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Top Story: Whose Party Is It, Mitt Romney’s or the Religious Right’s?

“Rape is rape and there’s no splitting hairs over rape.” As for the president’s claim that Romney-Ryan will restrict birth control, Ryan calls that ridiculous. “Nobody is proposing to deny birth control to anybody,” says Ryan. Ryan says women won’t fall for these side issues. “And I don’t think they’re going to take the bait of all these distractions that the President is trying to throw at them.” – Paul Ryan Distances Self From Todd Akin

AS THE REPUBLICAN Party once again cements their image and policy prescriptions as being overtly anti-women’s freedoms, the Democratic Party intends to offer an opposite image. Mitt Romney says he would allow exceptions for abortion in the case of rape and incest. Then why isn’t he asserting himself on the Republican platform and denouncing the Akin Plank? The platform means nothing, so why not give the religious conservatives a bone, right?

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, tried to deflect questions on behalf of Mr. Romney, saying on Fox News that “this is the platform of the Republican Party, it is not the platform of Mitt Romney.”With Abortion in the Spotlight, a Challenge for Romney

Don’t kid yourself, there is nothing in Mitt Romney’s past that proves he can hold the line on any principle, let alone women’s right to self-determination.

From the National Journal comes the Democratic view of women’s rights and who will be among those to outline them:

The leaders of the two largest abortion rights groups in the country are among a slew of prominent women expected to escalate attacks on Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s positions on women’s issues at the upcoming Democratic convention.

The Democratic National Convention Committee on Wednesday was releasing a list of female speakers heavy with symbolism, including Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; Lily Ledbetter, the inspiration for the equal pay law signed by President Obama; and Sandra Fluke, the former law school student insulted by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh for advocating health insurance coverage of birth control.

Not only did Todd Akin’s insultingly ignorant statements on rape do damage, but at the very same instant religious conservatives proclaimed no exception on abortion rights even in the case of rape or incest, handing down the cruelest standard of all that no woman should be forced to meet.

That it’s not a conservative notion to have the state or federal government making a woman’s most wrenching decision for her should be obvious.

However, today’s conservatives are religious conservatives and fundamentalists. The poster boy is Todd Akin, though considering Paul Ryan was party to redefining rape as “forcible,” something that would even make Ronald Reagan blush. In the interview excerpted at the top, Paul Ryan stands by his “pro life” record, which puts a woman’s life second to an unborn egg.

Republicans now stand for something that no true conservative could abide. That these people aren’t voting for Gary Johnson reveals the philosophical bankruptcy that exists on the right.

As for the “left,” as much as it even exists, because there’s nothing close to the Tea Party on the progressive side, people who oppose Obama on the economy, the lack of jobs, environment, as well as his drone and war policy, are either not voting or going with Jill Stein.

That so-called conservatives think they can hoist abortion with no exceptions on American women, including those who are against abortion rights but believe there should be exceptions in the case of rape and incest, is just one reason Pres. Obama has a double-digit lead with female voters, which puts him on target to win in November.

That Mitt Romney won’t stand firm to oppose this religious extremism, which has no place in modern politics, says something fundamental about his character.

Lose women, lose the election.

What Mitt Romney can do to get women back begins with saying he’d support the Lily Ledbetter Act, but also paycheck fairness. But it begins with taking on the most extreme elements of his own party so that the victims of rape and incest have recourse to access a legal procedure. Tampa may get a tropical storm, even a hurricane next week, but Romney making those declarations is as likely as Tampa freezing.

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20 Responses to Top Story: Whose Party Is It, Mitt Romney’s or the Religious Right’s?

  1. fangio August 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    It’s time for a war on the religious right; they’ve been at was with us for 20 years and it’s time to go on the offensive. Reagan let these creatures out of their cages and it’s time to put them back in. How many Americans know that Akin is on the science, space and technology committee. Time to start packing up.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter August 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Gotta love some riled up defiant repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristians and their family values huh! The only “sin” Akin’s committed was saying in public what the psychos in the repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristian party say they plan on doing in private.

  3. Marie205 August 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    The day Mitt Romney…picked Paul Ryan a guy who has supported “no exception on abortion rights even in the case of rape or incest” for VP…told me what he really thinks of Women rights.

    I notice his wife Anne Romney has not said a single word about this issue. However, she was VERY outspoken about protecting Mittens taxes from being released. What she suppose to be the woman to turn female voters toward Romney?

    But hey, when you’re married to a rich and powerful man…and have access to the best doctors in the world…who cares about “poorer” women rights in this country. There is certain segment in America today of women…that think just along the same terms as sexist males…I guess the motto for Republicans should be “I got mine blank everyone else freedoms.”

  4. PWT August 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Is this a change from previous republican Platforms on abortion?

    • Cujo359 August 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      Here’s the 2008 Republican Party platform. It appears that very similar language was part of that platform.

      • casualobserver August 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

        I say what is the point of a party platform if it is not taken as a serious to-do list/report card for that party’s Presidential candidate? All Republicans should be coward by how well the Democrat’s did on theirs.

        Provide an immediate energy rebate to offset high prices of gas and other necessities.

        Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans can do their taxes in less than five minutes”

        create “millions of new, good ‘Green Collar’ American jobs.”

        Enforce pay-as-you-go budgeting rules.

        Put all non emergency bills, passed by Congress, online for five days, to allow the public to review and comment on them before they are signed into law.

        Automatically enroll every worker in a workplace pension plan that can be carried from job to job

        Prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon

        “We reject illegal wiretapping of American citizens, wherever they live.”

        Close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.

        Require those “living here illegally but otherwise playing by the rule” to “get right with the law.” Support a system that requires undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, pay taxes, learn English

        • Cujo359 August 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

          what is the point of a party platform if it is not taken as a serious to-do list/report card for that party’s Presidential candidate? All Republicans should be coward by how well the Democrat’s did on theirs.

          While I have no idea what the phrase “should be coward” means, the rest of this reads as an implicit assumption that there’s an equivalence here. I don’t think that’s true.

          The Democratic Party platform is that party’s way of providing a sop to all the progressive activists it depends on, without actually doing anything for them. That’s because the Democrats don’t fear their base. In fact, their behavior suggests that they despise them.

          Republicans, OTOH, fear theirs. The House’s legislative agenda this year, not to mention Rep. Boehner’s discomfort at having to make any compromise with the Senate and the President, bears that out.

          So I don’t assume that the two parties’ platforms mean the same thing to their leaders. They might, but from my perspective it looks pretty clear that they don’t.

          • casualobserver August 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

            OK, got it. We are to assume Ms. Marsh gets to state the R platform is binding on Romney because she so types and you get to state the same can’t be assumed of the D platform because you so type.

            I can see why you guys need to stay in your own ideological debate space and not wander too far from the friendly confines.

            Yes, I am now cowered by your admonition for my typo.

          • Cujo359 August 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

            No, you don’t get it. My opinion was based on what I perceive to be the behavior of the two parties toward their bases. You, OTOH, just whine about how you’re not “allowed” to say something, when quite clearly you are.

            As for the typo, I really had no idea what you meant. Still don’t, to tell you the truth. Why in the world should Republicans be cowed by the behavior of the Democrats? If anything, the GOP’s rank and file should be encouraged by the differences in those relationships. They’re winning, I’m sad to say, and by rather a lot.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter August 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

            Cujo, cujo, cujo…..you are expecting rational thought and argument from casualobserver?!! COME ON!!

  5. newdealdem1 August 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Both party platforms are there to play the role of cheer leaders for the base or to play the role of the stars and stripes, a symbolic and sentimental representation of who they say they are and want to be.

    It’s time for a war on the religious right; they’ve been at this with us for 20 years and it’s time to go on the offensive.

    I agree, fangio. It’s time to stand up to these fanatics and I especially mean the Dems. Enough is enough when they continue to try to impose their personal beliefs on the rest of us. And, this has been non-stop for decades but has only gotten worse with the rise of the Tea Party many of whom share the same reactionary, idiotic and backwards ideas especially when it comes to women. Also, these extremists are anathema to the teachings of Jesus Christ. They have infested the Republican Party but that’s because as you said

    Reagan let these creatures out of their cages and it’s time to put them back in.

    And, that’s part of his tainted legacy because he did it for political reasons for their votes and not because of any inherent fanatic religious belief. He never even attended church. I also think that was one thing that Nancy couldn’t abide: all of those die hard religious fanatics infesting her party.

    How many Americans know that Akin is on the science, space and technology committee. Time to start packing up.

    I never even heard of this cretin before this week. And, except for Missorians and his colleagues in the Congress, I doubt the rest of America heard of him either. As for his being on the science, space and technology committee: my first reaction was :lol: And, then this :cry: Who the hell are these people? You cannot make this shite up.

    Some much needed satire: http://tinyurl.com/8gdw9cf

  6. newdealdem1 August 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Correction It’s time to stand up to these religious fanatics and I especially mean the Dems who have to strongly take a stand against these phoney, holier-than-thou demagogues who want to force America to replace the Constitution with the Old Testament whilst grousing about being strict constitutionalists which they have not one clue about except for being for the second amendment :roll: .

    • secularhumanizinevoluter August 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      Indeed. These superstition driven, fever brained cretins have been committing acts of domestic terrorism first individually, then church/group sponsored and supported and now with the weight of elected officials willing to bring down the country to fulfill their insane fantasy world view.

  7. Sasha August 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Obama in 2003: I voted “no” on the late term abortion ban.

    It’s a war on WOMEN!!! :shock:

    • secularhumanizinevoluter August 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      It’s a war on women, gays and the American middle class.

      • Sasha August 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

        no war on Blacks tho.
        they are just being ignored because Barrie knows he has their vote and Mittens was booed when he tried to reach out.

        • Marie205 August 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

          Sasha…what about the Hispanic vote…how does Mitt explain losing them…and Asian American Vote…in large numbers?

          So far, the only race that seem to be going big in “Huge” favor of Mitt Romney is middle age White males…why is that?

        • secularhumanizinevoluter August 23, 2012 at 6:28 am #

          Are you seriously contending there are NO Black women, gays and members of the middle class?
          ” Barrie knows he has their vote and Mittens was booed when he tried to reach out.”
          Maybe because Blacks at the NAACP recognize a shit spewing, lying hypocrite when the see one?

  8. Sasha August 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    @Marie, I’m sorry, I just don’t believe the polls as the samples tend to be so skewed, so I really can’t say how Mittens is polling among any group.

    I can however say that as divided as the media may want us to believe our country is. I speak to people of all races and find a broad cross section of people whom say they will vote for Mittens and Barrie.

    One thing we ALL have in common is green and I sense that most will be voting with their pocketbooks in November.
    and voting for whomever they believe will help them bring home the bacon. ;-)

    • secularhumanizinevoluter August 23, 2012 at 6:30 am #

      :”@Marie, I’m sorry, I just don’t believe the polls as the samples tend to be so skewed, so I really can’t say how Mittens is polling among any group.”

      Translation….my guy is getting his guts kicked out WHAAAAAAAAA, WHAAAAAAAA.
      But I LOVE when polls show my guy ahead…then they are GREAT!

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