Newt Gives Raspberry to Women
Time again to present my highly-coveted "Jerk of the Month" Award! This month, appropriately enough, it goes to a man who seems to have a woman problem: None other than Newt Gingrich! You see. August marks the 75th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage -- the constitutional inclusion of every woman's right to vote. Yes, thanks to your own hard struggle, you have come a long way, rising higher and higher...except for one place. In the U.S. Capital, thanks to the pettiness of Loudspeaker of the House Newt Gingrich, you're still..."stuck in the basement." Here's the story: In 1926, a statue was presented to Congress honoring Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott -- three courageous agitators who led the fight for suffrage. But instead of locating their statue in the Capitol Rotunda -- a place of honor where monuments to America's male leaders are place -- the three ladies were placed down in the basement. Indeed, way down a basement corridor leading to the women's restroom. For 74 years, these true American heroines have languished there ignominiously. But this was to be their year! The Senate recently passed a resolution to move the Suffragists' Statue upstairs with the boys and to have it there in time for this week's official Anniversary celebration. The House, too, was set to approve the move just before their August recess...but nooooo. Along came Newt. Saying he wouldn't be associated with "a bunch of liberal women," Mr. Loudspeaker simply refused to bring the resolution up for a vote, killing the move. So, The Newt gave America's women the old raspberry...ironically denying a vote on a resolution to celebrate your constitutional right to vote...and keeping you stuck in the Capitol basement.