God and a Super PAC Make Pretty Cozy Bedfellows This Election Season!
by Debra Chappell
View from the Front Porch:
Mood Reading: ZZZ’s (howling wind last night – someone needs to tell Mother Nature that Winter is bullying our newly arrived Autumn!)
Thus far in my illustrious career as a blogger, I have tried to remain non-political on this page as not to offend my so-called “reading demographic”, god forbid. (Notice I did not say apolitical. I am not apolitical, but I can be non-political for short bursts of time, mostly when I’ve had a sedative along with that second glass of Sauvignon Blanc.) So… against my intuitive tendencies, I have tried to find myriad subjects to write about that don’t involve the upcoming presidential election. This has been only marginally successful — and so categorically against my nature that I find I am not only tongue tied when trying to avoid the subject, but can simply no longer contain myself.
Besides, for anyone who knows me and has witnessed my prior campaign organizing, traipsing around hill and dell plastering the countryside with Obama signs, risking life and limb on the conservative doorsteps of a county overwhelmingly enthusiastic about their gun and private property rights, I’m not fooling anyone with some absurd notion of my feigned objectivity.
Hey, we are all adults here. I trust the intelligence of my readership and think we can all handle it just fine if we don’t always agree. Though I’d certainly understand if you wanted to avoid the blog for the next two weeks until after the election, I would rather see you offer a dissenting comment and/or thoughtful discussion at the end of it. I would love nothing more than to see an open an honest debate by those most affected by today’s topic rather than the entire issue being hijacked altogether and redistributed to a bunch of white guys in suits who have no idea of what they’re talking about (and are probably NOT in my “reading demographic” anyway.) I am of course speaking about the subject of women’s reproductive rights…abortion, freedom of choice, call it what you will.
Yesterday yet another politician running for office — Richard Mourdock — opined in his local Senate debate that even in cases of rape and incest, any resulting pregnancy “is something that God intended to happen” and therefore would not qualify as an “exception” in any proposed abortion legislation. Both of the quotes in that last sentence make my skin crawl, and should set off the alarm bells in anyone with two X chromosomes.
First it was Todd Aikin claiming divine intervention vis-a-vis slamming fallopian tubes that could somehow distinguish between the shock and ahhh of friendly fire and a legitimate hostile assault by Conan the Barbarian sperm. These are just two in the latest crop of GOP candidates possessing the same misguided notion that they are not only judge, jury and witness in the legal definition of rape, but are exclusively on God’s Twitter account for immediate notification of when precisely, a woman’s egg is fertilized… presumably before she even knows it herself! (As if God would choose the most untrustworthy among us — the smarmy politician — to impart this most delicate, private and intimate information on the rest of us.) The scary thing is, there are several others lined right up there behind them, including Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who believe they alone have been anointed “God Inabsentia” as well! And if you think for a moment that this is not a problem, that candidate Mitt Romney is more moderate than these extremists, and that he respects women’s legal reproductive rights and family planning choices , then I’ve got a truckload of condoms to sell you only ever so slightly used.
What these candidates ALL have in common (including Governor Romney) is that they have all, to a man, supported the Personhood Amendment – that says that life begins when sperm meets egg… no foreplay, no champagne, end of argument, end of discussion. The recently converted “moderate” Romney has claimed recently in a campaign stop “there is no legislation regarding abortion that I’m aware of that would become part of my agenda” as President. But mark my words, there would be in a hot minute if even a handful of these self-proclaimed fertility deciples make it into the Senate, a frighteningly real possibility. And Governor Romney is on the record saying he’d not only be delighted to sign such legislation – but is in favor of overturning Roe V Wade as well, calling it “a bad law and bad medicine.” The Personhood Amendment isn’t limited to the unsavory business of abortion and unwanted pregnancies either. It would ban stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, some types of birth control and more.
Who it is exactly, that is going to be available to raise, nurture, feed, educate and financially support all these unwanted babies that a Romney out-of-my-business-but-not-my-bedroom, smaller, “less intrusive” government would force to be born is anybody’s guess. If Romney wins this election, there won’t be Planned Parenthood for preventative care, Obamacare for obstetric care, or even Big Bird around to keep the screaming toddlers sufficiently entertained. And I’d bet my last trickled down dollar that the jokers in suits blowing this insidious hot air inside the belt way have no intention of staying home to baby sit either.
Couldn’t have been better stated by you and the other replies! Believe in separation of church & state! Believe overpopulation has dangerous side effects. If one googles abortion statistics in us…it’s no surprise who has higher rates. And then to take away birth control! That should be free along with condoms! Not to mention mandatory for drug/ alcohol addicts! Egadds! Oh when will they ever learn!
Thanks for speaking your mind, Debbie! Dittos from me.
This really just the tip of our National Iceberg!
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
Personhood Amendment, Anti-abortion, Pro-life…perhaps is better defined as – Pro-BIRTH.
What happens to the QUALITY of that ‘sanctified person’s’ life?
If we are so pro-life, would we need Backpack Buddies in Douglas County to feed hungry school children?
Would Nevada have the Death Penalty if we were truly Pro-life?
Would we be listening to state representatives and senate candidates arguing about where they can get the best bang for their budget cut? Would our children be dropping out and looking to gangs for belonging and significance rather than finding themselves sufficiently valued in family and school.
There is an Ancient Proverb, “If you save a life, you are forever responsible for that person”.
If these GUYS are going to legislate birth on the grounds of moral values, then they need to “pone-up” and pay for the health care, education and standard of living adequate for all these children to thrive and participate meaningfully in our society. And, no handing it off to Catholic Charities and FISH and Food Closet and Family Support Council, who have to fight for dollars to help these struggling mothers and children!!
It really ought not to be a partisan issue but a humanitarian one.
Bottom line for me, (I agree with Sharon) if you don’t want an abortion, don’t have one. What any other woman does is none of my concern. Far be it from me to judge.
p.s. To Linda’s point, The 1012 Global Gender Gap Report released 10/23/12 by the World Economic Forum reports the the US has dropped from 17 to 22 in world standing despite all the talk this year about women’s rights and gender equality.
Better get Heller on the record on this…same with Krolicki, Amodei and maybe even those rubber stamps on the Douglas County Board of Supervisors.
I forgot Sandoval-the invisible man-ikan.
You go girl!!! Women need to realize we should get the healthcare of our choice. Many have differing views but I’m tired of politicians who think big government has the right to stick their nose into my values and choices!
I Totally agree with your review on these recent shockingly absurd statements surrounding sending women back to the Medieval/witch-hunting days of yore where male dominance ruled all aspects of a female’s life not only reproductive choices. We have the opportunity to focus on birth control and eliminating unwanted pregnancies. Allowing women equal opportunities for achievement, contribution to society, parity in pay are far better issues to resolve. Have we progressed a centimeter in human rights? I too have wondered why the Repubs tout less government influence in our lives and the medical matter of abortion, and gay rights place the GOP in positions of bedroom police! HIPPA may have something to say about an individual’s medical procedures being keep confidential as is all other medical information. Thank you Deb for putting this topic out for local discussion. One more reason why a thinking, educated, civil and diverse populous will elect a Statesman, not a” salesman-in-chief” to lead our next four years !
Admire your courage and writing talent . Totally agree with everything. If Mit wins 99% of us lose. We can only hope that the 1% with their unlimited resources won’t prevail now or ever.
HOORAY for you! I completely agree with you. If a woman does not believe in abortion, she should not have one. If a man does not believe in abortion, then he should not have one either. I respect their right to their opinions, but in America, neither this previously mentioned woman or man has the right to force their abortion opinions on me. They do not have the right to prevent me, my daughters, or any woman from our right to choice the best decisions for our own health and lives. The right to make a choice to protect MY health belongs to me and only me.
I find it astonishing that conservative Republicans including Todd Akins, Richard Mourdock, and Paul Ryan give themselves permission to try to force their abortion opinions on women especially at the same time they proclaim their support of small government = Irony #1.
I’m very proud of you for stating your thoughts in a public forum, especially in conservative Douglas County, Nevada. I love that this county is named after Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas = Irony #2.
PS-1. I agree with Gail. Deb for Senate!
PS-2. Having these passionate discussions is a good example of how seriously we Americans take our democracy. Respecting each others’ right to free speech is the foundation of our government. Defacing or removing the opposition’s campaign signs violates our protected free speech. Why do some people think that “free speech” means only their speech?
PS-3. As Clinton said, you got “lots of brass” – you rock!
I defer to Stephen Colbert’s take on the politics of the issue: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/420541/october-24-2012/richard-mourdock-s-rape-comment
Thank you for this Steve, HILARIOUS!! You’re still one of my favorite Repub. friends!!
Abortion is a moral issue…not to be used as birth control, period. And that is the issue, but there are many women that use it that way and that is the biggest problem. It is immoral to kill a living being….except in the case of rape.
Thank you for reading and commenting Val. Though we may respectfully disagree, I appreciate your considered and well stated comment.
Your best blog yet, Ms Chappell!! You are one fabulous and ballsy chick and I applaude you sooooo much for having the guts to go political….you are so smart and right on…..you really MUST run for office….you’d be our newest national treasure!