Lauren Hale is glad McCain is encouraging the GOP to start discussing jobs and the economy.
Sex sells. It sells products, it boosts images, it sells. In marketing, that is, sex sells.
The instant you insert any kind of discussion regarding sex into the political arena, however, people get hot and bothered. Not in a good way either. Names fly, arguments ensue, and everyone suddenly has a say about who can do what, where, when, how, and why. Many argue about money. Others argue about a right to choice. Still others take it to the age old question of “when does life really begin?” in the debate about abortion.
Recently, sex has been corner point for both parties, embroiled as they are in a battle over reproductive rights and a woman’s right to birth control under Obamacare. Is this really something we want to make a cornerstone of the campaign season though? Should a woman’s right to birth control be the focus of a heated political debate?
John McCain seems to think the Republican Party needs to “get off that issue..” according to a statement he made during his 64th visit to Meet the Press last weekend. The full statement made by Senator McCain is as follows:
“I think we have to fix that. I think there’s a perception because of the way the whole contraception (issue) played out, and we need to get off that issue, and we need to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives and get back to what the people care about, jobs and the economy.”
While McCain certainly has a maverick reputation within the GOP and his voice as an independent has faltered in the past, it is refreshing to finally hear someone higher up in the ranks make such a statement and stand up for women.
As a conservative-leaning woman, I have struggled to make heads or tales of the way my reproductive rights have been bandied about in the recent weeks. When I wrote “How Did We Get to Where We Are in the Political Birth Control Debate? A Short History, ” I stated I believe in taking responsibility for my behaviour. That doesn’t mean I want to gleefully hand over my rights to someone else. Nor do I want choice taken away from others. What it means is that I don’t expect anyone else to pay for my chosen behaviour.
I am glad McCain is encouraging the GOP to start discussing jobs and the economy. Yes, reproductive rights are an important issue, but they are not an issue which should be used as a hot topic in an election year. My uterus and rights therein are not a pathway to election. I would greatly appreciate all politicians respecting this.
Thank you, Senator McCain, for encouraging the national discussion to get back to what really matters right now.
Democrats? Care to follow his lead as well and guide the discussion back to really fixing this country?
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