Roe v. Wade, Part 1
Those of us Democrats who are not supporting Obama are being bombarded with a very ugly scare tactic------Roe v Wade. I want to share my thoughts on the subject with you as we continue on our path to either vote for McCain, write in Hillary, or abstain.
First of all, our cause is just. For most of you, I don't need to retell the story of our fury at being disrespected and abused by the mainstream media, the party, and the Obama campaign. The blatant sexism expressed was UNACCEPTABLE, and it still goes on day after day. It happened because we didn't stand up to it. Well, those days are over. We are here, we are united, and we will never be quiet again.
The party and the Obama campaign are worried by our protest. They should be-----close to 1 million of you have weighed in in a matter of two weeks to express solidarity with our cause. And that doesn't include the many millions more who haven't expressed their outrage and are keeping it to themselves.
The Democratic Party and the Obama campaign are responding to this by trying to scare us into thinking that if we protest the sexism by not voting for Obama that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and women will be sent back to the dark ages of back-alley abortions and zero women's rights.
Well, we must stand up to them and reveal that tactic for what it is------FEAR MONGERING.
First of all, Roe v Wade is the law of the land and has been for many years now. The chances of any Supreme Court overturning it in its entirety is slim. They may chip away at it, but they will not overturn it. Also states will have the right to pass their own laws keeping abortion legal. The legal system churns exceedingly slowly and is done piecemeal. The idea of losing abortion rights overnight just like that is ridiculous.
Secondly, even though the Democratic Congress was completely impotent in making any effort to stop the Alito and Roberts nominations, they will use everything in their power to stop a Supreme Court nominee whom they felt was going to tip the balance. This should be a very good year for the Democratic down-ticket races. Although some have expressed that they will abandon the Democratic ticket in its entirety (and bravo for your protest), many will use their protest vote only in the presidential contest. That means that those Democratic votes will go for the Democratic Congressional candidates we need for a veto-proof majority. The Democratic Party and the Obama campaign would be well-advised not to continue on with this ugly tactic lest they lose the down ticket support that they enjoy at the moment from our millions of supporters.
This is an election of change this year. The women's agenda needs to change as well. For too long, abortion has become the only item on anyone's feminist agenda. We need to move beyond that and bring to the forefront other pressing issues. Women For Fair Politics is doing that by insisting that our society needs to understand that sexism will not be tolerated. Our agenda is to help our society understand what sexism is and that expreessions of it will not be tolerated. But first, we need by our presidential protest vote make everyone understand that we are a force to be reckoned with.
And that means that we will not be letting the Roe v Wade scare tactic stop us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!