Thursday :: Jun 2, 2005

New Vistas in Wingnuttery: Self-Hating Women Edition

by rayman

It's becoming a kind of parlor game among us liberal folk--just how far back do the Republican reactionaries intend to go? Trample on the Voting Rights Act? Yessir--just ask Jeb and Cruella. Roll back the New Deal? Obviously. Repeal the 16th Amendment (i.e. the income tax)? Sure thing, if the Texas Republican Party has its way. But even by these illustrious standards, Kansas State Senator Kay O'Connor is in her own galactic orbit. Would you believe that many of our modern ills can be traced back to...women's suffrage?

A state senator who once said that giving women the vote was a symptom of weakness in the American family now wants to be Kansas' top elections official.

Sen. Kay O'Connor announced Wednesday that she is seeking the GOP nomination for secretary of state next year. O'Connor, 63, has served in the Legislature since 1993.

In 2001, O'Connor received national attention for her remarks about the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.

"I think the 19th Amendment, while it's not an evil in and of itself, is a symptom of something I don't approve of," she said at the time. "The 19th Amendment is around because men weren't doing their jobs, and I think that's sad. I believe the man should be the head of the family. The woman should be the heart of the family."

How a woman's right to vote could possibly undermine the American family is completely beyond me. And what's this about "men not doing their jobs"? Huh? Incidentally, these remarks date back to 2001, but this is the first I've heard of them. Does anyone have any further background on this most distinguished Kansan?

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