Republican Campaign Strategy – The War on Women

The War on Women
The War on Women
Akin's views on Abortion are not different from many conservative Republicans, including Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan
Akin's views on Abortion are not different from many conservative Republicans, including Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

The War on Women

Missouri Senatorial Candidate Todd Akin is in hot water for statements he made regarding his views on abortion. For those who do not know, the summary of the statement was:

It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.

Akin is a Republican Congressman seeking to unseat a Democratic Senator from a fairly conservative State. His comment amounts to any sexual activity that ends with a pregnancy was legitimate and not a crime. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and countless other conservative politicians have been falling over themselves to denounce Akin and demand that he withdraw from the race. The question is why? Akin's view on abortion is right in line with the view pronounced recently (at least for now) by Mitt Romney. Paul Ryan and Akin co-sponsored a bill in the house to ban abortion in all cases, including cases of rape and incest. Many Republicans these days hold this view that was once considered extreme. Akin is un-apologetically anti-abortion in any case. So why is he voted off the conservative island?

The most troubling aspect of Akin's comments is not what they reflect what his views on Abortion are, but rather what they reflect his views on women are.
The most troubling aspect of Akin's comments is not what they reflect what his views on Abortion are, but rather what they reflect his views on women are.

Witches

What is troubling about Akin's comments is not his view on Abortion per se, although his no abortion stance troubles many people. But this is a political view held my many good hearted Americans who have every right to have that view. No, the media is missing the truly troubling aspects of Akin's remarks.

What makes Akin's remarks so troubling is they are a clear indicator of Akin's views on Women as general. Basically, according to Akin, women are liars. Akin's comments show that he believes women claim a crime has been committed when they have an unwanted pregnancy in order to get an abortion. Further, according to Akin, all women who get pregnant not by their husband are sluts. So if they get pregnant, there was no crime, they were asking for it. Akin's comments bring back the time when women were drowned in order to prove they weren't witches.

Akin's views are not that much different than many other Republicans.
Akin's views are not that much different than many other Republicans.
Whether they admit it not, there is a reason why statements Republicans have made regarding women keep getting them in trouble:  They have declared War on Women as a Campaign Strategy
Whether they admit it not, there is a reason why statements Republicans have made regarding women keep getting them in trouble: They have declared War on Women as a Campaign Strategy

The Republican Agenda of 1950

But again, are Akin's views really that different than so many of the mainstream Republicans. Rick Santorum ran on a platform calling birth control the opposite of the way things are supposed to be. In defense of Santorum, Rush Limbaugh claimed that women using birth control are sluts, referring to someone who dared questioned Santorum's position. Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan referred to rape as just another "method of conception." According to Ryan, the method of conception does not change his view of abortion regardless of what the woman may actually feel.

The Republican Party further is against sexual harassment laws, against equal pay, against taking out clauses in defense contracts that make women arbitrate claims of rape, against, against, against, against. The leaders of the Republican Party yearn for a time when women stayed home and took care of the kids. Rick Santorum said as much. Even their Presidential candidate said as much when asked about equal pay. He said that the woman that work for his get "flexible" schedules so they can get home in time to cook dinner. This comment was drowned out by the "binders full of women" comment that itself was demeaning as well.

The more troubling part is that instead of sending Rick Santorum to the corner, the likes of Fox News, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh defend him. A day after Akin made his remarks, Mike Huckabee had Akin on his show and provided a list (of 2) of people who were the product unwanted sex who turned out fine. The troubling aspect is not that people say these things but that so many people clap and cheer when it is said.

And that is the truth. Akin's views are not all that extreme. They are the views of much of the Republican establishment. They are the views of much of the Tea Party. And that is the War. The War on Women launched by Republicans comes down to the defense of almost every man who takes advantage of a woman: What do you expect? She was asking for it.

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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

How is this related at all to the November Presidential Election?


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Chris Dane 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

Uh, how isn't it?


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I agree Chris. The Campaign Strategy is a war on women, actually modern women. The fact is Akin's comments are consistent with the view of many Republicans. That makes it a campaign issue.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

The problem for the GOP was that Akin divulged their thinking out loud and now he won't drop out so they can look innocent.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Perfectly put Wizard


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

It is not related because it is a distraction, and with less than 80 days before the election when are we going to hear the plan on the real issues.

Obama did this last election, and now again in this election.

Obama accomplished nothing in his presidency and less when he was a senator.

Obama knew what he was left with and sold the voters that he could fix it. Well he didn't.

He had his turn and rape and abortion are social issues that can't be governed by politics, or politicians.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Funny, now Republicans don't want to talk about social issues. For 20 years that is all Republicans talked about. The funny part, Obama did not start this. Republicans did. And the beliefs of the party on an entire gender is very relevant.

Thanks for reading.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Capn,

The President didn't cause this issue. Akin did. He said those things. Then other Republicans said things. Like Palin today saying she understands what he is saying. This issue was designed to fire up the base, the Republican base. Its backfiring. That is why Mitt and gang are running away. The problem is, they agree.

Amazing what you guys will do blame the President for everything. Republican guy says something stupid but true, oh, the President made him say it.

By the way, the slavery comment, that is a perfect example of how despearate Republicans are. Such a joke of a statment.

But thanks for stopping by.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

I do so enjoy the smug tone and bravado of the typical right-winger—it's a sure sign that they're never quite conscious of their own narrow and unquestioned ideological assumptions.

Happily, the sheep are waking up to the propaganda and ploys of the wolves who've been shearing them for decades.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks Wizard


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Chris Dane 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

I think it's funny when people say Obama hasn't accomplished anything. He's kept more campaign promises than any modern U.S. president (fact) and delivered five of the biggest pieces of landmark legislation in a generation, and all while keeping the economy from tanking further and edging us upward. We're not out of the woods yet, but ever since the Republicans took Congress, it's been a zero sum game.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Very true Chris. But you aren't going to persuade any Republicans with Facts. They claim Obama has raised taxes: he hasn't. There are hundreds of examples. But they don't like facts, so instead they call him a socialist and claim he isn't a citizen.


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Chris Dane 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

He actually passed the biggest tax cuts since Bush as part of the stimulus, but that goes completely ignored by the GOP. It didn't work, so the GOP doesn't dare point to it (it would undermine their argument) and Obama isn't big on taking credit for it either.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree Chris. Much of the stimulus also went to State and Local Governments to keep police on the streets and teachers in classrooms. The tax cut part didn't do much (never does) but the Stimulus kept local government moving. When Republicans refused to continue it, the local governments were the ones that were hurt.


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Chris Dane 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

Actually, Justice Roberts was pretty clear: it was a penalty issued through the tax code, but since it wasn't a true tax increase and won't increase taxes for anybody who has health insurance and for those who can't afford it, they receive help to do so, who would take the penalty over just getting health care? So no, calling it a tax increase is a misnomer at best, a cynical mischaracterization at worst.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Capn, Chris explained it very well. Of Course, Mitt wants to tax the middle class to pay for more tax cuts for the most wealthy. So if taxes are your issue, how is Mitt your man.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

I am not a republican, and your curt response don't actually rate an answer. It is a snide comment without any merit.

Social issues are not solvable by government, and the remarks of one congressmen don't speak for the entire party. More importantly it has nothing to do with the issues needed to be discussed by the presidential candidates.

As for taxes, the problem is the inequity of the tax system that is supported by both parties. There is nothing fair about expecting a class of taxpayers to pay a higher percentage.

If you want everyone to pay their fair share of taxes, you need to replace the income tax system, and its Internal Revenue Code, and its army of the Internal Revenue Service.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Curt response? Thought it was a valid point. I agree Abortion isn't an issue that needs to be addressed by the parties. Yet, it is the Republicans bringing up social issues: Birth control, gay marriage, etc, etc. And then they complain when they are hammered for their beliefs.

I am all for a new tax system. Any suggestions?


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Capn, I think Chris explained the Supreme Court ruling just fine. It is a penalty.

I will agree with you on one thing. Democrats don't fight for issues like medicare, social security. Too scared to take a stand. I am a classic liberal as well. The democratic party waved bye bye to me. I have no party.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

DISTRACTIONS? This isn't related to the upcoming elections? Who blocked the Violence Against Women Act, who tried to redifine rape to only include those beaten black & blue and half dead, who is trying to outlaw women's healthcare choices like contraception and family planning services, who is trying to force unecessary medical procedures on women against their will?

Are you kidding me? It's not President Obama or the dems doing any of those things.

"rape and abortion are social issues that can't be governed by politics, or politicians."

Tell that to the Republican's, they are behind all those things. Sorry, but you can't blame this one on the black guy.

Excellent hub bgpappa, thank you for writing it and I will definately be checking out more of your hubs!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Ginger, I totally forgot about the violence against Women Act. Republicans in the House blocked its renewal this year unless it was a version that excluded the added protections for undocumented immigrants, Native Americans, LGBT, or students on campuses. Paul Ryan was one who fought to block it along with his buddy Akin.

Thanks Ginger.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Those pictures sum it up good Wizard. Thanks


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

... Sadly!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

agreed


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Phyllis Warren 4 years ago from Arizona

I am a Republican. I am a woman. I believe in early term abortion. I do not believe in late term abortion. I believe in equality. I believe in equal pay for equal work. I have no issues with gay marriage. I believe in democracy, free enterprise and fiscal responsibility. I am not alone. It suits the Democratic party to paint all Republicans as evil people who want to rescind the rights of women and blacks. It's simply not true. Both parties are full of people with varied ideas on social issues. Bottom line: Do I want big government and unions to decide everything for me or do I want less government influence and the freedom to decide for myself? I come down solidly on the Republican side.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Fair enough, democrats including myself have to protect from painting too broad a brush. Most Republicans are good hearted people. The Republicans I refer to are the ones on TV and now run the Republican Party. There are many Todd Akin's that lead the Republican Party these days.

But here is my problem. The ones saying this stuff do not fairly represent the rank and file Republicans like you. In fact, given what you have stated your beliefs are, many on the right would claim that you are not a "real" Republican like they do with John McCain. I miss the John McCains, Bob Doles and the like running the Republican Party. I might not agree with them, but they are honorable and looked to solve problems.


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Phyllis Warren 4 years ago from Arizona

Todd Akins comments were ignorant and inexcusable. The Republican party did not back him up. There are a lot of Republicans who are pro-life in all circumstances, I can respect their feelings without supporting their ideals. There are a lot of Republicans who believe in abortion under certain circumstances, like I do. The reason you see Republicans present and support limitations to abortion is the concern that abortion will become a free-for-all, including late term and during birth abortion. The reason you see Democrats oppose any limitations to abortion law is the concern that will lead to a complete ban on abortion. This is a serious issue that goes beyond women's rights, and the country will probably never agree on it fully. The beauty of democracy is that the people get to choose the extent we allow abortion. I have no problem with a political leader having his own personal views on the matter as long as he upholds the will of the American people. I think I am part of the "silent majority", both Democrats and Republicans, who fall somewhere in between the extremes of both parties.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Unions are dying, thanks to the big money behind the GOP and FYI, Phyllis, the states with no unions rank highest in poverty, lowest in household income and highest in federal welfare. So it's costing the American taxpayer more for big business to prosper and the working stiff to run faster on the treadmill.

Also, your "big government" under Obama, is smaller and the growth of spending is less than in the last seven presidencies.

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So you are believing the Fox Propaganda and you'll be voting against your own interests, like so many in the Tea Party who just want to be resentful and angry rather than informed.


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Phyllis Warren 4 years ago from Arizona

Wiz, I am not resentful or angry. For every statistic you show me, I can show you one that supports my side. Statistics and polls are skewed all the time to support one side or another. I didn't post here to have a big political debate, just to show that all Republicans are not evil with evil intentions.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Phyllis - Comment to 2nd Comment. Totally agree with you. Good hearted people genuinely believe in no abortion, period. While I don't agree with them, they have every right to that opinion and it certainly does not make them bad people. My article is about abortion, its about the rest of the comment. And I am sorry, but others agree with him on the rest of the comment. Rush agreed. Santorum agreed. Palin agreed. I don't believe any women takes abortion lightly regadless of political idealogy.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Wiz, I agree with your statistics and certanly the fact that Fox News isn't the place to hear facts. be careful about applying motive to everyone who comes on her to talk. Phyillis gave a rational comment that deserves respect. I too need to be more respectful to those I disagree with.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Wait a minute, first I was addressing Phyllis' first post—her second post was evidently made while I was writing.

Secondly, I sincerely apologize if Phyllis took offense, but please note above, my comment about ager and resentment was targeting Tea Party zealots who refuse to listen because they're anger and resentment is often the "motivation" behind their refusal to see the facts clearly.

If Phyllis is identifying with these folks, then I can see where she might take umbrage but I said NOTHING about *her* motives—I just expressed my opinion—as intense as that may be, I won't apologize for it.

Finally, as far as statistics go, there's a big difference between partisan statistics and non-partisan statistics and if Phyllis wants to counter my graphic with a non-partisan rebuttal, I'd be welcomed to be proved mistaken and I will gladly admit my mistaken assumptions. But she didn't address any of my points and dismissed them out of hand and how was I to know why she posted here.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Whiz, fair point about the Tea Party, and I honestly got confused with all the comments flying around.

And like I said, I agree with your stats and haven't seen any that rebut them. And I have looked. Fox News has some, but they are not based in reality. They tend to be projections based on worst case scenarios that leave much about adding and subtracting with accuracy out.

Thanks for your input Wizard. Not attacking you, but I like when conservatives come on here and bring something other than rhetoric and tag lines. I though Phyillis was sincere and it was a nice change to others on the right who just should Obama is a communist muslim then leave.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Well thanks for that speedy response and I agree—Phyllis isn't unreasonable or a zealot and I didn't mean to step on her toes. But I'm passionate about trying to sort out the facts from the fictions that are influencing so many good Americans in both parties.

I just unfollowed you so I'll now go back and re-follow you!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

ok. You were not stepping on toes. But I make the same mistake when I paint with too broad a brush. Not all Republicans are the crazy Sarah Palin tea party wingnuts going around the talk shows. We, as Americans, need more of the reasonable Republicans to come out and try to take their party back. They aren't welcome to speak by conservatives so might as well try to welcome them here. Doesn't mean we have to agree with them though.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

I absolutely agree and would love to agree more often with them—the way it used to be with the two parties.

But those days are gone it would seem. Democracy and a republic are a delicate balance.

When the people on the other side go further out on the political-spectrum-seesaw, what other course is there when you're forced out to compensate for the shift. The solutions are easy: Entitlements need to be cut, revenues need to be increased, healthcare needs to be affordable and religion has to stay out of government.

It's *the compromising* that is key and now verboten in the GOP—keeping us all on this precarious social and economic cliff.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree Wizard. It is better when both parties are farther out - meaning left and right, instead of far right and middle right as it is right now. Liberals like me feel so left out.

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