Offense Wins Championships


In recent weeks, I have taken up a position that responding defensively to the Democrats’ baseless charges that the GOP is fighting a war on women is, at best, as silly as signing on to be Ed Schultz’s personal trainer and, at worst, the political equivalent of asking “Billy, is that you?” before walking into a spooky farmhouse in a slasher film. Both are colossal wastes of time.

In my estimation, for conservatives to guide Team America to pay dirt, we must get the offense on the field. Touchdowns are hard to come by if you never leave the shadow of your own goalposts.

Leave it to the senior Senator from the Empire State to prove me right. Last week, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) complained that the Republicans were trying to kill the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Presuming everyone knows that abusing women is simply unacceptable — a leap of faith undercut by the goings-on in the Occupy Wall Street squatters’ camps and most liberal-tainted broadcasts — it’s hard to imagine any one of our 535 Congressional representatives would vote against VAWA as it was originally written and passed.

In fact, given the severity of the offenses against women that are embodied in putting one’s hands on a woman, it’s even harder to imagine someone so bereft of common decency that he or she would turn what ought to be an unopposable bill into a political football in an election year. Surely, not one of those august men and women of Capitol Hill is so twisted that he or she would risk the safety of our sisters, mothers, wives and daughters by tacking hyper-partisan and/or wasteful addenda to the bill designed to protect the fairer sex.

Enter the pride of Park Slope. To paraphrase George C. Scott channeling General George S. Patton: Chuckie, you magnificently cynical bastard! We read your press release!

Schumer has been doing yeoman work behind the scenes to fast-track the renewal of VAWA, simultaneously decrying Senate Republican efforts to hold up the bill so the public can examine some interesting new ornaments Schumer and his Democratic accomplices have applied. Among them: provisions that grant visas to illegal aliens who claim to be victims of domestic abuse — without checks to ensure against the sort of fraud that such stipulations virtually guarantee.

But in attempting to use the Republican stance against the new iteration of VAWA to perpetuate the Democrats’ preposterous claim of some “war on women,” Schumer has revealed more than just the usual cynical hypocrisy that has come to define the Democratic Party. Instead, he has reminded us that he and his fellow liberals are exceptionally poor students of history. VAWA first passed in 1994 with the full support of a Congress that featured Republican majorities in both houses. Reauthorizations have proceeded apace — again with the full support of Republicans. In fact, Schumer’s decision to endanger women’s safety with political pork products marks the first time anyone has dared tinker with VAWA.

I suppose to a Democrat consumed by their usual all-encompassing lust for authority without merit, the peace of mind bills like VAWA provide American women and the men who love them is fairly meaningless. But to those of us who, at the very least, don’t enjoy telling our mothers, wives or girlfriends that we just sacrificed their safety for an easier route to immigration fraud, Schumer’s (hence, the Democrats’) ploy is repulsive.

Schumer and the Democrats have made it clear they are going to play this kind of game between now and November. But the Republicans’ game plan is all defense. It is high time for the real conservatives to take the field and lead their wayward Republican teammates to pay dirt.

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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