President Obama visited Milwaukee Monday — Labor Day — to give a speech that included an interesting take on women’s-rights issues and how he has personally fought for equal pay for women.
I watched the president’s Labor Day speech and felt weakened and dishonored. “Men, you should want your wife to be paid fair. She’s bringing that money home. That’s not a women’s issue — that’s your issue; that is money out of your family’s pocket,” he said. I thought women’s rights is about empowering women, not about how our husbands should feel regarding the pay we bring home and the need for us to support our families. Mr. President, I am not the victim that your party’s fantasy feminist patriarchy makes me out to be. Obama wants more pay for women but supports a heavy tax burden on Americans. Just one example: Obamacare increased taxes by more than $1 trillion. Men, you need to worry less about how much money your wife is bringing home and more about how much the federal government is stealing from your pocket right under your nose.
The real “war on women” is the liberal notion that the only way to empower women is through wealthy and powerful careers. What about the single mom? Obama brings up the fact that he was raised by a single mom and knows how hard it is for them in America but he does nothing to recognize the hard work they put in and the wonderful job they do in singlehandedly raising their children on. In Obama’s mind, all women are struggling. How is the Left’s radical abortion agenda empowering for women to raise children when all the left does is promote the decision women can make to terminate a pregnancy? Mr. President, you wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for your mom’s decision to raise you on her own.
The president’s trip to Milwaukee was a way for him to push the fake “war on women” that the Left — with no grasp on reality — pushes. Mr. Obama brought up “fair pay,” an issue that has come up in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. The left points to a 2009 Wisconsin law (“Equal Pay Enforcement Act”), which was repealed. The reality is that law was never used in Wisconsin for a lawsuit and the state still has a Fair Employment Act in addition to the federal protections. The 2009 law was just a duplicative law that the Left is using to scare women. This is the Left’s playbook: to smear and distort the truth in an attempt to win elections. Women, you need to call out these lies when you see them. Stand up to the Left’s false rhetoric to stop the real war on women.
Conservative women and men must create their own positive messages to empower women and reach the hearts and minds of those around them. Let’s show that conservative principles advance women’s rights. I believe that it is important to organize at the grassroots level to reach women, not only offline but online as well. Women need to focus on having an equal opportunity to live happy lives in a free society — without the weight of the Left’s destructive agenda.
Kayla Gabrielse is a Field Staffer for American Majority Action.