Friday, August 24, 2007

The infamous right-wing extremists

I generally try to stay out of the abortion debate because it's such a complex issue but, being as I lack a uterus, I generally believe it's not really my place to decide moral issues for others.

There are certainly those that don't feel that way. In fact, they feel a need to enforce their own morality on everyone else.
Eighty six anti-abortion groups have committed to opposing all forms of contraception. Among the groups are Right to Life of Kansas, Pro-Life Ohio, the Life League of New Mexico, North Dakota Right to Life, Connecticut Right to Life, California Right to Life, and the Delaware Pro-life Coalition. However, few of these state's media outlets are covering the groups' opposition to contraception--no matter how eager the groups are to display their extreme agenda. Thus the public doesn't know that their elected officials are pandering to anti-birth control forces in order to secure these groups' support. Yet these groups and their unpopular and dangerous agenda escape notice. Because of this, we'll wake up one day to discover that almost half the candidates running for president are opposed to contraception. Maybe tomorrow?

It just boggles my mind that these supposedly pro-life assholes will also be opposed to all forms of contraception. Hello, McFly! Using a condom will prevent more abortions! Isn't that your goal? Obviously it's not, because their goal is to prevent anyone but those that are married from having sex and then only if they don't enjoy it.

Let's see what the Republicans have to say about the issue:
Mr. Romney's code, deciphered, meant, "I, like you, hope to reclassify the most commonly used forms of contraceptives as abortions." In fact, he told the crowd, he already had some practice redefining contraception: "I vetoed a so-called emergency contraception bill that gave young girls abortive drugs without prescription or parental consent."

Presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, beefed up his anti-contraception resume by co-sponsoring a bill to de-fund the nation's largest contraception provider, Planned Parenthood, by excluding it from Title X family planning for the poor. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's campaign officials boast he has "consistently voted against taxpayer-funded contraception programs." And Mr. McCain reports that his adviser on sexual-health matters is Sen. Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, who leads campaigns claiming condoms are unsafe and opposing emergency contraception.

Another presidential candidate, Rep. Tom Tancredo, like Mr. Romney, has ventured far into the "contraception-is-abortion" territory. According to Mr. Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, emergency contraception "cheapens human life and simply uses a woman's body to dispose of the child instead of a doctor." By the same logic, so do the birth control pill, the contraceptive patch, the IUD, the NuvaRing, and the Depo-Provera shot - which, it's worth noting, together account for 40 percent of the birth control American women use.

These people are either wackos or pandering to the wackos. Either way we've got to keep them out of office. These people will not rest until they roll back the clock to the 50's or whatever other supposedly idyllic time they like to imagine. And I truly believe that applies to racial matters as well. For many examples check out Paul Krugman's devastating editorial in today's NY Times on the Republicans' racist "tendancies." Since you have to pay for the online version I'll type out the two money paragraphs:
And if you look at the success of the G.O.P. since it was taken over by movement conservatives, they had very little to do with public opposition to taxes, moral values, perceived strength on national security, or any of the other explanations usually offered. To an almost embarrassing extent, they all come down to just five words: southern whites starting voting Republican.

In fact, I suspect that the underlying importance of race to the Republican base is the reason Rudy Giuliani remains the front-runner for the G.O.P. nomination, despite his serial adultery and his past record as a social liberal. Never mind moral values: what really matters to the base is that Mr. Giuliani comes across as an authoritarian, willing in particular to crack down on you-know-who.

It frustrates me that the true face of this party is so often ignored or explained away by our media. These people want to ban birth control pills! This is a battle that seemed to be over nearly half a decade ago and they're still trying to fight it, even if they have to do it covertly because most of the country would recoil in horror if they saw the truth.

Oh, and speaking of guys like Sam Brownback, I recently took a quiz to match up my beliefs with the various presidential candidates. Here were my results:
Dennis Kucinich 93.42 %
Bill Richardson 82.89 %
John Edwards 79.74 %
Chris Dodd 76.84 %
Barack Obama 76.58 %
Hillary Clinton 74.47 %
Joe Biden 70.26 %
Sam Brownback 46.32 %
Ron Paul 42.89 %
Rudy Guiliani 37.63 %
John McCain 34.47 %
Mitt Romney 26.58 %
Mike Huckabee 26.32 %
Tom Tancredo 22.63 %
Duncan Hunter 17.89 %
Fred Thompson 14.74 %

I fully expected Kucinich to be at the top for me but Bill Richardson in second kind of surprised me. I've been somewhat impressed with him but he always struck me as a little more conservative than maybe I gave him credit for.

The other shock was the fact that I agreed more with Sam Brownback than any of the other R's. Looking through his answers he's opposed to the death penalty, believes global warming is being caused by humans (yet another position where the standard GOP belief is way out of the mainstream), is opposed to many of Bush's spy programs, and opposes Bush's escalation in Iraq. It kind of boggles my mind that he's nuts when it comes to just about everything else.

I'm most glad that I agreed least with Fred Thompson since I can't stand that old bag of crap. If anyone wants to take it I'd be interested in seeing some of your scores. If not that's fine too, you bunch of Republican-coddling sellouts with your fat paychecks...

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Blogger rcombs said...

Dennis Kucinich 88.97 %
Bill Richardson 77.94 %
John Edwards 74.26 %
Hillary Clinton 72.79 %
Barack Obama 71.32 %
Chris Dodd 69.85 %
Joe Biden 67.65 %
Rudy Guiliani 45.59 %
Ron Paul 40.44 %
Sam Brownback 38.97 %
John McCain 38.97 %
Mike Huckabee 25.00 %
Mitt Romney 25.00 %
Fred Thompson 22.06 %
Tom Tancredo 19.12 %
Duncan Hunter 15.44 %

Here are my results. Is Ron Paul that guy we were making fun of in Ames?

10:06 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yeah, Ron Paul (or one of his supporters) had the "Honk if you speak English" banner on an RV.

9:19 AM  
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