Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:51 am
Nothing should be more clearly non-partisan than protecting women from violence. Opposing such a basic sentiment could not be more overtly shameful. Nevertheless, that is exactly what eight Republican Senators have done.
Pass the ERA we need only 3 more states and these partisan discussions will be forced to end. Right now women are still lacking a constitution amendment that affects all people that are not White males. Violence against women is but one of many things should not be put to vote every few years, It must be the LAW of the land. How often does murder or theft come before Congress for a vote? -- Think about it.
We are begging for simple recognition for something that should be a standing law, however, if it were law than all the clap-trap from the wack-a-doodles about abortion or rape would be nothing more than empty rhetoric, now it actually gains some attention, because these issue get caught in the debate of VAWA.
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:00 am
The GOP does have it's problems. In having said that, I agree with what a couple other people have said, it's the 21st century! Also, TY Kit, very good point you made. Thank you, Tom !
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:51 am
Violence should never be OK in a country with the constitutional rights the US has and no one should be victimized--seems like these 8 do not want constitutional rights for those they prefer to dis and thus are failing to honor their oaths of office. Can they be impeached?
Welcome back TomCat--so glad you are up to being back!
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:01 pm
This just really proves what the right wing REALLY thinks about women!
Judy C - I'm with you. I'm a fellow Omahan (where Dems are scarce). Also VERY embarrassed at my do-nothing Rep and Senators from NE. I get emails from Johanns all the time telling everyone why he does what he does (or doesn't do). I think he is worthless. And, I can hardly believe we replaced our Dem Senator Ben Nelson who retired with that POS rich rancher, teaparty jerk, Deb Fischer, instead of Bob Kerrey. Makes me sick!
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:12 pm
"Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).... These Republicans claim to object, because the bill includes protection for undocumented immigrants, LGBT, and Native American women." Oh, well, we can't Save ALL women..just RepubliCON women, with 2 straight, white, kids, on Sunday, in a Leap Year...
We need the ERA worse now than in the 70's!!!!!:(
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:33 pm
Thanks, Tom. Every single woman living in the states of these Senators, should let these 8 men know of their disgust regarding this vote. (I'm surprised that my own, McShame, didn't pile on as well). I wonder how these men fare at family gatherings...where their mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts...can and should be calling them out on this. And, how do they go home at night to wives and daughters--who know they cast this vote? Maybe they're all sleeping on the couch....or, in the doghouse. Or, they should be.
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:23 pm
Oh, gee, Mike Johanns voted against it, what a surprise. . . . Wow, this is weird. I just checked my files, and I haven't heard from Johanns on VAWA since May 4, 2012--despite my signing numerous petitions in support of this legislation--when he says he "supports the reauthorization of VAWA" but goes on to say, "This legislation provides tribal courts with the authority to try non-Native Americans for domestic violence crimes (blah blah blah etc)." Guess I'm gonna have to email him and ask him WHY he's not willing to discuss its reauthorization. I'm sure he'll answer. Oh, wait--he doesn't answer email. Well, I guess he's too busy sending out his own emails on how the Obama administration is violating everybody's religious freedoms by requiring employers to provide health insurance plans that include contraceptives for women.
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 6:41 pm
I looked up the acronym GOP and I swear it said it stands for Greedy Oppressive Penises. I feel like mailing these 8 POS some Viagra because they all obviously need help to be a stand up kind of man! Just sayin'. Welcome back TC, and thanks for the post.
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:36 pm
Some way must be found to stop this systematic destruction of women and our rights. If you can't vote for this bill, then come up with one you can vote for. As someone once said, It could be your wife, daughter, mother or another female in your family who was attacked. Then what? Would they thank you for not having done all you could to protect them. I doubt it.
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:54 pm
From the Huffington Post:
The provision would give tribal courts limited jurisdiction to oversee domestic violence offenses specifically committed against Native American women by non-Native American men on tribal lands. Currently, federal and state law enforcement have jurisdiction over domestic violence on tribal lands, but in many cases, they are hours away and lack the resources to respond to those cases. Tribal courts, meanwhile, are on site and familiar with tribal laws, but lack the jurisdiction to address domestic violence on their land when it is carried out by a non-Native individual. The result is that non-native men who abuse Native women on tribal lands — something that happens at astronomically high levels — are more or less immune from the law under the current system.
Are Republican/Teabaggers afraid that the Native American courts would not be fair to non natives, who are significant contributors towards the violence against native women? Isn't that a whole lot of projection from the Republican/Teabaggers? After all, if I recall correctly, and TC you'll know better than me because of your volunteer work, aren't Native Americans proportionately over represented in the US prison system, as African Americans are?
Women are women no matter where they live, what their emotional orientation is, and no matter what their immigration status is. Makes me wonder how visiting women would fare without a VAWA. They have no legal status in the US.
Vote as many Republican/Teabaggers as possible out of office in 2014, and target the rest for removal at the first available date there after. Send them all into history!
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 11:21 pm
Where do these men come from? Are they reincarnations of people from 1,000 years ago (or less) who came back to relearn how to treat women and now they have forgotten why they are here? Idiots.
Only eight " Reps " what about the rest and the Democrats ?, what do they say or better what do they do,
if it's violence against women or men, then it's a crime against the State in any Country.
People don't need votes ,,they need action ,,that will safeguard them.
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 6:36 am
Why is it no surprise at all that republicans, once again, attempt to drag the world back into the dark ages. Look at the list: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Pat Roberts, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, et,al. Let's face it, these Teabag, bastards wouldn't know decency if it jumped up and raped them.
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 9:45 am
I pray that those eight DO NOT get re-elcted. Hopefully none of them have sisters or daughters that end up in a situation that someone could harm them. This is a disgrace and yet not surprising from the Republican party.
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:05 pm
Clearly these eight are typical of the republicans these days and they thought they were actually voting For Violence On women. Tea Party partiers probably. This is the most ignorant congress since the beginning of time.
Saturday February 16, 2013, 6:19 pm
Thanks! Noted. Ron Johnson, the Teaparty embarrassment from Wisc, also voted against VAWA. He thinks its okay if native women and lesbian get raped and assaulted. These men are an insult to the human race!