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Republicanism: The New Domestic Violence

The Republicans would have us believe they have our backs. They promote themselves as the ones with the “family values,” and protector of same. They are the Promise Keepers, the fiscally sound Citizens for Responsible Government, and the Chamber of Commerce, aka the “Provider of Jobs” for those who haven’t yet mastered the trickle-down economics theory. They would like us to know that they are the only ones who know the true definition of a life worth living, how much it will cost, and who is entitled to live it. They are looking out for our best interests, unlike the Democratic Party, whose lefty-liberal ways will be the socialist death of America.

In their protection of family values, Republicans want women to know who the boss is. Based on their legislation against women, it’s surely not us. Earlier this year, they invested quite a lot of resources into re-defining the word “rape” so that abortions for victims of rape would be limited to only those who had been “forcibly raped.” So, if you were raped but had been drugged, unaware of or unable to resist a rape, you wouldn’t qualify. If you were the victim of incest, unable to resist the advances of a parent or other relative, you wouldn’t qualify. If you were elderly and unable to fight back, you would not qualify. Why? Because you weren’t really raped. Get over it.

Last February, the Republican controlled House voted to eliminate all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Don’t want any of “our” money going to fund abortions. Immediately after voting in favor of eliminating federally provided contraception for women, Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) submitted an amendment to H.R.1 that would provide contraception for wild horses. Honest. I’m not kidding.

In South Dakota, Republicans voted to expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killing someone perceived as a threat to an unborn child. That would include a pregnant woman seeking an abortion and a physician performing one. The bill was ultimately tabled but it’s not gone.

The list goes on and on. And for every act against us, there’s an explanation of why it’s good for us. They’re hypocrites. Liars. Thieves. The Republicans are the ones stealing our liberty and holding us hostage to their black souls.

Liars are hard to abide. Republican policy is bad enough, but when they lie to America about what they’re really doing while simultaneously pretending to be guardian and caretaker of the rest of us regular Joes, it’s really just another form of domestic violence. At least when you’re getting beat up by some asshole, they’ll admit to the fact that they’re beating you. They’ll just give you some crap story about how you made them do it or they’re only doing it because they love you. Republicans will rape you senseless. They’ll ignore the black and blue marks, the crutches, and the casts; in fact, they’ll tell you those things are a figment of your imagination, and then they’ll screw you once again, all the while insisting that it’s love making at its finest.

About Marla Turner:
It's not about the me. It's about the we.

Discussion

19 Responses to “Republicanism: The New Domestic Violence”

  1. Wow Marla, I’ve never heard someone misrepresent the facts as much as you did in your piece. Taking things out of context, twisting the truth, and downright fabricating “facts”. Why?

    Posted by Jill Miller | July 8, 2011, 10:45 am
  2. I’d argue that ABORTION is domestic violence . It is the killing of an unborn child. Say what you want about “reproductive rights” – we can argue all day about whether women should have the right to get an abortion. But, the one point that CANNOT be logically disputed is that when a woman has an abortion, a human life is being snuffed out. Period.
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    Posted by Liz DeLoach | July 8, 2011, 8:56 am
    • Liz, that begs the question. What is human life? That’s the debate. How about the morning after? Is that a human life?

      Posted by Justin McAffee | July 8, 2011, 10:44 am
    • For you abortion may be domestic violence, but in the cases of rape and incest for example, a “life” potential is snuffed out well before the act of abortion. Besides the point the writer was trying to make was that no federal funding goes towards abortion through Planned Parenthood. PP is exactly what it says: an association that helps people plan for eventual parenthood sanely, with nutrition advice, advocacy, and medication or contraceptive if needed.
      How is that wrong?

      Posted by dana | July 8, 2011, 10:49 am
      • Wrong, Dana, about rape and incest snuffing out life. Both are undoubtedly horrible acts which render tremendous psychological and physical harm. But is us not the same as death.

        Posted by Liz DeLoach | July 8, 2011, 3:26 pm
    • I would debate the point of when does an embryo become a human LIFE? So, according to your logic, a spontaneous miscarriage would also be “murder” of a human life? Check americanpregnancydotcom to read about this common occurrence. Who do you nominate to care for unwanted children born to teen (or not) moms? It should remain the mother’s right to choose in the 1st trimester or in case of rape/incest (always). It’s a painful enough decision to make, without busybodies interfering with their Biblical Highhandedness.(I just have a feeling that’s where you’re obtaining your opinion.

      Posted by Caleb | July 8, 2011, 12:16 pm
      • No, Caleb. An abortion is s deliberate human act to kill a human life. A miscarriage is an event of nature over which we have no choice.

        Posted by Liz DeLoach | July 8, 2011, 3:21 pm
        • @Liz -this is the age old debate about abortion. You believe that abortion is murder. Those of us on the other side don’t agree. I respect your right to believe as you do, but just know that just strongly believing in one’s perspective does not make it true. My belief is also my belief and not necessarily true – if it did, you would have accepted that truth or I would have accepted yours.

          We are all human beings with our own beliefs, bias, values, and judgments, living our lives through our own filtered lenses.

          Posted by Marla | July 8, 2011, 4:56 pm
        • Liz, I find it quite laughable about how you champion the Rebublican Position on abortion. Never once do you make any point about how to actualy reduce or eliminate the need for abortion. Republicans are using abrtion as a rally point for individuals like your self to jump on their B/S wagon. To Republicans all life is sacred till it exits the womb them its to be screwed over and abused.No halth care, no working rights. Nada..nothing. I would believe the Republican poisition more if they siad lets eliminate abortion by..oh lets say EDUCATING people about sex. Oh wait…Republicans are against increased funding for education too. I do hope Liz your not one of those “Just Say No” people who believe that simply telling your child to not have sex is enough. if your a religious person you would know God tried that with Adam & Eve and we all know how well that worked out and THAT was God not a mortal parent. Oh and if you think for one NewYork second that Republicans are against Abortions. Just let them get one of their 25 yr old aids knocked up and see how quick she gets one. Oh it was just a D & C procedure for uterine problems!!! My butt!

          Posted by A Voice In da dark | July 16, 2011, 12:03 pm
    • Interesting how the unborn are so protected yet Republicans are cutting funding for any children born in poverty. They are cutting funds for education and medical treatment for such children. The fetus is sacred but as soon as its born, to hell with it… until it becomes of military age… then its time to ship it off to war as cannon fodder. That’s the hypocracies the author speaks of.

      Posted by Tom | July 8, 2011, 10:22 pm
  3. And do all of you think the Democrats are any better? WAKE UP!

    Posted by Ron K | July 8, 2011, 8:43 am
  4. I’m glad you’re talking about it. When are Americans going to learn?

    Posted by Justin McAffee | July 7, 2011, 4:49 pm
  5. Great piece, Marla! Their attacks on women, children, families, retirees and former service members have elevated hypocrisy to new heights. Call ‘em on it.

    Posted by Launce Rake | July 7, 2011, 3:55 pm
  6. Hell. Yes. Get ‘em!

    Posted by Betty Fokker | July 7, 2011, 3:33 pm
  7. Great synopsis of the Gang of Predator’s modus operandi; I could not have summarized it better!

    Posted by Vickie Rock | July 7, 2011, 3:19 pm

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