Today the phone rang. I picked it up. A robotic female voice told me that I had some serious issues about something that would impact funding for Seniors. For a second, I smugly though that it didn’t matter to me, I’m not a senior citizen yet! But I listened to the robocaller for a little while longer. She wrapped up her statement and the offered to connect me at no cost to my local representative Jim Gerlach. Wow, at no cost? Sign me up! 🙂
Actually, I didn’t press one to be connected to Jim. I don’t talk to him a lot, as a matter of fact I rarely talk to him, but I’ve talked with him a couple of times, and I’ll bet that he’d acknowledge me if I talked to him personally again, but that is not the point, the point is that I had an opportunity to contact a political representative about something going on on Capital Hill. I wondered why there wasn’t a push for folks to get their leaders to vote for VAWA, or the Violence Against Women Act.
I didn’t think it was appropriate for me to snag the call for my own purposes, afterall, it wouldn’t cost me much to contact my political leaders on my own anyhow! So, I tried to find out, before I had to call anyone up and give them a piece of my mind, whether VAWA had passed. And the good news, at least in my opinion was that IT HAD!
There were a couple of concerns from politicians in the House about the act. They were worried about American citizens being hauled into Native American courts if they had abused women on Native American land. Now I get that this is an issue, but I also heard something that bothered me about what happens to Native American women when a man who isn’t a tribal member abuses them, or abuses their families. NOTHING. Nothing happens because the Tribal Courts don’t have jurisdiction over men who aren’t part of the Indian nation. Senator Grassley worried about taking away citizens rights and giving them over into Native American courts….he couldn’t see why we had to have that in a bill that protected women.
There are also probably some politicos upset that it increases the number of “aliens” who can try to get acceptance here in the US when their partner has been abusive towards them. Grassley says that this is a method of crooks and cheats to get easy access to the US, but we are talking about 15,000 spots. It’s a drop in the proverbial bucket.
Some pundits have complained that violence against women is something that rabid feminists are barking about, they say that domestic violence is a problem among men and women. But, and this is a big but, women have been silent on the issue for far too long and as you can see by the number of lady Republicans that voted against the Senates plan….ladies don’t have a problem with it.
It’s a lot of money, and I am concerned about wasting funds when we don’t have them as a nation, but I think it’s important that we stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves because they are afraid!
Don’t imagine everyone is perfectly happy and living in blissful partnerships. It just ain’t so.
I’m glad VAWA passed.