When You’ve Got a Country full of Gerrymandered Districts, You don’t Need a Platform

Photo Credit: statesman.com

The Republicans want you to know that they don’t have any ideas to advance the future of the country, but they sure know how to throw a tantrum.  We’ve seen this before.  This has been their strategy since 2008.  Maybe longer.  In fact, if anyone can remember the last time the Republicans came up with a good idea, please make a note of it in the comment section below

The question is:  Will the same voters who fall for this ruse, fall for it again?  Obviously, the Republicans think so.  What has happened to these Americans that they are so terrified to think for themselves?  Probably it’s easier to pitch a fit than it is to form an opinion.

Bend over, here it comes again.

 

===

AMERICA HAS HAD ENOUGH OF A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE CONTROLLING THE MAJORITY OF OUR POLICIES.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE THAT OUR POLITICIANS ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF GOVERNING AND REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE, NOT THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.  YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO REACH VOTERS AND MOBILIZE SUPPORT FOR OUR MOVEMENT.
JUSTIFY MY VOTE WAS STARTED BY TWO VOLUNTEERS IN APRIL 2014. TIRED OF BIG MONEY AND CORPORATE INTERESTS CONTROLLING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, JMV HAS QUICKLY BECOME A NATIONWIDE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT ENCOURAGING VOTERS TO HOLD THEIR POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE. JUSTIFY MY VOTE HOPES TO BE THE VEHICLE THROUGH WHICH AMERICANS, OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WILL HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN WASHINGTON. EVERY DAY, THOUSANDS MORE PEOPLE ARE JOINING THIS MOVEMENT, TELLING US WHO WE SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON, AND SHOWING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT WE ARE WATCHING THEM….CLOSELY.

JUSTIFY MY VOTE IS AN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. JUSTIFY MY VOTE’S SPENDING IS INDEPENDENT, AND WE DO NOT MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO, OR COORDINATE OUR SPENDING WITH, ANY CANDIDATES OR POLITICAL PARTIES.

 

 

Why We Need the ERA

 Photo Credit: BusinessInsider.com

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

 

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Seems like a pretty simple concept.  I think, in 2014, it would be pretty difficult to find anyone in the U.S. who would disagree with the above statement (Wack-a-doodle extremist religious groups notwithstanding).

Still, it’s baffling to see Republican lawmakers balk at the idea of equality for women.  Take for example, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ defense of the entire Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate, who voted to block of the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Why?  Because they were worried about the possibility of  “frivolous” lawsuits against employers.  Last time I checked, holding someone accountable for taking away the right to earn equal pay for equal work isn’t frivolous — unless you’re trying to say that women-initiated lawsuits are frivolous.  And if that’s the case, it’s not a far stretch to say the women’s rights are frivolous and the policies that affect women are frivolous.  The subtext is quite obvious.

Who does she imagine that she is helping?  Certainly not her constituents.  Not only are half of them women, but they are also mothers who are trying to give their families a lifestyle that has been slowly derailed by the power of corporate aristocracy.  It’s true, she has more than a few corporate sponsors, but who elected her and why?  I’m willing to bet that if you asked anyone in her district, they’d be more inclined to vote to have their interests protected rather than to protect those of  large corporations.  Don’t forget Weyerhaeuser, has contributed more money to her campaign that most of her constituents make in a year. They own that vote in Congress.

Quid pro quo is not exactly what we think about when we think about equality, or equal pay for equal work, but apparently, McMorris Rodgers does.  Equal pay shouldn’t be beholden to the whims of CEOs (in whose best interest it is to deny women higher salaries) — or to their puppets in Congress.  Equality among humans shouldn’t be up for debate.

A simple, yet binding solution would be to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.  Equality of rights, in the year 2014 shouldn’t be that complicated.

Take back your vote in Congress and take back your rights to equality.