Last night Rick Santorum came very close to beating Mitt Romney in Romney’s own home state of Michigan. The tally: Romney 41% to Santorum’s 38%.
That Santorum came so close but couldn’t close the deal is a testament to his extremist socially conservative views, such as his opposition to women’s use of contraceptives and his rigid and inflexible position that all abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother’s health or life, etc. He also holds the ultra-conservative view that all sex outside of marriage is wrong and immoral, and that marital sex should be primarily for procreation.
Besides his hostility toward the reproductive rights of women, Santorum has also expressed hostility toward college graduates and the idea that everyone should have access to college. Since he believes in a religiously traditional role for women, i.e., stay-home mothers and wives, not single, sexually active, college-graduated company executives telling men what to do (and presumably where to go do it), he is clearly the darling of born again/evangelical voters. This is evidenced by the exit polls in Michigan where a 51% to 35% majority of such voters chose him over favorite-son Romney.
Santorum might well had won Michigan if he had not been so vocal as to his extreme-right social views. But he miscalculated how much (or how little, actually) his ultra-religious-right views would resonate with the average voter in the GOP primary. Perhaps, as Jerry Falwell did 30 years ago with his “Moral Majority” movement, Santorum thought that his fundamentalist-religion-belongs-in-government philosophy would catch on with John & Jane Q. Mainstream.
Unfortunately there are people out there who share these views. Almost always republicans, they believe that if these “rules” are good enough for the bible, they’re good enough for the government and for everyone living in America. That views has fueled the recently re-energized onslaught of attacks on women’s rights in state legislatures across the USA, where ever-tightening limits on a woman’s right to choose are popping up in GOP-controlled states, further strengthening the war on women.
For example, look at Virginia (VA). Similar to other states that have placed limits on a woman’s right to choose, the GOP-controlled Virginia General Assembly trumped them by passing legislation that would mandate a women seeking an abortion to first undergo an expensive and medically unnecessary invasive intra-vaginal ultrasound procedure, “because woman have a right to this information” as these fundamentalist fanatics have tried to publicly rationalize their arrogant actions. Of course, the woman herself would be forced to pay for the procedure out of her own pocket.
After a tremendous amount of criticism and ridicule was levied against the Virginia GOP from all over the USA, the republican governor of Virginia convinced his cohorts in the Virgina legislature to soften the bill by requiring only an “on-the-tummy” ultrasound. The legislature passed the new bill and the governor is expected to sign it into law.
WOW…For a political party that screams bloody murder over the federal health care reform mandate that most people will have to buy health insurance starting in 2014, the GOP sure seems to embrace government mandates when it suits their purposes.
Other states have imposed waiting periods (as if a woman suddenly chose an abortion as she was passing an abortion clinic), parental consent for women under 18 (who are just as unintentionally pregnant as women over 38), unnecessary ultrasounds, mandating the woman has to listen to the fetus’s heartbeat for a certain period of time before her abortion is scheduled, having to view photos of aborted fetuses, and other medically unnecessary processes and procedure designed solely to delay an abortion in the hopes of scaring or shaming the woman out of it.
It’s like someone trying to scare or shame someone else out of accessing their right to freedom of speech, or the right against self-incrimination. Besides being unconstitutional, it is also immoral.
Imagine that: an immoral practice from people claiming to be standing on the highest moral ground!
But besides the incredibly arrogant hypocrisy of this “holier-than-thou” crowd, what’s even worse is that it seems to be the most pious among them that continuously are being caught literally with their pants, down, in extramarital and or/gay affairs and/or sexually abusing children.
And they scream the loudest about an assault on their religious “freedom” if they have to allow health insurance companies to provide contraceptives to non-believers in their employ. But they see no such assault on their part when they forcibly impose their anti-contraception beliefs by refusing to allow health-insurance-provided contraceptive services to women in their employ who want them!
This would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. In fact, the other advanced western industrialized countries of the world (all of which have single-payer universal health care) ARE laughing at us!
Santorum and his fundamentalist-religious-right brethren would do well to remember that….as would his own campaign…because we WANT him to be the GOP nominee!! 🙂