In the March 7, 2012 edition of my local paper, Asheville Citizen Times,it was declared no less than six times on the "Opinion" page that there is now a war on women, including women being oppressed, and women's rights being under attack. An Associated Press March 7, 2012 article by Laurie Kellman stated that Democrats called a recent Senate vote "the latest attempt to roll back long-established women's rights". One would think we had harkened back to the days of women not being allowed to own property or vote. However, this war on women is not over these oppressive conditions, but rather that of "reproductive rights" or "women's health care". Of course, this "war on women" is only being fought on the western front, as in the Western World--mainly America, seeing that those women in third world countries are more concerned about whether they found food to fill their children's bellies than if they got a birth control pill.
I don't know about you, but every time I hear the term "war on women", I am angered knowing it is generally referring to birth control or abortion. It is used by the Left to garner women's vote. This is trivializing women. After all, hasn't the feminist battle cry been equality for women and that women not be treated differently than men? Why then do they wish to define women by their uterus and what they carry in their cups (think brassiere)? The sad thing is that many women buy into it and allow it to take place. Aren't we above that?
In the same Associated Press article, it states, "The Democrats pitch--that Republicans were launching 'a war on women' was born. Coast to coast, Democrats hawked the theme. Women senators used it to raise money, wives of candidates included it in pleas for support...". That is what I call using women. Can women not see this? Women are being used as a political scheme. Why do women fall for it?
The media and the Left treat women voters as if the singular issue that women will use for deciding who to cast their vote for is that of "women's rights", ie. as the availability of contraception and abortion. Wouldn't we rather teach our young women that women are intelligent and able to cast their ballots on issues such as the candidate's regard for the Constitution, economic policy, foreign policy, integrity, and experience?
Can you imagine polling on male voter's that included men's opinion on whether a candidate was going to stand up for the provision of Viagra or prostate screening for men? Picture a newscaster sitting there stating that "34% of men state they will support Joe Smith because he promises to support legislation that will provide twelve Viagra pills a month to all men". I don't think it would happen. Men wouldn't let it happen. Perhaps we have characterized men all wrong. It just might not be them that are "concerned with only one thing" when it comes to their private lives. It seems to me that it is the women who continually focus on this issue--or at least liberal women. That is what is demoralizing to women.
We need to remind women that what we are at risk of loosing is our ability to obtain a mammogram because health care rationing occurs under Obama care, providing religious teaching to our children in the public square, having our church's religious teachings respected by the government, passing on economic security to the next generation, and a host of other real threats to what women care about.
There is a war on women. But it isn't the war made up of the substance that the media and liberals would have us to think it is. It is a war to keep women from being hijacked by political operatives that have only one agenda. It is a war to protect our liberty and freedom. It is a war to preserve the Founding Father's vision for our country. It is a war to ensure that as women, we live in a country that follows it's Constitution. It is a war that as moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, wives, and daughters we have a legacy of freedom to pass on to future generations. Our battle cry should not be "women's rights". It should be "let's fight to protect rights for all Americans". The way to win the war is to engage in it and take the truth of what we really are fighting against to our fellow women. It is the truth will keep women from being oppressed and denigrated. Now go forth and fight the battle.