Today Thom agreed with a caller, saying that, yes, the Republicans use issues such as birth control as a diversion from the “important issues.” That’s when I turned off the TV.
So, now we have a hierarchy of issues, along with all the other toxic hierarchies we subscribe to as a culture? Birth control, which is a woman’s issue —and a man’s issue, and an issue of population control— counts for less, as an issue? It’s a “side issue?” Sorry, but I read this conventional “wisdom” as saying, “women’s issues are unimportant." And them’s fightin’ words!
Misogyny is a side issue too? Sexism is a side issue? I suppose racism is a side issue too, then? And these things are unrelated to, and distinct from, the general sickness of our society and the roots of its problems and crimes against democracy and justice?
Well, I am glad the Republicans focus on these “side issues.” Certainly, if liberals, progressives and Democrats think of them as unimportant issues and fail to discuss them, when will the fundamental sickness ever end? At least somebody opened up the discussion! I say take advantage of the opportunity— investigate the relationship between racism, sexism, war, and all the other "more important" issues of the day.