My head is spinning out of control. There is just too much stuff going on that is beyond my comprehension. I mean, can the Republican Party really be this dumb?
Maybe I should talk about how the GOP is now concerned about President Obama’s “WAR ON RELIGION.” Yep, our Commander in Chief is actually against religion, they say, suggesting that he and his staff actually spend countless hours trying to figure out how to make ours a totally secular society. Now that would be a great political strategy, wouldn’t it? I can hear Obama now, telling his staff that he wants to alienate that 80% or so of the populace that actually subscribes to a religion. Don’t worry, he assures the skeptics, we can ride that atheist vote back into the White House in November! And while we’re at it, let’s go after GOD himself. We don’t want anyone to even say HIS name in a public place. Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Or maybe we should talk about the Republican Party’s own little war on birth control. Oh, we all know about their constant attacks on abortion rights, how they are pursuing those silly “personhood” resolutions in a bunch of states. And, yes, one or two of them might even slip through, but then the next day the pro-choice groups will get an injunction and the measures will slowly make their way to the Supreme Court. At that point, when the Court suddenly has to think about how we’d be counting those little zygotes in our census, how movie theaters might have to charge for another ticket, how whether or not they should be given a tax exemption, cooler heads will prevail. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t even take the case.
But there’s the rise of Senator Rick Santorum, who opposes using federal dollars for birth control and who even once denounced birth control as “harmful” to women and society: “I don’t think it works. I think it’s harmful to women. I think it’s harmful to our society to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated, particularly among the young…” I wonder what Newt thinks about that “sex outside of marriage” line? But I say go for it, Rick, tell the women in this country, including all of those good little Catholic women, that they shouldn’t be taking birth control. Yeah, that’s a clear winner!
Then there was the congressional hearing the other day on Obama’s attempt to provide better access to birth control through his health insurance program. Sure, the announced title of the hearing did not have the word “birth control” in it, but that is what they were talking about, folks. And by now everyone knows that their panel of “experts” was all men. For good reason, the videos of the testimony went viral and I could not keep from laughing when I thought of the grief that some staff person was going to get for not anticipating what the pictures of that panel would like in the media. Dumb move, guy. Not to mention totally arrogant.
This is all just too good to be true. The women in this country, including the millions of “pro-life” women who still get their monthly pills at the drug store, gotta be watching these yahoos, wondering what they are gonna do next. Obama and his crew are sitting back with the champagne on ice, watching this re-run of some black and white caveman movie.
And I didn’t even touch upon that friend of Santorum who thinks “gals” should put aspirins between their knees.
Keep it coming, boys.
- Why the War on Birth Control is a Political Disaster for the GOP (chasdarwin.com)
- Robert Creamer: Why the War on Birth Control Is a Political Disaster for the GOP (huffingtonpost.com)
- Santorum Backer Foster Friess Suggests ‘Gals’ Use Aspirin As Birth Control (blisstree.com)
- What Got Lost in the Debate About Birth Control (ideas.time.com)
- How everyone wins in the birth control flap (americablog.com)
- The “Republicans are against birth control” meme is as choreographed as any ballet (4simpsons.wordpress.com)
- Foster Friess Says Aspirin-As-Birth Control Comment Was A Joke; Not Even His Wife Found It Funny (blisstree.com)
- Santorum clarifies birth control stance (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Think Progress: the 5man panel – Birth Control (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Santorum’s Outrage (polentical.com)