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August 16, 2012 by  

On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which stated, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex,” was ratified by Tennessee, giving it 36 States and the two-thirds majority required to make it law.

Even though women in Texas (Miriam Amanda Wallace “Ma” Ferguson) and Wyoming (Nellie Tayloe Ross) succeeded their deceased husbands as Governors in the mid- to late 1920s, most women took to politics slowly. Many women did not vote (some because of threats by their husbands) for many years.

By the mid-1990s the term “soccer mom” had entered the political lexicon, with Republican Presidential candidate Bob Dole’s senior media adviser telling The Wall Street Journal: “She’s the key swing consumer in the marketplace, and the key swing voter who will decide the election.”

Women will play a key role in the upcoming Presidential election as they did in 2008 when President Barack Obama carried the women’s vote by 56 percent to 43 percent. Most polls show Obama again leading among women.

In a May article, POLITICO proclaimed that women will determine the outcome of the Presidential election for the first time.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Doc Sarvis

    The Republican War on Women continues. With policies affecting health care, equal pay and domestic violence from women’s perspective – the GOP stance shows disrespect for women.

    • Cribster

      You’re a downer.

      • Robert Smith

        He may be a downer to the extreme right, but he is correct.


      • Chester

        Cribster, why do you think Doc is a downer, other than the FACT that he calls the shots as he sees them. I can get along with MOST Republicans politically, just as I can get along with a good bunch of the Democrats. I have no use for the gun haters, or at least their policies, just as I have no use for those who seem to think guns are the answer to every problem. How about the people who believe, with all their hearts, that Social Security is an UNNECESSARY evil that should be ended yesterday or earlier. They have no answer when asked what the people who depend on that for their sole income other than to say they should have planned better. I haven’t seen enough of you on here to have any idea where you stand on a lot of these things, so will leave it at that.

    • Robert Smith

      Hi Doc,

      It’s not just a republican war on women but on gays, hispanics, and other minorities.

      With their support of the 1% they are making war on 99% of all Americans.

      I still don’t understand why anyone in the middle class would vote against their own best interest for the 1%. My guess is Eric Hoffer was right in his book “True Believer”.


      • Doc Sarvis

        Robert Smith, Great points.

      • Dale

        Wow, Women vote for Obama? It sound like this could be a good reason to repeal the 19th amendment.

      • Vigilant

        Hoffer’s “The True Believer,” a tremendously powerful book exploring mass movements, described the “hope and change” movement in this country to a “T.” He “noted that mass movements and juvenile mindsets tend to go together, to the point that anyone, no matter what age, who joins a mass movement immediately begins to exhibit juvenile behavior.” (Wikipedia).

        Fanatics of all sorts, whether they be Fundamentalists, OWS demonstrators, global warming worshippers, conspiracy theorists or radicals in any political position, consistently demonstrate Hoffer’s characterization as “true believers.” They can be converted, but not convinced (with truth, logic, etc.).

        A quote from Eric Hoffer: “An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.”

        Reminds me of Reagan’s famous quote: “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”


      • unit7b

        Anyone who believes the “1%” line of b.s. lacks any kind of critical thinking ability. It’s just a smoke screen by Obama to blame others for his failures. If anyone in the 1% came by their wealth illegally it’s a criminal issue. For everyone else in the 1% they came by their wealth legally by brains, hard work, luck, skill, etc. If they are receiving unfair tax breaks, whose fault is that? Obama could spearhead real tax reform to eliminate the loopholes but it will never happen. Obama and his biggest contributors are members of the 1%. The politicians will never give up the power that comes with the ability to give out the special breaks. There are a lot of politicians who claim that they will work to create a “fair” tax but how hard do they try? It’s just a bunch of lies. Now if we had laws to prosecute politicians for telling lies that would be another story.

      • Robert Smith

        “If anyone in the 1% came by their wealth illegally it’s a criminal issue.”

        Oh, it’s “legal.” But to take advantage of arbitrage situations with a .01% profet it makes for a million bucks pretty quick without making any contribution to society. They are the “money chaners” so damned in the christian bible.

        What use are deravatives?

        There are lots in the 1% who haven’t turned out a product for humanity. They have simply taken advantage of the systems put in place by the extreme right.

        For example, it might be “legal” for an insurance company to speculate with premiums but when the lose they simply charge more for insurance. When they win it goes to the 1%.


    • dan

      Y’all need to get over this PC-BS….why must it be men who suffer because of womans delusions of grandeur. No wonder our enemies laugh at our wussified country. The
      guberment isn’t going to save you if the men in it are disgusted by your behavior….
      and there aren’t enough gay-hairdressers to save you from slavery and burkas.

      • Chester

        Dan, what woman spanked you today? Or do you have a woman boss who you think should be home in the kitchen fixing meals for her man? I know of no case where a woman’s “supposed superiority” has hurt you, or many other men. It may happen once in a while, but far more often it is the woman who loses out on the upcoming promotion to a man who has been there far less time than she has. More than one woman has worked in the same position for untold years while new incoming men have been promoted ahead of her. How about taking a real look at what is going on instead of staying back in your ivory tower and blaming women for everything you don’t like.

    • Bill

      Your comments are based on emotions and political rhetoric. But sadly, no facts. Iam just amazed at what lies will be told to sell a political agenda.

    • Jon

      The Democrats are no better. Obama’s White House has a terrible record of harassment and unequal pay for women. The Federal government as a whole, under Democratic leadership, has a worse record of shorting womens’ pay than does the private sector. It’s all talk right now; both sides will say anything to win the election. Everyone knows that if dogs could vote, Obama would hand out free cans of Alpo (at taxpayer’s expense). Romney would likely do the same, only he’d have to pay for it himself. So there is no “war on women”. There is a war against the intelligence of American voters. Unhappily, the politicians are winning.

      • Bill

        Good Analogy. The dumbing down of America is alive and well

      • Doc Sarvis

        Please show us documentation that “The Federal government as a whole, under Democratic leadership, has a worse record of shorting womens’ pay than does the private sector.”

      • Robert Smith

        Oh come on Doc… Do you really expect the extreme right to back up any kind of extreme claim?


  • Texas Gal

    its time women realize if you depend on the government for your safety and subsistance, you may soon find yourself without either. It is time for both men and women to walk away from government cheese!!!

    • Doc Sarvis

      You even depend on your state govenerment for your “internet name” Texas Gal.

      So you are fine with your daughter, (if you have one) working as hard (or harder) as men doing the same job, getting paid a third less than the men?
      You think it is okay to take away the one affordable health screening option that low income women have?
      You would prefer to limit your daughter’s options to protect herself from domestic abuse?

      • Chester

        Doc, it appears that she would be fine with her daughter being FORCED to carry the child of her rapist, if, God forbid, that should ever happen. NO morning after pills, NO legal abortion for ANY reason, including the life of the mother. She is also fine with her son’s boyfriend walking up to him and beating him down to the ground and the situation being ignored by the law, other than perhaps a simple assault, which MIGHT get the attacker a little fine. Of course, under the same set of rules, her son and his boyfriend could easily be excluded from public housing, or most any rentals unless the landlord happened to be gay friendly. People on both sides of the aisle fail to look at ALL the problems with what the law currently is, let alone what the Tea Party and their favored son, Mr.Ryan, propose to put in place, or, as often as not, take out of place and dispose of.

  • Nan

    May God help us if women determine the upcoming election! For the record, I’m a woman, but I don’t let emotion rule me–unfortunately, since women got the vote, we’ve seen the results of their easily induced sympathy. Exploding welfare, abortion, equality laws that gave less qualified women jobs over men–just a few examples of the feminine impact on election results. Politicians use that tender-heartedness, as well as the anger at so-called inequality, much to the nation’s regret. Maybe 2012 will be the year that women THINK with their brains instead of their heart & vote with intelligence rather than emotion….

    • Chester

      Nan, I do hope you are being paid as much, as, or more than, the guy standing next to you on the line, but it is seriously doubtful, unless you have spent your whole life there and have never stepped aside to have a child. Oh, childbearing is one of the “excuses” used to say women deserve less money, as they will have to take time off to care for the brat after they have it. Sorry for the denigration of children, but that is the way a LOT of employers will look at the situation.

    • Robert Smith

      “May God help us if women determine the upcoming election! ”

      Your “god” has allegedly been around for thouands of years, yet he hasn’t taken a wife. Is he gay?


  • flajim

    We can thank women for FDR, over and over and over again. And also for the usurper in the WH. Thanks a lot, ladies.

  • redrobyn

    September 19th, 1893 Women in New Zealand – the first FULL democracy on the face of the earth!!! just to keep the American prospective – thinking globally.

    • Vigilant

      1837: Kentucky gives some women suffrage in school elections.

      1861: Kansas enters the Union; the new state gives its women the right to vote in local school elections.

      1869: Wyoming territory constitution grants women the right to vote and to hold public office.

      1870: Utah territory gives full suffrage to women.

      1893: The male electorate in Colorado votes “yes” on woman suffrage.

      • Robert Smith

        The extreme right doesn’t like a vote unless it goes THEIR way.

        Note: Abortion was voted on and passed in many states before Roe v. Wade.

        Medical pot.

        Assisted suicide.


  • Rick

    Oh, I’m sorry. When I saw the tittle of the article “Suffrage”, I thought that the continuation on the website would talk about how today the military-that includes women-is in danger of losing their right to vote under Obama. But with women in the military, it sounds as though he is the one abrogating the civil rights of women, blacks, hispanics, and any other minority serving in the United States armed forces.

  • PK

    The Democratic war on women must end. They wish to destroy the rights of every individual INCLUDING WOMEN, including private property rights, gun rights, and state’s rights.


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