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War on women and the self-destruction of the GOP

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This article was originally posted on the Madison Independent Examiner. There is a slideshow and video available there.

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In May, when Democratic National Committee "chairman" Debbie Wasserman Schultz called out the Republican party for " waging a war on women ," many pundits thought it was just political rhetoric. Since then the actions and public statements made by GOP politicians may have confirmed her statement and may ultimately lead to the self-destruction of the GOP in the next election.

The comments last Sunday by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), who is trying to unseat Claire McCaskill (D-MO) from the U.S. Senate are, using an overused metaphor, icing on the cake. In an interview with KTVI-TV over the weekend in which he was questioned about his strict views on abortion, Akin replied that women rarely get pregnant from rape, saying "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down." (See video on the original post at Madison Independent Examiner ).

Legitimate rape? Mr. Akin, are you kidding or completely ignorant? In his defense, Akin later said he meant to say forcible rape , but as the President says, " rape is rape ." Yet Republican politicians seem to want to redefine rape and classify it into categories, which are simply not going to sound very well to rape victims and most women in the U.S.

Here are a few more examples of how the GOP is burning itself up with women voters. Well, at least those who have self-respect and vote with their conscience:

Apparently the GOP is doing all they can to hand the next election to the Democrats and President Obama.

That stands without even mentioning what the Republican National Committee (RNC) has done to one of its own candidates, Ron Paul. Simply do a google search on "Ron Paul delegates" and there is plenty of information on that GOP fiasco. Even Fox News admitted that Romney cannot win without the votes of Ron Paul's supporters. (Link is to a video).

There are t-shirts ready for the GOP convention that read, "Dear GOP, No Ron Paul, No Vote! (signed) A Republican."

The point is that there is a major schism in the Republican party that will probably hand the next election to Democrats. Another point is that one of the 14 defining characteristics of fascism is rampant sexism, as the GOP has been exhibiting for years.

So, what does the GOP do? They pick Paul Ryan as Romney's running mate. Joe Conason reported that a $100 million campaign financing promise from the Koch brothers helped that along. Paul Ryan, worse yet, cosponsored a bill (H.R. 212) with Rep. Akin called the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009 , which declares that a fertilized egg is entitled to the same legal rights as a human being.

Not only is H.R. 212 an offense to women, but it is unconstitutional, because Roe v. Wade can only be overturned by an amendment to the constitution . The proposed measure would have permitted the use of Medicare funds only to end pregnancies resulting from "forcible rape." Akin's assertion about "legitimate" rape is really nothing but an attempt to blame the victim.

Renee Davis puts it nicely, succinct and clearly on her web site, Unite Women :

I am a woman, a survivor of rape, and a registered Republican. You have issued an apology for the uneducated "off the cuff" remark you made where you stated "from what I understand from doctors, pregnancy [ as a result of rape] is really rare. If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has a ways to try shut that whole thing down." Todd, I do not accept your apology!

The problem that goes to the core of this issue is that no matter what your apology says, you and your friends have left most of your more moderate members behind and traded us in for a very extreme view.

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Gregory Patin is a free-lance writer residing in Madison, WI. He earned a BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a MS in IT management from Colorado Tech. He is politically independent and not affiliated with either (more...)

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