On Thursday, the Senate voted on the Blunt Amendment which would have allowed religious institutions/employers to opt out of the mandate in Obamacare requiring "free" coverage of contraceptives and abortifacients. I know, it's not as sexy as someone being called a 'slut', but that is what the actual amendment was about. Individual freedom and religious liberty, funnily enough things on which this country was, you know, founded. In fact, the rights delineated in the First Amendment are so crucial, America would not be America without them.
But what says Murkowski, who did vote for the Amendment on Thursday? Total mistake! Because pandering to false narratives is more important than the truth and The Constitution. Also, silly women. Can't expect them to understand facts.
Asked if she would vote for the amendment again if she could do it over, Murkowski said, "No."
Why the swift change of heart?
The Anchorage Daily News column says Murkowski returned to Alaska after the amendment failed and kept running into female voters unhappy with her over her vote. Murkowski told them she had voted for the amendment because she wanted to send a message that the health care law needed stronger protections for religious conscience. But public debate on the measure had changed, she said, and what was supposed to be a "messaging amendment" on religious freedom, an issue Republicans were hoping to champion, ended up becoming a vote on contraception rights.
WHAT? So she would have changed her vote because she would prefer to vote on a false narrative and outright scare tactic lies rather than on the actual facts and issues?
Useless, thy name is Murkowski. With friends like her, who needs enemies? This is exactly what I mean when I say that we cannot continue to fear extremists on the Left and cravenly cave to their lies. By doing this, Murkowski has given credence to those lies and is helping to perpetuate the entirely false 'GOP war on women' meme. NO ONE is trying to take away anyone's contraceptives. You can buy them anywhere and no one has any plans to change that. But, hey, what does the truth matter? As long as we can scare dames away from straying off the plantation and use them for our gain! Murkowski has aligned herself with those (the always sexist Left) who seek to do that. As always. They care nothing about 'women's health'. It's all about power and their deplorable ideology. If it's about health, why is the Obama administration putting 'the cause' of abortion over women's health?
What about championing the truth? What about actually standing up for women by acknowledging that they aren't helpless idiots who couldn't possibly understand facts and basic reasoning skills? How about fighting the false narrative and explaining the truth? Hey, you know who did do that? An icky old white man. I suppose now it's sexist to have enough faith in women to tell them the truth. See, when David Gregory once again tried to frame the debate as an 'attack on women's rights' and "blah blah blah 'access to contraceptives'" (as if you can't buy them at every single pharmacy everywhere) Newt Gingrich said this:
"Nobody's blocking anyone from having access to contraception. No one. The young lady who testified can get access to contraception. Nobody said she couldn't. The question is should a Catholic institution, or for that matter, the Ohio Christian University which is a Protestant institution, which is a very pro-Life institution, which is now being told it will have to pay for abortion pills. Should a Protestant fundamentalist institution be dictated to by Washington politicians over whether or not it can have its own religious beliefs, or have we become a country where it's okay to go to church on Sunday morning for one hour, but let's not actually express those beliefs the rest of the week?"
"This is the most fundamental assault on religious liberty in American history," continued Gingrich, "despite every effort by the elite media to distort what it's about. It's not about access to contraception. People have, people who want to can get access to contraception everyday."
But Murkowski would rather cave and 'empower' women by being complicit in their exploitation. That's a 'moderate' for you. Afraid of the Left, lacking convictions and more concerned that willfully ignorant people will think she's meany pants than she is concerned with the truth and the good of this country.
Oh, and FYI Ms. Murkowski -- maybe you want to explain to the poor helpless women that this mandate will likely increase the cost of their contraceptives? I won't hold my breath. Truth is hard.