As I looked through the stack of mail my daughter brought in from the mailbox recently, I noticed a large mailer from the Democratic Party of Virginia, addressed to me personally. It angered me. The mailer had a less than flattering photo of both Romney and Ryan (if that’s possible), and asked the question: “Do you want these men making decisions about your birth control?” On the back side, it cited what they claim are “facts” about Romney’s record, including the assertion that both Romney and Ryan support legislation that would deny funding for Planned Parenthood. (To that, I say excellent—it was the only “fact” that held any truth whatsoever.)
First of all, does any thoughtful, intelligent woman in America actually really believe that the President and Vice President alone could possibly control whether or not they can get a pack of birth control pills or other contraceptive on a monthly basis? The notion is absolutely absurd.
Rush Limbaugh reminded us a week ago where this ridiculous idea originated from. Remember the January Republican primary debate when George Stephanopoulos threw a question at Governor Romney that had the entire lot of them standing there scratching their heads?
“Governor Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?” Stephanopoulos asked.
Governor Romney was stunned, as well he should have been considering this was one of the dumbest questions ever posed in a Presidential debate.
“George, this is an unusual topic that you’re raising,” Governor Romney answered. “Do states have a right to ban contraception? I can’t imagine a state banning contraception. I can’t imagine the circumstances where a state would want to do so…given that there’s no state that wants to do so, and I don’t know of any candidate that wants to do so, you’re asking could it constitutionally be done?” Gov. Romney then suggested that he ask the Constitutionalist on the panel—Rep. Ron Paul.
Stephanopoulos wasn’t to be distracted from continuing his ridiculous line of questioning and again asked Romney, “Do you believe states have that right, or not?”
“George, I don’t know if the state has a right to ban contraception,” answered the Governor. “…no state wants to! The idea of you putting forward things that states might want to do, that no state wants to do, and then asking me whether they can do it or not is kind of a silly thing, I think…” Romney went on the explain that he saw no reason whatsoever for someone to want to ban contraception, and then explained the legal process one would need to through in order to pursue this ridiculous line of thinking.
Believe it or not, Stephanopoulos persisted until Romney finally put it to rest by redirecting the question, posing his own question and answering that one.
I remember hearing Dick Morris, former Clinton advisor and current Fox News contributor, suggest shortly after that January debate that the Democrat party was trying to convince voters that this is exactly what Republicans would do if they won the White House in November. I thought he was crazy. Turns out, he was exactly right and some women are actually falling for this nonsense. (ever hear of Sandra Fluke?)
It wasn’t long after that line of questioning was posed that the Obama campaign trotted out the War On Women memo, and so began the real War on Women, aimed right at the uninformed female voter who is already struggling to make ends meet.
Did you watch the Democrat National Convention? Have you ever seen so many female victims on one stage at an event of such magnitude? You’d have thought George Bush was still in office, what with all the complaining about how horrible life has become for them. Yet, who’s in office? And who had a super majority for the first two years of his term, yet accomplished virtually nothing while he had the opportunity?
If the left wants to continue wasting its money on mailers aimed at women like me here in the state of Virginia and elsewhere, so be it. But this woman is sick and tired of being targeted as a special interest group who is dumb enough to believe that a President, or a President/Vice President team has the sole power to take away my little pack of pills, or whatever other means of contraceptive I choose to use.
I’m smarter than that, and I’m insulted by the continuous assault aimed squarely at female voters, painting us as helpless mindless creatures who need big daddy government (in the form of Barack Obama and team) to swoop in and save the day.
I’m also stronger than that, and I would hope you are too.
Written by Tami Nantz