While the entire nation waits in suspense for the US Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (affectionately known as Obamacare), republicans have actually found a way to make us forget about that…for now.
That GOP initiative unfolded in the Michigan state legislature last week. Michigan democratic state representative Lisa Brown from West Bloomfield, Michigan was speaking on the Michigan state house floor against an anti-choice bill that would have forced women and their doctors to endure unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming obstacles when seeking an abortion in Michigan. The bill obviously had its roots in the ultra-extreme-right religious-fundamentalist wing of the GOP.
In her own words, representative Lisa Brown explains that “When it was my turn to talk, I explained my opposition to the bill. As a Jew, I said that I follow my faith’s teaching that when a pregnant woman’s health and life is at stake, it’s her life that comes first. As a member of a religious minority, I understand that not everyone shares my views, and I respect that. In turn, I asked that they not force their religious views on me. In closing, I told them that I was flattered in their interest in my vagina, but no means no.“
The chairman of the Michigan state legislature, republican house speaker Jase Bolger was outraged (or so he claimed about someone who opposed the GOP bill) that Brown has used the word “vagina” on the house floor. As a result, he banned her and her fellow democratic representative Barb Byrum from speaking on the house floor the next day, which was the last day of the legislative session before the the summer break for the Michigan state legislature. In effect, Bolger “neutered” the voices of 180,000 Michigan residents that are represented by Brown and Byrum.
While an effort to eliminate a couple of “no” votes against the bill, the issue seems to go well past a simply, thinly-veiled attempt on the party of the GOP to silence members of the opposing party. GOP representative Mike Callton reported that he couldn’t even bear to repeat Brown’s statement that included the word “vagina” because it was “so offensive”, he didn’t want to say it in the presence of women! Considering the fact that Callton studied anatomy in college, it’s bizarre that he considers the word “vagina” so offensive. The poor guy must have been traumatized in anatomy class!
As one can imagine, this issue has gone viral all over the internet, and for good reason: Assuming that half the Earth’s population are women, it logically and mathematically follows that half the humans alive on this planet have vaginas. In fact, it’s fair to state that half of all mammals, including all those that lived before and no longer exist and those presently alive have or did have vaginas. They’re as commonplace as…dare it be said?….penises.
And both of these”unmentionables” are part of natural, normal biology, despite the weird,unfounded, psychotic fear-laden beliefs of those who think these “unmentionables” are evil and must be suppressed (and even mutilated, in the case of some Islamists)…even though they, themselves, are actually walking around with either a vagina…or a penis.
But all kidding (okay…maybe not so kidding) aside, this incident begs a bunch of important questions…such as:
1. Who are the idiots who vote for these lunatics?
2. Who are the idiots who ARE these lunatics?
3. Why is the national GOP silent in all of this local lunacy?
4. What is the national GOP campaign platform on all of this, and why didn’t they control their dogs?
Remember that the GOP state legislative leadership silenced the two democratic women representatives because they thought they could get away with this offensive political action. That speaks volumes about the GOP’s political playbook.
On the other hand, it’s completely believable that the GOP in Michigan (and elsewhere) really does believe that saying the word “vagina” in public is a heinous offense. Perhaps they really do have fear the word “vagina”, or at least have apprehension about “it”. That being the case, the world’s best psychological experts advocate that the best way for someone to deal with fear or apprehension of something is to confront it head-on.
To that end (or against it, depending upon your point of view.. ), the following is offered:
After viewing the above, perhaps the Michigan GOP and the rest of their “vagina-phobic” brethren will be cured. Then they can begin to focus on the real issues of our time…such as fixing the Super-Pac debacle that “Citizens United” unleashed…or realizing that providing tax breakers to the richest 1% doesn’t create jobs….or not allowing the idiots who think “vagina” is evil to vote.
You know…useful stuff that benefits all of humanity…even women!