Friday, February 17, 2012

This Is Not America

This is just... stupefying.

I cannot add anything to this discussion, nor voice my stunned outrage as eloquently as these two do here, but WOW. I just never believed anything like this could happen here. Jesus H. Christ: these people are MANDATING that the government basically rape women who exercise a legal right to control their own bodies. The people promoting this should be jailed for tyranny.

(Dahlia Lithwick covers the same topic in Slate.)

I mean, honestly: who would support such a measure? No sane woman, certainly. But what man would support it? And what woman would want anything to do with such a man? How does a party at war with 51% of the population (and a sizeable chunk of the other 49% who support the 51%) remain viable? How can we possibly be having this discussion in 2012 America?

I have never in my lifetime witnessed anything more outrageous than this.

(And why are men never the focus of these draconian tactics? Why, for example, are not the fathers of the--presumably--illegitimate children not imprisoned and forced to pay for the children they've fathered?)

I keep thinking it can't get worse, and I'm shocked and ashamed almost daily to see how wrong I am.


CyberKitten said...

Absolutely IN-CRED-IBLE.

The Land of the Free, eh?

wunelle said...

Absolutely shameful. Apparently these folks think "freedom" means freedom to impose their will on everyone else. Hard not to hate such people.

wunelle said...

A fascinating quote from Canadian Psychologist Robert Altemeyer about the "authoritarian personality:"

"They are highly submissive to established authority, aggressive in the name of that authority and conventional to the point of insisting everyone should behave as their authorities decide. They are fearful and self-righteous and have a lot of hostility in them that they readily direct toward various out-groups. They are easily incited, easily led, rather un-inclined to think for themselves, largely impervious to facts and reason and rely instead on social support to maintain their beliefs. They bring strong loyalty to their in-groups, have thick-walled, highly compartmentalized minds, use a lot of double standards in their judgments, are surprisingly unprincipled at times and are often hypocrites."

This is like a spooky blueprint for building more of those currently in control of the American right wing.

Vancouver Voyeur said...

I've been recruiting women to sign petitions on many of these tactics, first Congress holding contraception discussions to which no woman was "qualified" to participate, only men, and next the Virginia legislature passing measures to grant personhood to fertilized eggs and make all contraception illegal. Holy shit MFers! What freakin century are you living in. You cry out against Muslims and Sharia law, yet you're just as bad. What is going on with all these crazies coming out of the woodwork?

wunelle said...

It's ABSOLUTELY an attempt to mandate sharia law. I listened to a bit of Diane Rehm a day or two ago where they discussed this. A listener wrote in and said "How DARE you presume to speak for ALL women when you express your outage! Women of conscience agree with Santorum when he feels the moral choice is for a woman to keep her knees together."

How does one combat this self-abnegation? How to help someone bent on their own subjugation? If the caller hates birth control, no one is forcing her to use it. Why is this concept so difficult?

lacochran's evil twin said...

And we have the nerve to complain about the Taliban.

wunelle said...