In Brief—This piece pulls back the curtain to reveal the ugly motivation driving Republican efforts to obstruct the Obama administration, undermine women and defund an organization that serves not just women but the community at large. It reveals the larger Republican agenda.
The Truth Hurts—
A black president, the war on women and whining fundamentalist Christians make a toxic mix for America.
America’s first black president was elected in 2008 and reelected for a second term in 2012. Since Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, the Republicans have opposed nearly everything that President Obama has sought to do to advance America into the 21st Century. If he came out in favor of apple pie and mom, the Republicans would come up with a reason to oppose him. Looks strange, doesn’t it?
Over heated objections from the Republican Party, the Affordable Care Act, “ObamaCare,” was passed and was later approved—by a hair—by the Supreme Court. Despite this, The House of Representatives has voted fifty-six times to repeal “ObamaCare” and lost every time. Looks strange, doesn’t it?
Republicans have waged a war against women, seeking to make it as difficult as possible for women to obtain a constitutionally-protected abortion, closed women’s health clinics, opposed a living wage that would particularly impact females of color and struggling white females. As if that weren’t bad enough, they have pandered to and enlisted the support of fundamentalist Christians in their campaign. Looks strange, doesn’t it?
Louisiana is an example of how this toxic mix plays out…and how it reveals the meanness and irrationality of the Republican Party. In the New York Times, journalist Jackie Calmes has turned the spotlight on Louisiana’s stupidity as it seeks to defund Planned Parenthood, claiming it wants to stop the organization from carrying out abortions, a mere 3% of the essential health care provided by Planned Parenthood. Aside from the anti-female Republican agenda, they ignore the numerous ways Planned Parenthood saves the state money by providing the health care it does. I strongly suggest that you read my blog piece titled “Republican Sexual Abuse and Lies” posted last week.
The Toxic Mix Revealed—
Notice the links between President Obama, the Republican war on women and racism that expose the ugliness of the party’s agenda.
Barack Obama is the first black man to sit in the Oval Office. Do you really believe that the wall-to-wall opposition he has faced since the beginning is purely political? It is racist, whether conscious or subconscious. An individual doesn’t have to be wearing a white sheet and a conical hood to be a racist. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a Republican duck.
The Republicans have futilely voted fifty-six times to repeal “ObamaCare.” Count ‘em, fifty-six times! They appear to have finally gotten the message, and rather than beat their heads against that wall, they have decided to change tactics and come at it from another angle: the war on women angle.
Notice how their target is not just the Planned Parenthood organization, but the organization’s constituency just happens to be women of color and those of limited means who often rely on Medicaid. And where have the Republicans refused to provide Medicaid coverage to the citizens? The red states like Louisiana.
Now here is where the fundamentalist Christians enter the picture. Those misguided folks attack Planned Parenthood because it provides constitutionally-protected abortions AND, it needs to be said, also essential health care. The fundamentalist Christians tell outrageous unscientific lies to accomplish this goal.
The Republicans and the fawning clowns now running for president not only spout irrationality, but they happily embrace the nonsense to accomplish their real goal: Bring down “ObamaCare,” deny President Obama’s legacy, attack people of color as well as women in general and defund Planned Parenthood.
Racism, sexism and fundamentalist Christianity are the centerpieces of the ugly Republican agenda.