The War on Women: Welcome to the discard pile white sisters!

16 Apr

In the 1960’s the Republican Party decided that they could gain more votes from racists than from black voters. Never mind that blacks had been one of their largest block votes to count on for decades, being loyal to the “Party of Lincoln” long after the Civil War. My own father voted GOP until he died in 1966. But the party decided, led by members of the Nixon administration, that they stood to gain more by luring the Dixiecrats into the party with anti-black rhetoric and legislation than they could by encouraging blacks to remain in the party. In an interview with the NY Times interview in  1970  Kevin Phillips a Nixon staffer, had this to say:

“From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that… but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”

Ronald Regan continued the Southern Strategy, announcing his candidacy at what was basically a white supremacist rally in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the site of the murders of three civil rights worker some years earlier, and promising that  his administration would defend “states rights”, a term that had become synonymous with segregation and oppression of blacks.The Southern Strategy has been working well and is still in force in the Republican Party. Newt Gingrich had his most popular week when he insulted black people by suggesting we needed to quit asking for food stamps and ask for jobs instead. It is not a coincidence that the approval rating of GOP candidates goes up the more racist they appear.

Now, evidently a similar strategy, the “Misogynist Manifesto” has been adopted against women. The goals are the same, to attack women to get men, particularly white men, to vote GOP. I find this one puzzling. I know there are some  white people who for some reason have some animus against blacks. I do not know if it is genetic, simply learned behavior or what, but it is certainly present, and still very active and virulent. With the release of the movie “The Hunger Games” many people expressed shock at some of the racist Tweets, mostly from the supposedly racially evolved young people, that flooded in, but I was not shocked at all. Rue was one of the most sympathetic and intelligent competitors, why would white youth think of her as black? That is not the way they are taught to think about black people generally.
But, I digress, this is about women, specifically white women, since the GOP wrote off women of color a looooonnnnnnng time ago. Looking at the legislation Republican dominated bodies have tried to pass, attacking reproductive rights, including birth control, striking down equal pay laws,  trying to restructure the definition of rape, having candidates like Santorum who  seem to basically espouse the idea that women are supposed to be subservient, baby making machines and shut up and enjoy it. I have no idea what the leadership or members of the Republican Party actually think. I never thought that all Republicans were racist because the party adopted anti-minority stances and I do not think that all Republicans are sexists because they have adopted anti-female stances. But, evidently the leadership of the party has decided, whether because of genuine ideology or practical strategy, that there are more male votes to be gotten than female votes ( something not supported by demographers by the way) and that the way to get those white male votes is to attack white women and women’s rights.
This is fascinating. They must know different men than I do. I am not sure I know an anti-woman male. Maybe I just run in different circles.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out. After the adoption of the Southern Strategy the GOP was virtually abandoned by blacks. If they have a tent for blacks at the Republican convention I am sure tumbleweeds can be seen rolling across the floor. Most blacks seem to share the attitude expressed by J.C. Watts’s father , “Blacks voting Republican is like chickens voting for Col Sanders.”  It will be interesting to see if the misogynistic  strategy now adopted by some elements of the GOP will have the same impact with white women., it will also be interesting if it does not.
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