Bringing it on is good if you like chaos and autocracy, with maybe some theocracy thrown into boot. Recent Supreme Court decisions have made Republicans giddy with delight. States are already innovating new and more oppressive measures to screw it to people they don’t like, which are principally people of color and women, of course, but ideally both.
None of this is particularly surprising, but it’s incredibly depressing that the party is overrun with sadists, because only sadists find enjoyment from inflicting pain on others. They are so high on putting people in pain that they are oblivious about what’s really happening: they are gung ho for creating a world-wide planetary disaster and war. Which, not to put too fine a point on it, will be killing a lot of Republicans too.
Drunk on power and lusting after acquiring more though, that they’re killing themselves too is clearly out of thought and out of mind. After all they know what’s best for the rest of us little people. Donald Trump knew that only he could solve all those problems he didn’t solve. And despite marginally agreeing that he instigated January 6, all but a tiny percent of them will happily vote him into office again.
How can this not be a pro-death policy for the country and the world?
Republican officials across the country, tearing a page from the ongoing culture wars, are launching a broad assault on the movement by big financial firms to use their economic power to curb climate change and address other politically sensitive national issues.
That’s right: to be a good Republican you must be against even the use of private corporate money to address climate change. Of course, they are already dead set against the government doing anything about it. One of the recent Supreme Court decisions that made them giddy was one that greatly reduced the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon, deferring much of this to the states.
What made them giddiest though was the overturning of Roe v. Wade. In one decision, they’ve managed to relegate women to second class citizens again. According to the court’s majority, this is perfectly okay because abortion laws are deeply rooted in our history. Except they aren’t. Abortion laws were largely nonexistent until near the mid 19th century and curiously arrived shortly after the American Medical Association was formed and pressed the states for them. Birthing was good business for them. The AMA was an organization which at the time consisted of virtually all men, as did virtually all state legislatures because, well, except in Wyoming women couldn’t vote. Well, at least that part is deeply rooted. You can learn more about the real history of U.S. abortion laws here.
So of course it’s time to dial it up to 11. Unquestionably, if Republicans control the White House and Congress again, they’ll make prohibiting abortions a law, invalidating all state laws.
The good thing about being convinced that you are right means you can’t possibly let actual facts control your thinking. So, at least in Ohio, you are perfectly okay with a ten year old girl, a victim of rape, being forced to carry the pregnancy to term. After all, you are pro-life, just not pro the life of a ten year old girl or her parents to have bodily autonomy. One crazy Republican Montana state legislator made the outrageous claim that women don’t own their uteruses; it’s apparently property of the state to control as it wishes. His logic: it serves no purpose to her life and wellbeing.
News flash: by this logic, men shouldn’t control their own penises either. It serves no purpose to his life and wellbeing either, except for the enjoyment of masturbation and fornication. And we all know that that is sinful, at least in the eyes of the Catholic and Mormon Churches. By this logic, the state has every right to control men’s genitals too.
If abortion is an egregious crime, let’s cage all male genitals so abortion can’t happen. By law then every boy that reaches puberty should have chastity cages around their genitals. By law they should be removed only by wives and only during conjugal relations. Of course intercourse would have to be in the missionary position!
Ha ha! As if! Of course men will continue to rape women, masturbate, indulge in prostitution et al, no matter how draconian our abortion laws become. Not one of these anti-abortion legislators would consider for a moment solutions like this. That’s because, duh, they’re men. They get to set the rules.
Abortion laws are not about protecting life. Abortion laws are about controlling women. That’s their whole point! Even the idea of medical castration being required for unmarried men would be dismissed by any of these right to lifers. As any man will tell you, a penis is like a firearm. It likes to be locked, loaded, oiled, stroked and fired from time to time. It’s obviously protected by the Second Amendment. Just as they have complete freedom to use their firearms whenever or in however way they want (after all, a good guy with a gun will make sure they don’t hurt anyone – see Uvalde, Texas shooting) they demand the right to use their genital gun to impregnate any female they want at any time, including ten year old girls.
How could we think otherwise? They’re white males so obviously they know what’s best. In fact, Jesus created the United States to give them just these special privileges. It’s in the U.S. Constitution, or something.
So what’s the point of this post? Simply to state the obvious: Republicans are power drunk and plan on getting much more so. Logic is illogical. They are after control, control, control. It’s that simple and they don’t care who they have to hurt to get there, as long as it’s not them. After all, they are on a holy mission: Jesus, the Bible and their gut tells them so. Fascism is obviously the means toward this end, and democracy is wholly expendable in the process.