Sunday, February 20, 2011

David Brooks Arianna Huffington Two Party System Dead, Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

Tags: Two Party System or Not Brooks Huffington Top Ten Shocking Attacks by Republicans on Women Rape Consensual Legal to Murder Doctors Starve Pregnant Mothers Children

Elaine and Suzy,

Elaine, Thanks for the 10 Shocking Facts from the GOP War on Women. Corrupt Renaissance Popes gave us celibate Priests to enrich the Church. Emperor Constantine gave us anti-abortion laws and the Christian Cross and helped the Church leaders pick the right Gospels among dozens. Only Matthew does not have the resurrection and books by those who had direct contact with Jesus were excluded.

Today on Bloomberg television Conservative David Brooks and Arianna Huffington, Third World America: How Our Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, where on the same side today for a discussion whether the two party system no longer works anymore. They got 50 percent of the audience votes and the Right Wing Conservatives got 40 percent even though Arianna was the only one with a modicum of liberalism. Hardly a balanced panel or audience!

Huffington suggested as a starter we should allow the voter to vote for anyone with a first, second, and perhaps third choice for the election. If there first candidate does not win, their votes will go to their second choice etc. That way we won't get the Ralph Nader or Ross Perot phenomenon. The two-party system is designed to keep the wealthy and influential in power.

Give voters a choice without a drastic penalty. Some states already have this system such as Washington and soon Oregon, but the problem is that money still wins elections because our television news refuses to talk about what the candidates stand for and pluses and minuses of the approaches taken by each candidate. They rather make money by using polls and the horse race and let ads make them a huge amount of money.

When only 40 percent of eligible Americans voted in the last election, there is more than a little discontent. The seniors made up 30 percent of the vote! With the baby boomers retiring now, seniors will bankrupt us by their excessive needs and voting power.

With corporations now able to secretly donate unlimited amounts of money even one day before the election, both parties will move further right. Supreme Court Justice Stevens who just retired was appointed in 1975 by a Republican, Gerald Ford.

Stevens said that every Justice appointed since 1975 were more conservative than he was. He did not change his politics which is considered liberal now! The corporate elite the senatorial Democratic Leadership Council set up by President Clinton was dissolved this week because the rest of the Democrats moved right and became more corporate.

When there is a rule or law that seems to not benefit Americans, but just a select group, it is time for Americans to examine how these things came into being. We are in the Renaissance of correcting the history written by those in charge or beholding to power. Zinn's People's History of the United States is one book well worth reading.

What makes Republicans do what they do? They can't help it. Their authoritarian and large fearful and paranoidal Amygdala brain gives them no choice. They make the best military soldiers and love guns because they are in constant fear of losing control. Yes, this has been well studied at Canadian and other Universities here. A very good book about this was written by Nixon's Lawyer, John W. Dean in Conservatives Without Conscience, a New York Times bestseller based on many studies at universities.

Democrats haven't learned that logic does not work on Republicans or the voters.

Jim Kawakami, Feb 20, 2010,

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).

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1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011
"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011

2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011

3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011

4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011
5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011

6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011

7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, February 12, 2011

8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011

9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011
"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011

10. Ibid.
Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011
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