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Women in America – The Third Rail in the 2012 Election

Women’s issues have been in the news a lot recently. Opine Needles has reached out to some female friends and written this blog based on their input. The gist of it is that women’s issues are our issues. The divide between women and men is contrived and irksome. What women think about their choices in November, 2012 will be a major factor in the outcome of the Presidential election. This blog will elicit emotive responses. It has been written from the heart.

Frank Luntz, the political pollster, once said, “It’s not what you say. It’s what people hear.” In this message, we ask you to hear what we are saying.


Women have been politicized for decades. It is very distressing to see how many smart, caring, emotional women have been lured into one political trap after another. How does one even write that without sounding like a jerk!? Please read on.

This blog is about ongoing double standards that hurt this country. It’s time to put them to a stop. Over the years, politicians have run away from certain “untouchable” topics. These became known as third rails. Everyone knows if you touch a third rail, you get torched.

For years social security was a third rail. George W. Bush tried to knock some sense into our Social Security system; all he got for his efforts was grief and frustration.

Medicaid and Medicare have been third rails for decades. Usually Republicans have tried to reform elements of the plans, and democrats have told Americans over 65 years of age that the Republicans are trying to kill them. By and large, the Republicans have retreated. The irony in this is that we now find ourselves saddled with a socialist health care plan that will most likely end up killing plenty of us before our time! But we digress.

Race has become a third rail. We live in a country of double standards. If a white guy uses the N word, he is a racist; full stop. (A black man may use that word, but a white man may not.) And if a black man calls that white guy every ugly word ever invented, it is perfectly OK. How is that right? (Incidentally, when Rush Limbaugh called a young lady a “slut”, he was immediately condemned, but when uber-liberal comedian Bill Maher said something similar (actually much more vulgar) about Sarah Palin and her children, it was just good ole humor.) Well, it’s not right. Full stop. But no one in the public eye will touch the subject with a barge pole.

The democrats have politicized the inconsistency to their distinct voting advantage. They smile cynically as mouthpieces like Al Sharpton (he who rose to fame from the flames of deceit he lit under Tawana Brawley’s bogus charges) run from coast to coast castigating the Tea Party and other conservative and/or libertarian causes as racist. What a sham. But in politics, voting numbers speak the loudest, and it is entirely clear that democrat pandering with the minority community has been very successful. (Does anyone really think the democrats believe that requiring a valid ID before being able to vote is actually racist?) But we digress again.

Today’s tome is an ode to the female. Opine Needles believes the 2012 election will be decided (to a very large degree) by women. Women are the lightning rods. Women are the deciders. Women, folks, are the 2012 third rail. So let’s break with tradition, and let’s talk about it!

Opine Needles believes the 2012 election will be decided (to a very large degree) by women.

There is a story in Washington about a Republican insider who often tells candidates, “Listen to your wife”. We agree. That is very sound advice. The male politician who prances and preaches his way to the ballot box without listening very closely to the female(s) in his life does so at his own peril. Women don’t like popinjays. Women don’t like bloviators. Women just don’t like men who talk about women’s issues as though they know what to do better than women. However, women’s issues are men’s issues. Men and women form families and communities together. This is something progressive liberals don’t like. They seem to like separating women from men, and love from sex.

Women’s issues are men’s issues — contraception, abortion and caring for children, to name a few. And on topics such as these, the democrats have successfully managed to separate love from sex and men from women. That just isn’t right!

Alas, here is where it all gets tricky. The democrats have been much smarter (manipulative) about playing the female card. They have worked for decades to convince American women that they understand them. The most recent contraceptive debate is a perfect example of how democrat leadership can take a strictly Constitutional issue and turn it into an emotional wildcard. The entire discussion should be about whether the federal government can force religious organizations to offer contraception costs as part of their employee health care plans.

Those who believe in the sanctity of the First Amendment (and the fact that our Founding Fathers absolutely envisaged a role for religion in this country unimpeded by the hand of government) now truly believe the government has crossed the line. Over the past three years,Opine Needles has cited countless examples of the Obama administration having run roughshod over the Constitution (and Founding Father visions) in order to pursue its leftist social agenda. This issue is just the latest example. But the real problem here is the effectiveness with which the democrats play upon the emotions of women in America.

Time and again they turn serious discussions into “us and them” moments. In every case, “us” are the compassionate democrats who seek to ensure that women’s’ rights and emotions are protected, and “them” are the heartless, arrogant, insensitive, vulgar, plodding, middle-aged white guy Republicans who wouldn’t understand a woman’s feelings if they jumped out of her brain (and heart!) and knocked him upside the head!

Upon occasion, we revert to the first person. This is such an occasion. I have been married for twenty years, and have three daughters and a son. I write today’s blog as a husband and a father. You see, I want my daughters to be free to THINK! I do not want them to be considered as part of a constituency taken wholly for granted by a political party. I want them to be free to REASON. I do not want them to get sucked into one emotional vortex after another by calculating politicians who think they are smarter. You see, my daughters–women–UNDERSTAND the issues, and they know that NOTHING of consequence can be determined by raw emotion.

Social expediency and harnessing the popular vote are not legitimate excuses for the cynical politics and manipulations of minority groups and women that are routinely employed by the left.

I hate to mention him again, but to not inject Rush Limbaugh into the conversation is to avoid the elephant (so to speak) in the room. So let’s just put the cards on the table. Once in a while I listen to Rush. He has his good days and his bad days. I agree and I disagree. On the issues regarding the testimony of the young (ish) law student Georgetown who claimed she could not afford her contraceptives without a bona fide healthcare plan, Rush was RIGHT. On how Rush chose to mock the woman, he was WRONG; no more wrong than Bill Maher using the C word in reference to Sarah Palin, but wrong none the less,)

But it’s the aftershock that we need to examine, as it was classic example of democrat manipulation. For the President to have called this lady to express his support is nothing short of a joke, and a bad one at that. Her testimony was factually and legally flawed. Georgetown has every right in the world to decide what it offers its students in the way of health care. The idea that society is responsible for providing her with a pregnancy-free sex life should be an affront to every American. The White House’s arrogance in tryIng to push such an idea on a religious group is even more of an affront because it is so clearly prohibited by the First Amendment. The democrats took a Constitutional debate and turned the spotlight on Rush.

Abracadabra, all of sudden Rush is “them” and that means all Republicans hate young female graduate students who like sex. WHAT?!

The implicit point here is that the truly liberated woman views men and women as equals, each with their different strengths. The democrats have positioned women as separate but equal. In effect, the democrats have introduced and institutionalized a gender-specific Jim Crow era, and millions of well-educated women have fallen into the trap.

So as we look ahead to 2012, the election may very well come down to American women saying “NO” to democrat attempts to manipulate them and “YES” to choosing the candidate (and party) that can best pull our country out of its current quagmire. Young female voters are going to have to separate the wheat from the chaff and take the necessary time to understand what’s at stake. Mothers from ages 20 to 60 will have to look beyond the pandering from the left and tackle the moment at hand. And grandmothers will have to say “Where’s the beef!?!” to the old “the Republicans are out to kill you” shtick.

The rancor from the Republican primaries will pass. The Republican who emerges must prove two things to the American female:

  • He will LISTEN, and his actions will reflect true respect for women in contradistinction to democrat pandering, and
  • He will honor our Constitution and our country.

Men and women must work together not as separates, but as equals, and recognize their respective strengths.

More to Follow-

THINK RIGHT. ACT RIGHT. VOTE RIGHT.

  • shdooby

    Well done following a potentially disastrous headline!

  • Roommate

    You need to be on Oprah! Very thoughtful and insightful.

  • LT

    Finally — the Woman issue is crystallized –
    It is time to respect women. Stop the pandering. We want discussion of serious issues and we don’t want to be embarrassed by the ms Flukes of the world who go out looking for a fight and then misrepresent the facts and create a circus of stupidity.

  • Henry Eustace McCulloch

    Good points all. The cultural Marxists (today’s Democratic Party is just the electoral face of the revolutionary cultural movement that has transformed America utterly since 1964) who now set the tone for discussing social issues throughout the West – not just America – have manipulated Western women brilliantly, using sex and feminism to drive a wedge between men and women and creating the presumption that sexual behavior in all its aspects is the province of government.

    Time was, and not very long ago, when government regulation of sexual matters was limited to proscribing perversion (sodomy and pedophilia statutes) and preventing crime (abortion and prostitution laws). No longer; government now touches everything. In America the regime is generally imposed through unilateral and un-Constitutional U.S. Supreme Court decisions: social legislating from the bench. There is no longer even a pretence of separation of powers. Thanks to the cultural revolution, what was once – on grounds of common sense as well as simple morality – shunned and forbidden must now be permitted, and not merely permitted but flaunted and celebrated. To decline to join in the celebration is to risk career destruction, especially in academia.

    This up-ending of society has been pitched to women as liberation. Despite their evident intelligence, most American women appear to have fallen for it. The result is a strong emotional barrier against discussing sexual “freedom” issues with men – and an equally strong bar against applying reason to analysing issues that have been presented with such high emotion as issues of personal freedom. As you note, this triumph of leftist propaganda has made rational discussion of what the Obamacare HHS mandates are really about almost impossible. Of course, the mandates are about abortion-on-demand at any time for any (or, more accurately, no) reason at all, free contraception, and now even funded sterilisation. (Can free “sex-change” operations be far behind? No-longer-Great Britain’s National Health Service pays for them – even for members of the armed services!) But as you also note, the HHS regulations are about compelling all U.S. taxpayers to subsidise Americans’ sexual activities – camouflaged by propaganda about women’s “reproductive freedoms.”

    In the case of religiously affiliated institutions that find what they are compelled to subsidise abhorrent, forcing them to subsidise it anyway is entirely the point of what Obama and Sebelius intend with the HHS mandates. There can be no tolerance of institutions that reject the march of “reproductive freedom.” This is a frontal assault on organised religion in all its forms, and it is meant to be. The whole campaign is far more Soviet than American.

    A female friend of ours walked up to me the other evening – at a gallery opening; not a good venue, I should have thought, for this sort of conversation – and asked me point-blank why the Republicans want to kill women and what did I think about that? (This lady was the head of her college’s SDS chapter long ago, but she is very intelligent and not – usually – impervious to reason.) I replied that I’m not a Republican, so I won’t presume to speak for the Republicans, but that I think the problem is that Obamacare’s HHS mandates are patently un-Constitutional: there is nothing in the Constitution or even in the Supreme Court’s most over-reaching “interpretations” of it that grants anyone the right to receive contraceptive and abortion services at other people’s expense, period, and that to compel religious institutions to pay for such things is doubly un-Constitutional. The underlying social and moral issues I avoided altogether. That mild response was enough to drive our friend off in a huff: she sought out my wife and informed her, in high dudgeon, that “your husband wants college girls to bleed to death in back alleys, just like they did before Roe v. Wade!”

    So, while the Republicans are absolutely right to oppose Obamacare – and they had better make sure they support repeal in toto, not little concessions here and there that leave the rotten edifice standing – concentrating on the HHS mandates and the sexual issues they raise is very risky business for Republicans. I doubt most American women can be persuaded to view the question of Obamacare’s contraceptive/abortion mandates as simply a Constitutional issue. The cultural revolution has done its work too well among American women when it comes to issues of sex. I wish I had a solution for the electoral problem of the mandates – they alone are a critical Constitutional issue, but if the Republicans pursue the mandates specifically they risk alienating many American women who simply do not see them as a Constitutional problem but a guarantee of the “reproductive freedoms” that they have been led to believe, however erroneously, are their Constitutional rights.

    Republicans should keep their focus on Obamacare’s exorbitant costs, and concentrate their efforts on repealing all of Obamacare. All of Obamacare is a Constitutional issue, after all. Don’t over-focus on the HHS mandates, abominable though they are.

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      a thoughtful comment…thanks

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  • Lydia Cordova

    This is an excellent discussion of what is happening now. Women are being manipulated by Democrats,

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      thanks for this succinct and accurate comment!

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    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      thank you very much for writing…..

    • http://www.opineneedles.com Opine Needles

      thank you very much for writing…..