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…I was still stubbornly attending Republican activities.
I did however, have the chance to vent a little as I did on Apr 21st. 2002, in a column for Not Eudora which began:
I am a mass murderer. Now mind you, I’m not talking about just any old, garden variety, mass murder but the world’s most massive holocaust ever. My crime is so vast that it dwarfs the nazi death camps, the Soviet purges, and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge all rolled into one.
Four years and two more Republican candidacies (2002 and 2004) later I finally started attending Democratic Precinct Caucuses. I may go back to the Republicans to attempt a rescue of Abraham Lincoln but my favorite precinct caucus of all time will forever be the DFL caucuses of 2008 in which swarms of like-minded Obama supporters flooded the Democratic caucuses to give Obama the lead in Duluth.
Obama reminds me of my favorite Kansas politician Dwight David Eisenhower. Of course, both men had Mothers from Kansas. So did I.
But they are too stingy with tax dollars to pay for their medical care. That’s God’s problem.
As its compassionate physician author notes:
“It is one thing for families (or a mother) to [choose] to take this on; it’s quite another to force them.”
North Dakota’s GOP has taken the lead on fighting abortion having made it illegal from six weeks after conception.
That’s one part of their recent legislative action.
The law that really cranked my chain was the one the forbade the abortion of any fetus because of a disability. Its supposed to be a high minded Godly law, proof that the GOP cares about children. Tosh. The GOP doesn’t give a shit about children or their parents. The story I was sent about the state of Minnesota doing its best not to fund special education proves my point.
North Dakota Women carrying disabled babies must now give birth to them but can expect no help from taxpayers to help them raise or educate their disabled children. That’s the GOP today. Its a party of no-nothings, hypocrites and assholes. They’ll spend tax money like Indiana to give well-heeled parents a way to avoid public schools that are stuck teaching the disabled children that Republicans are unwilling to levy taxes to educate. Or like in Nebraska they will refuse to fund neo-natal care if there is the smallest chance some wet back from Mexico might have her fetus examined at public expense.
Don’t worry I haven’t offended by Buddy. He told me he stopped reading my blog because I was so unfair to Republicans.
If I do go to the next GOP precinct caucuses I’ll have a couple questions.
BTW. If I do run for the School Board I hope someone throws my line about no-nothings, hypocrites and assholes at me. Its just the kind of thing I would expect from an asshole.
Oh, and how can I resist mentioning the efforts of the GOP to protect children from their Gay parents. The GOP may no longer want to be tagged with that public stand but there is little doubt the protesters against gay marriage out in front of the Supreme Court today are all Republicans, Senator Portman be damned.
…and leave a lot of droppings in the GOP’s coup.
I find it ironic that the GOP which in the Reagan years once vilified (correctly) the Democrats for being a bunch of special interests is now suffering the same fate having become a party of its own special interests. This point was brought home by two stories in the press today on how the public has retreated from two central guideposts of the GOP cannon.
From the DNT’s first Page – “Support for legal abortion continunes to grow”:
As if to further bolster the argument that liberalism is having a resurgence in the United States, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that, for the first time ever, a majority of Americans – 54 percent – now believe abortion should be legal all or most of the time. Even more broadly, a full 70 percent believe that Roe v. Wade – the controversial decision that, 40 years ago, guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion, at least in the first trimester of pregnancy – should not be overturned.
Darned DNT doesn’t have their story on its site. I got this from the Christian Science Monitor (A paper that my Dad subscribed to for years) The DNT’s story mentions that ten years ago rather than 54% it was only 44 percent of the public that believed abortion should be legal. More critically the number of Republicans who feel intensely about this issue is shrinking.
The other poll issue was on page three and was about making it easier for illegal immigrants to enter the US. Once again the DNT’s story is only in newsprint. This comes from ABC:
“More than 6 in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans’ opinions after the 2012 elections.(the story goes on to say that two years ago instead of 60% support it was only 47% support.
Two more GOP special interests that have taken a big hit are the NRA’s no compromise Second Amendment enthusiasts and the religious lobby that wants to keep gays closeted or make them normal. Expect the GOP’s Global warming and science deniers to fall from grace next.
I’ve waited for this all to happen since 1992 when I made my first break with the GOP and ran a quixotic independent campaign for Congress. I returned to the fold afterwords for about ten years but was kept on the margin by the new leaders of the party that were happy to go to conventions and explain that folks like me were the worst butchers in the history of the world. I guess they were accommodationists because after publicly announcing that I was worse than Papa Stalin, Adolph Hitler and Mao combined they were always very nice to me.
As my buddy (who seems to have given up emailing me) often says I’ve got my undies in a bunch over Republicans when Democrats can be expected to overreach with their rhetoric. It makes me think that before I die I should start attending GOP caucuses again (since my political future went over the cliff twenty ago) on the off chance that I can bring a little Lincoln pragmatism back to the party.
I have some personal theories about both parties and their excesses during my lifetime. I think that the GOP was overrun by College Republicans who all majored in business and decided that ethical considerations were a waste of time when short term tactics like stomping out independent thinking would lead to better election results and paychecks. In this regard they were as amoral as the mortgage industry’s specialists who approved unjustified home loans or Vatican priests who preferred to cover up and pay off the victims of clergy sexual abuse.
The book I hope to write someday will chronicle a different age when a similar sort ran the DFL in Northern Minnesota – political hacks with their hands out for government dollars.
Thus it was and ever shall be. Don’t believe me? Watch Spielberg’s Lincoln and enjoy the comic performance of James Spader as the 13th Amendment’s amoral, arm-twisting lobbyist.
I’m ready for a new set of racketeers to take over America. I just hope we get a long interim where idealists reign before they succumb to the pleasures of power.
…the only reply is outraged farce: Sorry, its too much for me to actually put on my blog. I know some rape victims.
I roared after she said to talk to your Doctor.
…who think the only legitimate rapes are “forcible” rapes.
Apparently the GOP’s US Senate candidate for Missouri, Congressman Todd Akin, has explained that women’s bodies somehow expel pregnancies caused by real honest to john rapes. This must mean that God is the GOP’s abortionist.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Far be it from me to say that Mr. Akin is a dimwit although since he now claims to have mispoken I can’t help but wonder if he is a liar.
“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year,”
It is Congressman Akin’s fellow Republicans in Congress who lead me to his question honesty since they are working very hard to clarify what constitutes a legitimate rape..
This has left me to wonder what a legitimate rape is and whether an incident I recall from my college days would pass Republican muster.
I had an athletic acquaintance who was six-foot-eight. He came back from a date late one night and, pleased with himself, told a few of us about the girl he had taken for a drive along the dark country roads of Blue Earth County. He stopped the car beside a farm field and told his date to submit to him or find her own way home in the dark on foot. She submitted for the ride back into town.
I wonder if God was called on to perform an abortion later that night or if God decided that the girl didn’t put up enough of a fight.
From the Daily Beast:
Gates believes that by focusing on the lives of women and children, and by making it clear that the agenda is neither coercive population control nor abortion, the controversy over international family-planning programs can be defused. Right now, she points out, 100,000 women annually die in childbirth after unintended pregnancies. Six hundred thousand babies born to women who didn’t want to be pregnant die in the first month of life. “She is somebody who really sees this as a public-health necessity,” says Melanne Verveer, the United States ambassador at large for global women’s issues. “I think she believes, and I hope she is right, that people of different political persuasions can come together on this issue.”
…to fight illegal immigration.
I missed going on the Internet at all yesterday I was so busy. I had a couple things I wanted to post about but this NPR story really was the chickens coming home to roost for me.
Long time readers know I’m pretty irritated with the self righteous zealotry of the GOP on the issue of abortion. Mississippi and North Dakota GOP legislators wanted to make fetuses citizens from conception on with all the Constitutional rights even if they were the products of rape or incest. That is a kind of laudable purity……..if indeed it stems from the belief that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception. I’ve always figured that for most elected Republicans its far more a matter of straitforward opportunism than religiously motivated purity. That seems to have been demonstrated in Nebraska recently when Republicans were given the chance to fund neo-natal health care for the unborn and a majority of them choked on paying for wetback fetuses.
You see the GOP is also adamantly against illegals and Nebraska legislators had to choose between sacred life and spending money on illegal immigrants. By a vote of 16 to 14 the anti-illegals GOP legislators chose fighting illegals over fighting for fetuses. They lost because Democrats voted for neo-natal care.
The measure would require the state to pay for prenatal care to low-income women who have entered the U.S. illegally. It would extend coverage to an estimated 1,162 fetuses each year at a cost of $650,000 in state money and $1.9 million in federal tax dollars.
The measure advanced through first of three required votes Tuesday night, 30-16. Fourteen of the “yes” votes came from Republicans, who joined with a contingent of typically out-numbered Democrats.
From 1972 until 2004 I tried to be a pro choice Republican. From the earliest years I’ve appreciated honest pro-lifers. But I’ve always known it was the herd instinct that made the GOP a pure anti-abortion party. Why Second Amendment types would care about abortion never made any sense to me. Why pro military types would care about it made no sense to me. Why anti-tax fans would care about it I had no idea other than to conclude the GOP was a collection of special interests who each scratched each other’s backs.
In recent years anti-immigration hardliners have made their way into the GOP. Now we know that for them the unborn of incest are sacred, the unborn of rape are sacred but the unborn of illegals are not.
If it nominates Mitt Romney it is. Which is why I don’t blame any of the RINO haters for trying to stop him:
Look at the graph below about teen pregnancy in the US.
I have a number of thoughts in reaction to it which I don’t have time to develop into a long blog post. Among them:
A. Teen parents are far more likely to be incompetent parents.
B. Their children are far more likely to do poorly in school and life.
C. As a result they will probably help drive America’s high costs of dealing with dysfunctional members of society while denying us more productive (high tax paying) members of society.
D. The political fight to lay the blame for our high rates of pregnancy has prevented us from adopting a successful preventative.
The liberal answer would be to follow the secular European model of offering frank sex ed., contraception, abortion and the recognition that wherever people have functioning genitals they will have babies.
The conserative answer – a religiously repressive model like in many Islamic nations of strict sex segregation and severe penalties for non approved sex.
I’ll stop with D but I’m sure I could add a lot more alphabet. I’ll simply end with this question. Which political party seems better poised to deal with the fact that 95% of Americans engage in premarital sex – the “liberal” one or the “conservative” one?
My Buddy sent two conflicting columns about the potential for a last minute Presidential bid by Governor Chris Christie. The first from the Atlantic’s sensible Meg McCardle says its silly to say the Governor’s girth would weigh him down. The other columnist writes a “Requiem” for the Governor’s putative bid explaining that his weight is symbolic of excess and insufficient will power.
I’ll confess I didn’t finish Meg’s column because I immediately agreed with her conclusion. Besides, I’ve seen Christie on videos and he is both quick witted, emotionally smart and sensible. Given the chance I have no doubt that he could win over the Republican sect of Christianity, why it might even become Christie-anity. That’s because, like the Republicans in 1952 finally winning back the Presidency after all those years of “deals” “New” and “Fair” meant Eisenhower was worth the abandonment of good ole Bobby Taft.
The only real qualification for a national endorsement for a Republican is that he/she be pro-life and Christie qualifies. All the other stuff is fluff. However, we’re not in the post convention portion of the race yet. While contemplating my reaction to the possibility of a Christie bubble bursting I heard a news story about the Republican crucifix to ward of liberal vampires, Herman Cain’s reaction to Christie. He’s throwing garlic at Christie as just another “librul.” You know, a climate changing, gun controlling wetback lover. I don’t think Cain’s other rivals will contradict the black crucifix.
The GOP hasn’t been out of the Oval Office long enough to warrant another Eisenhower candidacy – yet.
Population scholars like José Alberto Carvalho maintain a lively argument about the multiple components of Brazil’s fertility plunge. (“Don’t let anybody tell you they know for sure what caused the decline,” a demographer advised me at Cedeplar, the university-based study center in Belo Horizonte. “We’ll never have a winner as the best explanation.”) But if one were to try composing a formula for crashing a developing nation’s fertility rate without official intervention from the government—no China-style one-child policy, no India-style effort to force sterilization upon the populace—here’s a six-point plan, tweaked for the peculiarities of modern Brazil:
But its probably better than the purist pro-life alternative:
So what exactly happened in Universe 25? Past day 315, population growth slowed. More than six hundred mice now lived in Universe 25, constantly rubbing shoulders on their way up and down the stairwells to eat, drink, and sleep. Mice found themselves born into a world that was more crowded every day, and there were far more mice than meaningful social roles. With more and more peers to defend against, males found it difficult and stressful to defend their territory, so they abandoned the activity. Normal social discourse within the mouse community broke down, and with it the ability of mice to form social bonds. The failures and dropouts congregated in large groups in the middle of the enclosure, their listless withdrawal occasionally interrupted by spasms and waves of pointless violence. The victims of these random attacks became attackers. Left on their own in nests subject to invasion, nursing females attacked their own young. Procreation slumped, infant abandonment and mortality soared. Lone females retreated to isolated nesting boxes on penthouse levels. Other males, a group Calhoun termed “the beautiful ones,” never sought sex and never fought—they just ate, slept, and groomed, wrapped in narcissistic introspection. Elsewhere, cannibalism, pansexualism, and violence became endemic. Mouse society had collapsed.
From pro-lifer Andrew Sullivan who at least has open eyes:
Let me address Mr. Douthat’s sentence: “The tragedy of the world’s 160 million missing girls isn’t that they’re “missing.” The tragedy is that they’re dead.” He might not be aware of this, but sex-selective abortion was a big scandal in India about 10-15 years ago. Since the government got involved, started campaigns, and enacted laws to restrict the practice, India has gone back to worrying about the rise in the traditional methods of female population control: female infanticide. The process by which live female children are either drowned or buried alive or poisoned or have their skulls bashed in or otherwise disposed off like so many unwanted puppies and kittens. Very common in America, I’m sure.
This is an email I just received on a subject I’ve said little about of late:
Regarding abortion, maybe Republicans aren’t as out of step with their fellow humans as you seem to suggest.
I resolved a few days ago to stop endless tendentious email exchanges once I’d passed the “lets agree to disagree” point of any debate. However, this is the second reply I’ve composed but emailed to myself alone (and in this case posted to the blog). It would drive me nuts to ignore such email but it would drive me even nuttier to commence an endless circular exchange of repetitive emails. Emailing myself is a compromise for sanity.
I’ll still read interesting links sent to me and I did find the link in this email interesting and hopeful.
As the existing GOP keeps sealing itself behind a brick wall from the growing majorities of voters taking over the nation I expect that there will be other issues that will continue to turn the tide against the Grand Old Party. Sadly for a once proud Republican I’ve long agreed with many of these tide turning issues. But then, Republican Eleventh Amendment notwithstanding, I was just a RINO. Now I’m not.
Here’s the reply I emailed myself:
. . . I believe you are putting words in my mouth. (more…)
I get emails regularly from Worldview Weekend by “Brannon Howse and friends.”
Its an unrepentant combination of right wing politics, Christian fundementalism, and profiteering. I only recommend it to folks who want to know what sort of unsilliness is out there contaminating people’s minds with the aforementioned propaganda machine.
Today’s email hyped a new service that would allow folks who want to deprive “liberal” email operations of money and give it instead to Ronald Reagan’s relentlessly self promoting son Michael who presents himself as his Father’s reincarnation. Just how well he has been incarnated can be witnessed in this inaccurate Worldview hype suggesting that Ronald Reagan was a great abortion foe.
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Reagan was not as obsessive about anti-abortion legislation as he often seemed. Early in his California governorship he had signed a permissive abortion bill that has resulted in more than a million abortions. Afterward, he inaccurately blamed this outcome on doctors, saying that they had deliberately misinterpreted the law. When Reagan ran for president, he won backing from pro-life forces by advocating a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited all abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother. Reagan’s stand was partly a product of political calculation, as was his tactic after he was elected of addressing the annual pro-life rally held in Washington by telephone so that he would not be seen with the leaders of the movement on the evening news. While I do not doubt Reagan’s sincerity in advocating an anti-abortion amendment, he invested few political resources toward obtaining this goal.
I’d hate to think that Michael Reagan will be offering his anti-abortion email service just because there’s money to be made.
If you take this decision to its logical conclusion it would be preferable to the Catholic Church to shoot women than let them take the morning after pill.
Also, despite the fact that this decision led to the saving of a woman’s life (was the only way to save it in fact) the Catholic hierarchy regards this decision as an evil far worse than a church official buggering a choir-full of little boys. Only the first action that saved a life now calls for excommunication.
The word “catholic” means “universal” as in the “Universal church.” Thank goodness its not.
I didn’t know who Janet Porter was and Vic sent me a succinct email suggesting I not watch such “kooks.” So, I just googled her. She’s a heavyweight in her bailiwick. If she’s a kook she’s being given a lot of attention.
Similar Christian leaders, who know what God wants, have become heavyweights in GOP circles and have traveled to Uganda to encourage the passage of a law that would permit death sentences to be carried out against gay Ugandans.
Ignoring such people only lets them grow and thrive in the dark like bread mold. As I told Vic, I feel a need to shine a flashlight on them.