From The “Are You Fucking Kidding Me?” File

Oh Darn! I almost made it a month with a political diatribe.

Expounding on the idiotic and outrageous behavior of an alarming number of Republican party members is getting to be pretty hackneyed so I’m just posting this under the “Are you fucking kidding me?” heading. Giving you the benefit-of-doubt for being as morally indignant as I am by their conduct.

excerpt via Huffington Report

A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.

House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”

“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says.

Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it “blatantly unconstitutional” on Thursday.

“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“

The bill is unlikely to pass, as Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico’s state legislature.

That they throw in “The bill is unlikely to pass…” makes me queasy because this means in some alternate universe the idea that it would be passable is plausible.

Did the Republicans Learn Anything?

Day one after the election and time to reflect: Did the Republicans Learn Anything? Here’s what I think are the top eight lessons they should have learned.

1. Do not speak of rape—ever, unless it is to vilify the perpetrator, not the victim.

2. Do not confuse biology with  ideology-or any other -ology such as climatology, or ecology, etc.

3. Obstructing Constitutional Rights should not be the aim of your candidacy.

4. You are not my doctor, spouse, family member or friend, stay out of my vagina, medical decisions, marriage, and bedroom.

5. Women are not lesser than.

6. Do not blame the media for reporting on your blatant lies, and distortions of facts. Integrity matters, eventually.

7. As a nation, we do not want to be divided, stop fueling our differences.

8. God is not your running mate.

Now that the election is over I hope both parties will recognize that compromise is the backbone of politics and what the citizenry wants and needs to see is our leaders coming together for the benefit of all.

Do You Really Trust GOP Conservatives?

I have to ask—do you really trust GOP Conservatives with the well-being of our nation? Especially, the desperate to please the 1%, current candidates Romney and Ryan.

Their platform is more about controlling the rights of others and forcing all American’s to conform to their personal views of morality and values, rather than protecting the general well-being of all Americans and protecting our right to live by our own moral compass. From my perspective their values and goals are rather dubious.

Individuality is a hallmark trait of Americans stemming from our fierce independence streak, but we are a diverse and generous people who usually temper our staunch “If it’s to be it’s up to me” mentality with an understanding that we don’t all start out life at the top of the mountain and need to rely on one another to survive. Or it used to be that way. Republican don’t seem to be embracing the American ideals these day nor are they our parent’s Republicans of yore.

This new breed of Republican comes with a troubling lack of self-awareness, and humility coupled with a widespread irrational belief that they know better than we, how to live our lives. They demonize the poor, immigrants, and unemployed, disparage the working class for not working hard enough, and battle imaginary threats to their religion and wealth. Led of course by those nefarious Liberals.

These Republicans who’ve been born into luck, by virtue race or gender, raised in affluence, in the right town, able to attend the right college, or marry into the right family— they who deny that these attributes are not privileges everyone has at their disposal—wear blinder they donned themselves.

They are blind to the plight of most of Americans because they don’t like them, don’t want to be them, don’t want to see them, or help them. They want money, power, and to live unchallenged.

And evidently they will lie, steal and back-stab the American people to get what they want, striding over our Constitutional rights as if those rights are not worth the paper they are written on.

They deny claims of privilege as if they’ve had to work as hard, and struggle as much as the 47% Romney denigrated. They deny advantage available only to them, and that it had anything to do with their success. That all anyone has to do to get where they are, is to work harder and smarter and to do so without accepting or expecting help from the government—because they judge everyone as if there is a level playing field.

I don’t begrudge anyone their lot in life, not even the wealth well heeled. It is not an issue of fairness, just happenstance. Deserve is never a quality when it comes to life’s advantages or disadvantages. Being privy to all the advantages in life is not a guarantee of ones success or happiness. And this is not an indictment of the 1% whose world view is bigger than their ego, or their bank account. I admire people who work hard despite their privileges, and work to elevate those around them. Qualities that are not tied to income levels.

These people know life’s steep grade is infinitely more scalable when you start out closer to the peak with handholds, and a rope tethered to you than it is to scrabble-up from the bottom without any safety equipment, without anyone ahead of you reaching back to give you hand.

They know what any military personnel will tell you—it is easier to ascend obstacles with help of those who’ve gone before you, and you don’t leave people behind.

The GOP-Conservatives-the Religious Right-those 1% who try to buy elections to further their personal agendas, seem to have acquired a complex.

…feel persecuted or oppressed whenever they find someone that doesn’t share their particular worldview…whose claims of persecution are better explained as annoyance at the removal of privilege or the curtailment of their ability to force their views on to others. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Persecution_complex

Their world view is myopic, misanthropical segregation. They embody the very definition of Persecution Complex—

People that suffer from persecution complex tend to believe that others are out to get or hurt them in some way. Their fears are utterly unfounded in reality and at times exaggerated paranoia and it reflects a belief that everyone has it in for them. Symptoms of persecution complex may be seen when the person interacts in normal ways and then over-reacts to perceived wrongs.

These are not the people I want to entrust with our future, our government, the environment, diplomacy, taxes, health care, education, etc, etc, etc. We deserve better than Romney and Ryan.

G.O.P. Claim Rights God-Given?

Let’s examine the first line of the second section of the G.O.P. Platform, We The People: A Restoration of Constitutional Government.

“We are the party of the Constitution, the solemn compact which confirms our God-given individual rights and assures that all Americans stand equal before the law.”

Whoa! When did they find that page of the bible? That statement alone offends and goes against the first clause of the First Amendment.

“The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion,”

I hate to break it to the Republican Party but our individual rights were assured us by the Constitution and its amendments which is most assuredly NOT a religious document, not written or endorsed by any god.

It was, and is based on ideology deliberately separate from religion so that no religion, or religious leaders could  interfere with the governing of our society. Thereby assuring all citizens individual rights. It was so important they made it the first clause, of the First Amendment. How could the G.O.P. get this important point so wrong?

I have no problem with debating issues of economy, jobs, military, energy, environment, no matter how far apart our ideas. I can respect that there are other ways of doing things, other lenses in which one can view these issues, and that compromise is how we solve these differences.

But I can not respect the incredulous statements made in much of this section of the G.O.P.’s platform. Most of which is about controlling the private lives of others, governing other people’s moral choices and/or values. They’ve made issues of things that they have no right to make part of their political agenda. It goes against everything America stands for.

I find it incredibly tiresome to hear the Republican Party’s claims that there has been war declared on religion.  They are the warmongers who have necessitated a push back against using religious influence to control, and manipulate the populace.  It is the corrupting influence of power that degrades religion and hurts our society by pitting us against one another.

This fostering of all or nothing outcomes has become the G.O.P. modus operandi, declaring war on those who don’t agree with them because “If you aren’t with us, you’re against us.”

Instead of bringing us together, respecting our differences, the G.O.P. continues to divide us with their insistence that they know better than anyone else how to live a responsible life guided by values and morals.

Thanks G.O.P. but I’ll make those decision for myself.

 

 

Republican Romney Crying Poor Mouth?

I got home just in time to catch last nights episode of Wives of the GOP. Poised and passionate Ann Romney started out a bit slow but once she received her first standing-O she really came alive and read her lines with sincerity at last nights Republican National Convention.

I have no doubt Ann believes her husband to be an upstanding, dedicated, hard worker. Not would I deny that he hasn’t earned his paychecks.  So why were we being beat over the head with the “we work for our money and there is no shame in being successful” bat? The tall tale of the Romney’s pulling themselves up by their bootstraps from austere beginnings? Gag. I doubt their poor mouth tale has teeth.

I don’t begrudge anyone their success, whatever way they define it, good for them. But, Ann going on about how they ate tuna off an ironing board table as if they were poor common folk? Surely you jest?

They weren’t poor, they were living off dividends from stocks his father left him. Mitt might have been working his tail off at the time trying to get his business off the ground but he wasn’t doing it while also working to keep  roof over his head and food on the table. Get real dude.

Maybe that felt like you were poor and struggling. But reality check—when you have money coming in you didn’t work for, that ain’t poor, that’s privileged. Which I also don’t begrudge the guy. It would be stupid not to use any advantages or opportunity we have at our disposal.

The ugly here is how insulting it was to play at being poor when so many are suffering the effects of this economic downturn more acutely than those who created and caused it. Sadly, there is shame in that.

Sept 11, 2012-Update: Ann Romney admitted to lying about her and Mitt being poor, or struggling. In fact they lived quite well off his stocks. It’s not really important to tell the truth only what you think people want to hear. Let’s all take a minute to reflect on the awesomeness of the Republican party’s credibility. Oh, wait, they don’t any. http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981621887