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As liberals, we have been alternately mystified, amused and outraged by the GOP's ongoing war against women. This is crazy talk. Transvaginal probes, forcible rape, closing abortion clinics, attacking Planned Parenthood, opposing contraception, personhood amendments. Have they lost their minds? Do they KNOW any women?

There are many in the GOP who are ideologues. These issues are what brought them to politics. They live and die for these causes. But what about the others? What is the deafening silence from those who have other agendas? Are they that intimidated by the Tea Party that they will allow the whole GOP to be hijacked by this one issue?

The answer is yes and no. They can't win on the economy. Romney ruined that with the 47% reveal. They can't win on National Security, Obama is Bush lite. They can't win on immigration. They can't overturn Obamacare.

But they still have the evangelicals, many of whom are one issue voters. Abortion is murder of innocent babies. Period. End of story. Can't tell you how many evangelical friends have told me they will never vote for a Democrat because of abortion. Almost no one is a one issue voter these days. Our world is frighteningly complex. The GOP is making it easy for a large number of their faithful to continue to vote against their own best interests by reminding them of dead babies. Cynical, craven, and effective.

We can talk about women's right to choose, they see dead babies. We can cite invasion of privacy, they see dead babies. We can mock junk science, they see dead babies. We can describe emotional anguish of rape and incest, they see dead babies. It is  maddeningly simplistic, but virtually unassailable.

The good news is, the rest of America sees through it, and most younger Americans never bought it. Time is on our side.


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  •  Women have the power to stop this nonsense. (8+ / 0-)

    All they have to do is wake up, and start using it.

  •  You are right, and. . . (1+ / 0-)
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    They are counter-persuaded every time we turn our backs.

    Yes, women can persuade and explain and open the subject, but the evangelicals are getting this single-issue emphasis from numerous places and numerous voices. The best we do is gain tolerance.

    Calvinist evangelicals are even more committed, as they have de-emphasized free will. Otherwise, I can move them to some degree by explaining, "So, cells in a woman's body or legal person? I don't know. It's complicated enough that while I might decide for myself how I feel, I don't think I can decide for anyone else."

    For those who believe free will is no part of morality, though. . . For those who think it's all one veil away from an overt war between Satan and them.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:29:16 AM PDT

  •  Then why did they (1+ / 0-)
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    vote for Lieberman?

    What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

    by happymisanthropy on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:36:33 AM PDT

  •  The irony is they don't see dead babies at all. (1+ / 0-)
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    Babies spit up all over you.  Babies keep you awake all night.  They need all your time, energy, money and imagination.  They take over your life for at least 20 years.
    The irony is that the Right accuses the Left of just seeing cells in fluid, but the Right doesn't talk as though they have any concept of what a baby is.

    They also never talk as though a baby is the result of a man and a woman.  It's always, always, always the initiative, the fault and responsibility of the woman.

    We on the Left have not been savvy about countering the argument and turning it back on the Right.  We always get stuck arguing about fetuses, right to choose, and freedom of religion.  We need to start pushing back with more smarts.

    •  dead babies don't spit up (1+ / 0-)
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      Or poop or  cry. A friend of mine just had her first baby at age 42. The baby has Down syndrome and heart disease. She has had a feeding tube since birth. She had heart surgery last week at age 6 months. It has been touch and go ever since. I know of no one who would have advocated an abortion because of Down syndrome, but 75% of mothers who are given that diagnosis do choose abortion. I know enough about Down syndrome to know I would not. But if it were Tay Sachs or Edwards syndrome I would. I am a professional in the area of disability, but there are disabilities I could not face.

      Kathy was told it would be a blessing; that Down babies are such a blessing. She would agree with you. But she is exhausted and run down. And this is a well educated woman with an extensive support system. And she has a job with insurance.

      •  My point was (1+ / 0-)
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        that the Republicans with all their talk of "killing babies" are themselves not the least bit concerned with babies at all.  They aren't planning to exhaust themselves for the sake of all these babies they want to see born.  They don't apparently even understand what's involved.

        •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

          It is an abstraction. Just like their inane yellow ribbons to support "our boys" in uniform. They see bright cheeked young white men, fresh out of high school, idealistically wanting to serve their country. They don't see the mangled bodies, the flag draped coffins, the emotional destruction.

          Their self righteous world view does not permit negative consequences of their rigidity

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