Regressive Republicans, as you can tell from their denials, hand-wringing, whining about the big meanies in the mainstream media, and wacky rubber/glue attempts to blame the war on women ON WOMEN, are clearly waging a war on women. #WarOnWomen has become a shorthand for their attacks on the rights of all kinds that affect all kinds of people, including, but not limited to, attacks on reproductive rights.
This is a great explanation of the problems many people of a progressive persuasion have with the term war on women, so let me just insert a big “what she/they said” and move forward.
War on women is catchy, though, and entrenched. It works well for the Twitter, and obviously has Regressives on the defensive. I’m loathe to give it up without a suggestion of how to replace it.
If we’re going to try to change the language of the debate, we’ve got to have something punchy and powerful that immediately resonates with people.
Might I suggest we start talking about the Regressive Republican War on Opportunity?
- Laws that strip health care providers of the ability to provide a full spectrum of reproductive health services rob us of our opportunity to control our health and our ability to control whether and when and how we become parents.
- Supreme court decisions and campaign finance laws that treat corporations as people and money as protected speech by those corporations rob individual Americans of the opportunity to participate in democracy.
- Laws that dictate who can and cannot marry a certain kind of person rob Americans of the opportunity to build strong, loving families.
- Tax policy that favors the wealthiest 1% or Americans denies opportunity to 99% of us who truly drive our economy and fund our democracy with our work and our taxes.
- Laws that mandate which medical procedure a doctor can or cannot use, or what kind of research those doctors can do, rob doctors of the opportunity to make our lives better.
All we ask, after all, is that this be a land of opportunity. A place where all people can pursue their right to life, liberty, and happiness. What could be more American than that?
Other suggestions on replacement language? Do you think progressives can get traction with #waronopportunity?