The Pardu

The Pardu
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GOP "War Women" Via The Fox News Couch

Conservative America and its political operatives (including media) diligently work to devalue the vote of certain segments of women voters: the young, the single or the independent. Voter suppression against black an brown people is as real as the 24 hour cloak and a strategy the GOP seems have little interest in reversing.  They would deny the vote to millions to ward-off growing minority voter participation and to build barriers to future impact on the vote of rapidly changing demographics. The conservative white male is a vanishing majority relic. Yet, the dominate GOP power voter will only give-way to a changing nation after the nation shows the (gasping for air) dinosaur we will no longer tolerate its malfeasance. It is unfortunate data shows married women vote pretty much along the same voting patterns as their husbands. Thus, avoiding the GOP suppression targeting that reaches beyond minorities to the young single woman.

Women not only out-number men, women turnout to vote more than do their male counterparts.

Let's take a run through the US woman voter.

If we take the 2012 presidential election and breakdown gender and ethnic votes and gender votes, the separation of white and non-whites (minorities) is noticeable and irrefutable. 

Check this out! We again visit the presidential election of 2012.

And, this from Huff Po 2011.....

"Facts are pesky things!"

The fact is marred white women comprise a major voting bloc for the GOP. We do not need to share the percent of married vs unmarried women to make two points. First, and sadly, married women really do vote along the same lines as their husbands. Second, and much more important, younger women comprise a much great percent of the unmarried and then older women.

Is the last point arguable?

Over the past few years (since 2009) Fox News has brazenly broadcast hosted segments (Out Numbered Show) in which conservative (leggy) women have espoused disdain for the young woman voter.  In early October,  members of the Out Numbered hosts team attacked the youth vote. Well, by simply extrapolation and the fact women vote more than men, I suggest the antic was another Fox News message to its viewers: "Women should not be allowed to vote...if they do not know the issues."  Anyone who votes without knowing the issues constitutes a wasted voted  and more often than not will vote for the GOP;  an idyllic state for the Out Numbered "couch crew" and the GOP.

Out Numbered (Did I keyboard the word "leggy?")

In fact, Fox managers mask their messages with qualifiers like, "If young women are not educated on the issues, they should not be allowed to vote." But, the message from Fox is clear: cut into the women vote with specific attention to the young woman voter. How would Fox news suggests ascertaining the current events education level of the young woman voter? Would the network suggest Poll tests?"  
Within the past few hours "the Couch crew" was up to political shenanigans once again. The woman vote was again the target with specific targeting of young women voters.  You know..... those women more likely to use birth control. Better yet, those woman who make-up the chart data points and trends above.

Liberals Unite


The FOX spin machine was working overtime on October 21, and the goal was to convince every young woman that she isn’t smart enough to vote – because young, single women tend to vote for Democrats. FOX host Kimberly Guilfoyle said young women “don’t get it” and they should just go play on dating sites instead of focusing on yucky, important things like voting or civic participation. 
Not surprisingly, the panel dismissed the idea that there is a Republican War on Women and predictably said the real war is that sexist Democrats insist women stay dependent on government for birth control. 
So, let’s just stop right there. 
Much of the very real Republican War On Women is about withholding contraception benefits on health insurance plans AND that in some states, pharmacists are legally able to deny prescriptions for birth control because it goes against the pharmacist’s religious leanings. For anyone who wishes to argue that businesses should have the right to refuse customers – would you still make that argument if a pharmacist refused to fill an urgent and time-sensitive prescription for a cancer patient just because they claim it goes against their religion? 
FOX host Kimberly Guilfoyle attempted to prove that young women should not be trusted with important, grown-up decisions like voting and agreed with co-host Greg Gutfield when he said that he likes to tell young people they don’t have to wait until later in life to become conservative. Guilfoyle chimed in and added they don’t have to wait to “get a brain.” She also became very excited and heated at the prospect of young women voting, and in an effort to prove her point that millennials are just too stupid to be trusted, she said: 
“The same reason young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it. They’re not in that same, like, life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, healthcare. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.“I just thank and excuse them so they can go back on Tinder and
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The woman voter should be ever-careful of authoritarian threats from the Right. I have read articles of woman tea party officialism actually speaking against women voters. Moreover, I have actually heard Limbaugh intimate similarly. 

It is important to acknowledge and accept, conservative politician are guided by conservative media ad it takes little tie for those politicians to percolate into ground swell among the party base. Thus, the potential for futures actions against "young" woman voter, that could lead to consideration of voting rights restriction much lie those th GOP is imposing on African-American (black) and Latino voters. Remember, there is a sympathetic SCOTUS for all things conservative.

In other word....
I often use this quote in my writing.

"...and then they came for me."


Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

More on 2012 Voting patterns

538 Nate Silver October 2012

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