Suzanne Fields

Nancy Pelosi was howlin' mad, eager to lead the charge on behalf of women everywhere (whether they want her to or not) against the Republican congressional regiments "at war with women." She sees a battlefield littered with bloody female bodies.

It's mostly about abortions, of course, and whether the government should require everybody to pay for them. She's aiming most of her fire at Rep. Paul Ryan and his proposed budget.

"If you are talking about jobs, (women's) pay in the workplace, health care ... they want to change all that. So in every aspect -- whether it is education, whether it is health care, whether it's retirement, whether it's collective bargaining ... women have a lot to lose with the ideological old-style agenda of the Republicans."

What the leader of the Democratic minority omits from her list of _the congressional washing and ironing is the looming fiscal catastrophe, and how that would ruin the future of the nation's daughters, granddaughters and generations of great-granddaughters from here on out.

Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York waxed even more hysterical, accusing Republicans of having come to Washington to "kill women." She recalls her experience as the co-chairman of the arts caucus and raises the temperature of the rhetoric further: "In '94, people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they're here to kill women." If she really believes that, she should call the cops, not the press.

When the fight over the budget looked like it might shut down the government, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted on making the political personal. "They are asking me to sacrifice my wife's health, my daughter's health and my nine granddaughters' health." This kind of speech-mongering is nonsense, insults the intelligence and distorts the issue as debt and spending continue to metastasize spectacularly.

Women are better educated and have surpassed men by many quality of life measurements since Gloria Steinem first put on her cottontail at the Playboy Club. She rightly exposed the vulgarity of male chauvinist attitudes meant to keep women from being taken seriously. Now, Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues demean the sisterhood by shouting insults and slogans when they could be setting the tone for reasoned debate.


Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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