|I guess it should be expected from someone who kidnapped a woman, smoked marijuana with her and made her pray to "Aqua Buddha". It seems as if age has not given Rand Paul any more respect for women. He joined with a few fellow zealots in the Senate and voted against moving this Violence Against Women Re authorization forward:
Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).
As Attorney General Eric Holder pointed out, this legislation has provided much needed resources through the years to victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault and what Paul probably opposes most after the "Aqua Buddha" incident, dating violence:
"Since the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) became law 18 years ago today, VAWA has vastly improved our ability to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and has helped countless victims of these crimes get access to needed services. It's important to remember that none of this progress has been inevitable - it has been the result of the tireless work of advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others. On the front lines of this effort, the Office on Violence Against Women administers VAWA programs, providing states, territories, local and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations with critical resources to initiate and sustain efforts to reduce and stop violence against women. As Congress moves to consider reauthorizing this critical law, we urge lawmakers to come together on a bipartisan basis, as it has historically, to pass a VAWA reauthorization that expands rather than limits victim access to justice and strengthens law enforcement and prosecutorial tools to seek justice and hold violators accountable. VAWA has been strengthened each time it has been reauthorized, with bipartisan support, and this year after 18 years of progress, it should be no different."
In fact, this law does a lot of good:
Creating new system responses - VAWA programs, funding and law reforms have changed federal, tribal, state and local responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by:
Securing buy-in from formerly unengaged systems, like law enforcement, courts, and social services.
Creating a federal leadership role that has encouraged tribes, states and local government to improve responses to victims and perpetrators.
Establishing new federal crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to fill in jurisdictional gaps in prosecuting these crimes.
Defining the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, as well as identifying promising practices to respond to these crimes.
Focusing on the needs of underserved communities, such as immigrant and Native American women.
Of course what do you expect from someone who thinks that trying to insure that women are no longer paid less in the workplace for doing the same work as men amounts to some kind of "Communist conspiracy"?:
The Paycheck Fairness Act failed in the Senate on a strictly party line vote on Tuesday. Senate Democrats had argued that the measure was essential because women still receive only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the same job.
But Paul, a staunch libertarian, said passing a law that would have given judges more leeway to determine if a woman had been paid unfairly would be a step toward reviving the Soviet Union's notorious central governing body here. The United States' free market, he argued, works much better at setting wages at the appropriate level.
I hope the women of Kentucky are listening to this zealous freak. Do they really want a Senator who believes their system of pay is fair and worse yet, believes they should not be protected against violent stalkers, rapists, and domestic violence?
Lets hope not.