Class Warfare Blog

August 22, 2012

Well, At Least They’re Consistent Sometimes

I am, as I expect you are, flabbergasted at how clumsy the Republican’s presidential campaign is. Campaign spokesmen and candidates are contradicting one another so quickly, that it is hard to keep up. There is one area in which they almost never contradict one another, though, and that is a message from their corporate sponsors:

“Shall we say to the several millions of unemployed citizens who face the problem of existence, of getting enough to eat,
‘We will withdraw from giving you work. We will turn you back to the charity of your communities
and those selfish men of power who tell you that perhaps they will employ you if the Government leaves them strictly alone’?”
President Franklin Roosevelt, Third Inaugural Address
(The italics are mine.)

“Move along now (regulations are bad), there is nothing to see (regulations are bad), move along (regulations are bad).” Conservative Jedi

Apparently, modern Republicans, due to a near total lack of intellectual horsepower, have gotten this message a little befuddled. Their idea that regulation is bad apparently doesn’t extend to this nightmare:

Your 13-year old daughter has been brutally beaten and raped.
While in the hospital an official of the government visited
the family to explain that, if the rape resulted in a pregnancy,
your daughter would have to bear the child.

How would you feel if this were your daughter?

Isn’t the decision to consider an abortion something to be decided by the family with guidance from extended family and counsel from doctors and possibly clergy. What reason could possibly exist for this to be the subject of federal regulation?

The supporters of this abomination of a policy say that their motivation is “the sanctity of human life.”

Right.

Consider the following scenario:

One of these legislators is standing holding a pistol.
They are rapidly approached by someone with a black or brown skin holding a knife.
Do they pull the trigger?

My guess is that 99+% of them would.

So much for the sanctity of life.

The truth of this is—life is not sacred, just very valuable . . . sort of. My life is very, very valuable to me. Your life, I am sure, is very, very valuable to you. But my life is not so valuable to you, nor is yours to me. And strangers, not so much. People from very different cultures? Pffft. People labeled as “our enemies”? Shoot them! Now!

Children are really important! (I am sure everyone would agree.) But my children are really important pretty much only to me. Your children, I am sure, are really important to you. Your kids irritate me and I am sure mine do you. The children of strangers are . . . relatively unimportant. It is sad when they suffer depredations or die.

This is the truth of things.

The problem is that conservative legislators have become so inbred that they can only make up fairy tales as the basis for beliefs fed to them by others with unknown motivations. It would make good theater if it weren’t so pernicious and, well, evil.

3 Comments »

  1. Your children were very valuable to conservatives until they were born.

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    Comment by List of X — August 22, 2012 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

    • They have value to conservatives after they are born in their use as levers to get you to do the things you want. Like the “voter fraud” smokescreen being used for their vote suppression behaviors, they also invoke “the children” from time to time to get us to agree to really egregious things.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — August 22, 2012 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

      • Agree, and someone else’s children can also be valuable as soldiers in whatever war that is started to improve defense contractors’ profit margin.

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        Comment by List of X — August 22, 2012 @ 12:45 pm | Reply


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