Mississippi Tea Party leader Janis Lane thinks the women’s vote is bad for the country. And yes, Janis Lane is a woman herself, who benefits from the women’s vote. After being asked whether she thought there were too many male politicians deciding women’s issues back in 2012, she said:
“I’m really going to set you back here. Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote. Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I’d much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.
Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world. It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that’s 18 or over (who is) a legal citizen, and every person that’s 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C.”
So, first Janis Lane says women should never have gotten the right to vote. Then she says that she’s active in politics because of the women’s vote. What if we went back to the 19th century on that? She wouldn’t be able to have nearly as much influence politically. She could fight for issues, sure, but she couldn’t see them through at the polls. One has to wonder what she would do if women really did lose the right to vote.
Janis Lane isn’t the only woman to speak out against women.
Janis Lane is not the only woman to voice issues with the women’s vote. Back in 2007, Ann Coulter said that Democrats would never win an election again if women couldn’t vote. She also thought that the Democrats ought to hang their heads in shame for having so much trouble getting men to vote for them.
She has since revised that, saying that not only is the women’s vote bad, but also that liberal women should not be allowed to hold office. Liberal women, according to Coulter, get hysterical, start to cry, and are generally just too fragile to have a discussion with. This is about the same as what Janis Lane thinks.
So what is the GOP’s official position on the women’s vote?
According to Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, the GOP is proud to have been a moving force in securing the women’s vote. The GOP, he says, will continue “to uphold the principle of equal opportunity for all that has guided us from the very beginning. And as we celebrate the women of our party and country this month, we continue our fight for equal opportunity.”
Janis Lane, however, likely does not agree. She and other so-called “true” Tea Partiers believe there’s just as much of a problem with the GOP as there is with the Democrats. The GOP is not about equality of any sort, and the Tea Party even less so. Equality, for the Tea Party, is a privilege for white men to enjoy. Otherwise Janis Lane (and others) would never think the country would be better off if women couldn’t vote.
With the 2014 elections now less than a year away, it’s time for women to wise up. The Tea Party does not have women’s best interests at heart, as Janis Lane proved a year and a half ago.