Thursday, February 28, 2013

Real men support the Violence Against Women Act

Speaker John Boehner did  the right thing today. He broke the "Hastert Rule" and allowed the Violence Against Women Act to pass. This means he brought a bill to the floor that was not supported by the majority of his party, but was supported by the majority of the House.

In other words, he set politics aside to let important legislation pass.

President Obama, Speaker Boehner, Senator Crapo (my senator), and the majority of Congress, thank you for your leadership on this issue. 1 in 6 women are raped and for American Indians, that number is 1 in 3, with far higher stranger & other-race attacker rates than the rest of the country. We need this bill, and we need the American Indian provisions that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor immorally stood against.

Unfortunately, Leader Cantor wasn't alone. He was joined by my senator, Jim Risch, and my congressman, Raul Labrador. Real men don't vote against the Violence Against Women Act. Here's a letter I just sent to Rep. Labrador:

Congressman Labrador,

You voted against the Violence Against Women Act today.

1 in 6 American women will be raped at some point in their lifetime. For American Indians, that rate is 1 in 3.

And yet you still voted against the Violence Against Women Act.

Not only did you vote against it, but I saw a quote from you criticizing Speaker Boehner for bringing legislation to the floor that has the support of the Congress and the American people but not your chamber's majority party. That means you're putting party ahead of democracy - shame on you.

I know you're far more conservative than me, but there's nothing wrong with that. Until now, I thought you were at least reasonable. Instead, it turns out you're an embarrassment. I am not represented in Washington, and you are not a real man. Real men don't vote against the Violence Against Women Act.

Sincerely,
Nathan Empsall

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was heartening to read. Thank you for your posts!