What kind of leader doesn't even show up, let alone fail to listen and respond on important issues? This isn't government by the people and for the people; it's a farce and a sham. If you are a senator or congressperson you literally don't have to come to work.
A lot has to happen between now and then -- but when President Obama signs this year's annual defense bill, I'm confident that it will be a watershed moment for justice in America's Armed Forces. We're on the cusp of legislative reforms that are nothing short of historic.
Men constitute 86 percent of active duty forces, and make up 90 percent of the homeless veteran population. For women, the numbers are 14 percent and 10 percent respectively. But the reasons are different.
There's an old saying I learned during the early days of the feminist movement about women working together toward a common goal: "One is a pest, two is a team, three is a coalition." I've always liked that comment because it speaks directly to what I believe most deeply about women: that there's safety -- and power -- in numbers.
Ever notice how anger helps a man command a room, but it often has the opposite effect for women?
Where is Hilary Clinton in this fight? Where is the National Organization of Women? Equality Now? Amnesty International? Where is the sustained fight for human rights within the military?
The claim from every head of the armed services that the military can solve this problem and leave intact the chain of command issues is about to be tested. Issue your orders to your subordinates. Let it be known that the "look the other way" and "boys will be boys" culture is over.
We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.
Adding women to our legislative democracy can make Congress work better. We would never see the partisan game-playing that horrifies us if half the members of Congress were women. And certainly those who abuse women... or allow it to continue... would be held accountable.
Sheryl Sandberg is right -- we don't have enough women leaders. And she's right that it's a classic chicken and egg problem. No matter what the original cause of the problem is, getting more women to run for political office is a big part of the solution.
By Michael Beckel...
Nate Silver's numbers tell us where the campaign is at a given moment. And good punditry can tell us how the campaign got there. Even though the statistics maven is riding high now, Nate Silver needs to realize he is only half of the equation.
The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.
If the war on women can be judged by the women who fight for us in the Senate, at least this battle has been won tonight.
Are you looking for a nonpartisan guide to the Todd Akin/Claire McCaskill U.S. Senate race, one that contrasts candidate stands in a fair way?
Elizabeth Warren is one of the most exciting and uplifting Democratic candidates in many years. Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock will leave a different legacy in this election: They dramatize the Republican problem with women, and the Republican problem with rape.