Okay, seems like basic common sense to protect women? Right?
U.S. Senate Democrats are counting on a fight over reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act to give their party’s female Senate candidates an edge in the November election.
The measure is part of a strategy to brand Republicans as anti-women and help Democrats retain control of the Senate in November. To bolster those efforts, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, wants to bring the Violence Against Women Act to the floor before the end of the month, said his spokesman, Adam Jentleson.
And it seems like Ironic Johnny Thune-Bag isn’t gonna let a little rape or violence get in the way of the Dems ‘dirty tricks’;
Republicans say Democrats’ attempt to turn female voters against them won’t work and is an effort to distract from the lack of a Democratic strategy for improving the economy.
“It has politics written all over it,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the Republican leadership, said in a March 14 interview. “Most women, particularly independent women, want to see us talking about economic issues.”
Yeah, cuz, gosh darn it, I don’t care if my husband or boyfriend beats the shit out of me daily, as long as he brings home the bacon. Because at the end of the day the economy is more important then safety, compassion or peace. Remember Thune didn’t think there should be rape protections for American contractor women working overseas. (scroll down past the first couple of stories).
Republicans for Rape
But he doesn’t seem to be to happy about it;
“I don’t know what his motivation was for taking us on, but I would hope that we won’t see a lot of Daily Kos-inspired amendments in the future coming from him,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune, No. 4 in the Senate Republican leadership. “I think hopefully he’ll settle down and do kind of the serious work of legislating that’s important to Minnesota.”
What about your fucking TEABAGGER inspired legislation, Johnny Boy?
This is all pretty sick and wrong, what kind of person, let alone a senator, votes to protect corporations from rape convictions and lawsuits? Oh, that’s right, Republicans. I wonder what Ironic Johnny’s wife and daughters think of his vote?
Watch Jon Stewart’s video first.
In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her Halliburton/KBR co-workers while working in Iraq and locked in a shipping container for over a day to prevent her from reporting her attack. The rape occurred outside of U.S. criminal jurisdiction, but to add serious insult to serious injury she was not allowed to sue KBR because her employment contract said that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration–a process that overwhelmingly favors corporations.
This year, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment that would deny defense contracts to companies that ask employees to sign away the right to sue. It passed, but it wasn’t the slam dunk Jon Stewart expected. Instead the amendment received 30 nay votes all from Republicans. “I understand we’re a divided country, some disagreements on health care. How is ANYONE against this?” He asked.
He went on to show video of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) arguing that it’s not the government’s place to decide who the government does business with and juxtaposed that with Republican sentiment on how the government should deal with ACORN. “I guess it’s an efficiency thing. You don’t want to waste tax-payer money giving it to someone who advises fake prostitutes how to commit imaginary crimes, you want to give it to Halliburton because they’re committing real gang rape.”