This just in from the Taliban Wing of the GOP …

My advisors tell me that I ought to keep this blog focused on local politics but the national events at the end of last week raised my ire.

A friend asked why the Democrats were suddenly “afraid” of Rick Santorum. We’re not. Nor are we afraid of any of his sweater vests, though a couple of them are pretty scary. Still, if this is the guy the GOP wants to nominate for president, let’s have it.

However, based on his public statements, Mr. Santorum occupies a place in fundamentalist American Christianity similar to what Osama Bin Laden occupied in fundamentalist Islam. The fact that he is a serious candidate for the presidential nomination of one of our major political parties should make everyone in this country look very hard at who and what that party really represents.

And, if you are of the female persuasion (or love someone of that persuasion), it should make you very afraid, not only of this candidate but of the people who support him. Based on his comments, Mr. Santorum’s world is a place where women are chattel who should never be allowed near birth control or reproductive services.

You can couch this as an argument about religious freedom if you like but I vehemently disagree. It’s part of a right-wing assault on American women, one that’s been going on for some time.

Women deserve the right to self-determination (you know, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and all that …) and, for too many American women (even most), the ONLY way they can exercise that right is through easy access to birth control.

Telling a woman that she doesn’t have a “… right to birth control” is the same as telling her that she has no rights.

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About Richard Stone

... is a husband, a father, a writer, a journalist, an activist, an avid reader of trash science fiction and an occasional folk/bluegrass guitar player. He loves to travel, UT sports, community theater and sharing a good bottle of wine with good friends.
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