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Betty Arenson: Messages from two conventions

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Posted: September 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Conservatives never expected the media’s majority to even-handedly report on the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention, and those expectations were readily met. Thus, it was no surprise the DNC speeches reigned with dishonesty.

The RNC profiled minorities who rose from meager backgrounds and who spoke of the greatness of America, personal drive, self-reliance and hard work, not hand-outs. Minorities like Susana Martinez, Ted Cruz, Luis Fortuno, Marco Rubio, Mia Love, Nikki Haley and most of all the dynamic Condoleezza Rice without a teleprompter. Hispanics were immediately neutered by DNC chair and dismal Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa when he told the camera, you “can’t just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname.” That was from a doleful little man whose birth name is Antonio Villar and who was “trotted out” for exactly that.

Positive-sounding DNC headlines were accompanied with the foreseeable favorable print. However, the “women’s clout is in evidence” deserves specific address.

A DNC hallmark was shuttling in players to support their “war on women” banner and remind us that Democrats are here to right the wrongs. The lead was taken by fatigued pawn Sandra Fluke, who professed “...women are shut out and silenced.” She continued the song of those wicked Republicans trying to take away reproductive rights of the collective sisterhood by stopping access to birth control resources. Her ilk exhorts that the scope of birth control shall have no boundaries, be provided upon demand and all methods must be free of cost to the seeker.

Actress Kerry Washington read her teleprompter offering, “Today there are people trying to take away rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care.” Actress Eva Longoria adhered to her teleprompter with, “President Obama is fighting for changes ... help all Americans succeed — jobs, education, health reform, the DREAM Act, equal pay for women...”

The real report is that much of the sisterhood is offended by these three merchandised females. Sandra Fluke, a 31-year-old law school grad, can’t figure out how to responsibly get and pay for her own birth control. Had the two actresses actually spent time researching their education politics, they would have learned, for one, that in 2010 Obama killed the Washington Scholarship Fund that for 17 successful years educated underprivileged children, doing it below one-third the cost of public school and 75 percent less than charter schools. He appeased the teachers unions.

Obama was hailed for signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Either ignorantly or intentionally they misrepresented that law as some tool that automatically gave equal pay to women. No! LLFPA merely extends the time a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit for alleged pay discrimination. Blow away the smoke and you’ll find that the law benefits trial lawyers.

These women presenting themselves as possessing any modicum of informed intelligence and facts is demeaning to all women.

Anyone condemning Republicans for keeping the little woman down is acutely ignorant in at least two areas. 1) The LLFPA was introduced in the 2007 Congress; passing in the House but failing in the Democrat-controlled Senate, which held the majority with two caucusing Independents. Thus 2007 Sen. Obama helped block the initial Lilly Ledbetter. 2) The 2011 annual report on White House staff, Obama’s purview, disclosed that female employees earned 18 percent less than males.

Real women see through the masquerade of the witless, whining females willing to be used as tools to promote the very mindset they profess to hate i.e. those who push them and their female anatomy to the forefront to recite prepared speeches about being threatened with some manufactured cultural new wave of not allowing women to vote, get an education or health care. It’s the same sisterhood that complains about $10 per month birth control while they pay for the latest expensive cellphone, costly monthly charges and every pricey available app money can buy. Moreover somehow they even figure out how to use them.

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident.



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