Democrats: North Dakota Women Are In “Emergent Danger” For “Simply Being Women”


The North Dakota Democrat party picked new leadership recently, and adopted an official resolution calling Republican leadership of the state a failure (you’re probably about as shocked as I am).

But the text of the resolution is interesting. In addition for claiming that Republicans hate little children and gays, it also states that women are in danger in North Dakota simply for being women:

Whereas North Dakota Republicans have denied and turned their backs on the emergent danger women face by simply being women in this state

Really? Women are in “emergent danger” in North Dakota simply for being women? I’ll have to alert my wife, and my other female friends and family, to that fact.

I wonder how many North Dakota women actually feel like they’re in danger in the state? I don’t doubt for a minute that Democrats want North Dakota women to feel like they’re in danger. The tone of this entire resolution is all about pandering to various victim classes, both real and perceived, but it seems more than a little insulting to the state as a whole to suggest that women are in danger here.

And it’s troubling to see a political party bent on making people feel like victims in order to exploit them for votes.

The “war on women” stuff has been an effective strategy for Democrats, though. In the closing days of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign she unleashed what has to be one of the nastiest political ads ever run in the state, claiming her opponent Rick Berg was insufficiently caring about women’s issues. More recently Heitkamp, described as being “at the helm of our Party” by new party Chairman Bob Valeu, has been on a tour of the state touting her vote for the (extremely problematic and probably unconstitutional) Violence Against Women Act, a political act no doubt directly aimed at creating a wedge issue against Rep. Kevin Cramer for the 2014 election.

Put simply, Democrats are painting our state in a negative light with an exceedingly broad brush for political gain.

Someone should ask Senator Heitkamp if she agrees with this party resolution and believes that North Dakota women are in danger simply by being in North Dakota. Maybe it will be another opportunity for her to throw her party’s platform under the bus.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • tom

    Typical Democrat strategy to convince people they are victims.

  • RCND

    Typical. Sterotyping isn’t acceptable except when it suits their agenda. Looks like this one was written personally by Valeu himself

  • Roy_Bean

    It seems odd that they want to deny women the means of self defense (concealed carry, assault weapons, etc) in such a dangerous environment.

    • SusanBeehler

      CCW isn’t all what is jacked up to be. Women have other things to do besides spending hours learning a new skill which they may never be able to use.

      Get REAL!

      • Rob

        That doesn’t seem to be the trend among women, who are by far the fastest growing demographic among gun owners.

        • Thresherman

          What you have to understand Rob, is that to the liberals, women who learn to use weapons for self defense are not really women, just as blacks and Hispanics who are conservative are not really black or Hispanic. To a liberal, diversity means people of all races and creeds marching in lockstep to the exact same liberal doctrine.

      • sbark

        Life is hard…….its even harder when your unemcumbered with knowledge

      • tony_o2

        I saw a few flaws in the mock exercises.

        First of all, the “gunmen” knew that there would be a single student carrying a weapon. And being that they were firearm trainers, they knew how to look for this single person and zero-in. How about arming several of the students? While the gunman is focusing on one person, will any of the others have the ability to disable them?

        Next, replace the professional gunman with a novice. Replace him with one of the students who isn’t thoroughly trained to handle a firearm situation. How do you think they will fare with several defenders firing back?

        Finally, follow the exercise through to the end. How many people are shot before the gunman is taken down by one of the several defenders?

        For a control experiment, have the gunman attack a completely unarmed audience. The novice shooter might create a massacre before someone finally takes them down with their hands. I’m not so sure that a “professional” shooter couldn’t have massacred the entire room before walking out unharmed.

  • opinionated

    As a women, I do not feel threatened in anyway. What I feel is insulted that somehow all men and republicans are after them. My husband is the hardest working, most thoughtful, compassionate man that I have ever met. He might even e part saint for putting up with me. For the Democratic Party Heads and Heitkamp to paint this issue with the giant brush is a disservice to kind, decent men everywhere. This bill is aimed at college women and Native American women and their vote and nothing more

    • whowon

      The days of women working towards being treated equal back the the 60’s has turned into this sham. Shame on her and ALL women who support this nonsense.

  • Somebodysomewhere

    Really now, stupid should hurt.

  • camsaure

    And next I expect them to decry the declining state of politics in ND. Hypocrits.

  • yy4u2

    Per the article:
    And it’s troubling to see a political party bent on making people feel like victims in order to exploit them for votes.
    If it weren’t for that, there would be no Democrat party. When you hear, “the Democrats are for the working man,” they are only after his vote…well, and his money to buy more votes.

  • ec99

    Sounds like the Dems hired a gender advisor from the “All Men Are Rapists” camp.

    • camsaure

      I bet susan apllied for the position.

      • Guest Observer

        Can she walk and talk at the same time? Just sayin…………….

      • SusanBeehler

        Ha Ha

  • Janne Myrdal

    If anyone wants more info on Heitkamp’s favorite legislation, VAWA, visit Horrible bill n sadly Hoeven voted for it as well. hopefully Cramer will not fall for the title but look at the 400 millions in wasteful spending and the lack of any help for women in the history of this program. Why not give the money towards processing the over 400.000 unprocessed rape kits sitting around the nation?. If the largest women’s public policy org in the nation, CWA, opposes VAWA vigorously it is likely no good for women!