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11/1/2012 1:03:00 PM
Letter: Romney is no friend to women


This letter is to and for women. I was surprised at the number of women listening to Mitt Romney’s latest stump speech. If Mitt Romney is elected, he has vowed to end access to abortion, get rid of Planned Parenthood, and try to have a “person hood” bill passed by Congress. (Although, in reality, we have no idea what he actually stands for.) The “life begins at conception” bill would probably make most methods of contraception illegal. It really does seem as if the Republicans have declared war on women’s rights.

If elected, in the four years of his term, Mitt Romney probably will have a chance to appoint more conservative Supreme Court Justices. It was a conservative Supreme Court that ruled a corporation is a person, leading to the obscene amounts of money spent on this election. A conservative Supreme Court will overturn Roe vs.Wade, even though the majority of Americans are in favor of leaving that choice to a woman, her family (don’t forget, this affects men, too), and her doctor.

Mitt Romney also wants to cut taxes across the board, giving healthy tax cuts to large businesses and the richest Americans. Republicans say this money will be used to create jobs. This has never happened in the history of the United States. At least two Presidents have tried, but “trickle-down economics” doesn’t work.

All of the above are facts, not opinions, and can be verified. One last comment on our Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney. During a campaign stop, he told a group of workers that Chrysler was moving its Jeep production to China and they were all going to lose their jobs. Even when Chrysler publicly said this was untrue, Mitt Romney made a TV ad with the same information.

If Mitt Romney is elected, I can’t imagine what the United States of America will become. As a woman, it will be unbearable.

Mary Lou Komarek


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Using the word 'cult' was my attempt at a double-entendre. Perhaps it was a bit tasteless.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Lee Cali:

Silly me, when Mary Jane mentioned a "cult" in conjunction with Romney, I thought she meant the GOP.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: nutso fasst

Sigh. Here we go again with nonsense about 'Citizens United' bringing "obscene" money into the election, which is provably untrue.

With 4 more years, Obama might have more than one Supreme Court nomination. And how might that alter the future? Over 12 years FDR was able to stack the Supreme Court with big-government patsies. His court decided that the Constitution's Commerce Clause granted governmental authority to prevent a farmer from growing grain for his family so long as he was also selling his government-specified quota on the open market. Wickard v. Filburn was the monumental decision that eventually led the Democrats to conclude they could force us all to guarantee the profitability of the insurance industry that supported their elections and helps keep their pension fund solvent.

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Johnnyx seven

Everone talks about demonizing covsertivatives. dont think anybody is doing that they just want relegious viewpoints out of the goverment. You know I remmember the 8 years of bush that everyone seems to forget. Your going to let the same principals decide our next 4 years if you vote for Mitt. Carl rove said we just need a president to sign our bills and nothing else. Im sorry I dont want Far right religious crazys combining the views on my life. As for women You should all be scared. Majority of republicans want to pay you less and take more of your rights away. Its time to put your relegious views away and vote what is best for everyone not just a faith or wealthy but everyone.

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Tina Vigilante

Nux Man, only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does are abortion's, the rest is health care related, cancer screening's and such. If you have a problem with abortion then don't have one, and keep your religious view's out of women's PRIVATE lives! This is not Iran where the religious leaders are also the goverment leaders. OBAMA/BIDEN, 4 more years!

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Tina Vigilante

I cannot understand why anyone would vote for these extreme right Republican thug's, apparently they think our constitution only applies to rich white males. This country may have to reach rock bottom before it wakes up.

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Lee Cali

@ Mary Jane

Up till now I have enjoyed your well reasoned posts, but this "cult" remark is not nice. Please don't go there.

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Lee Cali

Actually because of all his flip-flopping, so we really don't know what he'd support as president, Romney isn't as dangerous to women as his running mate, Ryan. Ryan's message is "Woe unto you, woman!" "You need contraceptives for family planning? Hey, pay for them yourselves. Or just say 'No.'"

"You need a mammogram? Hey, get yourself insured, no problem. Just don't count on Planned Parenthood, because we won't be funding that any longer."

"You were raped? Hey too bad, but the baby has rights too, you know, and I'm making sure of that in my 'Let the Woman Die' law which prohibits hospitals from performing abortions for any reason. Gotta save that baby's life, not yours!"

"Oh, you were 'date raped?'" Well you'll just have to prove it was 'forcible.' Sorry date rape doesn't count. You should be more careful when those frat boys offer you a drink.

"Oh, you're a senior? Hey, we won't stop your Medicare. We'll just give you a voucher and you can seek your own insurer. Sorry if we didn't give you enough to make up the difference. Heh, heh!"

So don't forget folks, vote for your pro-life team , Romney-Ryan. That is if you're still alive!

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Slater slater

Everybody has the answer, but nobody knows
the question.

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ nuxman:

You said,

"There is a concerted effort ongoing to demonize conservative thought, and your concerns only shine more light on this."


I know of no one who tries to demonize genuine "conservative thought". I do know that Liberals, like me, are waging war against NEO-conservative ideology.

NEO-conservative ideology has absolutely nothing to do with "conservatism".

As a matter of fact, NEO-conservatism is a misnomer. In reality, NEO-conservatism is "neo-liberalism" [I suggest you google the term] and has nothing what-so-ever to do with conservatism.

NEO-conservative ideology is fascist in orientation and goals. It is completely antithetical to democracy.

There is a war going on for the heart and soul of America.

Liberals believe in our constitutional democracy and want it to evlove into a fully egalitarian democracy consistent with those democratic principles and goals set forth in the preamble to the US Constitution [maybe you shoud read it].

NEO-conservatives do not believe in democracy. Their hidden agenda has always been the transformation of our American constitutional democracy into a corporate [fascist] state dominated and controlled by the wealthy elite.

If you are genuinely a conservative, you do NOT belong in the GOP and you should not support a party that has been hijacked by an elitist, racist, sexist and religiously fanatic base that does not believe in democracy.

As a genuine conservative, there is no room for you in the modern GOP. Your conservative ideals and goals that our consistent with democracy have been abandoned by the GOP.

So, do not be fooled that when people object to the modern GOP that we are talking about genuine conservatism. We are waging war against NEO conservative that was brought to life in 1980 with the Reagan Revolution and the disgraced "reaganomics" [neo-liberal economics] that led us into this economic mess.

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: (donít forget, this affects men), and...

Thanks for squeezing "men" into to your item.

Now can we all squeez the "pre-born" person
into the discourse.

Mary Lou can you be a voice for the voice-less

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Granny Smith

Mary Jane,I am deeply concerned about your
lack of knowledge about the Mormon Church. What do you really know about Obama and his questionable faith?

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Valley Grandma

Dear Nux Man, your remarks don't surprise me at all. I think you missed the point of some of the issues brought up. Planned Parenthood had helped many women over the years not only in obtaining birth control, which consists of lots more than just condoms which by the way are extremely expensive in the stores. Just because they offer abortions that's not all they do, they educate more. If we don't continue funding for places like Planned Parenthood many young women don't have anywhere to go for preventive health care like pap smears, mammograms, etc. It's not only about abortions. By not having affordable resources there will be lots more unplanned, unwanted children born in this country which are usually born to women below the poverty line and in the end will cost us a lot more money than funding. I certainly cringe having men with your way of thinking making any decisions regarding women's health. You are the narrow minded one.

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

Mary Lou, I'm not a woman, but I know some. The best way to research a candidate's position is to read his own words. Here are Mitts's various positions on just the abortion issue:

1994: "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. ... You will not see me wavering on that."

1999: "When I am asked if I am I pro-choice or pro-life, I say I refuse to accept either label."

2001: "I do not wish to be labeled pro-choice. I have never felt comfortable with the labels associated with the abortion issue."

2002: "When asked, will I preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, I give an unequivocal answer: 'Yes' ... I do not take the position of a pro-life candidate. Ö Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's."

2005: "I am absolutely committed to my promise to maintain the status quo with regards to laws relating to abortion and choice."

2007: "(In 2004, as governor of Massachusetts) the conclusion I reached was that ... we should therefore allow our state to become a pro-life state. ... I never called myself pro-choice. I never allowed myself to use the word pro-choice, because I didn't feel I was pro-choice."

2007: I would welcome a circumstance where there was such a consensus in this country that we said we don't want to have abortion. ... I'd be delighted to sign that bill."

2008: "On every decision I made as governor, I came down on the side of life."

2011: "Absolutely!" (In response to the question asking if he'd support a constitutional amendment saying human life begins conception.)

2012: "What I'd like to see happen would be for the Supreme Court to say look, we're going to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states the authority to decide whether they want to have abortion or not."

2012: "I'm in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest and the health and life of the mother." ("health" later retracted)

As we can see, Mitt will say whatever he thinks we want to hear. What an accommodating fellow!

It has been said that to know a man one must "walk a mile in his shoes". OK everyone, put on your flip flops, let's go for a walk!

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: nux man

Interesting view, albeit rather narrow.
There is a concerted effort ongoing to demonize conservative thought, and your concerns only shine more light on this.
Planned Parenthood is without a doubt an evil enterprise. They "plan" nothing other than the quick death of unborn children. The contraception bs is just that - condoms are avail at ANY zippy-store or drugstore. The campaign funding you lament has proven to be a huge windfall for Obama, (several questionable foreign donations being just the tip of that iceberg). Cutting taxes across the board, as you put it, is laughable. With absolutely no budget for this entire term I'd hardly take financial advise from the bozo's running the show now. As for Chrysler moving Jeep to China, well, no they aren't - they are looking into starting production there, rather than selling them what we make here - less production here means less working folks here.
I'm not sure Mitt is the answer, but I'm certain Barry is not. For the first time we will have foreign observers at our polling places - the UN plans to impose itself into our elections, and why is that? There are far too many questionable circumstances to believe Obama has the USA in his best interests. A charge of fraudulent schemes is appropriate just for Fast & Furious, and Bengazi.
I'm a man, and won't forget anything from these last 4 years.

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