There’s a bus full of nuns headed towards Washington to lobby against the Ryan plan, radio host Jan Mickelson told Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) last week. Do you guys, do you have any power to pull the nuns on the bus over and pistol whip them?
They say he is evil, they say he is fake Catholic, he added. They’re the ones that threw the first punch.
The nuns launched the tour after the Vatican challenged their focus on social justice work over advancing the priorities of the conservative Catholic bishops, including advocating against gay marriage and abortion. The purpose of the tour is to draw attention to the devastating effects further cuts to the social safety net would bring to millions of families nationwide. Republicans have made it clear they plan to either eradicate or privatize programs like Medicare and Social Security.
The reaction from the right to the nuns and their tour perfectly encapsulates the rage and hate of the Republican party right now. Not only are these women speaking up and against the policies of their male bosses and legislators, they are doing so in a fashion that refuses to wallow in the muck with the likes of Mickelson and the other detractors. To make matters worse, these women are challenging these men on matters of important domestic policy with far greater credibility due to the fact that they work with those affected. Pure and simple this is selfless advocacy at its greatest and that’s while the right is so bothered by it.