Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Memo to Republican Men: Get Knocked up or STFU

In 2011, Supreme Court Justice Antonin "Broccoli" Scalia argued that 

“women do not have equal protection under the 14th amendment as "people" because men's rights are guaranteed by specific language in the Constitution, but women's rights are not mentioned.”

Republicans have been spewing hateful, ignorant nonsense for a long time, but they ramped up their tourette’s after the 2010 election and despite the most racist, anti-homosexual, anti-women, anti-worker and frankly anti-American rhetoric, they’ve been excused with a wink and a nod, and childish postulations that “both sides do it”.  So the idea that another Republican said something inflammatory should come as no surprise.

Enter Mike Huckabee:

“…if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it….”

According to Huckabee cutting off all aid to reproductive benefits would be a demonstration of respect for women.  But shouldn’t Uncle Sugar also stop providing viagra, penis pumps and penile implants for men? What is it anyway with these guys and sugar? Remember when Ted Cruz compared Obamacare to “getting hooked on the sugar”? 
The truth is, Republicans don't respect women. I’m not even sure they like them. In fact, I believe republican men hate their mothers.  Men who like and respect women don’t have ideas like this:

LaBruzzo  of Louisiana proposed that women who receive public welfare benefits receive $1,000 if they voluntarily chose to be sterilized.  It strikes me as an odd position for someone who wants to protect an embryo.

Dan Burton sponsored an amendment that would promote contraception for wild horses while he voted against contraception for women. 

Chris Smith of Nebraska felt pregnancies resulting in women who were raped while drugged or intoxicated, mentally incapable, or victims of date rape should not be considered  the result of “forcible rape”.  

Dakota Rep. Phil Jensen proposed to make homicide permissible if committed by a person while resisting an attempt to harm that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child...making it legal to murder doctors who perform abortions. A kind of pre-natal “stand your ground”.

Two Maryland Republican officials, C. Paul Smith and Kirby Delauter, justified their decision to cut Head Start by saying that women should really be married and home with their kids, thus rendering the program unnecessary.

Charles “throw grandma off the train” Grassley is against protections from domestic abuse for LGBT individuals and undocumented immigrants. He even opposes Native American tribes having the right to prosecute the crimes committed against them.  A white man can murder a Native American and by law, not be sentenced to more than 3 years (for decades the maximum sentence was one year).

Romney and Ryan both supported personhood. In fact, Ryan also cosponsored a federal personhood bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009, which declares that a fertilized egg is entitled to the exact same legal rights as a human being.

Remember Todd Akin? His views weren’t that unusual. He actually joined a long line of Republican sexual psychos.

The Republicans have been crazy for a long time.

In 1988, in an abortion debate Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, the Legislature's leading abortion foe, said:

"It is almost but not quite impossible to become pregnant on the basis of rape. The odds are one in millions and millions and millions. And there is a physical reason for that....Rape, obviously, is a traumatic experience. When that traumatic experience is undergone, a woman secretes a certain secretion, which has a tendency to kill sperm."

In 1995, Republican Representative Henry Aldridge debated a proposal to eliminate a state abortion fund for poor women:

"The facts show that people who are raped...who are truly raped...the juices don't flow, the body functions don't work and they don't get pregnant.... "Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever."

In 2003, Democrats sought to block the appointment of  James Leon Holmes, a Bush nominee to a Federal Judgeship. Among other things, Holmes had written in a 1997 article that 

“concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.”

Even stupid, self-centered Republican men have the right to their beliefs, I just don’t want them imposed on me. Besides, I respect the opinions of people who speak from experience and have a stake in the outcome of the problem they seek to resolve. To my way of thinking, if Republican men really want to have credibility about women's reproductive issues, they should get knocked up. Until then, I for one would appreciate it if they would just shut the f**k up.


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