The Republican Party who have a whole lot of work to do if they want to obtain any sense of respectability and attract fiscally conservative, socially moderate voters, which in my opinion is what we need in this country. Frankly, I'm not overly concerned which party people come from.
I am concerned, however that in this day and age, people who espouse ideas like these can be elected; and yes, these are all from the same guy, Virginia State Senator Richard Black, who wants to take his Neanderthal mind-set to the US Senate:
- On sexual assault in the military: Think of yourself at 25; wouldn't you love to have a group of 19 year old girls under your control, day in and day out?
- On school decorum, when proposing a bill to require students in his state to refer to teachers with their titles (Mr., Mrs., Ms.) or Sir and Ma'am: The counterculture revolution of the '70s took the war into the classroom. Before that time, public schools were a model of decorum and then we began this thing we've seen play out at Columbine.
- On spousal rape: I don't know how on earth you could validly get a conviction in a husband-wife rape when they're living together, sleeping in the same bed, she's in a nightie and so forth. There's no injury, there's no separation, or anything.
- On low interest home loans: the current policy promotes adultery and sodomy (because same sex couples are allowed to apply)
Or these, from a variety of cave-dwelling Republican men and women, who apparently don't understand anything about rape. I won't repeat all of the quotes, because -- well, because it's so disheartening. But here's a list of some 'types' of rape gleaned from comments Republican politicians have made, as outlined in the charts you can find here, which were published back in 2012. Note that some of the titles came from the actual quotes, and some were created to highlight the message in the quote. You'll have to read them to determine which are which.
- the 'gift from God' rape
- 'legitimate' rape
- 'honest' rape
- 'emergency' rape
- 'easy' rape
- 'doctors note' rape
- 'buyer's remorse' rape
- 'enjoyable' rape
- 'lemonade' rape
- 'wonderful' rape
- 'the pre-teen slut was asking for it' rape
I beg you, Republicans: Stop it.
Heterosexuals can and do commit sodomy and adultery, and have sex for non-procreative reasons, do get HIV, but you don't seem to be in a hurry to investigate them to see if they're low-interest-loan worthy, or if they're worthy of adopting children or if they're worthy of being in a hospital room holding the hand of their dying partner or if they're entitled to a break on estate taxes, something I know you hold near and dear.
Men can and do sexually abuse women, but you seem more intently focused on protecting the men and blaming the women who are victims of the abuse, not participants. It is absolutely not appropriate for anyone in a chain of command, whether in the military or in the business world or the academic world or the political world any other world for that matter, to relish having even a single woman 'in their control'.
Women DO get raped. They do NOT enjoy it. We are NOT our sexual fantasies. Keep your hands off the laws that protect us, unless your intention is to make them stronger. After all, we are your beloved wives, daughters, sisters, mothers.
Stop legislating against the gay friends you all profess to have. (I suspect they're imaginary, given how frequently you invoke their existence at exactly the same time as you marginalize them through your actions.)
Get out of the bedroom. Get out of the emergency room. Get out of the doctor's office and the abortion clinic, step away from the ultrasounds and permission slip templates.
Get the church out of our legislation, because your church and mine are not the same. I don't have one at all, but that does NOT make me less of an American.
And while you're at it, castigate those of the Republican ilk and the wealthy ilk who act contrary to your morals, the same as you do Democrats and poor people who commit the same sins.
If you truly believe in smaller government, DO something about it. Do something about waste and fraud. Do something about leveling the playing field for ALL taxpayers. Seek to end corporate welfare with all the fervor you apply to ending personal welfare. Act with, rather than acting against.
Every action you take, or don't take, including whether you continue to support these idiots who are dragging you down, can jeopardize the America you profess to love so dearly.
Think about that the next time you get together to talk about your plans for the future.