THE WAY I SEE IT by Don Polson Red Bluff Daily News 1/31/2017
Women’s March hysteria, hypocrisy
Last week’s column neglected, due to space, to address the Women’s March, protesting President Trump in the streets of Washington, DC, and nearby Redding and Chico. I regard such crowds “peaceably (although hysterically) assembling” with respect but not seriously. Some Washington speakers’ foul-mouthed and hateful rants weren’t for children’s ears.
What are they mobilized about? What had Donald Trump done as president to earn their ire? By Sunday the 22nd, he’d done practically nothing that could affect any of the protesters. He’s promised to repeal Obamacare but the Affordable Care Act was sold to the voters with endless lies, passed illegitimately, against majority disapproval and has never been popular. 80 to 90 percent of Americans were happy with their health care in 2009 but that didn’t stop Democrats’ ramrodding the ACA through Congress; many people lost their doctors and plans.
He promised to cut funding to Planned Parenthood; that will likely find support in Congress. Solid majorities of voters have told pollsters that they disapprove of taxpayer funding of abortion. Nobody can dispute that, or that federal funds going to businesses performing abortions are fungible (replace other funds) and facilitate abortions. PP defenders point to non-abortion services but the fact remains that the profits derived from killing babies in the womb are essential to supporting said services. They could spin off the abortion side of the business, make money therewith, and taxpayers would not object to financial support for the remaining services.
Many displayed their disapproval of Trump by wearing knitted “pussy caps” (forgive the necessary double entendre) with cat-shaped ears. Excuse my observation that, this being a protest by women of liberal Democrat leanings, it consisted of supporters of Hillary Clinton, the enabler of Bill Clinton, the greatest abuser and violator of women ever to occupy the presidency. It mattered not that other Democrat presidents like Obama and Lyndon Johnson were, in private, as foul-mouthed as Trump about women. It has meant nothing that Trump’s winning campaign manager, Kellyann Conway, was the first woman to do so. Liberals respect only other liberals.
Other perspectives abounded: In “No hats off to rallies’ huge double standard,” Adriana Cohen correctly pointed out that 1) Hillary “went low,” called Republicans “deplorables” and compared conservatives to “terrorist groups”; 2) Clinton, a hypocritical advocate for “equal pay,” gave “the majority of the top-paying jobs to men (Senate financial expenditures forms)” and her female staff earned 72 cents for the men’s dollar; 3) “Under Obama’s watch, more than 2 million women fell into poverty (Census Bureau).” Liberal women with double standards care not.
According to Canadian blogger, reporter and activist Ezra Levant, a female reporter, Sheila, attended the (Edmonton) Women’s March, to record answers to questions, and was punched by a man who was then shielded by (New Democratic Party of Canada) women. They “helped the thug scurry away…sided with the male criminal, against the female victim.”
In “How the Women’s March Reinforced Every Negative Stereotype about Women Ever,” Susan M. Goldberg wrote, “The platform of the women’s March is nothing short of a list of opinionated vagaries written in left-speak and completely lacking factual citation. It was carefully designed to stimulate the passions of armchair activists who have and will remain ignorant of the majority of crimes committed against women around the world on a daily basis.”
Especially galling is the presence of “organizers like Linda Sarsour, an Islamic activist who supports the oppressive Saudi regime, openly meets with Hamas financiers and romanticizes Sharia law. And supporters like Planned Parenthood, a business that participates in ‘human organ harvesting and the fetal body part trade.’”
The liberal, feminist approach is not universally supportive of women. Pro-life women; Trump-supporting women (Hillary’s narrow win among women needed huge majorities of minority women while a majority of white women, particularly non-college-educated women, voted for Trump); and females in the womb—none are deemed worthy of respect. Neither are women with more than 2 children, whose 4 or 5 children families regularly get disrespect. Some black women told white women on social media to shut (their white privilege) up.
In “The Pointless Paranoia of the Women’s Marches,” Roger Simon wrote, “The success of the demonstrations in terms of size attests to the power of mutually reinforced paranoia…The Democrats are always trying to paint Republicans as the preacher in ‘Footloose’ (look the movie up at IMDB.com), but that’s never been as ridiculous as when talking about Donald Trump.
“The motivation? Tom Hayden started the anti-nuclear movement…as a way to preserve the infrastructure built up in the anti-Vietnam War protests. I suspect that this is about keeping up Hillary’s woman-card machinery for the post-election era, just as the Black Lives Matter protests are mostly about keeping up the position of the urban black wing of the Democrat coalition in the post-Obama era. [It’s just] intra-Democrat Party positioning.”
While George Soros isn’t the bogeyman that the left applies to the Koch brothers, Rick Moran wrote “Soros Has Links to 56 ‘Partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington.” “Seriously, did you really think a half a million people just showed up in Washington, D.C. unbidden and…spontaneously decided to protest Donald Trump? To the surprise of few, it turns out that billionaire George Soros either has funded or has close ties to 56 of these ‘non-partisan’ organizations that are listed as ‘partners’ for the march.” They were leftwing big-moneyed “astroturf” protests for the media’s partisan narrative, trying to tell the rest of us what to think.