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Welcome to Rick Santorum’s America

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There have been many times that I considered doing a “Rick Santorum’s America” post. But I find Rick Santorum so unbearable, and think his positions are so vile and his comments so regularly outrageous, that it never seemed worth the time.

But this one I had to go with.

“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country,” the former Pennsylvania senator explained. “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

So, welcome to Rick Santorum’s America. Where contraception is the enemy of sexual normative behavior as understood by Rick Santorum.

p.s. Rick Santorum, essentially every single woman in the United States disagrees with your insane views on contraception. (“Virtually all women (more than 99%) aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method”).

Written by Christopher ZF

January 3, 2012 at 15:04

welcome to Rick Perry’s America

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Before I start, I know this doesn’t really matter. But oh man, sometimes you just gotta rage.

Rick Perry is now playing to the lowest common denominator of American Politics: be afraid for your religion, it is under attack.

According to Perry’s new ad, Barack Obama, American citizen, Christian, all around seemingly good guy, and President of the United States, is waging a war on religion. That’s right. It’s not just a war on Christmas anymore. It’s a war on Religion. Such a statement is so preposterous, so fucking slanderous and careless and debasing that it makes TRC’s eyes red with seething anger. And that is not easy to do.

Says Perry: “You don’t have to be in the pews every Sunday to know that there is something wrong with our country, when gays can only  openly serve in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” AAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Rick Perry, please, answer me: Which kids can’t celebrate Christmas? Honestly, where are they? Show me kids that cannot celebrate Christmas. Once, I used to believe in prayer, and guess what I did? I prayed in school all the time, pretty much anytime I wanted. You know who cared about that? NO ONE. We even had a Bible study that had a facutly adviser and everything, can you believe the injustice? So, honestly, what are you talking about? You are either lying, or drumming up fear in the Christian community to somehow make them believe that Christianity is being threatened by that scary black president who just can’t be trusted. Liberals are not attacking your religious heritage.  Many, many, many, many, many liberals (including President Obama) actually share your religious heritage. It is a broad and wonderful heritage that includes liberals. Do you know that? Seriously? Do you? Seriously, do you?

If you are more even-tempered than I am regarding people abusing religion, here’s Perry, ruining everything:

Written by Christopher ZF

December 7, 2011 at 14:14

Welcome to GOP’s America: Denial as Political Platform

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The earth is warming, and humans are causing it. If you disagree with that statement, you disagree with scientific consensus.

Those two sentences are so non-controversial in the scientific community, that one almost tires of continuing to remind people otherwise. There are smart people who don’t agree with the science. That doesn’t change the scientific consensus. There are political and economic and social and cultural and religious reasons that people do not believe the earth is warming, or if they do, that humans are the cause. None of that has any impact on climate science, which does not require belief, and which does not provide policy, religious, social, economic or cultural prescriptions.

What climate science says is: the earth is warming, and human activity is causing it.

And yet, it is becoming more and more evident that our political system does not care about science, or does not have the capacity to accept the implications. Specifically, the Republican Party as influenced by the current conservative movement has agreed, somehow, that without any change in the science, the GOP can reject climate change. Either because they don’t like the science or don’t like what it means. There are Democrats who do the same, but the Democratic Party has not accepted this platform. This change is important, and Republicans be should made to account for it. Especially those Republicans with backgrounds in science, who once openly shunned the position they now embrace. This change shows a remarkable ability to squirm out of an unpopular position that could result in very harsh consequences.

All of this is an introduction to the National Journal article Heads in the Sand. Read it. It’s important.
(Thanks JZ for the lead).

One quote to whet your whistle: One senior House Republican who appears comfortable with his positions on climate science is Texan Ralph Hall, chairman of the House Science Committee. Asked if climate change is causing the Earth to become warmer, the lawmaker charged with shaping national science policy responded, “I don’t think it’s the cause. I don’t think we can control what God controls.”

Written by Christopher ZF

December 6, 2011 at 12:12

Welcome to Michele Bachmann’s America

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Discussing her GOP rivals for the Presidential nomination, Bachmann said:

“Unfortunately for too many Republicans, they also aspire to be frugal socialists…We can’t preserve liberty if the choice is between a frugal socialist and an out of control socialist.’

In a world where everyone else is a socialist, Michele Bachmann stands alone for freedom and liberty.
Just a heads up to Bachmann: you know who is actually not a socialist? Pretty much everyone elected in the two-party system.

She also said: “Washington, D.C. will never look the same after my administration.”

On that, I think we can all agree.

Written by Christopher ZF

November 7, 2011 at 13:38

Welcome to Rick Perry’s America

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TRC is reviving an old (old) blog feature from a previous era, the Welcome to ________’s America.

So, welcome to Rick Perry’s America.

Perry called the birther movement “a good issue to keep alive…You know, Donald [Trump] has got to have some fun. It’s fun to poke [Obama] a little bit and say, ‘Hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.’ I don’t have a clue about where the president — and what this birth certificate says. But it’s also a great distraction.

Well said. You’ve never looked more presidential.

Written by Christopher ZF

October 25, 2011 at 10:30