On Tuesday, January 5 Joy Behar, co-host of The View was asked whether or not Bill Clinton’s history of sexual predatory behavior might have an impact on Hillary’s bid for the Presidency. After being reminded that Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey (among others) have alleged that Bill Clinton either exposed himself, groped, or raped them, Behar said, “Like, Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Now, that to me, is more important than anything that Bill Clinton did or didn’t do because it’s what she is going to vote for, how she’s going to lead the country that matters more than that.” She then recalled former Senator Ted Kennedy’s “incident” at Chappaquiddick: “I mean, a girl drowns and he abandons her and women still voted for Ted Kennedy. Why? Because he voted for Women’s Rights, that’s why.”
Behar’s “commentary” is precisely that of a “low information voter” and it’s what people like Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy have always counted on. Aside from the sickening admission that sexual abuse including rape and leaving someone to die don’t matter as long as there is a (D) next to their name – it is either willfully irresponsible or marvelously shortsighted that Mrs. Behar would fail to ask herself why Republicans would, like, vote against the Violence Against Women Act. How could anyone oppose such a positive-sounding bill? That’s exactly the point.
Since it was first introduced in 1994 elements of the VAWA have consistently been opposed by women’s groups as well as left-leaning organizations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had severe concerns about the bill and called several aspects of it “unconstitutional.”
Janice Shaw Crouse, a senior fellow at Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute recently had this to say about the bill:
“It ends up creating a climate of suspicion where all men are feared or viewed as violent and abusive and all women are viewed as victims. Decent people should be outraged at the climate of false accusations, rush to judgment and hidden agendas that characterize the situation that has developed during the 18 years of this law.”
Despite these and many other reservations the bill has been reauthorized with genuine bipartisan support every six years. But all of this is beside the point. What truly matters to Joy Behar is that Republicans voted against it and consequently, they must all hate women.
Let’s go back to the months prior to the general election of 2012. Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer had begun the process of “fast-tracking” the bill in an effort to highlight Republican opposition as evidence of the “war on women”. Schumer knew that Republicans would oppose the re-authorization because both he and Patrick Leahy had dramatically altered it.
One of the new provisions stated that any woman coming to the U.S. on a fiancee or spouse visa for the purposes of immigrating and gaining permanent residence could claim the sponsoring US spouse was abusing her and she instantly and without any investigation was granted permanent residency. The Senate Judiciary Committee received dozens of letters from spouses who had claimed to be victims of that particular kind of fraud.
Schumer had also improperly tracked the funding of the bill. There was a discrepancy of over six hundred thousand dollars found by the Government Accountability Office. If this were simply a straight re-authorization it would have passed with its typical bipartisan support, as it had in the past. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley offered his own version of the bill, which was the same bill they’d been passing every six years, and you guessed it – Senate Democrats shot it down. Of course, this was the plan all along. Instead of hearing the details, our media went with headlines like this:
“Always remember, Republicans opposed the Violence Against Women Act. Nothing could be more shameful…”
Chuck Schumer knew that 99% of the voting public wouldn’t take the time to look into the bipartisan history of questioning and opposing the VAWA. Schumer knew that people like Joy Behar would consider it an outrage to oppose the cleverly-worded Violence Against Women Act so he didn’t mind playing politics under the banner of Women’s Rights. It should be flat out obvious that no elected official, man or woman, would openly oppose a bill if the point of it were to simply protect women from violence.
To even suggest that is so absurd it should immediately sound off an alarm that there is probably something more to the story. Perhaps one might wonder how the billions of dollars allocated in this bill would be spent since we already have local police, private investigators, help and treatment facilities and outreach programs both on the local and federal level. Of course, looking into it requires effort – even if only in the form of a few keystrokes. But it’s so much easier to simply point a finger and say gotcha!
Can you see now the trap that Joy Behar and millions of others have fallen into? A recent Gallup poll tells us that 75% of Americans believe that corruption is widespread throughout the government. If that’s the case, why is that so many of us are so quick to side with them? Why do we feel so passionately about issues we know so very little about? This enables someone like Bill Clinton – a sexual predator who has been alleged by no less than fourteen women of rape and sexual harassment – to carry on. He gets Joy Behar’s vote because he is for “Women’s Rights”.
What do we mean by Women’s Rights? Is it the right to live without fear of sexual harassment? Not in this case. Could it be abortion? Of course Bill Clinton is pro-choice. I imagine there are very few sexual predators that are pro-life.
And what about this Ted Kennedy “incident” that Mrs. Behar mentioned? Ted Kennedy, who Barack Obama once called the “greatest U.S. Senator”…
Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick Incident happened in 1969. He was driving drunk from a party on Martha’s Vineyard when he veered off a bridge and crashed into a deep tidal dyke. Mary Jo Kopechne was in the back seat of the car. Kennedy swam to shore, saving himself but left her to drown. He never tried to save her, never went looking for her. It took nine hours for him to report the incident during which he walked back to the motel, complained about a noisy party, showered, and slept. In the morning he ordered newspapers and called a friend. He then phoned two lawyers before finally calling the police.
But the truly gruesome and horrifying thing is that Mary Jo didn’t drown in the water. She was stuck in backseat of the car but survived because an air pocket had formed allowing her to breathe. If Kennedy had phoned the police right away, she could have been saved. She died from asphyxiation hours after the crash when the oxygen in the car ran out. Kennedy escaped this mess with a one year suspension of his driver’s license & a two year suspended sentence. All told he personally paid over one hundred thousand dollars to Mary Jo’s family. Her mother said during an interview that he never even said he was sorry.
These days this incident can easily be reconciled by observing Ted Kennedy’s Pro-Choice voting record. For men like Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy, Women’s Rights are nothing more than a cloak of invisibility to be wrapped around scandals that, if properly examined, would reveal two vulgar, shameless men wholly dependent on low information voters like Joy Behar.