Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Let's take a moment to look around and see how Republican lawmakers are currently damaging our country.

These examples come to us courtesy of Salon.

First up criminalizing gun control:  

In Missouri, state Rep. Mike Leara believes even proposing gun control should be illegal. So he has proposed legislation that would make it a felony for “any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States.” 

“I filed HB 633 as a matter of principle and as a statement in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Missourians,” Leara told Buzzfeed. “I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

From Oklahoma we have the attempt to undermine the benefits to women from Obamacare:  

The full state Senate in Oklahoma will take up a measure to allow companies to strip birth control and abortion coverage from employer healthcare plans under a bill that unanimously cleared the committee level last week. 

“Notwithstanding any other provision of state or federal law, no employer shall be required to provide or pay for any benefit or service related to abortion or contraception through the provision of health insurance to his or her employees,” the bill reads. 

That would put the law in conflict with the Obamacare provision that mandates contraception coverage in employee group insurance plans, unless the company in question meets the religious organization that qualifies for an exemption.

In Idaho a bill was introduced that would have forced students to pass a test about Ayn Rand before being allowed to graduate:  

The chairman of the education committee in Idaho’s Senate introduced a bill earlier this month that would make students read — and pass a test — on “Atlas Shrugged” as a requirement for a high school diploma. 

Then he backed away from the bill, saying he was just trying to make a point. The senator, John Goedde, told the Idaho Spokesman-Review he was “sending a message to the State Board of Education, because he’s unhappy with its recent move to repeal a rule requiring two online courses to graduate from high school, and with its decision to back off on another planned rule regarding principal evaluations.” 

Why that book? It “made my son a Republican,” he said, then adding, “well, he’s not a practicing Republican. But it certainly made him a conservative.”

And in Kansas teachers are being strongly encouraged to questions science that the Republican led School Board deems "questionable:"  

In Kansas, the state Board of Education will vote on new science standards this year, so the legislative jockeying has begun. A bill before the House Education Committee would make schools include evidence against climate change in science classes. 

According to the bill, science teachers would be required to “provide information to students of scientific evidence which both supports and counters a scientific theory or hypothesis.” 

As the Topeka Capital Journal notes: “The bill says instruction about ‘scientific controversies’ should be objective and include ‘both the strengths and weaknesses of such scientific theory or hypothesis.’ The only controversy identified in the bill is ‘climate science.’”

Yes they only identify "climate sciences" but we all know the ultimate goal is to sneak in a way for teachers to be forced to refute Evolution or perhaps have to teach Creationism along with it. Sneaky assholes!

And that my friends is just a sampling of what is happening around the country to control women's bodies, stop gun control legislation, and dumb down our children.

And people ask why I am a Democrat.


  1. Anonymous4:25 AM

    These politicians are from another era. Certainly have not evolved. I wonder where they find women willing to actually marry them, at church or at a backwoods "holler" where women obey their menfolk? I ask, again, are there any actual ADULTS in the gop?

  2. Anonymous4:29 AM

    "Then [senator John Goedde] backed away from the bill, saying he was just trying to make a point."

    He did't need to say anything. At. All. One look at the top of his head would be enough.

  3. Leland4:37 AM

    Well, I certainly don't wonder why you are a Democrat!!!!!!!!! This is the kind of crap that forced me AWAY from the Repubes!

    And I am quite certain that this list barely scratches the surface of the kind of garbage the Repubes are trying to throw at the children.

    Unfortunately, I live in the Bible Belt, so....

  4. Anonymous4:56 AM

    Anti-education is another gateway to misery for those already under-educated and low-information citizens in these backwoods Utopias of ignorance.

    So much for the path to enlightenment.

  5. AKinPA5:23 AM

    Welcome to third world Amurika! Thanks, McCain for placing gun-toting, hateful, uneducated, willful ignorance on a pedestal. Now they're all coming out of the woodwork. Dante will create a tenth circle of hell just for you and all of the other GOP leaders who pander to them!

  6. Randall6:04 AM

    It comes down to which species one chooses to vote for:
    Homo Sapiens (thinking man)
    Homo Retardus (low enough on the evolutionary ladder that it can't even conceptualize, much less comprehend the ladder)

    What does it say about a person, when that person votes for Homo Retardus and then is appalled at the STUPID legislation that Retardus proposes?

    1. fromthediagonal7:16 AM

      Randall, you are right:

      Homo Sapiens = Theory of Evolution
      Homo Retardus = Facet of Devolution into
      Homo Erectus = an earlier stage of development preceding the 6,000 year Young Earth insanity of Retardus' Creationism.

      Homo Sapiens of the Earth Unite!

  7. Anonymous6:22 AM

    Well, Gryphen, look what happened in your neck of the woods yesterday with the GOP brain children:

    The state House of Representatives in Alaska on Monday easily passed a measure intended to undermine new federal gun restrictions, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

    Lawmakers in Juneau, Alaska voted 31-5 to pass House Bill 69, which would exempt gun owners in the state from new federal gun laws and subject federal agents to felony charges if they try to enforce a "new federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or ammunition or enforce any new federal requirement for gun registration," according to the Daily News.

    The measure probably runs afoul of the Constitution, a point that doesn't seem to concern the Republican-controlled legislature.

    From the Daily News:

    A legal opinion from a legislative lawyer said the measure likely is unconstitutional. When federal and state laws conflict, the U.S. Constitution declares that federal law is supreme, legislative counsel Kathleen Strasbaugh wrote in a Jan. 30 memorandum.

    Republicans said they are willing to let the courts sort out the issues. They said that they must stand up for Second Amendment gun rights and won't bow down to the federal government on this. A number said they heard from constituents who back the bill.

    Some Democrats argued that the measure puts Alaskans at risk of criminal prosecution if they ignore federal gun laws. While the bill allows the state to defend Alaskans charged with violating a federal gun law, there's no guarantee of that help or any sign the federal government will back off.

    Alaska is joining other states angrily pushing back against proposed new federal gun restrictions in the wake of the December school massacre in Connecticut.


  8. Anonymous6:54 AM

    Yeah, what could POSSIBLY go wrong with this idiocy?

    Arkansas Gun Legislation: State Senate Passes Bill To Allow Concealed Weapons On College Campuses


  9. Anonymous7:14 AM

    Pew: 62 Percent, Including 36 percent Of Republicans, Say GOP Out Of Touch

    A majority of the country believes the Republican Party is out of touch with the American people, too extreme and inflexible to change, according to findings released Tuesday by Pew Research Center, placing the GOP in decidedly lower public esteem than the Democratic Party.

    Sixty-two percent — including 36 percent of Republicans — said the GOP is out of touch with Americans, compared with 46 percent who said the same of Democrats. Only 23 percent of Democrats said their own party is out of touch.

    A little more than half, 52 percent, called the Republican Party "too extreme," while 56 percent said the Democratic Party is not too extreme. Similarly, 56 percent said Republicans are not open to change, compared with 58 percent who actually said the opposite of Democrats.


  10. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Kerry: ‘In America, You Have A Right To Be Stupid’

    Secretary of State John Kerry defended Americans' religious tolerance during a town hall meeting with students in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, in which he said that tolerance also means tolerance for the intolerant, the Boston Globe reports.

    "In America, you have a right to be stupid if you want to be,” Kerry said, speaking about how the U.S. deals with intolerance. “And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. And we tolerate it. We somehow make it through that. Now, I think that’s a virtue. I think that’s something worth fighting for.”

    “In America we have total – sometimes you have somebody who’s a little, not as tolerant as somebody else, and that happens anywhere,” he said. “But as a country, as a society, we live and breathe the idea of religious freedom and religious tolerance.”



  11. Anonymous9:28 AM

    Scores Of Republicans Sign Legal Brief Supporting Gay Marriage Ahead Of Supreme Court Arguments


    Well, at least SOME Republicans are stepping up in a progressive fashion!

  12. WA Skeptic12:31 PM

    Stand by: it's only a matter of time before they begin to deny women the right to vote.

  13. Anonymous12:50 PM

    Wait until the dumb a$$ voters...err I mean constituents of Oklahoma see how much birth control is going to cost them every month. They will blame it on Obamacare!!


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