Monday, January 27, 2014

Castor Oil and Honey

Some days I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.  It isn't bad enough that an artichoke like Mike Huckabee feels impelled to instruct women on the proper use of their bodies and their reproductive functions, stating that anyone who supports a woman’s right to determine how many children she should have and when is exploiting her.  Here comes Reince Priebus, the chief mouth without a brain for the Republican establishment, objecting not to the ideas or the disrespect of Mr. Huckabee’s pronouncements only to the language and tone.  Question: do these people really believe that the feminine mind is so addled, so soft and spongy that we will accept any amount of castor oil if enough honey is available to sweeten the taste?

Contraception has been a woman’s option for decades.  It is also a well regarded treatment for some gynecological problems.  While the Huckabees, Limbaughs and others insist that religious organizations shouldn't have to provide insurance for contraception in the female, I have yet to hear the same argument with regard to insurance coverage for vasectomies.  Nor have I heard that male birth control leads to sexual excess.  Clearly men are considered mentally stable, morally sound and intellectually well grounded enough to make these choices for themselves while their sisters only want “Uncle Sugar” to make promiscuousness possible for every woman of child bearing years.  Welcome back to the first half of the Twentieth Century ladies. 

With regard to a woman’s right to choose a safe abortion, I have said before and will say again that the choice in this argument is crystal clear.  We have always had abortion on demand in this country.  We do it in hospitals now instead of garages.  If the procedure is made illegal by the overreaching of some legislators or by overturning Roe v. Wade, we go back to the garage.  In effect some women will be sentenced to death in piss filled alleys for being unwilling to carry a child that they can’t feed or that was conceived through rape or incest.  Still other women will become nothing more than incubators bringing a pregnancy to term at the cost of their own lives.

Why do political ideologues who demonstrate an overt and maniacal hatred of the poor and the Working Class, who consider school lunches, Medicare for sick children and public education an insupportable drain on the economy of the richest nation in the world insist upon forcing people to have more children then they can possibly care for decently?  Could it be because the overburdened soon become the overworked, the undereducated and the hungry?  Is  all of Mr. Huckabee’s verbal emesis and Mr. Priebus’ frantic attempt to cover it up rather than clean it up a program aimed at creating a two class society?  That of lords and serfs, aristocrats and servants where the vast majority of people work for whatever is tossed at them because they are too exhausted, demoralized and exploited to insist upon decent treatment and wages.  Not unlike some of the countries where we send American jobs.

Don’t let these people fools you.  This is not about religion or moral rectitude; although it wouldn't be the first time that religion, or the pretense of faith, has been used as a lash by divine right of the rich and powerful. This is about self interest.  Their God is green.  Their liturgy is greed and avarice.  Christian my ass, they are vampires sucking the life’s blood out of this Republic.

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