Thursday, October 25, 2012

Just in case there's any confusion ...

... now that we're less than two weeks away from Election Day, see the above. Any LGBT person who votes the Republican ticket is a fool. But there's more to it than that. I like this short list of successes during Barack Obama's first term:

1. Passed health care reform; 2. passed Wall Street reform; 3. ended the war in Iraq; 4. began drawdown of the war in Afghanistan; 5. eliminated Osama bin Laden; 6. turned the U.S. auto industry around; 7. recapitalized banks; 8. repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell; 9 toppled Moammar Gaddafi; 10. increased support for veterans; 11. expanded wilderness and watershed protection; and 12. expanded hate crimes protection. That's a dozen, but there are more.

And then there's Mitt Romney, whose principal public service accomplishment was signing a modified version of Obamacare into law while governor of Massachusetts and whose principal personal accomplishment has been augmenting the family fortune while exploiting the misfortunes of others.

Oh --- and convincing many evangelical Christians to trade their imaginary friend Jesus in on a new imaginary friend named Mitt. The former has far more potential than the latter.


I see by this week's Herald-Patriot that the publisher has resurrected Mike Huckabee's argument, launched during August, that rape can be a positive thing, based upon the fact the late, great diva Ethel Waters resulted from the rape of her mother, age 13 at the time.

This is a variation of the proposition made Tuesday by Indiana senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something God intended."

The argument has as much validity as a contention that the world would be a better place if Mike Huckabee's mother had had access to an abortion provider after the former Arkansas governor was conceived, presumably consensually.

It's not about zygotes or embryos; it's about the authority of women over their own bodies and their own reproductive choices.

1 comment:

Charles M. Wright said...

High on President Obama's list of important accomplishments should be the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which assures women equal pay for equal work. Romney's chief adviser says that Romney opposed this legislation -- which stand greatly supports the suggestion that Romney and the GOP are waging a war on women.