Taylor Swift is a great singer and a conservative icon. Most importantly, she is allowed to have her own opinions. She remains pro-life, pro-military, and pro-law enforcement. Conversely, not everyone with an R next to their name should be in office.
Marsha Blackburn is a woman-hating bigot that doesn’t deserve to represent the great state of Tennessee.
Nah, I’m just joking. As it turns out, from looking at her voting record, Rep. Blackburn is about as moderate as you can get in the conservative world. She sponsors many of the pro-life bills in the House, regularly votes for tax cuts, and is strong on strengthening the military. Phil Bredesen, the candidate that Swift endorsed, is adamant about his pro-choice stance, is opposed to cutting taxes, and isn’t nearly as strong on supporting the armed forces.
Considering her endorsement, all of these are positions run contrary to what fans formerly believed to be Swift’s politics and her justification of her choice is thin.
To begin with, Swift said that Blackburn wasn’t a supporter of LGBT rights, but it’s worth noting that in 2006 Bredesen was interested in a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage. While it can be argued that it was twelve years ago, the fact remains: Phil Bredesen wanted to create a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage.
Additionally, Swift is that Blackburn doesn’t take women’s issues seriously, after all, she didn’t vote to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Well, that is only partially true. She did indeed vote against the VAWA that was proposed by the Democrats, as well as 137 other members of the House, because, put simply, it was a bad bill.
The VAWA is a spending nightmare. It appropriates nearly a quarter of a billion dollars each year to stop “violence against women.” Carrie Lukas said it perfectly in a recent article at National Review, “The question is if you think that this law actually works as intended and that funds are being used properly to help victims, rather than for unrelated political purposes. Sadly, VAWA funds tend to be grossly mismanaged so the GAO can’t tell how the money is spent and has urged better oversight.”
GOP members of the House recognized this and developed their own bill. They limited the original bill in scope, implementing changes that would allow for increased government oversight and would provide better legislation overall. Marsha Blackburn voted for the amended rendition of the bill that did, in fact, safeguard women. Additionally, she voted to pass bills like the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 and the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act.
Contrary to Swift’s assertions, Bredesen has a history of neglecting women. While governor of Tennessee, he abused his power to cover up sexual assault allegations against members of his staff by destroying the notes containing the allegation. Blackburn has been extremely critical of his actions, but, according to Bredesen, it was to “protect the victim.”
Bredesen supports many of the causes Swift formerly endorse and rises above anti-women accusations. Maybe Swift supports Bredesen not because she is an advocate for women, but because she simply isn’t the conservative hero that her fans portray her to be. It’s not even possible to say that Swift is ignorant of the truth to Blackburn’s voting record; she advocated for researching candidates, and called Blackburn’s voting record appalling.
Swift chose the most moderate Republican candidate to attack with a completely false narrative, yet her fans are still willing to die on the “she’s pro-life, pro-military, and pro-law enforcement” hill. Fan’s claims that Blackburn is anti-woman are not only uneducated, but reveal a dangerously idolatrous relationship with their icon; one where facts are ignored and only blind rationalization is acceptable.
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