Which Party Is Really Trying To Control Americans?

small-government-hypocritesOne of the most repeated comments on my recent article on Subway’s partnership with Michelle Obama was about control. Many conservatives who were angered by my piece argued that the “government” (Mrs. Obama) is trying to “force” them to do something they don’t want to do. The majority of conservatives who wrote responses are convinced that our first lady suggesting we eat better is tantamount to fascism, socialism, and many other isms.

Oddly, when I researched this article, I discovered overwhelming evidence that it is in fact not the left, or Mrs. Obama, who are trying to force Americans to do anything. The party of “smaller government” is inserting itself all over the place, and not just here. To be clear, I do not believe all conservatives agree with the things their party is doing, or trying to do, in order to control Americans. The ones who commented on the Subway article, however, need to understand the truth.

Domestically, conservative politicians are trying to control everything from a woman’s right to choose to a teacher’s right to educate. We have conservatives who demand religious freedom for their own religion, yet deny it for others. And we cannot forget the attempts to control the LGBT community. Globally, conservatives have publicly supported Vladimir Putin’s draconian and dangerous polices regarding his own LGBT citizens, and championed the horrific bill in Uganda. Let’s look at some of the ways many on the right are trying to force their own beliefs on their fellow Americans.

Texas schools have adopted a “creationist curriculum” that misrepresents evolution. The materials provided to school children call fossil history “sketchy,” and state evolution is “dogma” and an “unproven theory.” Students are told that leading scientists dispute both evolution and the age of the Earth. The state charter program sponsoring this “creationist curriculum,” Responsive Ed, receives over $80 million in taxpayer money. The Texas government is paying a charter program to force kids to learn that people and dinosaurs walked the Earth together, carbon dating is a myth, and evolution isn’t true.

(Quick side note, because I know someone will bring this up: The word “theory” has a completely different meaning as it relates to science.)

In Louisiana, creationism is also being forced on school children. The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008 allows creationist materials into classrooms, under the pretense of helping students review “theories” in an “objective manner.” The Discovery Institute, a creationism think tank, helped write the 2008 bill which has been called “an assault against scientific integrity.”

Fundamentalist Christians are not paying for this, taxpayers are. Atheist taxpayers, Buddhist taxpayers, progressive Christian taxpayers, Wiccan taxpayers, agnostic taxpayers. Parochial schools are allowed to teach religion as part of their curriculum because they are funded by parents – parents who pay tuition. Public schools are not supposed to be able to do this, but the strong arm of the conservative party has forced schools to teach religious dogma on our dime.

Being LGBT in America is much easier than being LGBT in, say, Uganda. Here, you cannot be jailed for being LGBT, or executed by the government. You can, however, be discriminated against because, again, some right-wing Christians believe it is their right to do so. Recently, some businesses have run afoul of anti-discrimination laws in their states because they refuse to cater to the LGBT community. Many conservatives are claiming that we – LGBT allies – are “forcing” these businesses to violate their religious beliefs by holding them to the same standards as any business. No, but what is happening is that the majority of the religious right is trying to force the LGBT community to accept discrimination as a normal occurrence.

This happens because the majority of conservatives believe being LGBT is a choice. They do not believe anyone is born LGBT, they believe that someone would choose a lifestyle that almost guarantees bullying, hate, bigotry and discrimination. Many right-wing Christians think that the entire LGBT community decided one day to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. And since it’s a choice (it really isn’t), it’s okay to try to force LGBT individuals to change, to conform to some very narrow parameters, and it’s perfectly lovely to refuse them service in a pastry shop.

Our last look at control relates to women. Yes, I know Mike Huckabee thinks some guy named Uncle Sugar controls our libido (or some such nonsense) but the truth is, it’s conservative politicians who want to truly control women. Over the past few years, we have seen an attack on reproductive freedom that is unrivaled since Roe V Wade. South Dakota is a perfect example of this.

In 2011, South Dakota’s legislature passed a series of bills specifically aimed at making it next-to-impossible for a woman to receive an abortion. There is only one abortion clinic in the entire state, and in order to exercise her right to choose, a South Dakotan woman must jump through a lot of hoops.

She must consult with her own doctor (provided she has one), visit an anti-abortion “pregnancy crisis center,” and then wait 72 hours before she can have an abortion. If she doesn’t live near Sioux Falls – the location of the only clinic in the state – she must then figure out how to get there. And in 2013, South Dakota’s Republican governor, Dennis Daugaard, approved a measure to make the wait even longer. Now, weekends and holidays don’t count toward the 72-hour waiting period.

We all know how many on the right feel about contraception. Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate, publicly said that states should have the right to ban contraception. To his credit, Santorum is against all contraception, including condoms. Most conservative politicians and pundits usually leave condoms out of the discussion. Both Mike Huckabee and Rush Limbaugh seem to have a problem understanding how women’s contraception works. Huckabee believes it has something to do with our libido, while Limbaugh thinks it works like Viagra.

A party trying to force people to follow religious dogma. A party trying to force an entire segment of our society back into the closet. A party trying to force women to carry pregnancies to term – no matter what – and at the same time attempting to keep them from having access to contraception.

Michelle Obama is simply suggesting we could eat better. She is not forcing anyone to do anything. In stark contrast, many conservatives are trying to force Americans to worship their deity, believe their myths, hate who they hate, and stay pregnant from puberty to menopause. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems the control party leans right, not left.

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Erin Nanasi

Erin Nanasi is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries: Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Fictional Diary. She hates writing about herself in the third person. Erin enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. And wombats. Come visit Erin on on Facebook. She also can be found on Twitter at @WriterENanasi.

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  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Once again, the Republican agenda to push their brand of Christianity and ignore facts.

  • Pipercat

    Dag nabbit girl, he was Senator sweater vest, not Governor!!!

    • Emora

      Fixed! 🙂

      • Pipercat

        Yep!! It was the sweater vest, I Tells ya!!!

  • Ugh

    Don’t forget the “Have the baby!!!”….. “You had a baby out of wedlock? You whore.”

  • Charles Vincent

    “In Louisiana, creationism is also being forced on school children.”
    Hmm and schools across America teach evolution you can’t have your cake and eat it too Erin.

    “Recently, some businesses have run afoul of anti-discrimination laws in their states because they refuse to cater to the LGBT community. Many conservatives are claiming that we – LGBT allies – are “forcing” these businesses to violate their religious beliefs by holding them to the same standards as any business.”
    Hmm yet again you’re being myopic recently in Co a business man had refused to make a cake for a an LGBT wedding as he did not believe in it his right and his opinion yet he was forced to make a cake anyhow and the majority of comments from both conservative and openly gay posters seemed to support his decision again you’re pushing a double standard.

    “In 2011, South Dakota’s legislature passed a series of bills specifically aimed at making it next-to-impossible for a woman to receive an abortion. There is only one abortion clinic in the entire state, and in order to exercise her right to choose, a South Dakotan woman must jump through a lot of hoops. She must consult with her own doctor (provided she has one), visit an anti-abortion “pregnancy crisis center,” and then wait 72 hours before she can have an abortion. If she doesn’t live near Sioux Falls – the location of the only clinic in the state – she must then figure out how to get there. And in 2013, South Dakota’s Republican governor, Dennis Daugaard, approved a measure to make the wait even longer. Now, weekends and holidays don’t count toward the 72-hour waiting period.”

    Good this isn’t a decision one should make lightly. Secondly Roe V Wade was about a doctors right to practice medicine not a woman’s right to choose, read the decision before you post nonsense.

    In before the trolls show up. I dont care if gays marry great get after it, but don’t think you get to use law to force complicity from others that may not agree with your life choices.
    As for abortion I dont think its a good option when neither the mother nor the child are in danger of dying, I tend to think adoption is a better option, and I think that women that use abortion as a form of birth control because they cant be bothered to exercise any prudence and use any one or combination of birth control to prevent getting pregnant are pretty vile people. Again my opinion, but I do not make it my business to force laws on others just like I dont want bullshit laws forced on me.

    • Adam

      And Charles is back. Get Jim Bean and strayaway on this thread and we’ll have hit the trifecta of conservative/”libertarian” douchebags.

      “Again my opinion, but I do not make it my business to force laws on others just like I dont want bullshit laws forced on me.”

      I don’t want bullshit laws based on opinion and not facts forced on me or anyone else either, but by supporting the current crop of Republicans or “libertarians”, that’s what you’re doing, hypocrite.

      • Charles Vincent

        Yay a troll armed with ad hominems. Have you grown any hair on your sack yet or are you still playing with the other juveniles on the playground? Look mouthbreather come with facts then maybe we’ll have something to debate, until then you’re just a single digit IQ monkey flinging feces because that’s all you’re capable of.

      • Adam

        Thanks for your response, it’s gratifying to know that I managed to piss you off.

        Trolling the trolls, only way you’re gonna make them learn!

      • Charles Vincent

        haha you haven’t even come close dont let your pea brain think so hard lol. You’re a non factor chief.

      • Adam

        Just look at all that hate from a conservative. Surprising since I’m not a woman, black, hispanic, or homosexual. Maybe because I’m Jewish?

      • Charles Vincent

        I could care less about your sex, race, or religion stupid doesn’t discriminate and from where I am, it looks like you got a healthy dose of super stupid hell even monkeys can do basic logical analysis. Not sure what your issue is perhaps some primate experts can look into it for you.

        “Just look at all that hate from a conservative.”
        Says the bigoted hypocrite. Still haven’t figured out that assuming makes you look stupid? As for trolling you aren’t even good enough to be an amateur.

      • Adam

        So calling out the disrespect and hate espoused in your post and in the policies you claim to support makes me a “bigoted hypocrite”. Only in your fantasy land.

      • Charles Vincent

        Yes considering you are guilty of calling people names. And really I am just doing to you what you do to others as it seems a fitting thing when dealing with you. And for the record I dont hate you because I dont know you, you are an anonymous entity on the internet.
        Hmm I re read my post and I see nothing hateful or disrespectful in it perhaps you should check your reading comprehension. Sorry Chief you’re the only one in fantasy land here.
        How about I point out your bigotry and hate for you just to add insult to injury.
        first let us define those two terms;

        bigot (ˈbɪɡət)

        — n

        a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race

        Well well well look at that I posted a view and you attacked me personally like a rabid dog that makes you a bigot.

        hyp·o·crite [hip-uh-krit]

        noun
        1.a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
        2.a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

        Hmm that’s astounding you consistently(and others on the left) claim to be ever so tolerant of others and then when they state some facts as they know them or their personal opinion you pretty much always resort to name calling and attempts to slander people you dont know. That makes you and others like you a hypocrite.

        Nice to know we have cleared the air and shown you for the bigoted hypocrite you are. Have a nice day.

      • Adam

        Well Chucky, the thing is, I don’t have a problem with conservatives or their beliefs. In fact, I’m sure we share similar beliefs, such as the ones you stated on abortion. What it comes down to is that I have a problem with you.

        You see, you come on here claiming that you want an open discussion, yet when people post rebuttals with facts to your arguments, you offhandedly and rudely dismiss them without thought. You’re not trying to foster discussion. You’re trying to provoke other posters who don’t agree with you, probably because it makes you feel bigger and more important than you actually are.

        Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do something other than argue with hypocritical douchebags like you. Don’t bother posting a reply, I won’t read it, and it won’t really matter very much at all.

      • Charles Vincent

        “You see, you come on here claiming that you want an open discussion, yet
        when people post rebuttals with facts to your arguments, you
        offhandedly and rudely dismiss them without thought.”

        This is patently false I provide rebuttals that refute the evidence they post, sorry that bugs you and I am sorry name calling isn’t a rebuttal nor are they facts.

        “hypocritical douchebags like you”

        We went over this already and proved you are the hypocrite and the bigot.

        “You see, you come on here claiming that you want an open discussion,”

        And when I do I am met by bigots like you who resort to name calling because you have no argument or you lack the intellectual capacity to research and develop facts to join an adult conversation on topics here. You dont like me fine I wasn’t put on this earth to be liked by everyone nor do I care one way or the other if you do or do not like me, I was refuting the assertion by you that I hate you evidenced here;

        “Just look at all that hate from a conservative. Surprising since I’m not a woman, black, hispanic, or homosexual. Maybe because I’m Jewish?”

        “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do something other than argue with hypocritical douchebags like you. Don’t bother posting a reply, I won’t read it, and it won’t really matter very much at all.”

        Don’t like my replies dont post comment on what I have said. Fitting that you are in essence taking your ball and going home in such a puerile fashion.

    • shchristy

      Charles, please do not write posts as if you were texting with no punctuation. Makes it so hard to read. This is not the phone.

      • Charles Vincent

        Simple solution stop reading them if you dont like how I lack punctuation. Second did you stop to consider that maybe I was replying from my phone?

    • Brian

      Blah blah blah, the usual nonsense talking points that people ripped apart in the 1960s regarding racism (in place of sexuality), science, and abortion.
      You’re stuck 50 years in the past and are doomed to fall behind. Get used to it.

      • Charles Vincent

        Wow you made a lot of noise and still said nothing important. I thought you “weren’t talking to me anymore”?

    • MorganLvr

      As far as science goes, Mr. Vincent, there is no controversy. Facts are real and anything thing else is not by definition. I don’t have the time or inclination to even attempt to explain the mountain of facts regarding evolution and it’s relationship to the understanding of biology, anthropology, paleontology, geology, medicine, Earth sciences and more. Sciences fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Without evolution as a base NONE of them wouldn’t even make sense.

      Creationism is religion NOT science. As a believer in the separation of church and state as required by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, I very highly object to my tax money being used to teach religion in public schools. Especially something as ridiculous as Creationism.

      Abortion is a legal medical procedure and neither you nor anyone else has the right to interfere, especially when you have no clue about another person’s situation. You sound like you think women run to an abortion clinic without thinking it over VERY carefully! Only a man would voice such an ignorant, insulting thought.

      Gays. No one is FORCING gays on anyone. It’s Fundies forcing their religious opinions on gays. Baking a cake is NOT making a religious statement. It’s doing your job in a public business in a secular society.

      The United States is a secular country, as required in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. It is not a “Christian” and was never intended to be.

      Try thinking things through. Thank you.

      • Charles Vincent

        OK first paragraph is total crap. Evolution isn’t and never has been the base principle behind science. Moreover religion falls in the realm of a few sciences; archaeology, sociology, psychology. I also stated that I don’t care what its labeled as.
        RE “Creationism is religion NOT science.”
        So you don’t think some omnipotent being could have used science to create the universe? IT is possible you know after all we only have a tiny grasp on how the universe was created.

        RE “As a believer in the separation of church and state as required by the
        1st Amendment to the Constitution, I very highly object to my tax money
        being used to teach religion in public schools.”

        What makes your “tax dollars” more important than someone who doesn’t want evolution taught in school?
        I don’t think you understand what the separation of church and state means.

        “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
        or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
        speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
        assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”

        Which means there can be no state religion i.e. The state cannot sponsor an
        official state religion like the Church of England. The state has to
        treat all religions equally i.e. If it allows the Ten Commandments to be
        place on public property it must allow other religions to place similar
        edifices. Similarly if it teaches about a particular religion it has to include teachings of other religions.

        RE Abortion. Again your making broad generalizations. My thoughts on abortion are posted on this sight and as I have said the only reason I have a right to be part of the decision making process is if i happen to be the father, and I listed the reason why I believe this as it pertains to law I am on the hook for Child support and can face fines and jail time for non payment of child support and that Chief gives me equal right to be in the decision making process. Moreover I even listed the reasons I believe Abortion to be a viable option two of which are Life of the mother is in danger and incest.

        http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/alabama-abortion

        RE Gays/discrimination

        https://mises.org/library/discrimination-and-freedom-marketplace

        The founding fathers intended this nation to be a faith based nation they didn’t care which religion(s) people chose to practice.

        Try reading more about what I did say before you run off the deep end making absurd arguments and hasty generalizations.

  • charleo1

    As the saying goes. Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. Now the
    Democrats are still in love with the nobel goals of inclusiveness, tolerance,
    empowerment, and much more willing to believe in the concept of strength
    in finding common ground. Hey! We’re all in the same boat. So, let’s make the best of it! And Republicans are falling in line. Well let’s say, they are falling. But not all in the same line. As the so called, Conservative Right has become much more ideological, and much less willing to consider, or even listen to other opinions on a wide range of topics. One of the side effects of that, of being so joined at the hip as they are. There is no longer any necessity to do any extracurricular thinking at all. When solidarity in the ranks is valued above all else. Lately though, that type of one size fits all approach, has run into reality. Always a hazard for the ideologue. And to say the GOP is in danger of coming apart at it’s philosophical seams, is not hyperbole. (They had, count ’em, four responses to the President’s State of The Union Speech) But nowhere are they pulled as far afield of political center, as their Party line on Women’s reproductive issues. Or their continued support of the idea that Civil Rights may be denied to a minority group, if the majority approves. A business owner believes contraceptives are a sin, so he may deny them to his female employees. Michelle Obama advocates that everyone exercise regularly. So suddenly she’s reading from the little red book, forcing us to exercise, Maoist style! And the healthcare plan, offers a gym discount. Well, I don’t believe in it. Those skimpy little jump suits are an abomination!. Rand Paul voiced his beliefs that a business should have the Right to refuse service to a anyone, if they so chose. Proving for me, their are some over there, that haven’t grown a inch, since the Civil War.
    Based on that same logic of owner’s prerogative, who has the Right to tell him he can’t own another person? If it passed on a referendum, would it be alright? Or, why can’t we acknowledge the fact we’re a Christian Nation? Protect my Rights, and discriminate aganist other religions? They
    discriminate aganist Christians in their Country. Why must we protect their
    freedom of religion here? They hate us, you know? Where does one start
    to unravel that kind of twisted logic?