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Activist Monday: Reason #2,789,243 to Put More Women in Government

Posted on: March 10, 2014

Can you believe we still have to say this?!

Happy Monday, Widdershins. I hope you turned your clocks in the right direction Sunday morning and are in the proper time zone, whatever that is for your part of the world. And many thanks and congratulations to DYB for his first guest post!

Since we have posted a few times about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act, I thought I’d give you an update on how the vote went:

It failed.

Not because it couldn’t get a majority vote, but because there were not enough votes to prevent a filibuster. Really, Senate Democrats? REALLY?! Is this how you behave when you’re in the majority – you can’t even support a bill to stop sexual violence against women in the military? Is it actually your position that things are going swimmingly right now, that it’s just fine to keep ever-growing instances of rape “in the family” and expect women to report these intimate, personal violations to their superior officers, who are (a) most likely men and (b) very often do not pursue the matter any further? Despite all evidence to the contrary, statistics and personal stories from brave women who have testified in front of Congress, you think everything is just ducky the way it is? You pathetic, sold-out m*therf*ckers. Here’s the list of the “Ds” who voted “Nay.”

  • Carper (D-DE), Nay
  • Kaine (D-VA), Nay
  • Levin (D-MI), Nay
  • Manchin (D-WV), Nay
  • McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
  • Nelson (D-FL), Nay
  • Reed (D-RI), Nay
  • Tester (D-MT), Nay
  • Warner (D-VA), Nay
  • Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay

This is not to say I give Republicans a pass, either, but I’ve pretty much lost any hope of their having an ounce of empathy for women who have been raped. Too many of them are on record making insane 13th-century statements about this horrific crime. That being said, once again I find myself in agreement with one of the most wingnutty of them all: Senator Rand Paul. Amazingly, he and some other Repubs voted “Yea.” Here’s the list of those who found a clue somewhere in their caviar that day…some of the names will surprise you! (Yes, Diaper Dave , Creepy Cruz and Box Turtle McConnell, a very rare “well-done” to you..)

  • Collins (R-ME), Yea
  • Cruz (R-TX), Yea
  • Enzi (R-WY), Yea
  • Grassley (R-IA), Yea
  • Heller (R-NV), Yea
  • Johanns (R-NE), Yea
  • McConnell (R-KY), Yea
  • Moran (R-KS), Yea
  • Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
  • Paul (R-KY), Yea
  • Vitter (R-LA), Yea

And now, may I note that two Republican wimminz (Collins, Murkowski) voted “yes” (that’s two out of four, 50%)  and only one Democratic woman voted “no” (one out of 16)? Shows that women’s priorities are different from men’s, even across party lines.

This brings me again to one of my most worn-out soapboxes, the 30% solution. In general I wouldn’t say that I am in favor of electing women Republicans, even those as “moderate” as Murkowski and Collins. But it seems there are some things that a majority of women agree are important, and men don’t. Here’s another issue: Raising the minimum wage. According to this article and infographic, there is only one income bracket in which a majority of men are in favor of it. Not so with women, who, across ALL income brackets, are over 50% in favor.

The gender difference is most striking at the top level (in which our Senators mostly reside, as we know), where 67% of women want to raise the minimum wage, but only 35% do.

I can’t stress this enough. The ONLY way to fix what is wrong with our government is to put in more women. Period, end of story. We can say it’s a matter of money, but it’s not. Women care about different things than men do, even rich women. We govern differently. We think differently. And you know, that is just what this country needs, because if we can’t even pass a no-brainer bill like this, how are we going to get anything important done as a country again?

We’re stuck, and putting women in the House, Senate and Oval Office is the way to break us out of our deadlock and become a leading, innovative, common-sense country again. Sooner or later, we’re all going to realize that, and I hope it doesn’t take till 2016 when the first woman president is elected!

This is an open thread.


5 Responses to "Activist Monday: Reason #2,789,243 to Put More Women in Government"

I am stunned that Gillibrands bill failed. Cannot believe how the voting went. A shameful day for the senate, and democrats in particular.

MB, thanks for continuing to speak out about the need for more women in government. I’m happy to say that I hear this same idea everywhere I go here, even from religious or old fuddydud-ish people. My own dad, a macho man, really wanted to vote for Hillary before he died. Something I would never have thought possible when I was young.

I was completely shocked when this bill failed.

Now, if Claire feels this way and this strongly on sexual assault why didn’t she vote for cloture?

Jesus, this is enough to cause nightmares!! Yikes!

Well, the good news is that Kirsten’s stock is way up courtesy of standing up and taking on the usual suspects. From a pure political standpoint, she has plowed the ground when the same old process continues to produce the same bad results — when the problem doesn’t get better, Kirsten has the answer and can rightfully say, “I told you so.”

And amen — more women at all levels of government!

Fredster, that selfie is hilarious.

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