There’s been a lot of asinine legislation proposed recently in red states, and it almost seems as if Republican legislatures are in a competition to see which one can outdo all the others in the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot category for laws. On an almost daily basis, you’ll hear about the next ridiculous, over the top bill introduced in one state house after another meant to cater to the fringes of the Republican Party. Why? Because within the GOP, if you don’t believe President Obama is a secret atheist Muslim fascist sent to destroy capitalism and teach elementary school children the gay agenda via Common Core and DIY abortions, then you’re really just a RINO in cahoots with the White House to sell out Christian America.
Here are just a few examples of state level absurdity that I’ve reported on over the last couple of weeks:
South Dakota GOP State Rep Insists Planned Parenthood Is ‘Worse Than ISIS’
Oklahoma Lawmakers Want To Ban High School AP History Courses
Mississippi Law Would Permit Unlicensed Drivers To Operate Buses Under Religious Exemption
Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert Wants To Drop A Nuclear Bomb On ISIS
Tennessee Republican Wants To Make The Bible The Official State Book
Much of this has to do with the fact that since 2010, Republicans have picked up more than 900 seats in state legislatures across the country thanks in part to liberal and progressive apathy on Election Day.
When I was a kid and before learning anything about sex, I actually thought birth happened through a person’s backside. Thanks to being deprived of proper sex ed classes due to my family’s strict conservative beliefs, it wasn’t until I was well into my teens before figuring these things out. Apparently I would have been fine as a Republican state legislator in Idaho, because that’s basically where he thinks babies come from also.
An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.
The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.
Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina. (Source)
Yes, this guy doesn’t even know the difference between the digestive system and the reproductive system, but he still thinks he’s qualified to vote on legislation controlling a woman’s body which he doesn’t understand.
In case you’re wondering, he’s a lawyer by trade, not an OB/GYN or even a proctologist. This is the Republican Party that makes us miss Bush, because he seemed reasonable in comparison to these guys. Remember when the GOP kept the crazies away from the microphone and didn’t let them drive the clown car? I know I do, because I was involved in conservative Republican politics as a kid and back then in the 1990s, the “country club Republicans” made sure to keep us in check. That has all changed now, and lawmakers like Vito Barbieri are proof that the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower is now the party of Dumb and Dumber.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: While we can get upset at the outrageous and asinine laws that conservative lawmakers have introduced and passed across the country, we as liberals and progressives should remember that if we fail to make our voices heard and actually show up at the voting booths, then we are approving this stupidity by our silence and apathy.
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