This article was written by Cath Kestler of Silver Creek, NY.
It is published with the permission of the author.
“Attention all men of the NY 23rd district the upcoming election at the Federal level will be a referendum not only in the direction of the country, but also on the character of men as well; regardless of our race, political party, sexual orientation, or religion. In the political race now being run, the Republican candidate is losing the woman’s vote 10-15% or higher. This is no accident for women as a whole rightly recognize the Republican Party as being hostile to our best interests; as regarding us as second class citizens in its assault on women by introducing and co-sponsoring bills that seek to oppress others and deny them their basic human rights and few rights are more fundamental than for a woman to be treated as the full equal of a man; from earning the same amount of money that a man does doing the same work for the same amount of time, and from having her reproductive rights respected.
Representative Tom Reed has continued to oppose raising the minimum wage with nearly two-thirds of those workers being women. He also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act in April of 2013. In January of 2011 he voted to allow hospitals to let women die rather than have a lifesaving abortion. Reed co-sponsored H.R. 3 which would redefine rape as having to be “forcible rape”. Continuing in January 2011, he voted 3 times against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), he also wanted to EXCLUDE Native American, immigrant, and LGBT victims. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act (HR 2016) would amend the Clery Act which requires colleges and universities to disclose (share) information about crimes on and around campuses. This bill died on the committee level and Rep. Reed was not one of the 111 co-sponsors.
How can you support a political party whose policies render your mother, wife, daughter, aunt, sister, granddaughter, and nieces to the status of second class citizenship? How can you support a political party and its candidate who regard rape and domestic abuse (violence) as being in part or in full, the fault of those women who are victims of it? It is neither your place nor your right to tell a woman that she should earn less money doing the same work that a man does. It is neither your place nor your right to tell a woman what she should or should not do with her body.
A society founded on the supremacy of one over the other; be that supremacy founded on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation, is truly for true freedom only exists when there is equal freedom for all, versus privileged freedom for the few.
A vote for a Republican candidate, especially, Tom Reed will be a profound betrayal of the women in your lives: the women who love you, nurture you, support you, and guide you. A vote for a Republican candidate will be the political equivalent of you literally spitting in the face of the women in your lives. Do you really want to do this? Do you really want to denigrate, demean, and disrespect the women of the District of NY 23rd in this manner?
I sincerely hope you do not. I hope you find it within yourselves to wake up to the fact that to support gender equality is a true sign of strength, not weakness; that only the weak seek to oppress; the strong are self-assured and wise enough to recognize gender equality make America collectively stronger, more free, and more true to itself.
Martha Robertson is running against Tom Reed. She is a champion of woman’s rights and she is the only person to get this job done. Reed obviously, through his record doesn’t have your best interests at heart. My vote is going to Martha.”