Ann Romney wants all of us who’ve criticized her husband this week to “stop it” and realize just how “lucky” we are to have Mitt Romney as our presidential candidate. Except we won’t stop it and we don’t realize how lucky we are. How can we when our Republican candidate clearly does not understand women’s issues and clearly does not understand–or give a hoot–about basic human rights, like food and healthcare for everyone?
During an interview yesterday with Radio Iowa, Mrs. Romney lamented about how “hard” all of this political bashing has been:
Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.
True, political bashing is never fun and it never feels good. But there are some issues that are too serious to overlook:
– 47% of Americans do not feel they are entitled to food and healthcare. Let’s remember, Mitt, that one in five Americans don’t have enough to eat (including children) and 44 million Americans are uninsured, meaning they are likely forgoing important health care. Most of us don’t feel like we’re victims–we want to work hard and be given the opportunities to afford total responsibility for ourselves and our families, but this economy does not make that possible for everyone.
– Funding to Planned Parenthood should be stopped. Romney not only wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, but he wants to end federal funding to Planned Parenthood–a necessary healthcare source for women in need of cancer screenings, birth control and abortions.
– Women’s reproductive rights were ignored during the Republican National Convention. For something that has been such a hot topic with many Republican politicians, no one discussed women’s health or repro rights during the RNC, including Romney. At the Democratic National Convention though, these topics were front and center.
– Gay marriage and birth control are not important. Even Ann Romney has hacked away at her husband’s campaign by saying same-sex marriage and contraceptives are not “real” issues and they are only “distracting” us from what’s really important. Um, OK.
Yes, this is hard, but these are real issues that deserve real attention. After all, what’s more important than our health?
Sorry Ann, but not everyone feels lucky to have Mitt in the ring.