Monday, April 02, 2012

Do you want to live in the past?

I find it hard to believe that some people just realized that a gender gap exists over the choices for candidates for U.S. President.  Where have these pundits and poll takers been?  If one political party is trying to remove any freedom for women and promotes transvaginal probes, why would any woman vote for any candidate that supports that kind of legislation?

Any Republican that has voted to defund Planned Parenthood should lose any support from every woman?  Do Republicans think that women are their property?  If a woman is having any kind of medical problem, cannot afford a visit to a doctor's office, where do Republicans think the woman should go?  If a woman goes to a private doctor's office, an upfront payment is demanded by some office managers before the woman can see the physician. 

It is good to see that women are coming to the realization that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party support women and women's health.

USA Today's most recent poll indicates that trend:

....In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points.

The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney's support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group.....

.....While women typically are more likely to identify themselves as Democrats than men are, that difference widens to a chasm in the USA TODAY poll. By 41%-24%, women call themselves Democrats; men by 27%-25% say they're Republicans.....

The right to make their own reproductive choices leads women to economic freedom.  If you have seven or eight kids at home, chances are you are not working a job, interacting with other people, discussing issues outside of the home, and making decisions on your own.  Republicans want women to return to the days of yesteryear, before women had jobs, economic freedom, their own cars, fair equal wages, and opinions of their own.  As a 61 year old woman, I don't want to return to the days of my great grandmother.  I like being able to speak for myself.  Don't you?

By the way, if you've been watching Mad Men, you become keenly aware of what life was like in the 1960's for women.  It was even worse than the decades before the 60's.