Wow, just when I didn’t think politicians could show any less concern for those of us they are supposed to be representing and protecting.
Ok, this is just a little side rant of mine. I’m sure most of you are well aware of the political drama over the last few weeks in regards to the “fiscal cliff” we were about to be diving over here in the U.S. And as if that weren’t enough, the good ol’ Republicans decided to hold off on voting for a relief fund for the Hurricane Sandy folks who are still totally displaced, because really, like those folks need any kind of help or housing or anything. I’m sure they are perfectly happy up there in the northeast living out of cars in the middle of winter. Well, there’s one little thing that I somehow had totally missed hearing about until today. It seems that the GOP decided that the Violence Against Women Act was totally unnecessary and not even worth voting on to keep it alive.
Oh yeah, you read that right. It was supposed to go up for a vote, and it has passed and been extended for 18 years without any problem whatsoever. This year, however, the Republicans apparently decided that because it was recently updated to include groups like the LGBT community, immigrants and Native Americans, that they didn’t just want to try to vote it down, they decided to not let anyone vote on it at all. And so thanks to our great Overlords, the Act has officially expired. The added protection and funding is now officially gone for all women who are victims of domestic violence.
As most of you know, the whole legal process for victims of domestic violence is a pretty touchy subject with me. From my own experiences and from all of the stories I’ve heard and read about from other victims and the media, the laws were already severely lacking in this area. And that was with the VAWA intact!! Well, God help us all now. As far as I’m concerned, this atrocity only highlights even more what the right-wing of the GOP (not the whole party, just the right-wing nuts) truly thinks the rights of women should be under their tyranny.
Now there is actually an upside to this. While the existing bill may now be dead, the new Congress will be coming in and there are those who will try to rebuild it. Like all bills, this one did have its flaws, and perhaps a rewrite could help reduce some of those flaws or make it more rounded. While I’m all for doing what we can to protect women against violence, women are not the only victims out there. Domestic violence can and does go both ways. Maybe the next bill should be more of a non-gender specific anti-domestic violence bill that will help all victims of violence. Well, we can only hope.