Women’s right to vote was resolved on June 4, 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. But as it turns out, some conservatives out there still find the idea appalling, nearly 100 years after the conversation and debate ended.
Super-silly Christian David Barton said the women’s right to vote was an affront to the family foundation of America. Whatever that means. Barton said that the “framers of the Constitution . . . were just pro-family. . . , bestowing women with the right to vote has ruined the family.” But then again, this is coming from a guy who believes in a book that says women can’t speak in church.
Also in this tiny circle, anti-equality conservatives in former-National Review writer John Derbyshire. Remember him? He’s the one who got fired for being too racist even for the National Review. The self-described racist and homophobe said “Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this – if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.” It’s safe to add misogynist to that list of unforgivable character traits and opinions.
And then there’s Paul Ray Ramsey. Ramsey has a blog post entitled “How Female Suffrage Destroyed Western Civilization” to his credit, so that gives a clue to his bigotry and outright stupidity. He goes so far to say that women’s suffrage has caused nearly all of American society’s ills.
“Single mothers, rampant divorce, abortion and falling birth rates are part of the cancer that is destroying what is left of Western Civilization,” said Ramsey. “But very few people (even conservatives) fail to realize that the inception of this cancer can be found in the passage of the 19th amendment.”
The next couple of ignorant, bigot conservatives are an interesting bunch. They are the right-wing women who think women’s suffrage should be, well, non-existent.
Central Mississippi Tea Party president Janis Lane thinks that the country would “have been better off if it was still just men voting.” Lane is a woman who hates other women. And because women are in politics, according to Lane, there is no sanity: “Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is sanity for women in the political world.” So, should it be only men still voting, or just you because you’re a “sane” women?
And then there’s the undisputed Right Wing Queen of Mean Ann Coulter. There is probably no other person in politics and media with a colder heart that pumps pure, concentrated evil than Ann Coulter. She hates the left wing so much, and because women tend to vote for Democrats more, Coulter said:
If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.
Conservatives just hate good things. That’s the simplest way to describe them. If a policy or notion is presented and it stands a good chance to actually help the People and not the politicians themselves, they will rail against it to no end.