By Lucas Acosta | 0 comments
Just because the election is over doesn’t mean the Tea Party Republican Congress’ War on Women is. Newly elected Arkansas Tea Partier Tom Cotton appeared this week on the conservative Laura Ingraham radio show to discuss women and the military. As we know from the Mitt Romney’s 47% comments, you never know what a Republican will say when amongst their own. In this case Cotton claims that women should be barred from infantry work because their “nature” makes them inferior soldiers.
Tom Cotton’s Harvard education obviously has had no impact on his views of gender capabilities. According to Think Progress Cotton stated “To have women serving in infantry, through, could impair the mission-essential tasks of those units. And that’s been proven in study after study, it’s nature, upper body strength, and physical movements, and speed, and endurance, and so forth.”
Obviously Rep Cotton is sticking to the outdated-biologically driven gender research that validated women staying at home, taking care of children and not voting. Why doesn’t the congressman look at some other studies? Like perhaps the study that states that women in NATO’s frontlines caused “no significant problems” and performed better than their male peers. Oh right, because The Tea Party Congress chooses its facts, it doesn’t find them.
What Cotton also completely ignores is that the current standard of the military prevents women from rising as quickly in the ranks as their male counterparts. If women aren’t even given the opportunity to participate fully, we may never have a truly equal military.
However, this isn’t the first outrageous comment coming from Freshman Congressman Cotton. Recently Cotton claimed that the 9/11 attacks could have been orchestrated by Iraq. Looks like we’ve found our replacement for Tea Party front man Allen West. Join us to help make sure Cotton suffers the same fate as West, and stay up to date on our efforts to oust the Tea Party majority in 2014.
In closing, lets all take a moment to be pleased that Rick Santorum is not our president:
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