Sometimes we just have to admit that even some women politicians are a bit crazy. Like Majority Whip Debbie Lesko who authored Arizona House Bill 2625 which would allow employers to eliminate employee health care coverage on birth control and related needs:
“I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union. So government should not be telling organizations or employers to do something against their moral beliefs… My whole legislation is about our First Amendment rights and freedom of religion.”
And what about freedom FROM religion?
But the most revealing look at conservatism is the current Doonesbury series that many newspapers are not printing. Gary Trudeau is looking at the trans-vaginal sonograms required in Texas prior to an abortion:
It would be very nice if “conservatism” got back to economic politics and out of the bedroom and the vagina. Little choice is left to women when considering who to vote for.
When did the 1st Amendment change from basically saying that you can practice whatever religion you want and you won’t be burned at the stake as a heretic and we’re not going to form or recognize a national religion like the Church of England? When did it change to “everyone everywhere has to do what a bunch of old catholics in funny hats wants, because otherwise it hurts their feelings?” And why does it only apply to certain religions?
– John Cole at Balloon Juice.
I’m not sure what the government is ready to do for non-religionists (like me). My thought is that they would be totally unconcerned with the beliefs of atheists (like the belief that women should control their own lives and have the absolute right to protect their bodies and maintain their reproductive activities… or reject them entirely.)
If you listened to the Republicans (mostly male) at C-PAC in their comments on opposition to birth control and abortion or maintenance of some religious beliefs applicable to EVERYONE, then you know who people like me can’t help to support and vote for.
- My religion is to kill your religion (skydancingblog.com)
- Getting on My Catholic High Horse (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Oh, My Pop-Culture Jesus! (ladygeekgirl.wordpress.com)
- Atheism ~ Is it a religion? (himalayanatheist.wordpress.com)
- Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy: Newt Gingrich Stands Up For ‘Our Religions’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton: review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Personal Responsibility – Overlooked By Religion (redpoppy71.wordpress.com)
- Does the Catholic Church have an obligation to change its stance on traditional beliefs? (intentious.com)
They mentioned another video on the Story of Citizens United. Here it is:
And, finally, if you represent a corporation, there is a statement you can sign at Business For Democracy, part of the American Sustainable Business Council.
- Vermont Measure Calls for Revoking Corporate Personhood | CommonDreams.org (f33dyourhead.wordpress.com)
- “Vermont Is Gearing Up to Strike a Major Blow to Corporate Personhood” and related posts (freedemocracy.blogspot.com)
- Citizens United and the Constitutional Rights of Corporations (professorbainbridge.com)
- The Story of Stuff – Season 2 (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Robert Weissman: One Year Later, Movement Is Growing to Overturn Citizens United (yubanet.com)
- Doug Kendall: Will the Supreme Court Prevent Citizens United From Being Fixed? (huffingtonpost.com)
We need to separate politics from guns, and by that I mean we have to deal with the NRA lobby. I am judging editorial cartoons for this weekend’s “Cartoon(s) of the Week”, a regular feature on this blog, and I am struck by how many of them deal with gun laws and the NRA. Maybe the tragedy at Tucson will get us into a good gun/politics discussion.
“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous…“ – Rep. Michelle Bachmann
“Get on target for victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly“ –Jesse Kelly campaign ad
“Don’t retreat– reload.” –Sarah Palin
“I am convinced the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.” –Joyce Kaufmann, former chief of staff for Rep. Allen West
- Jared Lee Loughner: A Gun Without a Trigger? (omnipotentpoobah.com)
- Josh Horwitz: Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA’s “Second Amendment Remedies” (huffingtonpost.com)
- Chris Matthews has redeemed himself with me for his program today on the talk of guns as a solution in political rhetoric (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Will Tucson Tragedy Shift Gun Control Debate? (cbsnews.com)
- Did America’s Gun Fetish Make Arizona Shooting Inevitable? (my.firedoglake.com)
- Tucson puts gun control politics back on the map (thegrio.com)
- Will the Gun Lobby Win Again? (thedailybeast.com)
- Why there’s no more debate on gun control (money.cnn.com)
- John Feffer: Gun Crazy: NRA and Pentagon (huffingtonpost.com)
- Bill Maher: NRA Should Change Their Name To ‘Assasin’s Lobby’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gun-Control Advocates Resigned To Few Changes In Wake Of Giffords Shooting (huffingtonpost.com)
- ONE CONSTANT: American Gun Industry Thrives (huffingtonpost.com)