Politicians Gone Stupid

War on women? With Sandra Fluke? She’s 30, for God’s sake. She’s still in school. She wants me to kick in ten bucks a month for her birth control? Here, I’ll give you ten. Just shut up for a second, okay? This woman, Jay, the war on women, for God’s sake…This chick’s like Moan of Arc, come on. — Dennis Miller

Once upon a time there were different kinds of Republicans. There were once moderates. There were even some liberal ones. Now, it seems like most Republicans are conservative. And not the kind of conservatives that you can reason with. No, the Republican party is quickly becoming the party of choice for people who are in-fucking-sane.

This election season has brought us Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives who wanted to expel Muslims from the United States and supported the idea of instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children”. Fuqua claimed Muslims are the “anti-Christ” and are all conspiring to create a bloody revolution. He also believes that liberals are the “enemies of Christianity” and are in an alliance with other haters of Christianity. And just when you think he couldn’t get more nuts, Fuqua wrote that he believes that Obama has a “well-documented history with both the Muslim religion and Communism.” He thinks that these views are well-accepted by most people which, if that’s true, is a scary thought. His views were publicly reported at the same time that news broke that Representative Jon Hubbard, also a Republican from Arkansas, endorsed the idea that slaves were better off being captured and shipped to the United States than they were to stay in Africa. To say that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” is just despicable. And if that level of nuttiness from an Arkansas Republican isn’t enough, we have the “wonderful” Loy Mauch. Loy Mauch supports slavery, as well. He organized an event with a keynote address in favor of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, which makes sense because Mauch is a card-carrying member (assuming they have cards) of the neo-Confederate group The League of the South–a white separatist organization that promotes the idea of southern states seceding from the United States and forming a southern republic. He’s also a big fan of the Confederate flag, which he views as a symbol of Jesus Christ. (I don’t remember anything about the American Civil War being mentioned in the Bible.) And Doyle Webb, the chair of the Arkansas GOP, is also a bit nutty because he said:

The reported statements made by Hubbard and Fuqua were highly offensive to many Americans and do not reflect the viewpoints of the Republican Party of Arkansas. While we respect their right to freedom of expression and thought, we strongly disagree with those ideas. It’s unfortunate the Democratic Party of Arkansas is attempting to hold onto one-party control by engaging in distractions that do nothing to put hardworking Arkansans back to work and rebuild our economy.

Yep, it’s the fault of the Democratic Party that the Republican Party has card carrying racists on the ticket. Way to go, guys. At least that state’s party has no intention to make any future donations to Mauch, Hubbard and Fuqua. Any politician or group asked about donations made to the three seemed to state that they didn’t agree with any of what they said. I don’t understand how they weren’t able to research the guys before they contributed to them to make sure that they weren’t helping bigots get elected.

We’ve also had Representative Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, say that though the legacy of slavery was an ugly moment in American history, the situation now is worse. He continued by saying that the nation is coming to the end of its existence because it isn’t sticking to biblical teachings. Apparently, Americans have moved too far from God. He blamed the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado on that move from God’s teachings. He also wanted the Obama administration aides investigated for supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

There are the anti-gay Republicans who promote basically the same idea that the Westboro Baptist Church has when it comes to blaming all of the world’s ills on gays. Those would include the GOP candidate for Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice seat, Roy Moore. This idea would be laughable if it was being promoted by the mockery that is the WBC. It isn’t laughable when it is being promoted by someone who would hold a prominent position in the state judicial system. In that case, it is actually very scary.

Then there are the Republicans who promote dumbfuckery when it comes to rape, incest, abortion, and birth control. We have Richard Mourdock who said in a debate held October 23 for the U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, “even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” He went on to say that his only exception is in the case of the life of the mother. But let’s get back to his original statement. He implies that rape may be something God wants to happen. Now, he claims that it was just the conception that God wanted, but I would think that if an all-powerful deity wanted someone to get knocked up, then that deity would at least do the person a favor and make the conception consensual. Romney began endorsing Mourdock on Monday in campaign ads, but just a day later had to distance himself because of this comment. And Mourdock is not the only candidate whose promoting a bat shit crazy idea. Todd Akin had his well-known comment about women’s bodies having defenses against pregnancy during a “legitimate rape”, which made women’s bodies sound almost like a ship from Star Trek. He’s not alone, as George Engelbach, a Missouri delegate to the Republican National Convention seemed to make clear when he said this about Akin’s comments: “He said what he said, I feel, in a wrong connotation. It’s documented that there is a relatively low conception rate with highly traumatic rapes, rapes that are just brutal.” There is no scientific basis for what Todd Akin and George Engelbach have suggested. Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president for health policy at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said, “A woman who is raped at a vulnerable time in her menstrual cycle is as likely to conceive and retain a pregnancy as a woman who was voluntarily attempting pregnancy There’s absolutely no validity to any sort of theory that the trauma related to rape – or to any thing else for that matter – would shut down ovulation that has already begun.” As of a 1996 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, five percent of rapes committed in America resulted in pregnancy–usually in adolescents. That’s at or, possibly, higher than the rate from consensual sex. Rates for conception after rape can be even higher in other countries, i.e. Mexico where rape crisis centers say that 15% of rapes cause pregnancy. Other politicians who are ignorant about reproductive rights include Governor Bob McDonnell who wanted women to undergo mandatory ultrasounds, including vaginal ones, to have an abortion; Representative Steve King didn’t realize that conception could result from rape, especially in young women; Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith thinks conceiving through rape is like having a baby out of wedlock; Mike Huckabee who stood by Todd Akin’s legitimate rape comments; and Paul Ryan feels rape is just another “method of conception” and promoted a bill that originally stated only victims of forcible rape should be allowed to have abortions. (Ryan personally feels that abortion should be illegal in all cases, except where it is necessary to save the mother’s life.) There are also the people like Rush Limbaugh who call women on birth control pills sluts and prostitutes, and those who view that even having copay free birth control pills available en masse is a violation of their religious freedom.

And I’m sure that there are other politicians out there promoting equally stupid ideas, so my word of advice is research the people you plan on voting for so that you don’t end up voting one of these nuts into office.

About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.