It’s kind of funny, today I was visiting my mother when I brought up Senator Elizabeth Warren. While my mom knows a little about politics, she’s not exactly someone I would say has an intricate knowledge of the political world. She knows a few of the big names (Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bush, Rick Perry, etc..), but she’s not always aware of some of the names those of us who follow politics more closely are well aware of.
I was actually telling her how Warren has quickly become one of my favorite people in politics. While I know she isn’t perfect, she’s one of the few politicians who comes off as someone who genuinely believes in what she’s saying. Whereas many other politicians seems to be unable to make a statement on any particular issue without first checking what the polling numbers (or bank accounts) tell them they should say.
A great example of what I like about Senator Warren is seen in recent comments where she hammered Republicans for their pathetically outdated approach to women’s rights.
While speaking on the Senate floor about the Hobby Lobby ruling, and Republican stances on women’s rights in general, Warren said, “I’ll be honest. I cannot believe we are even having a debate about whether employers can deny women access to birth control. Guys, this is 2014, not 1914. Most Americans thought this was settled long, long ago. But for some reason, Republicans keep dragging us back here over and over and over again.”
And that’s what this really breaks down to. It’s not about Hobby Lobby or their “right” to deny women access to certain methods of birth control through their health insurance. It’s about the continued attempts by conservatives to attack women’s rights. It’s about opposing anything to do with sex – even though tens of millions of women take birth control for basic health reasons.
Which is what Warren was alluding to. A society like 1914 where women didn’t even have the right to vote yet and were often treated like second class citizens.
It’s pathetic that it’s a century later and women are still having to fight for equal rights.
Luckily, history tells us that we’re going to win. While ignorance might delay the inevitable, and even win a few battles along the way, when it’s all said and done – ignorance always loses.
And our own history tells us that when it comes to conservatives, they’re always on the wrong side of it.
Watch Senator Warren’s comments on the Senate floor below: