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GOP: Platform is a crime against the living

Letter by Maire M. Masco, Tacoma on Aug. 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm with 36 Comments »
August 30, 2012 2:33 pm

The 2012 Republican platform includes language regarding statutory rape: “We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement.” The policy is to ensure that underage girls cannot receive birth control, get prenatal care or end a pregnancy without the permission of a parent.

The reality is that the relationships in dysfunctional families provide little or no protection for abused children. These are horrible situations, and young persons cannot safely find counsel within the family if they are being abused within the home.

Conservative Republicans refuse to acknowledge the terrifying reality that women and girls get pregnant through rape and incest. In 31 states, the rapist can legally obtain parental rights of the child conceived from the rape or incest. The euphemism of “women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy” for children conceived during rape and incest is heartless and ignorant.

I will only vote for candidates who respect women and children. Sadly, the Republican position of anti-abortion has turned the pro-life argument into a pro-rape, pro-incest policy. That is a crime against the living.

 

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  1. APimpNamedSlickback says:

    Pro-rape, pro-incest??? A bit of a stretch, don’t you think.

  2. averageJose says:

    The desperation of the progs is palpable.

    LOL… and they claim the gop is trying to scare people?

  3. Dysfunctional families, always a societal problem, made worse by liberal policies.

    How dare people care for children in the womb! Bet you are happy you were not aborted, Marie

  4. SwordofPerseus says:

    GigHarborCrapPlopper – Hyperbole is thy name. Jesus would love his gay brothers and sisters as well.

    CTate – You are stuck aren’t you, stuck in 19th century thinking. It surprises me how angry you sound considering. You wouldn’t know if you were never born; stupid analogy again, not expecting anything new in your though bubbles.

  5. bobcat1a says:

    Nice letter Maire. But as you know, teapublicans only care about poor children until they are born; after that, they’re on their own.

  6. bobbedcat,

    Again your ignorance is showing brightly. You lib’s are base animals, you only care about making babies (doing the dirty deed) and killing them 3-9 months later so you can do it all over again. I guess that makes you murderers…

  7. Nice to see such high level discussion about politics…..

  8. tree_guy says:

    Regarding the hysterical tone of the LTE:

    A party platform is just a general statement of principles. Individual condidates frequently hold divergent opinions.

    Folks better keep their focus on the US economy and not be distracted by these marginal discussions which are inconsequential for most families.

  9. Maire, I know you think you’re on to something but… aren’t all crimes “crimes against the living”? I think you’re whistling the wrong tune.

    Okay, okay, there’s grave desecration, but even that’s actually a property crime – presumably against the owner of the graveyard.

    And speaking of graveyards and whistling, the decision in November couldn’t be more clear; elect a proven leader with the type of experience, ideas, and plans to turn this economy and country around, or keep whistling while the desecration currently being perpetrated continues for another four, ruinous years… and/ or we become the proverbial graveyard.

    Obviously Maire will make up any phony, exaggerated angle she can in order justify her “whistling” and preordained vote for the empty seat.

  10. I’m with beerBoy on this one.

    How I long for folks to have the ability to step back from all the slop in the political pig pen and just think for a moment.

    Obama doesn’t hate children and Romney didn’t murder the steel worker’s wife. For heaven’s sake, look at the bigger picture here and vote accordingly.

    These men and their supporters have two very different visions for the future of America. The “progressive” movement of today is a “progression” toward making America just one more struggling community in the larger global community. It “feels” anti-American because it shows little respect for what makes America unique.

    Conservatives, and most independents, are not willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater as we seek solutions to the problems brought on by BOTH dems and the gop.

    There is a reason people over the years have fled TO America. Why do you think we have a problem with illegal immigration. I would like to maintain that which makes the USA a haven of liberty, and yes, I’d like those seeking safe haven to do so legally.

    Please, climb out of the pig pen and think. You will not embrace everything in either platform unless you are nothing more than a political robot — but that’s not the point. Vote for the direction you hopeto see this country go.

  11. So good SOZO. Nothing left to say.

  12. sumyungboi says:

    The world is burning around us, and the letter writer is hysterical, literally, about what some prog spoon fed her about Republicans? Sorry hon, but you’re an idiot.

  13. The benighted tidy righty reek of fear and hate Americans even more than they hate America.

  14. sumyungboi says:

    A little early to be snappin’ bongs, xring.

  15. “I long for folks to have the ability to step back from all the slop”

    LOL – oh, the irony of saying that, when it’s followed by this: “The “progressive” movement of today … “feels” anti-American”

  16. sumy – once again the truth hits to close to home leaving you to attemp a personal attack.

  17. sumyungboi says:

    xring at 12:03: “sumy – once again the truth hits to close to home leaving you to attemp a personal attack”

    xring at 8:53: “The benighted tidy righty reek of fear and hate Americans even more than they hate America”

    You crack me up, little man.

  18. aren’t all crimes “crimes against the living”?

    How about desecration of graves or tomb robbing? Not arguing here….just thinking aloud.

  19. LeePHilI says:

    “There is a reason people over the years have fled TO America. Why do you think we have a problem with illegal immigration.”

    Because you have conservtives that support businesses who encourage illegal immigration for a cheap labor force when they can’t outsource.

    sozo wants to convince us that foreign workers leave their home country because they want to live in secrecy, knowing that if they don’t have the right ID, they’ll be deported anyway.

    What a quality of life, huh? Makes ya wanna move as soon as possible!!

  20. well ehill, whether you like it or not, to many people, much of the progressive rhetoric DOES indeed sound un-American. You can argue that it’s not, but you can’t argue with how it’s perceived, okay? You do understand the difference, right?

  21. How about desecration of graves or tomb robbing? Not arguing here….just thinking aloud.

    LOL, obviously you let your thinking get in the way of your reading. Otherwise you may have caught the part of my 7:30 AM post where I wrote the following:

    Okay, okay, there’s grave desecration, but even that’s actually a property crime – presumably against the owner of the graveyard.

  22. “to many people, much of the progressive rhetoric DOES indeed sound un-American”

    And your repetition of that falsehood promotes adult discussion exactly how…?

  23. Clamat0 – I tend to scan these things.

  24. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/07/01/harvard_study_confirms_republicans_more_patriotic_than_democrats

    Republicans are more patriotic. So the inverse is also true.

    Before you spaz, the study was done by Harvard.

    Progressives want to “change” America. At most the center and right want reform.

  25. beerBoy says:

    CT – You are citing a third person’s interpretation of a newspaper’s coverage of a study. Which, not surprisingly, comes up with a conclusion that the original study’s authors didn’t come up with

    The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.

    Re-read the first sentence (in bold for your convenience).

    Appropriation
    1. the act of setting apart or taking for one’s own use

  26. It’s not a falsehood. Read carefully. To many people much of the progressive rhetoric “sounds” anti-American. That is a simple observation, and all you need to do is spend thirty minutes on various blogs to verify it. YOU clearly do not see it as anti-American, but thousands of others do. This is not rocket science.

  27. LeePHilI says:

    “sozo says:
    Sep. 1, 2012 at 10:19 am It’s not a falsehood. Read carefully. To many people much of the progressive rhetoric “sounds” anti-American. That is a simple observation, and all you need to do is spend thirty minutes on various blogs to verify it. YOU clearly do not see it as anti-American, but thousands of others do. This is not rocket science”

    I find mandatory vaginal probes to be anti-American because it violates freedom of choice in personal health issues.

    Therefore Republicans are anti-American.

    No, it’s not rocket science, it’s bovine excrement.

    I guess the founding fathers, who wanted to change everything, weren’t patriotic, huh?

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeesh.

  28. “Republicans are more patriotic.”

    BZZZZZT. Falsehood alert.

    What the actual Harvard study actually said was “Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats.” http://www.hks.harvard.edu/fs/dyanagi/Research/FourthOfJuly.pdf

    Fail. Try again.

  29. took14theteam says:

    You know, I have come to the conclusion that the _Hills commenting here is making up for their lack of owning a Camaro.

  30. beerBoy says:

    sozo – to many Americans progressive rhetoric sounds anti-American because, as the study concludes, the Republican Party has been very successful at appropriating patriotism and, since the Gingrich Revolution, has embarked on an extremist, take-no-prisoners approach that paints their political opponents as – not reasoned, patriotic individuals who disagree with the Republican stances – but as vile “libs” who want to destroy America and bring in “socialist/marxism”.

  31. beerBoy says:

    The “socialist/marxist” mantra of the Right, coupled with Romney’s anti-Russian rhetoric demonstrates the GOP as the Party with Nostalgia for the Cold War – including the John Birch Society, The House UnAmerican Activities Committee and MADness.

  32. YOUR perception of “the Right” beerBoy, and you’re welcome to it though it is a huge generalization. Perhaps you can explain perception to hill.

  33. beerBoy says:

    Of course it is a huge generalization.

    I was on a plane awhile back and was very pleased to overhear two Republicans discussing the campaign with very reasoned dialogue. Clearly they wanted to defeat the President but they weren’t demonizing him and, in fact, were able to point out areas where they thought he had been successful. As one said, “Say what you like about him, Obama has gotten a lot of things done”.

  34. Yes, I am always pleased to have a sane and rational discussion with my liberal acquaintances as well. The angry and the arrogant on either side of these discussions hold no interest for me other than the fact that I wish some of them would get help.

  35. beerBoy says:

    Unfortunately, the point on these boards oftentimes is about winning one’s point rather than engaging in discussion.

  36. CT8 – Patriotism has always been the last refuge of scoundrels.

    If the right is so patriotic why are they the ones out sourcing our jobs?

    Sozo – the basic progressive rhetoric is WE THE PEOPLE -

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