Cooper's Eye on the Left: Women, men and the Constitution

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Women, men and the Constitution

May 6th, 2019 by Clint Cooper in Opinion Free Press

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley recently put Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota in her place when the latter blamed the United States for the economic mess in Venezuela.

Photo by Alice Keeney

Wait, what?

A California Democratic congressman who is running for president thought he'd grab a little support last week by tweeting how "unacceptable" it is that the word "woman" is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

"Women must be equally represented and equally protected," U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell wrote.

You could just imagine how proud he must have felt as he waited for contributions from women throughout the country to roll in.

But what rolled in were answers to his tweet, noting that the word "man" is not mentioned in the Constitution, either.

"You should try reading the document you swore to uphold before engaging in mindless and divisive virtue signaling," one reply aptly put it.

 

Clueless in Minnesota

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, who has made made repeated anti-Semitic statements during her brief tenure in Congress, waded into another controversial area last week — the crisis in Venezuela.

The U.S., she opined, has "helped lead the devastation in Venezuela" and has bullied the socialist regime of President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro, of course, has nearly bankrupted the country, which is mired in poverty and food shortages.

It is true that President Donald Trump has demanded Maduro resign after the country's National Assembly made National Assembly President Juan Guaidó its leader in January, but the country's mess was Maduro's own making.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikky Haley, who knows a little more than Omar about the situation, set the record straight.

"[T]he average Venezuelan adult has lost 24 [pounds]," she wrote on Twitter. "Babies have no medicine. Families have to walk miles in the heat to get the only meal they may have that day. All [because] of the corrupt Maduro regime. Your comments are so far from the truth. Cuba and Russia appreciate your support."

 

'Kill them now or later'

During an abortion debate in the Alabama House last week, Democratic state Rep. John Rogers made a mind-numbingly stunning statement on the procedure, saying "Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later."

May we first say that he is one of the few Democrats to refer to aborted babies as "kids." They're not usually referred to anything alive but simply as masses of protoplasm.

Beyond that, for an elected member of a state legislature to hold that opinion is incredibly insensitive and naive. Who is to say, even if a mother does not want a child, that the child could not be wanted and loved by someone else? And who is to say that every unwanted, unloved child will wind up in the electric chair?

Rogers statement, said U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, is "one of the most horrific statements I've ever heard from an elected official."

Of course the statement by the Alabama House member, who also said he "may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectormies," didn't induce outrage in everyone. The Hill headlined its coverage: "Conservatives pounce on Alabama state Dem's abortion comments."

It's not about Rogers, you see. It's about the reaction to him.

 

Racist docs killing moms

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, a 2020 presidential candidate, said something nearly as outrageous last week about black women and their health.

Asked about the discrepency between blacks and whites regarding the risk of death of mothers from pregnancy-related causes at the She the People Democratic Presidential Forum in Texas, she could have answered truthfully. She could have said fewer black women chose to seek medical care, or she could have chosen to state that fewer black women were likely to have insurance. But without mentioning any supporting evidence whatsoever, she chose to play the race card.

Throwing the entire medical profession under the bus, Warren said "doctors and nurses don't hear African-American women's medical issues the same way that they hear the same things from white women."

"And we've got to change that, and we've got to change it fast because people's lives are at stake," she said.

Glossing over how the mother might have behaved during pregnancy, how she treated her body and whether she regularly saw a doctor, Warren said her solution would be to give hospitals that reduce maternal death rates bonuses and penalize those who don't.

You just can't make this stuff up.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Chattanooga Times Free Press Comments Policy

The Chattanooga Times Free Press web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Times Free Press web sites and any content on the Times Free Press web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Times Free Press, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Times Free Press websites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-757-6315
Email: webeditor@timesfreepress.com


Loading...