President Obama has brought our troops home from Iraq, ending one of the most unnecessary, shameful wars of our time. Those of us classified as being on the left are still pulling for an early exit from Afghanistan, too – another of the president’s jobs he inherited from his predecessor. We want to end all wars because nobody wins in a war.
We’ve been applauding the fact that the president is succeeding with the economy. Jobless claims are going down. General Motors has overcome its near total collapse. Stocks have been up for a while now.
The president doubled Pell Grants, making it possible for more students to go to college. We now have the Affordable Health Care Act, and many of the dates for benefits to go into effect have arrived.
The president has a special Council on Women and Girls. He gave us the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. We now have more women on the Supreme Court than ever before.
Then along came a slew of Republicans running to try to take the president’s job away. They went so far as to deny everybody who is unemployed a job just to try to take one man’s job. They began attacking every bit of progress the president has tried to make.
Racism has burst on the scene again, but this war on women is the shocker! Presidential candidates, Republican members of Congress, governors, sheriffs, state legislators, and bombastic Rush Limbaugh came after women. The worst offenders include Rep. Terry England, who wants women to carry dead fetuses to term like cows and pigs; and Rep. Don Pridemore, who suggested that single-parent households are a contributing factor in child abuse and that even abusive marriages don’t have to end in divorce.
Dumb and dumber
Arizona would give employers the authority to request that women being prescribed birth control pills would be required to provide proof they’re using them for non-sexual reasons! We’ve already talked about the transvaginal probers’ powers granted by the governor of Virginia. Rush has resurrected the title he gave us years ago –”feminazis!”
Yes, there’s a war against women, and we women had better wake up, suit up and begin to fight back. We’re being forced to re-fight many of the battles we thought were settled years ago. As Sojourner Truth once said, “If one woman could turn this world upside down, surely all of us women together can turn it right side up again”, so we had better get busy.
Let us use our ballots as our weapons. When we do that, this stupid war against us will end.
Dr. E. Faye Williams is national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.