Friday, March 9, 2012

The War on Women

The War on Women
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
March 9, 2012

Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is right.

Now before you all think I am suffering from a mild stroke and get all apoplectic, I will explain myself.

Wasserman-Schultz, also a Florida Congresswoman is right when she recently said there is a war on women.

Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Laura Ingraham, Star Parker, Ann Coulter, and countless other conservative women have been the victims of so-called comedian Bill Maher’s and commentator Ed Schultz’s repeated filthy and unconscionable verbal invective. In the case of Schultz, he called commentator and author Ingraham a “right wing slut,” on more than one occasion in 2011 on the air, but did apologize.

In the case of Maher, who hosts a program on HBO, his use of words so vile, decorum prohibits their mention in this column, to describe former Alaska Governor Palin and Minnesota Congressman Bachmann are not just disrespectful to women holding elected office, but any woman. Maher is a classless, tasteless misogynist.

Yet, when conservative women are viciously maligned, where is the NOW (National Organization of Women) gang? Where is Gloria Steinem? Where is Gloria Allred? Hell while we’re at it, where is Gloria Estefan for that matter.

Sadly, Allred is taking up for contraception poster girl Sandra Fluke. Allred is a hypocrite with a law degree; a hired gun hell bent on bringing down radio personality Rush Limbaugh for calling Fluke a slut and a prostitute. In fact, Allred wants Limbaugh prosecuted. For what? Name calling? What is this – third grade?

Where was Allred when Maher called Palin a c*nt? Where was Allred when David Letterman told a disgusting joke about a baseball player impregnating one of Palin’s daughters during the seventh inning stretch? Where was Allred when Schultz called Ingraham a “right wing slut?”

Where were any of the liberal women in Congress when Palin and Bachmann were being excoriated by so-called comedians and even national magazines? (Don’t think folks forgot about the horrid cover photo used by Newsweek during Bachmann’s bid for the GOP nomination.) Where was Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) or Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)? Or Wasserman-Schultz, for that matter, she of the “war on women” cries? Hmm? I hear the crickets chirping loud and clear.

It seems perfectly okie-dokie for liberals of all stripes to bash conservative women from here to Oxnard, but G-d forbid a negative word is uttered about a liberal woman, there’s hell to pay, jobs to be lost, lawsuits to be brought, and genitalia to be severed. Women’s organizations are pathetically silent when conservative women are lambasted, lampooned and lasciviously leered at, but those same groups are the first to defend their injured sisters at the drop of a hat.

Liberals demand campaign contributions be returned when an off-color joke is told by a supporter of a GOP candidate for any office from dog catcher to president. However, where is the call from NOW to demand Barack Hussein Obama return the million dollars given his Super PAC? Forget about the fact that candidates are not supposed to be involved with the Super PACs. If Obama wanted to do the right thing, he would request the funds go back to Maher. If Maher wants to do some good with a million dollars, donate the money to women’s shelters that house women beaten and raped by men who think Maher’s misogynistic attempts at humor are amusing.

Former Obama campaign press secretary defended Maher, calling him a comedian, and therefore not subject to the same scrutiny as Limbaugh, who Burton labeled the de facto head of the GOP. Would Burton and all the silent liberals continue to carry Maher’s water if he decided to call conservative writers Star Parker and Angela McGlowan n*ggers, under the same guise as comedy? How fast do you think Maher would be jerked off HBO?

Where is the objection that Obama’s former Senior Advisor and current reelection campaign Communications Director David Axelrod will soon appear on Maher’s program?

Major credit does go to Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers, also a reporter for the Daily Beast. Powers, a liberal, blasted the double standard of defending liberal women all the while throwing conservative women to the wolves. She also took Maher to task as well and rightfully so, for being the pusillanimous piece of detritus that he is.

As for Wasserman-Schultz’s war, it really should be a war on the United States Constitution. That would be more accurate because of the claim that the war on women is all about men denying women the right to taxpayer funded contraceptives. Enter Fluke and her absurd claim that she and other Georgetown University female law students are paying $3,000 during their law school careers for contraception when it can easily be procured for $5 to $9 a month at various pharmacies.

The United States government does not have the right to dictate how an entity conducts its business, particularly a religious-based institution such as Georgetown University, a Jesuit school. Its teachings and laws prohibit the dissemination of contraceptives, something Fluke should have known prior to accepting admittance into the prestigious law school. This is not about contraceptives. This is, instead, about religious freedom and preventing government interference therein.

Wasserman-Schultz’s assertion that there is a war on women is correct with regards to conservative women. There is no war on women’s ability to attain contraceptives. There is, however, a war on both the United States Constitution and religion in this country. These are two wars we the people cannot afford to lose – ever. To lose either, is to lose America and all she stands for.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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