It’s never over for these dominionist freaks. Everyone is “the other” that isn’t just. like. them. If you vary from the dominant hegemon; if you are not white, male, high income, straight and ostentatiously Christian with frequent displays of public peity, you aren’t in their special club and you are to answer to them, and resistance is not merely futile, it will be punished severely. If you lack any of those prerequisites, you are not deserving of basic rights or dignity. The paternalistic daddy-party will decide what’s best for you if you are a minority, or if you’re gay or if you’re a woman.
I said when the wave of teabagger idiots gave the republicans the majority in the House that it was going to be a bad time to be a woman in this country, they would be coming after women’s rights first and they wouldn’t be stopping at Roe v Wade, either. I have always known that the ruling they really want to overturn is Griswold v Connecticut. It isn’t enough to deny women providence over our own bodies after conception. The fetus-fetishists want to deny us the right to avoid conception in the first place. They want to do away with birth control, period.
The day before the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum stopped to talk to Jake Tapper, who broached the subject, but ultimately failed like the traditional, timid corporate media is wont to do.
I pointed out that Democrats say that one of the reasons Santorum lost in 2006 was because they say he’s more conservative than mainstream America. One issue was Santorum’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s 1965 ruling that invalidated a Connecticut law banning contraception. Santorum said he still feels that a state should be able to make such laws.
“The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have. That is the thing I have said about the activism of the Supreme Court, they are creating rights, and they should be left up to the people to decide,” he said.
“You shouldn’t create constitutional rights when states do dumb things,” Santorum said. “Let the people decide if the states are doing dumb things get rid of the legislature and replace them as opposed to creating constitutional laws that have consequences that were before them.”
Tapper should have pressed Santorum further. He doesn’t just want the states to have that right, he wants the states to act on it and outlaw contraception. He has admitted as much, telling Shane Vander Hart, the editor of CaffeinatedThoughts.com last October that “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. 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.”
Women have long recognized the benefits of access to family planning methods. There are nearly 62 million women of reproductive age in the United States, and according to the Guttmacher Institute, 62 percent of those women are currently using a contraceptive method. Moreover, among women of reproductive age who have ever had sexual intercourse, more than 99 percent have used at least one contraceptive method.
The American public also supports women’s access to contraception. The majority of Americans — roughly three-quarters — believe that both private and public health insurance should cover the costs of birth control. Another study found that more than 80 percent of Americans favor expanding access to birth control for women who cannot afford it. Recent research conducted by Lake Research Partners found that Americans strongly believe in the importance of family planning as a basic preventive measure. This consensus crosses all demographic and political lines.
It makes no sense for people who oppose abortion to oppose contraception. That is a religious position, not a public health or policy position. I realize that there are people who think we went astray when the slaves were freed, and we became an irredeamable Gommorah the day women were given the vote. The thing about it is, they are free to live out those beliefs if they see fit so long as they don’t try to keep slaves and “their wymmin-folk” abstain from voting voluntarily. I don’t agree with them, hell, I think they’re nuts. But I don’t go around trying to legislate my point of view. I’m not trying to pass laws that would make them take a Depo Provera shot every three months, and so long as their church stays out of politics, they can stay tax-free. I’m not trying to limit their freedom in any way. They can do whatever they want and I will leave them the hell alone, and so will every other Liberal. The root of our philosophy is, after all, “liberty.”
They, on the other hand, have no such concerns for mine.
Therefore, they must be fought. They must be fought at every turn. For every step back they push us, we have to push forward two. There is no resting, they will never stop. There is something lurking in the DNA of these fuckers, and they incapable of ever accepting anyone outside the dominant white, straight, male, Christian power structure as an equal.
But there is something in my DNA, too, and I refuse to bow to the fuckers or give an inch.