October 23, 2008

Red-iculousness

Filed under: Assorted Politics,Check It Out,In the News — Katrina @ 6:44 pm

So I was reading the Economist today when I came across an article about how Obama’s campaign is kicking the living ass out of, well, everything, setting us up for anything from a landslide to another Dewey Defeats Truman. But that’s not what I mean to talk about here today. In the article, it begins describing the lopsided attention being given to the Republican and Democratic booths at some North Carolina fair. And then I saw this little gem.

[Some redneck]’s backing John McCain because the Arizona senator “thinks murdering little babies is not a good idea”.

Ah, we saw this four years ago. And eight years ago. And so on. Many Republicans’ persistent belief that if an anti-abortion president takes office, abortion will become illegal and never be done again. You know, I wonder what life is like to live in such a strong delusion, for these people seem to completely ignore that even though we’ve had anti-abortion president George W. Bush in office for the past eight years, abortion is still legal. I’ve got news for you. John McCain is not going to make abortion illegal. He and Sarah Palin may talk all the time about how bad it is, but the fact is, it won’t be made illegal even if they are elected. So you Republicans thinking the McCain-Palin team is going to be the saving grace of embryos and fetuses from women making an excruciatingly difficult decision, and you Democrats thinking the McCain-Palin team will take away a woman’s inalienable right to kill her unborn child, you’re living in a serious fantasy world.

A lot of people seem unable to separate their personal opinion on something from their political opinion on something. Plenty of people believe abortion is wrong yet do not believe it should be illegal, for example. Not to mention the many online idiots you’ll find that, any time you mention you don’t like something or think it’s wrong or whatever, they’ll pipe up with “why should that be illegal?! how dare you push your opinions on others?!” to which you say “uhh, I never said anything about it being illegal.” So this concept is lost on a lot of people. Legal versus illegal and right versus wrong are two very different concepts, and would remain so even in the most libertarian of societies.

Funny thing about Republicans, though, is they hate abortion and won’t shut up about how bad it is (citing “religious” reasons of course and leaving the very many real reasons unused). But other than pissing and moaning about it, they aren’t doing much to actually reduce it. In fact, other Republican policies seem to be explicitly trying to increase the number of unplanned pregnancies. Then again, if these people think John McCain will outlaw abortion, it’s no surprise they also believe that if you never let anyone under 18 know what condoms are, they’ll never have sex. Not to mention their insistence of shaming anyone who gets pregnant outside of marriage. Or their opposition to any kind of assistance for the needy, which often includes pregnant women. So, yeah, these people seem to be the types who play with matches all the time but are pissed and surprised when there’s a fire.

While you’re putting that McCain-Palin sticker on your pick-up truck, right next to your “God Is Pro-Life” one, your 14-year-old daughter is first learning about sex from her horny 20-year-old cousin. Your grandchild/grandnephew is about to have a date with a coathanger, and you’ll be burying your daughter after she succumbs to septic shock after the home procedure. But you thought this was impossible. I mean, your sticker does say that God is pro-life! 🙄

5 Comments

  1. I totally agree with you there, Kat.

    Even if abortion is made illegal, it would only affect poor women anyway. All the rich women would just pay for an abortion abroad because they could afford to do so, meaning that once again, it’s the poor people getting trampled on.

    Shit, I’m starting to sound like a socialist…

    Comment by Elin — October 26, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  2. I agree with you that a McCain Palin administration would not abolish abortion. Which is fine with me. However I’m very concerned that Obama would appoint liberal judges who will interpret the constitution subjectively from a perspective of “fairness” thus paving the way for allowing partial birth abortions, and this is a heinous and inhumane procedure! That is one of the ‘changes’ that Obama will bring as president.

    Comment by Oren — October 29, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  3. You’re also right that many Republican policies increase the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. In fact, I think that some people in power in the Republican party would hate to see fewer abortions. If abortion truly became “safe, legal and rare,” they would lose a very effective rallying cry to get conservative Christians to vote for them.

    And that last paragraph is epic win. 😆

    Comment by Adamantaimai — October 31, 2008 @ 4:59 am

  4. “Your grandchild/grandnephew is about to have a date with a coathanger, and you’ll be burying your daughter after she succumbs to septic shock after the home procedure.”

    EPIC. WIN.

    Granddaughter and daughter are separate!

    Comment by Junulo — November 8, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  5. http://www.democratsforlife.org/

    Comment by Junulo — November 8, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

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