While women typically are more likely to identify themselves as Democrats than men are, that difference widens to a chasm in the USA TODAY poll. By 41%-24%, women call themselves Democrats; men by 27%-25% say they’re Republicans. – A Widening Gender Gap Boosts Obama Over Romney
If only conservatives knew what the meaning of the word meant.
At one point in history it meant actually being conservative, which included not involving yourself in personal matters where you don’t belong. It meant that personal privacy had a place in the human rights philosophy of American politics.
Now, to be “conservative” means to believe you have the right to legislate through the state the actions of women, forcing us to comply with religious dictates that go against U.S. law already established through the Supreme Court.
Joe Scarborough, everyone’s morning infotainment host favorite and representative warm and fuzzy Republican, made the case when Pres. Obama introduced the contraceptive mandate that it was the same as the federal government mandating female deacons in the Southern Baptist Church. When called on it he had the same unhinged response as right-wing Republicans do whenever a woman pushes back on offensive policies that butt into our business.
If Scarborough’s example is the baseline for Republicans, and he’s supposed to be the approachable Republican, it shows you how far they’ve fallen from the true meaning of conservatism, which begins with being conservative when it comes to individual freedoms.
More from the USA/Gallup poll:
In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points.
The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney’s support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group.
Of course, many women just hear that Republicans are legislating forced procedures we don’t want nor need at the state level, which make women run for the hills and ready to hit the voting booth to pull the lever for Democrats.
Republicans announcing forced procedures in state after state make women turn off their message, which clearly contains a strong vein of men telling women what we can or can’t do with our own bodies as a means of controlling us.
It’s the 21st century and women want answers about economics and financial equality, but we’re not likely to take from a political party who thinks it’s their job to design our life for us, butting in on private decisions that isn’t anyone’s decision but our own.