The Ultimate Reality Show! Rick Santorum's Pay-Per-View 'Guillotines Come To America!'
Santorum's Oval Office Guillotine!
Rick Santorum May Host The Show!
Public beheadings in the United States? Rick Santorum, one of the laughable GOP hopefuls for Republican Presidential nominee, came up with the most inventive argument against President Obama that I had heard in a very long time. As Santorum told it, the guillotine, which was so popular in France hundreds of years ago, will set up residency in the United States because The Affordable Care Act requires that employees at Catholic-affiliated hospitals and universities have access to health insurance plans that offer contraception without a co-pay.
Santorum, who has always been on the front lines in the culture wars, is like a broken record. He is opposed to contraception of any kind. Not just opposed to contraception for Catholics (he is Catholic), Santorum is opposed to contraception being used by anyone. If Santorum had his way, contraception, in any form, even condoms, would be inaccessable by anyone in this country.
I would be more frightened of the prospect that Santorum as President is far more likely to bring back the guillotine than President Obama. President Santorum could conceivably bring back the guillotine and use it on the millions of women who refuse to abide by his wishes. Perhaps Rick can be Pope, President and head executioner all at the same time. As part of his jobs plan, Santorum could push for government to finance the construction of enough guillotines so that each and every major city in our country can have one. Imagine how many jobs that will create! And naturally, Santorum will need to create a specialized police force to investigate and bring to justice those women who attempt to plan their families. So many jobs! And lest we forget, Pay-Per-View beheadings might just become such a revenue driver that the need for taxes would be moot!
Santorum has already said, many times, that if he wins the Presidency, the dangers of contraception will become a subject that he speaks about often. Santorum believes, and has said, that states should be able to outlaw contraception and that contraception is a danger to women and our country.
The Virginia Tool To Assault Women!
The GOP Leads The War On Women And This Is Their Opportunity, But Women Are Watching!
In just the last few years, the assault on women and their ability to access family planning services has come under attack in GOP-controlled states as well as in the United States Congress and the issue of freedom of religion allowed them to temporarily frame the argument in a new way. Seeking to protect religious freedom? No! They were actually seeking to protect the right of church-affiliated businesses to subjugate the rights of the women who work for them. It matters not whether those women employees were members of the church. If those women want or need the same protections that other women across this country have, the GOP will be second in line to prevent them from exercising THEIR freedom. First in line to prevent health care access for women are the 'celibate' men that run the Catholic Church. While crying out for freedom of religion, they both seek to make it impossible for all women to have any freedom in regards to their own reproductive choices.
This argument was very serious for a few days and could have been a winner, but then the real GOP agenda reared its ugly head. The religious freedom argument morphed and became instead, the old, tried and true resurgence of culture wars, with the Republican Presidential nominees all weighing in on the evils of artificial contraception for all women. .
Santorum and Gingrich have signed a pledge to support the Personhood Amendment. Additionally, Romney is said to support ,the amendment, but as with everything Romney, his views depend upon the audience he is addressing. The amendment, if passed, defines human life as beginning at the moment of conception. If it passes, it will undoubtedly rid this country of that evil of all evils, in-vitro fertilization. In-vitro fertilization is the only way that hundreds of thousands of women can actually achieve pregnancy and have a family. The amendment would make IUD's illegal and force millions of women to stop using many popular forms of the birth control pill. It would undoubtedly criminalize ALL abortions.
If you are a woman or even a man who believes in a woman's right to preventive reproductive health care and you vote for a Republican, you will have voted against your best interests. It is not just Santorum who is a threat to reproductive freedom, it is every Republican candidate! None of them seem to believe in gender equity; they all seem to believe in government so big that the birth control police will be able to monitor not just womens' medical decisions, but the bedrooms of every man and woman in this country.
The GOP, as a whole, seems to be of the opinion that women are incapable of making family planning decisions without the assistance of men who hold elected office! As evidenced by Darrell Issa's sham of a Congressional hearing that was absent any witness with a uterus, these men believe that men are better suited to decide for the millions of women in this country because, after all, women are nothing more than wanton Jezebels, misguided contraception queens, if you will.
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