Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
Have I lost all sense of time, or wasn’t that the call of the TEAPublican just three short years ago? Remember when all the tax-hating scaredy cats showed up en masse and voted in a bunch of far-right ideological crusaders who were going to put a stop to all the government waste and get our country back to the business of creating jobs? Am I crazy, or has none of that happened? Instead what we’ve gotten is three years of obstruction, grandstanding and most upsetting — an unhealthy obsession with what women do with their genitalia!
Probably the biggest fallacy of the Tea Party is their obsession with the economy, or rather, their faux-obsession with faux-fixing the economy. Their idea of jobs bills are just deregulation that takes protections away from consumers and the environment in favor of some quick cash now. But the truth is that’s not even the kind of legislation that’s making it out of committee in the House anymore. If House Republicans aren’t holding their thirty-fifth hearing on Benghazi or repealing Obamacare for hundredth time – symbolically – they’re busy writing bills that completely ignore the Supreme Court and worse, science.
Case in point, a bill has made it out of the House Judiciary committee that would ban all abortions after twenty weeks. The bill flies in the face of Roe v. Wade, the prevailing abortion ruling in the land, and the idea of medical viability. The bill, written by Arizona
religious sycophant cultist Republican Trent Franks also does not have exceptions for rape or incest. So yes, if this bill were to make it out of the House, get passed by the Senate (it won’t) and then signed by the president (it most certainly would not be), it would then be illegal in this country for a twelve-year-old girl who was raped by her uncle to abort a pregnancy that resulted from that rape. Sure, it’s hard to imagine that scenario, but these are precisely the outcomes that have to be considered. Republicans talk about abortions if they’re all carried about by clueless women in their late teens or early twenties who just don’t want to deal with the responsibilities of their sexuality, completely forgetting how many women and girls are sexually abused in this country every year.
If I wasn’t mad enough about the hypocrisy of a movement saying that Washington is broken and not responsive to the will of the people and then turning around and writing bills that a) have no chance of becoming law until we abolish the First Amendment and establish Christianity as our state religion and b) that no one wants them to be writing because we still have millions of people out of work in this country, I’d still be furious that in this country, in 2013, we still have grown, middle-aged men who think it’s their right to tell women what they can or can’t do with their bodies. Just imagine if a female Democratic member of the House wrote a bill denying access to Viagra and Cialis without an IQ score of at least 50. How many TEAPublicans in Congress wouldn’t get their ED meds then?
I really shouldn’t joke about this inanity. Truthfully this mouth-breathers are precisely why we’re still litigating abortion in this country and not having a much more serious and focused dialog about why women are still institutionally paid at about three-quarters what a man is paid. It’s a lot of fun to make jokes at their expense, but these misogynistic old coots are holding back more than half our population just because of their gender.
Bills like the one Rep. Franks should offend Americans on just about every level. They’re wasteful, idiotic, and so ideologically extreme they’re just wastes of taxpayer money – way to go, “fiscal conservatives!” More importantly though, they signal that while we’ve come a long, long way in this country in terms of our inter-gender relationships, there is still an entire universe of work to be done, and people like Rep. Trent Franks are simply standing in the way.
Perhaps in 2014 the women of Arizona’s 8th District, along with all American women will remember who’s really on their side, and who most certainly is not.