Is Obama's Ad 'Offensive' to Women?
Columnist says the president should apologize and pull the commercial.
I am a fairly intelligent woman; college-educated and self-employed. I daily read a good portion of several national news sources, keep up to some degree with international events and policies and I am fully capable of developing and articulating a well-informed opinion on most family, business and political subjects
And this is exactly why the current commercial being run by the Obama reelection effort, an ignorant portrayal of women as uninformed, single-issue voters, is profoundly offensive.
“…a scary time to be a woman … Romney backed a bill outlawing all abortions … even in cases of rape and incest…”
I’m smarter than that and so is every other woman in America. First of all, the ad is so blatantly false that Politifact gave it a rating of “Pants On Fire”. Romney never supported such a bill because (and here’s how you can tell I am smarter than the average bear) no such bill ever existed. The commercial is a complete fabrication.
I suppose by now we should all be accustomed to the truth-twisting that has become rampant in politics, but this is offensive on a whole different level. It presents a verifiable falsehood and assumes that women everywhere will just stupidly play along, without a modicum of independent thought. I am sick and tired of the arrogant liberal elite painting the Democratic Party as the great defender of women’s rights and the voice for women’s issues.
What exactly are “women’s issues” anyway? Are we to believe that men are unconcerned about access to healthcare and the education of their children? Do the Democrats really believe that women are not concerned about the economy and national defense? More importantly, do they really believe that women are so dumb, so feeble-minded, and so malleable that we are going to buy into the destructive and divisive message of “us against them” – that is, mean, scary, Republicans against we meek, weak, defenseless little women?
The most offensive assumption of politics is that somehow women need the protection of a political party at all – we do not. Regardless of our social, economic or educational background, women are just as capable of independent thought as the next guy. What is shocking is that we have to make that point at all in 2012.
As such, we know that the so-called recovery has progressed much more slowly for women than for men and that in fact unemployment among women is actually higher today than it was when the President was elected. While the recession ended in June 2009, “…we have not seen it in a recovery of jobs for women,” according a senior economist at the (left-leaning) Center For American Progress.
We know that poverty hits women harder than men, and his risen steadily under this President. According to Leslie Bennetts, author of the article, “Women: The Invisible Poor” extreme poverty among women, – that is, income below half the federal poverty line – is the highest ever recorded. Bennetts also writes that poverty among minority women is even worse – 25.6 percent among black women and 25 percent among Hispanic women, and under this President, more than 40 percent of single mothers now live in poverty.
In fact, if it wasn’t for President Obama’s war against the economic security of women, this would be the most exciting time in the history of mankind to be a woman: more freedom, more opportunity, more independence, more education than at any other moment in history.
Women do not need the Democratic Party, the liberal elite or the President of the United States for that matter, protecting us from some politically fabricated “bad guy.” We are intelligent enough to make our own choices and manage the consequences of those choices. In a world where birth control costs as little as $7 a month, the argument that it is a “right” that should be funded by taxpayers just plays into the strategy of trying to make women feel more dependent rather more empowered. In a world where more women are earning more advance degrees than ever before, they don’t need government protection, they need jobs.
The President should pull this commercial and apologize for approving it in the first place.