In Kevin Foley’s column of last Friday, the 15th, entitled “Women second class citizens in GOP’s world”, he used scare tactics intended to frighten women. The crux of his rant was trying to prove that women’s health and their very lives are in danger from the GOP. That is a ludicrous and inane claim to begin with.
What is the premise for his charge? The GOP has not embraced the renewal of the “Violence Against Women Act.”
The 1994 version of the VAWA did very little to address the problem, which is a real threat to women. However, the act was designed as a means to, and most of the funds are allocated for, prosecution of the perpetrators, AFTER they have killed or injured a woman or women. Little is devoted to stopping the crime BEFORE it happens.
Of course, what Mr. Foley fails to mention is that the program is still in effect, so nobody is in danger yet. He also conveniently glossed over the reason for the stalemate. The liberals want to extend the coverage of the act to gay men, and lesbians, which is totally unnecessary, as men are covered by the provision of the original act. The act makes no distinction about the sexual preference of the victim or the perpetrator. Therefore gay men and lesbians are already covered.
They also want to extend it to Native Americans living on reservations, which is a violation of the treaties with the Indian tribes. Those treaties give the tribal leaders full authority over the tribal lands, and, in fact, enjoin the Federal government from interfering in tribal business.
But the final straw is that they tried to extend it to cover illegal immigrants, and grant them automatic temporary visas when they are victims of domestic violence. This is a group which is already costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually, and they are here illegally, in essence lawbreakers.
In short, had the liberals not tried to broaden the coverage of the act, it would already have been renewed.
What he also failed to mention is that the GOP controlled House passed its own bill eliminating the changes made by the Senate. The Senate has not approved that bill. Approval of that bill would effectively renew the VAWA. Obviously, they want it their way, or they will continue to blame the House and the GOP, while they share the blame equally.
When looking for someone to blame, looks like there is enough blame to go around to both parties and both chambers of Congress.
It will be interesting to see if Mr. Foley is willing to admit that. .