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This is war

Suit up, ladies. There’s a war going on, apparently against us.

Now, some say that’s not true. Or it is true, but it’s the liberals waging it and not the right-wing throwbacks to the caveman era.

Just more of that up is down shit we got from the Bush administration for eight years.

The Republicans wanna have it both ways too. The Obama administration is bad for women, but women are doing great in this economy! Yahoo! Helps, of course, that their base apparently can only consider one statement at a time, and so any contradictory statements are not considered when a new one comes along.

So when an Ed Gillespie says on Meet the Press “The U.S. economy is a hostile workplace for women under President Obama … It’s still the economy, and women aren’t stupid,” the Republican sheeple don’t remember that women have always been at the bottom of the heap. Women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, and that didn’t just happen since January 20, 2009.

So what does presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and the rest of the cabal intend to do about it? I’ll let Joan Walsh answer that.

It’s undeniable that Romney and the GOP support policies that disproportionately hurt women. They want to cut back the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-wage workers; most recipients are women. They want to slash Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security; women make up most of those programs’ beneficiaries, too. To the extent that they, as well as GOP governors, are pushing public worker layoffs, those hit women harder too, since they’re more likely to work in the public sector than men.

They wanna do other things too, like put restrictions on abortion that lock the doctor’s opinion out of the matter. That’s Georgia, where the legislature has passed a bill that bans abortion after five months — regardless the health of the fetus, the health of the mother or even if the fetus is dead. Because? One of the bill’s prime sponsors says that he’s delivered calves and pigs dead and alive, so it should be ok for humans too.

But it’s not all about women it seems. The Tennessee legislature has been trying for a while now to ban use of the word “gay” to mean homosexual. They’ve not been successful … yet, but they did manage to pass a vague bill requiring sex education to preach against “gateway sexual activity,” without explaining what that means. Kissing? Holding hands? Running your fingers through someone’s hair? Got me.

And then of course there’s the myriad politicians who don’t think it’s a good idea to ban bullying against gay people. Gay journo Dan Savage, speaking to the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, ran into a little of this in high school students. From David A. Graham:

In the course of his talk about bullying, Savage pointed out anti-gay activists sometimes cite the Bible to justify their beliefs and behavior. He then went on to point out that the Bible sanctions any number of activities we don’t allow today, including slavery and the stoning of women who are not virgins when married (the full text, if you don’t want to watch the video, is here), strictures he referred to as “bullshit.” In protest, some (presumably) Christian members of the audience walked out. As he wrapped up the inflammatory section of his remarks, Savage apologized for offending anyone, but undercut that apology somewhat by adding, “It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.

Here’s the video in case you do want to watch it:

And before you start whining about how do you know they’re Christians and weren’t just upset about the foul language — they’re journalism students, ferchrissake. If “bullshit” upsets them, they’re in the wrong business.

So really, it’s not just a war on women. It’s a war on everything good and decent, despite attempts to characterize it as something dirty and bad.