Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Republicans Shocked That Women Actually Exist.
Lisa Brown, a Democratic member of the Michegan State legislature, was barred from a debate on abortion for using the word "vagina" despite the fact that the word appears three times in the legislative document under discussion. The law, sponsored by the Republicans, would make it mandatory for all women seeking an abortion to be examined using a metal instrument inserted into her vagina whether she agrees to it or not. Speaking in defence of a woman's right to say no to such an examination she told her opponants; "I am flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." The Republicans, sensing that she had deployed a telling argument, immediately became outraged and had her barred from the debate for a day. Republican Mike Callton said, "It was so offensive. I didn't even want to say it in front of women. I could not say that in mixed company." Presumably, like many Republicans from the loony religious right of the party, he has similar difficulties with other scientific words such as "evolution." One thing is absolutely crystal clear, however - like conservatives on both sides of the Atalantic they don't like democracy much either. Their immediate reaction when losing a political argument is to curtail debate and then threaten the other side with Draconian laws to shut them up. Ian Duncan Smith is a case in point with his threats to curtail the right of workers to strike to defend themselves against the Tories while prattling on about his "faith." In common with his American counterparts his "faith" only extends as far as providing an alibi for his essentially vicious and vacuous nature and for his contempt for democracy.