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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Rep. Marsha Blackburn Claims GOP Has Always Led In Women's Rights

Over the past week, I witnessed yet another example of the extent to which GOP elected officials, media partners, and pundits will "flat-out" lie in support of their agenda towards an America in their likeness.  The GOP would have the nation molded into a likeness that, of course, excludes longstanding and growing income inequality and developing social inequality from the American Right.  The lies were rampant. 

We anticipate the lies, and we expect the lies, yet the scope and depth of the lies are both astounding and insulting to anyone with a memory and modicum of intellect. 

Since you already know my personal thoughts on the number one GOP "motor-mouth", Marsha Blackburn (R) TN., you know my utter contempt for any sentence she utters. I will dispense with further comment while turning this piece over to Talking Points Memo


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Blackburn Hasn’t Been Right About The GOP And Women Since The 1970s

AP Photo / Alex Brandon
After appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) made headlines and spurred double-takes with her claim that it is the Republican party -- not the Democratic party -- that is fighting for women’s rights.

"It is Republicans that have led the fight for women’s equality,” she responded to a question about Republican opposition to equal pay. “Go back through history, and look at who was the first woman to ever vote, elected to office, go to Congress, four out of five governors.”

If we’re going back through history as Blackburn implores us to do, she’s right. Historically, the Republican party was the stronghold for women’s activists in the early 20th century. But as the two parties essentially switched ideological places from 1970-1973, feminists lost favor with the Republican party. It’s been downhill ever since.

For the first third of the 20th century, the Democratic party, a stronghold in the southern states, was a consistently stalwart foe of any sort of racial progress. The south had a virtual veto over the Democratic Presidential nominee because of the strict convention rules that required a two-thirds majority vote for any candidate.

It is also true that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Republican party was more welcoming for feminists.
Today’s Republican party is basically the embarrassing fanatic uncle of the Republican party of the early 20th century. They have become overtaken by a rabid, radical fringe, one that opposes every single aspect of women’s equality, from abortion and contraception access to equal pay, from access to affordable healthcare to a living wage.

What Rep. Marsha Blackburn and other Republicans are banking on by peddling the Republican past as indicative of their present is that no one bothers to pay any attention to the absolutely atrocious record of the Republican party on women’s issues in recent memory, particularly in the last decade. Rather than attempting to beat back the Democratic claims of a “War on Women” by citing history, the Republican party would do well to actually enact some of the current policies they deceptively claim to champion.
Read more, including Lauren Rankin's detailed rebuttal to Blackburn's most recent demagoguery. 

Blackburn and her party have led in one way and one way only: they use the false premise, the false reality, the false demagoguery, and out right manipulation for political gain.

Her claims regarding the GOP as champion of women's rights is comparable to hypothetical ridiculousness claims the GOP is a champion of diversity, immigration reform, background checks for firearm purchases and champion of the unemployed. 

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