A friend of mine shared this clip today, of an interview about Kerry Washington’s speech at the DNC. My friend shared the clip along with her pretty harsh opinion. Her takeaway: that the woman being interviewed by Laura Ingraham is saying that sometimes you have to put fear into people, even if you have to lie, in order to keep Obama in office.
If you didn’t see Kerry Washington’s speech at the DNC, I encourage you to watch. A brief clip of it is included in Laura Ingraham’s interview (link above); here’s the full speech. I applauded her speech when I watched it live and again when I watched the clip shared by my friend. The woman being interviewed by Ingraham, however — politics and race commentator, Jasmyne Cannick — gave a pretty bad interview, I must say. It was painful to watch. Ingraham was right to say at one point that Cannick was better than that, that we need a substantive conversation and not sloppy language.
My friend went on to say that Kerry Washington made it appear as though women would lose their rights — to vote, to use contraception and to have an abortion — under a Romney administration. That is a blatant misrepresentation, she said.
You’re right, I said. Neither you nor I (we are both financially stable) will lose our right to vote. But the GOP efforts nationwide to implement additional voting regs add a burden for many folks that will reduce their ability to vote. If Romney is elected these efforts will undoubtedly grow.
Is it a stretch to say people will lose their right to vote? Perhaps.
I won’t lose my right to use contraception (not that I need it!). I’m not sure what coverage you have, I said to my friend. If not part of a catholic health system you are probably safe too. For those employed by or covered by a religious organization, there’s a good chance that if Romney is elected, their health insurance coverage of contraception will be rescinded. In addition, Romney has clearly stated that eliminating Planned Parenthood is a priority of his if he is elected. For many, the full out of pocket price of contraception will make the purchase prohibitive.
Is it a stretch to say they will have lost their right to use contraceptives? Perhaps, but for them what you call it will be just a matter of semantics.
And the right to have an abortion? If Romney is elected, he and the GOP will do everything in their power to add folks to the Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade. That is not a matter of semantics.
Did Kerry Washington use speech methods to add enthusiasm and emphasis, I asked? Absolutely. Did she misrepresent what is cold reality for some? I don’t think so.
In case you are wondering, I have not changed my friend’s mind. /shrug