What if Elections Mattered Again?

BettyJean Downing Kling

Those of you who know me since I ran for office in 1990 and 1992 have heard me advocate government reform over and over again. You may have read my “Patriot Plan: Voter Imposed Term Limits” drafted in 1990 in which I explain why we need a third party and have to throw the bums out – all of them. I amusingly call our elected officials two wings of the same vulture.
Today I was made aware of a 5 minute speech that got Judge Napolitano fired from FOX news nearly a year ago. If you are not familiar with the Judge he is a brilliant jurist. More articulate than I, perhaps you will take note as he reveals what I have not been able to clearly convey all these years.
The Judge eloquently and powerfully details explicit facts that demonstrate what we have failed to recognize. If we continue to do what we have been doing – we are going to lose the America our founders gave us. Perhaps we are already too late.
Note: Ron Paul is not the answer but – “We the People” are.
Please listen to and digest this speech, if you believe it has merit – pass it on and perhaps “We the People” will begin to take back our country and stop the madness.

What “Republican War on Women?”

BettyJean Downing Kling
*Updated 3/19/12 see Quote from Cynthia Ruccia

10:47pm Mar 14

I have to laugh every time I hear the phrase “Republican War on Women” perhaps ‘I gag’ is a better characterization of my response.
There is no Republican war on women – there is a Political war on women. Both parties are using women as pawns and it is because we are rated by both parties as second class citizens of little value except as a partisan voting block. We have been fighting for Equal rights since shortly after we fought and won the right to vote.  Most recently, about 65 years ago, women started a new push for Equal Rights and to be recognized a first class citizens with a voice of our own BUT the movement’s leaders SOLD OUT to the political parties and splintered into special interest groups instead. Women have been divided into liberal and conservative camps ever since serving the political parties and the patriarchy perfectly. Instead of amounting to a majority force of 52% they are instead about evenly divided into a weak 25% of which very few bother to mount much of a fight for ERA but instead join forces against other women with the political party they have aligned with if they get involved at all. Instead of a majority force of 52% women they have become absorbed into the male minority which only brings so-called women’s issues in order to further keep the majority from uniting.

When will we learn that if we want Justice for the women and girls in this lifetime we need the ERA? If we want the ERA, we are going to have to fight for it ourselves outside of the two party system and it will take an army of women applying pressure and threats of withholding votes and support which is all politicians understand. A million of us on the DC steps threatening to vote them out should speak to them.

No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.”
– Susan B Anthony, 1872 Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/elections/475371-what-has-democratic-party-done-women.html#ixzz1pCdrdPKO

If we want such a voice we will need women – lots of women – and we will need women from both sides of the aisle and from the center to get our message understood. Our message is United we Stand, their message is, divided they fall.

To get more women involved – we must stop the infighting and we can do it best by stopping the divisiveness that separates the majority into two or more camps of women making them enemies instead of allies?

I am sick to death of hearing  “the Republicans hold women back!” It’s not just the Republicans, we have been trying to get this done during the reign of both parties for example, most recently during the last 2 years of Bush and clearly the first 2 years of Obama’s administration when the Democrats had full control and the majority in both houses – I didn’t see the Dems shake any trees for women for the ERA. It wasn’t even on the table for the Dems or for any women’s group as a top priority either. So how about we stop the party politics and divisive single issue mantra and start to fight FOR what we really need and want by bringing all women together.

I think it is disingenuous to teach Democratic women to constantly bash Republicans – and by extension the republican women in this fight when the fight during our lifetime has not been the total fault of any one party and certainly not of Republican women who feel insulted by this constant bashing. What do you suppose they think of Dem women who say things like this when they know that liberal politics has drastically changed women’s lives and yet not garnered ALL women EQUALITY or EQUAL PAY in solidarity but rather changed the fight to some women’s issues that did not square with the majority at all but instead fights for minority issues disregarding the ERA big picture.

Remember- When the Democratic Party refused to support women’s suffrage, the National Woman’s Party sought to punish the party by campaigning on behalf of the Republican Party.
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/elections/475371-what-has-democratic-party-done-women.html#ixzz1pCe3Q0I7

Women’s Rights Convention In 1848, the Women’s Right Convention took place in Seneca Falls, New York; thus began the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. A national meeting was held in 1850 in Worcester, Massachusetts; then, in 1870, suffragettes Lucy Stone and Mary Livermore were seated as delegates at the Massachusetts Republican State Convention.

In 1872 at the Republican National Convention, a resolution was passed supporting admission of women “to wider fields of usefulness.” In addition to this resolution was the declaration that “the honest demand of this class of citizens for additional rights . . . should be treated with respectful consideration.” Read more at Suite101: Women and the Republican Party: Suffrage Rights First Fought for by Republicans | Suite101.com http://lindasuegrimes.suite101.com/women-and-the-republican-party-a67082#ixzz1pCc4dr6V

It is also disingenuous to teach Republican women to bash Democrats and their women when much of the progress we have made has been accomplished by the hard work and dedication of proud democrats who are fighting for women’s rights. Where would we be without the hard work of all the women who came before us and fought for better working conditions, better jobs and management positions, better pay, men’s support for more egalitarian family practices, family leave, better educational opportunities including Titles 7 & 9, sexual harassment laws, and so much more.

How can we forget or deny the focus changed and no longer applied to the majority of women and as we lost the focus – women split into conservative and liberal groups and right into the hands of the patriarchy and instead of bringing us back together to get ERA for the Majority – the 52% of all women which inclusive of the all minority women and including both parties and in the interest of justice – we come together on this issue that benefits all women and unites us in a common goal rather than divides us by what we do not share. Shall we instead continue to drag ourselves down listening to those who insist on bringing divisive issues prompted by politicians and their politics into it? These are political hacks and shills not ERA proponents with women’s best interests in mind – if it were not so – they would be binding all women together under the banner for which they fight.

As a woman I must ask each of you — are we all valuable except for women of the opposite party- or sexual preference, or religion, or color?

And if it really were over politics alone explain what happened during the women’s movement there was a * 40 year dry spell for Republicans what did the Democrats do for women?

When the 104th Congress began in January of 1995, it was the first time since the 83rd Congress of 1953—1955 that the Republicans had control of both the House and Senate. They had never controlled the House during the forty-year period of Democratic rule, and only briefly controlled the Senate, during the 97th through 99th Congresses of 1981—1987. http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance96.html

During that drought it was Republican women who marched together with Democrats until politicians helped divide us. To hell with Shaffeley on the Right and her counterpart haters on the Left- let us march together down the center and get it done! Gimme a break – just bring women together to fight FOR something instead of always playing politics. Neither party (of the men, by the men, for the men or church ) and  gives a Rat’s Pitudy about women – it’s up to us to do for ourselves – that is what we should be concentrating on instead of fighting the game set us up to fight – it’s a men’s politics game! There is no republican war on women – there is a misogynist war on women.  Let’s play our own game by our own rules and win Equal Rights for women!

*”A once and often worthy civil rights movement has become a mere parody of its former self.” and: “Time was when real feminists fought for the right of little girls to be educated as well as little boys. Time was when they fought protracted and heartbreaking battles for women[s right to vote. Time was when they fought for the right to own their own property, to be in charge of their own monies, to be eqjuals before the law.
Time was when there were heroines such as Abigail Adams, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Whatever their personal vagaries, oddities, and conflicts may have been, they all fought for core values, values which included women having equal rights in education, in politics, in their homes, and before the law. They fought and suffered on behalf of future generations of women, and the victories they did achieve were made possible by changing laws and/or amending the Constitution–amendments which gave the vote to blacks and women. We don’t see enough of such women anymore.” ~Cynthia Ruccia

Read More:http://womenwintoo.blogspot.com/2012/03/whack-mole.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WomenWinToo+%28Women+Win+Too%29

Enough already using women as pawns- we are not this stupid. There is a war on women alright but it is not just from the Republicans. It’s ALSO from the Dems blaming the Republicans! We do not need to be told there is a war on women – we know it and we also know we are being used. Both parties want our votes. If you’re not going to be a puppet being used by the left or the right, then why not stand up and ask if either party gave a damned why aren’t they putting more women on their slates? Are they picking lady VP’s this year? Are they filling their cabinets half full of women? War on women INDEED! The original suffragists had the right idea a National Woman’s Party could be bigger and stronger than either of these two lame ducks who would be nothing without us!

  • the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org released a new television ad to coincide with the primaries, accusing the Republican Party of launching a “war on women.”
    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/…/13/…starting-a-war-against-women
  • Democrats Send 250 Word Email, Says “Republican … 4 hours ago Mar 14, 2012 · Democrats Send 250 Word Email, Says “Republican War On Women” 4 Times…weaselzippers.us/2012/03/…email-says-republican-war-on-women-
  • Republican’s war on women comes to our …1 hour ago There are significant differences in the Republican-plus-three budget and the budget supported by House and Senate Democrats when it comes to women. The Republican …blog.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/brown/republican-rsquo-s-war-on-women

A Girl Scout’s 100 Important Women in History: Herstory 7

By: BettyJean Downing Kling

Shelby Ellery, created this site as a gold award project, the highest award that can be awarded in Girl Scouting that has to take at least 50 hours to complete. She chose this project believing that women aren’t recognized enough.

“I can name so many men that I have been taught by my teachers, but I really can’t name all that many women. This site is a resource for all those people out there who are just like me, no matter what age, curious about how women also affected who people are today and who the world wouldn’t be the same without. Take a moment to choose someone you have never heard of and look through this window into their soul, who they really were or are. By all means, help yourself. And thanks again!”

Created 2001

For the links Click here: http://4wea.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/girl-scouts-100-most-important-women-in-history-herstory-7/

The Cult of Obama

By Robin of Berkeley (Posted in American Thinker) September 7, 2011
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/the_cult_of_obama.html

We’re playing those mind games together
Pushing the barriers,
Planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla
Chanting the mantra, peace on earth

- John Lennon

It’s a chilling moment when the light goes out in someone’s eyes. A once-radiant child hardens from abuse. A woman’s heart shrinks after her husband’s abandonment.

The person looks the same, maybe acts the same. But something is gone, and what’s lost is irretrievable. It’s like when a person dies: in a heartbeat, the soul vanishes.

I see this phenomenon every day: a light dimming. The friendly shopkeeper snaps at me. My cheerful neighbor seems flattened.

And you hear it in the news: people acting strangely, going off the deep end. The most bizarre behavior becoming the new normal.

A thug bites off a finger. Sarah Palin’s church is torched. Black Panthers intimidate voters.

An esteemed Columbia University black architecture professor punches a white female coworker in the eye for not doing more about white privilege. He has no history of violence. Why now?

Meanwhile, liberal leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden, incite attacks on political opponents by using incendiary language, such as “barbarians,” “Nazis,” “tea-baggers.” Perhaps not coincidentally, flash mobs of blacks attack innocent whites all over the country; black youths injure or even kill non-whites in “knock ‘em down” assaults.

In the past week or so, a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus tells the Tea Party to go to hell, and the head of one of America’s biggest unions incites union members to violence: “Let’s take these son of a bitches out.” When Barack Obama takes the stage to follow this incitement, he says he is “proud,” and the following day his press spokesman refuses comment.

Why now? This may be the most important question of our time. Why are some people reaching the boiling point? Why do many others look vacant, like in an Invasion of the Body Snatchers? The shootings at military bases, from Little Rock to Fort Hood — why now?

It’s Obama, of course.

Liberals will excoriate me for writing this. They’ll insist that bad behavior is not Obama’s fault. He’s a man of peace.

But study the phenomenon of cults, and the dynamics are always the same. The leader can incite violence without ever getting his hands dirty. Obama is controlling the marionette of the masses.

If Obamamania is a cult, then Obama is the cult leader. Cult leaders routinely pull the strings of their followers. The most extreme example is Charles Manson. He rots in prison for murders he never committed. He didn’t have to do the dirty work. His brainwashed charges did his bidding.

I’m not saying Obama is a Charles Manson. There are varying degrees of manipulation, from using sexy blondes to entice men to buy cars all the way to hypnotizing them to drink poisoned Kool Aid. But there’s a common denominator in all mind-control: manipulating people through mind games.

As soon as Obama came on the scene, the programming began. His face was plastered everywhere, like Mao’s. In his speeches, Obama lulled audiences with a melodious voice and feel-good phrases repeated over and over. And he began inciting people with his charming smile.

First, the vultures starting swooping down on Hillary. Obama chose not to call off the dogs.

Then thugs invaded caucuses. Again, silence.

Which led to vicious misogyny against Sarah Palin and threats on her life. From Obama: not a peep.

We even saw armed thugs at polling places. Ignored and not prosecuted by Obama’s attorney general.

The moment Obama became president, he upped the signals. At the Grant Park rally celebrating his victory, the entire family eerily chose to wear black and red, colors associated with communism and black nationalism. Obama’s first radio address was broadcast in the Arab world.

Obama returned Britain’s gift of a Winston Churchill bust while embracing dictators. He gave a white police officer a dressing down for doing his job, in effect calling the officer a racist.

Obama’s greatest magic trick? Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam, and that Obama himself is in constant peril.

Opposing health care means you oppose Obama. Oppose Obama and you are the enemy.

Thus, more and more people are finding themselves on the receiving end of a fist, figuratively or literally. After the White House released a directive for his followers to strike back hard, a frail, diabetic black man at a Town Hall was beaten up.

Even women can get slugged in the face. Obama signaled during the primary that women were fair game.

Obama and the left are making sure that there is an increasing number of persuadable people. By displacing workers, panicking business owners with draconian laws, and whipping up rage and paranoia, they amass more lackeys. And people go along with the programming because they know that, as with all cults, they’ll be ostracized if they balk.

The American hard left knows how to create a cult because it is a cult, one with a violent history. The Black Panthers, Symbionese Liberation Army, Weathermen, Black Muslims — all nefarious cults.

And lesson number one of cults: group members must have their spirits broken. The young Weathermen, for instance, were required to participate in forced wickedness, such as animal abuse. Patty Hearst morphed into bank robber Tania after weeks of isolation, rape, and beatings by the SLA. Huey P. Newton sent his Black Panthers to the hospital or to the grave if they didn’t practice total obedience.

Isn’t the left doing the same thing to the masses today, albeit in a more clandestine manner? Aren’t people’s spirits being broken by the helplessness and horror of Obama’s acting as our king, with little regard for the Constitution — of beholding our economy in free-fall and the world exploding in flames?

So what’s the endgame here?

The first goal is power. The left has an insatiable need to control every aspect of our lives.

But there’s a deeper reason, one much more insidious.

The left wants to tear Americans down. Just as the Weatherman did to those naïve lost kids, they want to break our spirits. This goal of degradation is more crucial than their one-world government.

The progressives want to turn us into them, to make us feel as deprived and depraved and deadened. It’s the only way that they can silence the roar of shame and self-loathing.

What they don’t understand is this: it’s not going to happen. There are too many of us who won’t be hypnotized, who have a light in us that will not be extinguished.

We see right through them. We know who they are: the most piteous of human beings, and the most dangerous. Men without a country, orphans far from home. The forsaken and disowned.

They’re “hungry ghosts,” to use a Tibetan phrase: tormented beings who are starving to death from an inner void that they cannot fill, no matter how much they try.

Mother Teresa was once asked how she coped with serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She responded that what she saw in the cities of the United States was much more disturbing, because it was a “poverty of the spirit.”

Poverty of the spirit. No truer words can be spoken of the progressive left. And they want nothing more than impoverishing your spirit as well.

[Editor's note: this is a revised and updated version of "Obama's Mind Games," which appeared in November 2009.]

Please forward the following link to Robin’s piece to your patriot friends and leave comments at her blog -http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/the_cult_of_obama.html

Did Maxine Waters just tell The Tea Party to go straight to hell?

BJ Downing

 “As far as I’m concerned the Tea party can go right straight to hell and I will help them get there,” said Maxine Waters and her audience of SEIU thugs agreed with her.

So much for Democratic civility!

Now what would happen if a Tea Party member told her and The Black caucus to go straight to hell followed by a direct threat to help them get there?

Let me guess — Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson et al.  along with a parade of every white guilt ridden liberal jackass would be out in the liberal media in 5 minutes screaming racist, Astroturf, low life but for the Dems, minorities  or the friggen black caucus to pull this crap is par for the course.

 

Hey Maxine and the black caucus and the purple shirts etc. etc. etc.  The Tea Party is not a political party. It is a group of American Citizens  who pay your damned salary and whose money runs this country and who owns this country and has a right to speak.  For you to tell any American Citizen or group to go to hell is bullshit lady! Just who do you think you are?

Maxine – You might not be “afraid ofanybody” but you sure as hell should be ashamed of yourself! What kind of a person tells American Citizens to go to hell and threatens to help them get there? Did you learn that in church or at your momma’s feet?

Kiss my ass Maxine! There are more of us than there are of you and we are not going to be intimidated by the likes of you either!

Women are the solution: non- partisanship is the key to success!

Re-Posted from May 26, 2011 by freemenow BettyJean Downing Kling & Connie Kafka

A Few Sad Statistics

As of 2011, there were 72 women out of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 17 women out of 100 members of the U.S. Senate. That’s just 89 women, or a mere 16.6 percent. Only 268 women have served in Congress since it was established some 222 years ago.

There are 15 women Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) leading U.S. Fortune 500 companies (3 percent), and most of those companies are in the traditionally “women-focused” food and cosmetics industries. (There are no women CEOs among the top 20 U.S. Fortune 500 companies.) There are 28 women CEOs leading U.S. Fortune 1000 companies.

The 2010 census shows that the United States is home to some 308.7 million people, with females representing about 50.7 percent of that number. So, in a country with a population of nearly 157 million females, there are 89 women Congressional representatives, and 43 women CEOs. Those are 132 extraordinary women at high levels of government and business who’ve demonstrated what empowered women can do. But their scant numbers are appallingly and frighteningly inadequate, and the numbers are no more encouraging in virtually any other fields of endeavor.

United, We Can Unleash Our Power and Potential

Such sad statistics indicate exactly how far women have not come since the Suffragists valiantly fought for and won voting rights for women in 1920 after a 72-year struggle. The reason? An entrenched patriarchal power structure, which even today continues to perniciously deny to females the opportunities automatically accorded to males. Solution? Free up women and girls, and unleash the united power of 157 million hearts, minds and voices to help solve the complex problems our nation and world faces. So long as half the population remains “bound and gagged” by an entrenched patriarchal power structure that continues to fail miserably at everything except telling women and girls to “sit down and shut up,” all of us—men, women, children—will continue to suffer needlessly the sad consequences of a nation and world deprived of the unfettered creative contributions of half its problem-solvers.

We all recognize the vital need for diligent, unrelenting activism on women’s issues—domestic violence; media injustice; rampant misogyny/sexism infecting our nation’s business, economic, government and social life; sexual abuse/incest; underage sex trafficking—and myriad other gender-based injustices. So, too, must we recognize that these women’s issues are crucial issues not just for women, but for all people, issues that, until conquered, will continue to rob our nation and world of the vast benefits of the power and potential of millions of women and girls.

We must also recognize that certain women’s issues continue to be turned into emotionally charged wedge issues by partisan groups seeking to selfishly advance their own agendas by deliberately dividing women. Not only does this prevent all people from the clear, keen focus required to conquer the injustices all females face, it also results in needless woman-against-woman attacks—making women adversaries rather than sisters and allies—thus detouring us all from the united path we must pursue in order to combat our common enemy: Outdated, patriarchal-based notions of what females are and can become.

The Majority United

The Majority United (TMU) is the only women’s issues/rights group founded on the premise that women can/must/need to work together regardless and in spite of partisan affiliations or ideologies.

Says founder and long-time women’s rights activist Betty Jean Kling:

“TMU stands proud with ALL women. We are neither left nor right. Nor do we lobby for or against choice or gay rights. There are specific groups devoted to those issues. Rather, TMU supports ALL women. We are proud of those who have the courage of their convictions and stand up and speak out for what they believe, just as the original Suffragists did. Women from both sides of the aisle are teaching us weekly that we can strongly disagree on some issues, yet stand together to advance the rights of women. Women have more in common than not. We recognize that no one agrees with anyone 100 percent of the time. Yet, as women, we can ALL agree that—united and mobilized—we can achieve what must be done; and we can ALL agree that we cannot achieve what must be done alienated, alone, isolated or working against one another.”

TMU’s Three Main Goals

  1. Achieve an End to Violence Against Women and Children.
  2. Achieve Equality, Opportunity and Justice for All. These are Human Rights.
  3. Achieve Representative Government, reflecting the proportion of women in our society.

TMU supports ALL women who support those goals for ALL women and children, and who support the United States Constitution as intended by the Founders for a Representative Government deriving it’s just powers from the consent of the governed, that is, ‘We the People’ of the United States of America

Historic President: significant changes we can do without!

BettyJean Downing
Chairwoman NJ- American Reform Party

 We are told to be proud of electing the first Black president because that demonstrates America is not a racist country. Ok we did that! And all we managed to accomplish, much like implementing affirmative action, is that while we are no longer a racist country – we are a majority of stupid liberals suffering from white guilt. What a way to pick the leader of the free world!

 We made history with this guy alright; here we are breaking all records the least of which was electing a half black man. President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending. We have spent more money in credit vouchers per day every day than ever in history, we are deeper in debt then ever in history, we accomplished less in any 2 years with an all Democrat Party in full control of all three branches and yet never passed a budget in those 2 years, and without belaboring the lack of hope of change he ran on, created more animus between and among Americans than I have seen in my lifetime.

No other candidate of color has ever used the race card to this degree or created racial tensions within our communities just for the hell of it. No other administration has created this chaos between the rich and the poor.  Turning Americans one against the other all over the nation became commonplace, voting became brawling and talking politics became a gang fight. Town meetings were practically banned, culminating in actually calling grassroots Americans, Astroturf and labeling them “The Mob”.

 This borrow and spend crazy, socialist takes no responsibility for his actions, and insists he wants even more of our tax dollars for his extravagant lifestyle. Yes his predecessor was a jerk, and for a while he could blame Bush for leaving him a mess but wasn’t that part of what he promised he was coming to change? He even said,

 “If I can’t fix it in 3 years then maybe 1 term in all I deserve”.

I agree!  Now unfortunately for Japan and Europe, he has others to blame for his failure to accomplish his goals and demands 4 more years to completely destroy our economy! No thanks Mr. President – You will not get any more money from me – you have a bad credit rating! 

Historically speaking, he has done enough to earn his place in the books but I doubt he will be remembered in the way he predicted. He will never get his face on the mountain or on so much as our penny,  

Obama: McCain Trying to Scare You Because “I Don’t Look Like the Other Presidents on the currency” July 30, 2008 

Instead history will show a failure! This week Obama presides over a United States whose credit rating that has been downgraded for the first time in history! Great Job Mr. President!

Will America Kill the Equal Rights Amendment?

By: Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Writer and speaker on women’s issues, author, “The Best of Everything After 50″

Share this story: CrossPosted from Huffington Post

I wrote an article last week — “From Hope to History: It’s Time to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment” — that generated hundreds of comments and thousands of shares. Why? Many readers were dismayed and confused to learn that this simply worded sentence is still not in the U.S. Constitution, even after 88 years:

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Readers who believed the Equal Rights Amendment had already passed through Congress to become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution years ago were shocked. The amendment, first written in 1923 by Alice Paul, was, in fact, approved by Congress and sent to the states in 1972 with a ten-year deadline for ratification, but by 1982, supporters had managed to sign on only 35 of the 38 states needed to add the amendment to the Constitution.

Some who are not in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment claim it is redundant and unnecessary, often citing the 14th Amendment, which they say already protects the rights of women. It does not. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia publicly stated that the 14th Amendment was never intended to protect women. It was only intended to protect race. Federal and state law cannot protect citizens who are not protected under the Constitution. He made this remark in January 2011:

Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.

Sensing that people are as confused about the issue as I am, but just as eager to turn the promise of the Equal Rights Amendment into a reality, I interviewed key thought leaders who are directly involved in efforts to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed.

Why do we need the Equal Rights Amendment?

Laws can be repealed. Judicial attitudes can shift. We continue to see demonstrable cases of systemic gender discrimination — even in this day and age when women have come so far. Establishing the clear unambiguous language of the Equal Rights Amendment into the U.S. Constitution would have a real impact on our national consciousness. Our democracy rests on the principle of ‘liberty and justice for all.’ We need the ERA to ensure that this concept applies equal to women.

– Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment on June 22nd, 2011.

Women in the armed services are fighting on the front lines in two wars to protect and defend a constitution that does not protect and defend them. The U.S. strongly urged Iraq and Afghanistan to include women in their new constitutions as they rebuild their societies; yet we have not led by example.

– Carolyn A. Cook, founder and CEO of United 4 Equality, and author of the HJ Res. 47 resolution, which calls for Congress to officially remove the time limit for ratification of the ERA.

First, a movement has to move and the women’s movement will only grow and thrive if it keeps on pushing for policies such as the ERA — which is nothing more than the American value of fairness and equality under the law. Second, because even though it hasn’t passed yet, every time we have made it an issue, women have advanced in myriad ways. And third, we must pass it because it is the right thing to do. No cause is lost when it is the right thing to do.

– Gloria Feldt, activist, and author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.

What are the options for getting the Equal Rights Amendment passed once and for all?

There are two strategies that are currently being pursued by those who support the Equal Rights Amendment:

Rep. Carolyn Maloney explained it this way:

I have introduced the full ‘start-over’ ERA in each Congress since I arrived because the rights of women deserve to be constitutional. This Congress, I introduced H.J.RES 69 with over 155 original cosponsors. This would re-set the ratification count at zero and start the ratification process over again. In addition to the ‘start-over’ strategy, there is the ‘three-state’ strategy, which would put the ERA in our Constitution when an additional three states ratify, which, when added to the original 35 states, add up to the necessary 38 ratifications. However, some Constitutional scholars believe that this approach would violate the Constitution and would likely be subject to a challenge which would likely win in court and invalidate the entire ratification. Nevertheless, I support both strategies and believe in doing anything that will increase the chances that the ERA will be included in the Constitution.

To address the issues inherent in the “three state strategy,” Carolyn A. Cook spearheaded a resolution which she authored (HJ Res. 47) urging Congress to remove the time limit for ratification in the final three states needed. According to Carolyn,

It is a far more efficient, fair and likely-to-succeed approach than hitting the reset button on ERA. I drafted the proposal, recruited some passionate ERA advocates from unratified states to help, and together we introduced this bill on March 8th to mark the 100th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day. This day serves as a reminder that the U.S. cannot curb the human rights abuses of women and girls worldwide while denying them constitutional equality at home. 


Mike Hersh, on staff at the Progressive Democrats of America, succinctly summed up why we need to pursue the “three state strategy” instead of starting over:

Starting over requires a 2/3 vote in favor from both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, which we can’t expect until 2013 at the earliest. For reference, this has been tried in every Congress for many years, and has never passed, even when Nancy Pelosi was the Speaker and Democrats had huge majorities in both the House and Senate. Once we get the ERA out of Congress again, we’d have to start over from zero and get 38 states to ratify the amendment. Fewer than half that many are likely to do so in the foreseeable future. So starting over would almost definitely take several decades.

What can we do to ensure that America does not kill the Equal Rights Amendment?

Complacency will kill the Equal Rights Amendment, and we need to change the tone of the discourse. Let’s stop thinking about it in terms of us against them, left vs. right, conservative vs. liberal, men vs. women. Reframe the issue of the Equal Rights Amendment and ask yourself this question:

Is it the right thing to do?

Can a country that prides itself as the leader and protector of democracy in the world, and one which implores other countries to include the word “women” in their constitutions (Afghanistan and Iraq), still not protect the rights of women in its own?

If you believe the Equal Rights Amendment should be in our U.S. Constitution, here’s what you can do:

Share this article.

Read up on both strategies (starting over and the three-state solution) to better understand why the three-state solution is probably the stronger option, and get behind it.

Contact your local government representative and urge them to co-sponsor “HJ Res 47: Removing the Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.”

Visit United4Equality.com and “friend” them on Facebook to get more information on how you can help push through the HJ Res. 47. … and start volunteering

Go to Facebook pages such as ERA Now, ERA Once and For All, and Equal Rights Amendment to get up-to-date information.

If you believe in the Equal Rights Amendment, then get behind it, and get it done.

US Constitution: Isn’t Equality, Opportunity and Justice for ALL a Human Right?

Another Rant by BettyJean Kling

Today I sat and watched the Congress read the Constitution for the very first time! Wow! Can you imagine that?

I have a copy in my purse – I carry it around with me- I love the Constitution with all its original faults such as the Three-Fifths clause, which states slaves are “three fifths of all other persons,” None of these original passages were in the amended version, which avoided the awkward question of who reads what.

Rep. Jesse Jackson, D-Ill., expressed concern about eliminating the reading of the controversial passages, reminding lawmakers of their seriousness and sensitivity to African-Americans.

“Many of us don’t want that to be lost upon reading of our sacred document,”

I agree. We can’t learn from our mistakes unless we look at them. We have been guilty of mistreating both blacks and women and we understand the amendments are there to fix those problems. I eagerly await the one that will fix the one for all of humanity, The Equal Rights Amendment. In my newsletter, I clearly and have always ended it with these words among others: “Achieve Equality, Opportunity and Justice for All – this is a Human Right

Anyway the good old boys won out once again leaving out the controversial language and then adding insult to injury in the reading of the  15th  and 19th amendments as shown below. 

Abolishing slavery was not enough for the blacks – men still needed the right to vote hense the 15th amendment, after the 19th. blacks needed the Civil Rights movement and the ongoing fight for enforcement of enacted legal protections to ensure the right to equality under the law.

Women, however,  were not freed of their oppression, not treated or paid equally, not given the vote for another 80 years and still do not have eqaulity under the law or the US Constitution.

When I heard they would be reading the US Constitution this morning – I was sure to tune in to C-Span. Only in DC could such a simple thing as reading our Constitution be so complicated. First they were late getting started, then they had to argue about how they would read it, then what version? Gimme a break.

Members of the House of Representatives today read the Constitution on the floor of the House chamber, marking a first for Congress. While lawmakers read the amended version to skirt the original’s controversial passages, the reading wasn’t without its own share of controversy. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-representatives-read-constitution-floor/story?id=12555114

Then it appeared to me that after many of the congresspersons read their lines they promptly left the room—Did I misread this or did they leave?

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., was designated to read the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in the United States and received a standing ovation from the house – I joined in at home rejoicing with him a tear in my eye looking forward to the reading of the 15th which gave black men full citizenship voter rights and looked forward to the 19th  which gave all women full citizenship voting rights.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States.”

May I tell you that many have told me we do not need the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) because the 14th Amendment provides all the protection women need under the law! Firstly the ERA is not just for women is provides for equality for everyone. That means men can’t be discriminated on because of sex as well! As for the 14th , indeed section 1 says that ALL have protection under the law BUT in section 2, blacks and women are clearly referred to as non-voting , non-whole persons and that is why Amendment 15 was needed to give black men the right to vote regardless of their previous state of servitude, and that is also why Amendment 19 was needed to give women the right to have a vote and why I need the ERA:

Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights

1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Now to our deepest and most embarrassing humiliation.

When we got to Amendment 15- NO standing ovationI figured that was because the majority of our citizens still had no vote

The Fifteenth Amendment (Amendment XV) to the United States Constitution prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote on that citizen’s “race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (i.e., slavery).

I eagerly awaited the reading of the 19th and happily they had a women read that and she after she did – —— Nothing! Less than 100 years ago – women did not have the right to vote- we were the majority and yet we did not have the right to vote. When we finally won that right Alice Paul also asked for the Equal rights amendment- and we are still fighting for equality- a human right!

The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits each state and the federal government from denying any citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920.

Now more than ever – I demand that we stand and fight for the ERA which states the following:

The Twenty-eighth Amendment (Amendment XXVIII) to the US Constitution should read: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Human Rights should be our first priority!

A Century Struggle for Freedom in Iran

BettyJean Kling on behalf of Soona Samsami
Executive Dir. Women’s Freedom Forum

On October 7, 2010 Women’s Freedom Forum held a Congressional Photo Exhibition on “A Century Struggle for Freedom in Iran ” and women’s role which has now been produced as an educational video presentation.

Thanks to the hard work and research of volunteers, the presentation has been commented as one of the best educational videos on YouTube.com, as it brings to us a unique and fresh perspective of Iran’s rich history. We recommend that you view this presentation.

Link to you tube for Women’s Freedom Forum:  http://www.youtube.com/user/WomenFreedomForum

America’s Femcitizens need to watch this video and others shown on Women Freedom Forum website, then go rent Iron Jawed Angels and a few other movies about our Suffragettes. We are in need of some lessons in how to be real women

Even before that in a letter to John Adams from Abigail during the Revolution, March 31st, 1776:

I long to hear that you have declared an independency — and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/cfm/doc.cfm?id=L17760331aa

It was the very cause of the Revolution: personal liberty, equality, and a separation from deep-rooted systems of hierarchy. Abigail Adams a women before her time saw the correlation between monarchy over America and patriarchy over women, and even envisioned that someday the ‘Ladies’ – like her countrymen – would grow tired of not having a voice and stand up to “rebel.”

In 1848, just a half century after the Revolution ended, women declared independence from the old system by writing the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention.

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