It’s a genuine problem.
The GOP is in a reactionary phase right now, more than anything. A time of responding to the leftward-drifting political landscape and, rather than modifying their positions on key issues, hunkering down and redoubling the anti-progressive stances. In a lot of ways, the United States is less progressive than it was in the past, less accepting of sweeping changes to the way we do things. But that’s how the world is: it moves left.
A fun activity, if you’re a history geek, is to dig through revolutionary thinkers of the past and seeing where their ideas and stances are in an absolute sense rather than relativistic. You’ll find that even the most wildly liberal thinkers of bygone days would be almost laughably backward in the 21st century. Anti-slavery advocates didn’t think blacks were equal people, just that slavery was wrong. Even Lincoln didn’t see the negro as rising particularly high in society.
This sounds contradictory, but the point is that the paradigm as a whole will always, always shift to the left. However, what we’re seeing now is such a hard press against it that wasn’t the case throughout American history. Ours has been a country that, generally speaking, prided itself on pressing forward into the new age, forging new territory and showing the world how we as a goddamn species can advance from century to century.
What does that have to do with the Republican Party? Well, everything. Their emotional-level, cranky grandpa response to gay rights, womens rights, secularism and domestic policy are necessarily self-defeating. We’re getting less dogmatically religious (high percentages of people claim Christianity, but the number who believe the Bible literal truth drops every year), women are a larger percentage of the population than men, gays are more comfortable with being open, and whites are slowly losing their majority. So a party that largely appeals to white, Christian males is one that is painting itself into a corner.
The Republicans are going to have to make a decision: step forward into the 21st century, or die off entirely. Time will tell what they do.
I support this measure.
COLUMBUS – Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.
Of course, THIS will be called “ridiculous”.
Yeah. That’s a thing.
What grinds my gears about this entire situation is that the argument they’re using is “well if they didn’t have so much sex, they wouldn’t need the birth control,” which is an attempt to make it a generic moral issue and a personal freedoms one. The thing is, that same logic could be applied to pretty much any situation where someone needs medical treatment as a result of conscious actions.
Need STD meds? Shouldn’t have had sex. Physical therapy? Stop playing sports. Root canals? Take better care of your teeth. Skin cancer treatment? Maybe you shouldn’t have done all that tanning. Heart transplant? Eat healthier food, fatty. In each situation we can use Limbaugh’s “pay her to have sex” argument.
This is the very definition of American Taliban.
“If the president does not reverse the Department’s attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must,” Boehner said. “This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country cannot stand, and will not stand.”
Keep in mind, the “freedom” involved here is an insurance company’s “freedom” to refuse to cover birth control. Ignoring the fact that you’d think pro-lifers should love birth control thanks to its favorable effect on abortion rates, what chaps my ass is that if “religious freedom” was a legitimate complaint, then insurance companies would also be allowed to deny people STD medication, refuse to cover gays, and a host of other nonsense.
Turns out he’s been giving his accuser money. Without his wife knowing about it.
Stick a fork in him. He’s done.
When there’s guys like Robert Mecklenborg.
You see, Rep. Mecklenborg was driving through Dearborn County, Indiana in the very early hours of the morning of April 23 in a car with temporary Kentucky plates when an Indiana state trooper pulled him over. The trooper observed that the car had a burned-out headlight, the reason for stopping this champion of Republican morality. In his report the officer said that he suspected Mecklenborg was intoxicated because he smelled alcohol and the representative had “glossy, bloodshot eyes.”
I said that wasn’t all: Mecklenborg refused a chemical test but he failed three field sobriety tests. He was administered a blood test and charged with drunken driving. This paragon of morality tested positive for Viagra, and not, apparently for the benefit of his wife. Because he wasn’t alone in the car and his companion was not his wife.
His passenger was a 26-year-old woman, Tiona Roberts, a local stripper who works nearby in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. And then there is the little matter of Viagra in his system. I’m sure it must improve night-vision, or some such. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the young woman sitting with the intoxicated 59-year-old paragon of morality in the wee hours of the morning, far away from his wife and children.
I guess it’s not as funny as a guy named “Wiener” sending dick pics via Twitter.
And I mean it. Honestly. This man has the largest audience in right-wing television, and he laid it all out.