The Real War on Women (plus, It’s over – and we won)

October 29, 2014 By Elise Cooper

Americans should be outraged over the abusive, brutal, and horrific death of Colleen Hufford. Many Americans might not recognize the name until how she died is mentioned:  she is the working mother and grandmother who was beheaded on September 25th in Oklahoma by a Muslim extremist. State Representative Lewis H. Moore feels this is the real war on women, referring to the terrorist’s website. Hufford’s peers, prior to the beheading, told Moore that he terrorist screamed that stoning women is all right.  American Thinker interviewed others who agree with Moore’s description of the “real war on women.”

But Moore is not alone. There is a bipartisan feeling that women have to wakeup to the real war. The headline in the Washington Times on September 28th stated “Bill Maher Slams Liberals For Phony war On Women”. Maher went on to say, “But Saudi women can’t vote, or drive, or hold a job or leave the house without a man. Overwhelming majorities in every Muslim country say a wife is always obliged to obey her husband. That all seems like a bigger issue…”

Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, who is running for office in Tucson Arizona, has personal knowledge of just what Maher was referring to. She noted to American Thinker, “I had my rights as an American women threatened while serving when cultural norms were forced upon myself and my peers.  American women deployed in Saudi Arabia could not travel without permission of a man, had to sit in the back seat of a car, had to be covered with a headscarf, as well as what Mr. Maher noted. It was like a female apartheid. Not only did it go against military values of good, order, and discipline, but goes directly against American values of equality. There is already harassment against women in the military so what message did this give, that it was all right to treat women serving as second-class citizens.”

McSally is someone who should be admired by all women, since she actively tried to get the treatment changed over a period of six years. She had to face the threats of disciplinary charges if she did not obey the regulations. While complying, she filed a lawsuit in December 2001, and worked to have bipartisan support. The bill she fought for was signed into law on December 2, 2002.

Another woman who is fighting this war is Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who wants women to understand that the extremist Islamists “want a society that would keep women down. Many countries do not believe in freedom, equal opportunity, and human rights for women. We need to question some of the rhetoric here in America compared to how others are treated around the world.”

She makes a very good point, considering current events in the headlines recently. Democrats are concentrating on birth control and abortion as issues while women around the globe are fighting for basic rights and their lives. This past Saturday, a twenty-six year old woman was hanged in Iran. Her crime: stabbing a forty-seven year old surgeon who had worked for the intelligence ministry and had attempted to sexually abuse her. During the trial she had her rights violated time and again.

In Syria and Iraq, British extremists have boasted on Twitter and other social media that Yazidi women had been kidnapped and used as “slave girls”. The men sexually abuse, beat, and threaten them when they try to resist. There is also the case of Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl, and the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was nearly killed when a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus in the Swat Valley district of Pakistan and shot her in the head for blogging and speaking publicly in support of education and women’s rights.

Last June, In Nigeria two hundred schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist network because they were of the Christian faith. Currently they are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a medieval form of slavery. They capture the women, sell them off, and force them to marry.

Democrats use the “War on Women” as a political message, not caring that it diverts attention from those who are suffering horrifically. Their campaign does not speak of women in the U.S. who suffer from abuse and rape, but only refer to issues involving contraception and abortion. Women in this country and abroad do face major challenges today, but not the ones many Democrats espouse with their claims of victimhood politics and policies. In fact, in a recent Rasmussen poll, 52% of likely U.S. female voters said they believed the “war on women” slogan is primarily used for political purposes.

Hopefully more American women will agree with McMorris Rodgers and McSally that the rhetoric and slogan of “war on women” is phony. The real War on Women is looking how women are abused and killed, especially within the Islamic extremist mindset.  This should not be seen as a Democratic or Republican issue, but as one where all women can come together to solve it.

The author writes for American Thinker. She has done book reviews, author interviews, and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.

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The #WaronWomen is over—and we won

Democrats reap their condescension to women.

Spectator By 11.7.14

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Republicans are jubilant after their electoral victories Tuesday night — but it might be that Democratic losses tell a more complete story than GOP gains.

While voters almost uniformly backed conservative candidates, they also supported ballot measures out of sync with the traditional Republican party platform. Sure, marijuana legalization — which passed in the nation’s capital and in Oregon — can be chalked up to a rise in libertarians (me included), lurking at the margins of the GOP like the outsiders we’ve been since high school. But voters also approved non-binding hikes in the minimum wage in four states and three major cities. That’s hardly a hardline conservative position. So what gives?

The easy answer is that Americans are, on the whole, idiots, who tune into elections at the last possible moment, when they simply can’t avoid it any longer. Hence the increase in television commercials the last two weeks, as the parties compete to see who can more effectively convince voters that the other guys are more likely to murder their grandmother, child, puppy, or cable television package — whichever they might find more important.

The hard answer is that Americans, though they might be the world’s most notorious audience for reality television and professional wrestling, don’t take kindly to being treated like they’re stupid.

Enter the War on Women, and its condescending notions of what female voters value. Across this great nation, Democrats entered the midterm arena eager to talk about one thing: how Republican control of Congress would lead to inevitable bans on chemical birth control, forced pregnancies, condom shortages, and mandatory uterus registration. Even now, noted experts on conservative ideology Sally Kohn and Lizz Winstead claim that the GOP’s gains have empowered Republicans to chain millions of women to stoves and fertility monitors — though most longtime supporters know the fractious Republican party could never accomplish anything so ambitious.

The fact is that women weren’t as enthusiastic as Democrats thought to hear about imaginary Republican Congressmen hell bent on their oppression. They showed up at the polls, instead, with other things on their mind: foreign policy, the economy, immigration, and Ebola. Handing out free birth control like candy might have worked when voters had nothing else to worry about, but after a summer of cable news meltdowns, women were more interested in how candidates proposed to handle bloodsucking terrorists and rare, foreign communicable diseases. As with many voters, in times of great trouble and limited trust in their fearless leaders, women shifted their focus to more pressing matters. And while they weren’t sure the Republicans weren’t going to make a mess of things once they were handed the baton, they certainly didn’t trust the Democratic Party. Dems simply missed the message.

It didn’t help that the War on Women morphed into an improv comedy sketch. In Colorado, where Democrat Mark Udall lost his Senate seat to Republican Cory Gardner, the campaign ended with a radio ad suggesting that the GOP would ban birth control, which would cause a statewide shortage of condoms, which would force the state’s nameless girlfriends to rely on their boyfriends for condescending political advice. Cosmopolitan magazine, which has made giving questionable information to its readership an editorial policy, launched a campaign aimed at educating low-information single female voters, starting with a complaint about terming young women “Beyoncé voters” paired with a kickoff graphic of Beyoncé, and ending with a party bus full of male models carting college students to the polls. Wendy Davis, the candidate who was going to finally give late-term abortion the platform marquee it so richly deserves, shied away from any mention of women’s issues on the campaign trail, preferring instead to lampoon her opponent’s disability.

What happened? Mark Udall ended up looking like a creeper, more concerned with his constituents sex lives than with their concerns. Wendy Davis lost women by a wide margin. Sandra Fluke, the patron saint of the contraception mandate, couldn’t even get 40 percent of the vote in her California state senate campaign. And despite Cosmo‘s best efforts, male strippers didn’t make an impact on the female youth vote. At least, not an electoral one.

The left put the feminists in their vanguard, and the whole mess went off a cliff. Women got the message that all the Democrats think about is their vaginas (when they think about women at all).

Republicans should take this disaster to heart — along with the understanding that in many places where they made miraculous gains, those gains were won by ladies. Joni Ernst, Elise Stefanik, and Mia Love all made history on Tuesday. And while they may not believe it was because they are of the female persuasion, there’s no denying that the Republican caucus will look very different come January.

Perhaps this trio can keep reminding the Republican caucus how to speak to women — and let the Democrats keep rolling on the uterus express.