beans.
Our constant talking about women's lack of progress since the 2008 election IS being picked up all over the place. One of our Women Win Too people sent me this article from the Harvard Gazette about how feminism has stalled (thanks M!!), and while I disagree that government can remedy it with new programs, the final conclusion is something we all need to heed. That conclusion? Something we've been talking about since Hillary was running for president and that is that we MUST speak up and define what we want. What do we want? More women in power!!! When do we want it? NOW!!! As long as the parties think that we can be silenced by talking about our womenparts, that's all the further our progress will go.
This "war on women" meme can work entirely in our favor folks. Keep talking about BOTH parties putting more women in power instead of rehashing old news. We will NOT lose by doing this-----trust me!!!! We will NOT lose our right to contraception-----do you really think our drug companies will give up such a cash cow? We will NOT lose our reproductive rights----it is long established law by now and there are capable warriors minding the store. We will GAIN women in power and that could really change everything!! Aren't you getting sick of watching these men talk about how women's rights are all about our nether parts? It's our own fault. Women deserve equal representation, and that will begin with a 50/50 cabinet and a woman at the top of the ticket. The symbolism alone will trickle down all over America. Keep talking about it-----even if you are sick of doing so. The message will continue to spread!!!