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Who's up for some time travel? Let's go way back in time to, oh, say, the beginning of Republican control of the House:
A war is coming.

Congressional Republicans have already made clear that their top priority, once they take control of Congress in the next session, is to make sure President Obama is a one-term president.

But there is a second priority that many Republicans in Congress, and in state legislatures around the country, have promised to pursue: the further restriction of women's reproductive rights.

In those long-ago days of early 2011, the "War on Women" was not a commonly used phrase. Outside of feminist circles, it was largely dismissed as hyperbole. It's not a war on women, critics argued. At most, it's a war on the "right to choose."

Things sure have changed since then, haven't they?

We've seen just how far the Republican Party is willing to go to wage its war. It's not just about restricting abortion rights. It's about defunding women's basic health care; opposing birth control; redefining rape; opposing protection for victims of domestic violence; opposing equal pay for women; slashing food stamps and welfare and Medicaid and other basic services on which women rely to care for themselves and their children.

The War on Women is no longer merely a feminist catch-phrase; it is front and center in our national discourse, especially in this election. The Republican Party has mobilized to deny the existence of its war; to insist that it a fake issue contrived by the media and/or Democrats and/or President Obama; to even claim that it is Democrats who are waging a war on women. Not that anyone is buying their bogus claims.

As I wrote in April:

The War on Women isn't about zingers. It's about a constant legislative assault by the Republican Party, at the state and federal level, on women's equality and basic rights, from health care to equal pay to funding programs to combat violence against women. Women aren't stupid, even if Republicans, like Herman Cain, insist that "men are much more familiar with the failed policies than a lot of other people."

Women know what they care about and whose policies they think are better for them. Republicans can't deny that away, and they know it. And they're scared. And they should be.

We cannot afford to let Republicans continue to wage their war. Even with Democrats in control of the Senate and White House, the Republicans have wreaked havoc on women's lives, and the consequences of the atrocious legislative assaults and obstruction are real and severe and make it that much harder for women to move closer to that ultimate dream of true equality.

This is a long war with many battles. Some won, some lost. There will be others ahead. But in order to fight and win, to stop the Republicans' war and to start making things better, we need to keep the White House and the Senate, retake the House, and make sure we send women to Washington who will fight to end the war.

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If we can elect more, better women to the halls of power throughout this country—if we can ensure that when our elected leaders are making decisions about women's lives, women actually have a voice and vote in those decisions—we can stop their war. Hell, if we send enough women, if women's voices are too many and too loud to ignore, we just might win.

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  •  End war on Women, Drugs, Afghan, Illegal, etc.. (8+ / 0-)

    we have too damn many wars

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:03:05 AM PDT

  •  "War"means we've stopped all logic, no thought (3+ / 0-)
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    antirove, Pandoras Box, qofdisks

    at how to solve some problems, which always means go overboard and overdo it.  Which is of course really stupid.

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:04:42 AM PDT

    •  I've just finished reading the Hercules case, (1+ / 0-)
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      a Colorado case in which a court held under a Religious protection law that certain Catholic owners of a business have the protected right under religious protection statutes to deny contraceptive provisions of ACA to their employees, under their general medical policy because they are Catholic, even though their business makes very secular air conditioners.

      If that isn't war, I don't know what is.  And a Federal judge in Colorado gave them an injunction. What we are looking at if this succeeds on appeal is a land in which every bigotry against not just women but against LGBT, minorities, and such can be overturned by a claim that enforcing that equality violates the religious convictions of business OWNERS. Or that a regular secular corporation can write religious clauses into its charter and exempt itself from almost any law.  How's that for war?

    •  How about CHICK FILA firing all MOMS! (1+ / 0-)
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      How much thought is there in this?
      See this new filing. There were multiple women fired because they were mothers. Suit header is by one woman, but many are listed in suit. Chick-Fil-A Sued For Firing Multiple Women So They Would Be ‘Stay Home’ Moms

      We are the 99% ... we will be heard. We are WOMEN... we Will be Heard.

      by LOrion on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 01:18:43 PM PDT

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  •  how could any woman vote for the Republicans? (2+ / 0-)
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    because they are the most anti-women party since women have gotten the vote.

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:05:39 AM PDT

    •  Current DEM Party in DC bends over backwards (2+ / 0-)
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      to be sure they're never more than 5% less sucky than the GOP. Bipartisanship or triangulation, 5% is nowhere near good enough for me to donate to these DC hacks. For all intents and purposes, these DINOS seem to work for the same Groups as the 'Pukes. The 5% difference is their cover.

      Do you know about Operation Northwoods?  You should.

      •  The War on Women is an example of this notion. (1+ / 0-)
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        Democratic pols are neutral on women's issue at best.  While the Republicans are actively engaged in a War on Women, the Democrats don't give a shit.
        Our few women pols are either complicit or left just twisting in the wind.

    •  Another puzzle is the Log Cabin Republicans. They (1+ / 0-)
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      are even harder to figure.

      Women like Phyllis Schafly--I think of her as a pampered pet type.  With equal rights come equal responsibilities, and Phyllis was always very clear that she didn't want to give up her cushy well-to-do wife gig.

      Women's libbers didn't care what lifestyle Phyllis choose, but apparently Schafly felt very threatened about the whole equal rights thing, and still does.

      "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

      by Mayfly on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:25:33 AM PDT

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    •  Make women poor (1+ / 0-)
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      The Republicans know that a majority of women vote for Democrats.  Give them less money and fewer rights and they won't be able to financially contribute to Democrats and will be too busy working two low paying jobs to get by to spend any time volunteering to help Democrats win elections.

  •  You know the War on Eomen - TM hits a nerve when (4+ / 0-)

    any comment on boston.com is swiftly met with whines of "it doesn't exist!"  Of course they wish that people, especially women, had not noticed, but there is certainly an all out war against the female gender.

    This is especially true here in MA, where our Senator Brown espoused (actually sponsored) the War on Women (aka Blunt) Amendment.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:11:30 AM PDT

  •  I think we're going about this in the wrong way (0+ / 0-)

    Looking at Pollingreport.com, it looks like there is a pretty good percentage of our country that think that we should accept abortion in "certain cases" and another pretty darn good percentage that thinks this debate should be part of the national discourse.

    I think we're going about this in the wrong way.  I think we that are pro-choice could make some very good strides if we take this in "baby steps".  In other words, let's work to get abortion okayed somehow in the cases of rape, incest and when the woman's life is in danger.  From there, we go forward after all the dust is settled and after all of the radicals have said their peace (or is it piece?).

    We do have quite a few republican politicians (no, don't have a link...but if asked, I'll go try to find one) that believe as Jesse Helms believed and that was that abortion should be accepted in cases of rape, incest and when a woman's life is in danger.

    Just IMO.

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:12:10 AM PDT

    •  What? (3+ / 0-)
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      "baby steps"? Get abortion OK'd "Somehow" in limited circumstances? Is it not now LEGAL? You assume that Roe v Wade never existed.

      •  Not when it's covered by government (0+ / 0-)

        I see your point, of course.  But, only those folks that do, in fact, have health insurance through a private provider can have this procedure performed without having to pay for it themselves.

        I take issue with those that just say: "It's already legal".  Well, ask someone on government assistance and have to rely on government for this how they feel about it's legality.

        Yes...baby steps.  We don't need to constantly have to argue against the radical fundamental conservative contingent in our legislatures about medicaid or other services to cover this.  

        THanks.

        The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

        by commonsensically on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:37:01 AM PDT

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        •  It's not time to step backwards (6+ / 0-)

          I do not agree with your comment "We don't need to constantly have to argue against the radical fundamental conservative contingent in our legislatures about medicaid or other services to cover this."  It's not arguing with them.  It's women taking a strong stance because we have to for the rights to "this".  

          Think of what the radical, fundamental conservatives would do if we didn't stand strongly for what is already law.  Roe v Wade is law and what you said is exactly the point.  Those same fundies are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, etc., then those women not covered by insurance, would not be able to get "this" in cases of rape, incest, or danger to themselves.  

          IMO it's better to go full throttle in the fight against the War on Women.  It is not time to take "baby steps" when those steps were taken years ago.

          Fight loud, fight strong and stand tall.

          •  The corporate professionals in the field (1+ / 0-)
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            qofdisks

            really do understand how to work change into a system. Survey some of the changes they're putting on us. Study their methods and see which ones can be of use.

            -- We are just regular people informed on issues

            by mike101 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:11:59 AM PDT

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          •  When I was a clinic defender a new volunteer said (4+ / 0-)

            to me,  "Why have all this strife? Why can't we meet them (meaning the howling mob outside the clinic) half-way?"

            I replied, "You want to meet them half-way? The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution are the Bill of Rights. Which 5 do you want to bargain away? And which two or three after that?"

            There is no compromising with true believers who have no sense of where their sovereignty ends and where yours begins.

            "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

            by Mayfly on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:12:42 AM PDT

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          •  That gets "recs", but it's a pipe dream (0+ / 0-)

            Unless we democrats get a majority in both houses of congress and have a democratic president, we're not going to see government covering abortions.  I like your assertiveness and your tenacity and I like what you're saying.  But, it's a pipe dream, IMO.

            The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

            by commonsensically on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:36:07 AM PDT

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            •  Not a pipe dream. (4+ / 0-)

              That's why I'm saying we need to fight strongly and take big steps rather than baby steps.  I'm seeing a very vocal minority holding sway in the media and in Congress and they are not taking baby steps on their issues. They have big corp backing to help them win.  

              Yes, we need democrats in the majority and those democrats winning on women's rights along with other progressive causes.  It can be done but it's going to be a big fight and that's why I don't agree with "baby steps".  Those days are over.  

        •  Would you supporet baby steps if the issue doing (0+ / 0-)

          the biting was biting you?  Who do women in particular always have to have their rights negotiable. We do the same work. We pay the same taxes. We serve in the sam military, we will pay the same amount for our medical policies or as employee contributions,  but as to the things that make us women, no equality ever required.

    •  What a backwards step and entirely unacceptable. (0+ / 0-)

      Women have the natural and righteous power over life and death and this has always been so. Denying that power is a paternal contrivance that only increases cruelty and injustice in the world.  Denying the power over life and death is artificial and naturally unsustainable.  It causes degeneration physically, emotionally, materially and spiritually.  
      Reproductive control and choice is moral and just and must be honored.

  •  Contributing to these great ladies (0+ / 0-)

    This is just my view, so take it as such.

    If you do, in fact, want to contribute to these ladies listed on the Act Blue site, my advice to you is to go to each one's personal site and contribute via a phone call.  This way, you will avoid any of the money going to any admin fees for outside agencies collecting donations to them and you can avoid giving your personal snail-mail address and email address which would/could be given to other candidates that would/could send you requests for donations.  

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:44:36 AM PDT

    •  Or (0+ / 0-)

      You could read about Contributing through ActBlue, which is a PAC and not an "outside agency" collecting admin fees off of our contributions. You can add a tip to your donation that goes to ActBlue, or not. It's up to you.

      Thanks for trying to help, but a little research beforehand is always advisable.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 11:48:33 AM PDT

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  •  You too can help crush women's rights. (2+ / 0-)
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    Help CRUSH Women's rights: Vote Republican.

    I think this should be on every bumper.

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:48:14 AM PDT

  •  "a war is coming" WTF, a war is here /nt (3+ / 0-)
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    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:55:18 AM PDT

  •  I would add, help good State & local candidates as (1+ / 0-)
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    mike101

    well, and as much as you can.  

    We need the US House and Senate, and also the State Houses.

    "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

    by Mayfly on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:02:44 AM PDT

  •  it would help (1+ / 0-)
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    if you put in the names of the women!  I haven't been following your diaries...so I don't know who they are.  I also think you may have eliminated some.

    My social security, medicare and military retirement are EARNED benefits. The checks Paris Hilton and the Waltons receive while sitting around the pool are entitlements. Don't let the Republicans confuse you.

    by regis on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:14:35 AM PDT

  •  When u obsess on uterues, its all women become to (1+ / 0-)
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    you.  When you obsess on controlling women, they  nothing but something to control to you.

    U truly can 'wear ruts' in the brain.  Research shows that if you constant think particular thoughts you strengthen the synapitic connnections in the brain which 'store' those thoughts (to use a computer analogy) and you cause connections for compteing and opposed thoughts to atrophy.  In time, point A always leads to point B.  So much so, that the brain may interpret anything which conflcts with that as a threat to the organizm itself.  (Teaparty anyone?)

    It is, in short, a self-induced mental illness.  (Yes, I went thier.  U never head about 'worrying yourself sick' and mind/body feedback?)

    That is Thugs in a nutshell.  And why they simultaneously do not see and howl in denial about their War on Women: since women are nothing but a thing to them, then they reason, they are not making war on but protecting the thing by making it do its 'only' function, reproduction.  Hence, denying the humanity of women is protecting and enpowering them for Thugs.

    This mental illness is very sad.  That it is self-induced is sadder.  That some folks gladly encouraged it and actively work against any attempt to treat it is sadest.

    •  That is why we Liberals are losing this War. (0+ / 0-)

      We have failed to impress women's rights on our progeny both male and female alike.  Our complacency is biting us in the ass as the radical right has had full free access to our children's minds.
      We better catch up.  The best way to imprint the brain is through a strong emotional component.

  •  feminization of insecurity in the new economy (1+ / 0-)
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    My friend, some time poster at Avedon Carol's Blog and member of the commentariat Stuart Zechman, sent me Feminization of Insecurity in the New Economy which is entirely relevant here. Ramsin notes

    Over the last three years of the recession, 80% of the net employment gains have gone to men, and despite the recession officially ending three years ago, the public sector has continued to lose jobs, and women have been disproportionately impacted by that trend.
  •  Cain may be right in (0+ / 0-)

    that men are much more familiar with failed policies--just not in the way Cain said it. Men in congress are more familiar because THERE'S A LOT MORE MEN IN CONGRESS, and they made the failed policies.

    And, of course, I'm talking about different failed policies than he is. . .

  •  Massive Rape (0+ / 0-)

    Rumors of massive raping by rebels have been spooking the virgins of Syria; it has caused most to hysterically flee the cities. Older women have not left; they are beyond the age of desirability. Syrian men cannot protect their ladies from the well-armed freedom fighters; they can only photograph the sex orgies as evidence to be used in court. The young mercenaries express themselves without fear of punishment.

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