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Can we abort the wedge issues already?

So if I understand Repugnican Tea Party U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, who is running for the U.S. Senate for Missouri, correctly, if a woman is properly reviled enough — which she should be if she has been the victim of a “legitimate rape” — she will have a revulsion-induced miscarriage should one of her “legitimate” rapist’s spermatazoa successfully fertilize one of her eggs, which very rarely happens in the case of “legitimate” rape anyway. Doctors say so, Akin apparently said. On television.

If revulsion-induced miscarriages were a medical reality, wouldn’t thousands of women have had miscarriages every time they saw and heard the likes of, say, George W. Bush or Sarah Palin or Prick Santorum — or, for that matter, Todd Akin — on television?

A little visit to Wikipedia shows that Akin is a 65-year-old white guy (yet another fucking baby boomer) who calls himself a Presbyterian, and his bio on Wikipedia mentions no medical training whatsoever.

Still, despite his possessing, presumably, no female reproductive anatomy himself, and possessing, apparently, no medical training whatsofuckingever, Akin very apparently feels comfortable pontificating upon women’s reproductive choices — even to the point where he’ll just pull shit out of his ass. 

Wow.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a staunch supporter of women’s reproductive rights. If I were a woman, I wouldn’t want some “Christo”fascist dictating to my uterus.

But abortion as a knee-jerk wedge issue is beyond tiresome.

Abortion was decided in 1973 with Roe vs. Wade, and the Repugnican Tea Party traitors (most of them “Christo”fascists) need to move the fuck on already and let the rest of us have the freedoms and liberties that are guaranteed to us.

But I’m not sure who is worse: the likes of Todd Akin talking out of his toxically patriarchal, misogynist, “Christo”fascist ass or the likes of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic Party, wasting no time at all in firing off yet another “outrage” fundraising e-mail yesterday. Wasserman Schultz’s e-mail, titled “Legitimate rape,” invites you to “Take a stand for women now.”

When you click on that option, you are then immediately taken to a webpage that asks for your name, e-mail address and ZIP Code. When you enter that information by clicking on a box labeled “TAKE A STAND,” you then immediately are taken not to a webpage on, oh, say, women’s reproductive rights, but  to a fucking Obama Victory Fund 2012 fundraising webpage.

The only, or at least the best, way to “stand up for women,” you see, is to give money to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Every time some Repugnican Tea Party dipshit says something stupid and/or fascistic, which is often, the Dems quite predictably fire off yet another of their “OUTRAGE!” fundraising e-mails. What good is a scandal or pseudo-scandal if you can’t profit from it?

Aren’t even the Democratic Party hacks sick and fucking tired of this predictable, craven bullshit?

Abortion is an important issue, but how about global warming and other environmental destruction (such as the British Petroleum oil spill in which the corporate-ass-kissing Barack Obama was less than fucking worthless)? How about reining in the bloated-beyond-belief military-corporate-industrial complex, which wastes trillions of our tax dollars while we are told that we are parasites and that thus the social safety net (what little of it remains, that is) must be annihilated? How about the growing, yawning gap between the rich and the poor? How about our young people, whose future is incredibly fucking bleak? How about preserving the environment for them, and also for them ending perpetual bogus warfare and other bogus military spending for the greedy, treasonous motherfuckers’ war-profiteering, and how about preserving Social Security and Medicare for them and for us members of Generation X and for future generations instead of blatantly stealing the dollars of those of us in Generation X and Generation Y who have been paying into Social Security and Medicare for decades or for years by denying us what we already have fucking paid for?

No, the partisan duopoly doesn’t want to talk about those issues because those are our most pressing issues.

They want to talk about abortion. Ad nauseam.

Let’s fucking face it already: Neither of the two major political parties is willing or able to tackle our most pressing problems. Whatever the two parties might have been in the past, all that they are now is fundraising machines — and they use visceral social issues and fear of the other party to (try to) get us to give them our money and our votes.

And we allow this state of affairs in a so-called “democracy.”

It seems to me that we have the “democracy” that we deserve.

*Actually, a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that:

Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence. As we address the epidemic of unintended pregnancies in the United States, greater attention and effort should be aimed at preventing and identifying unwanted pregnancies that result from sexual victimization.

Granted, this study was published in 1996, but I can’t see that much, if anything, has changed since then. (Human ova are still fertilized in the same way, to my knowledge…)

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Deceased nun is the new Terri Schiavo

Denise Mosier

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Sister Denise Mosier of Virginia allegedly was killed by a drunk driver earlier this month. The accused driver turns out to have been an “illegal,” prompting a local, apparently politically ambitious Repugnican Tea Party wingnut to politicize Mosier’s death — even going so far as to say that President Barack Obama “[has] blood on [his] hands” for not persecuting those in the nation illegally more fervently — even though Mosier’s fellow nuns have asked that her death not be politicized.

I recently finished reading the chapter in Idiot America about the 2005 Terri Schiavo debacle — the fiasco in which a dying hospice patient in Florida was used shamelessly as a political football by the right wing.

Lest we begin to think that anything has changed here in Idiot America five years later, a wingnut in Virginia now is using the death of a Catholic nun for personal political gain.

Sister Denise Mosier was killed earlier this month by an allegedly drunk driver, a 23-year-old from Bolivia — who, the media report, is not a U.S. citizen and has been in the nation illegally.

Mosier could have been killed by any sort of drunk driver — a male or a female, a minor or an adult, a white person or a non-white person, a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen — but the individual accused of having killed her while he was drunk behind the wheel is an “illegal,” which, in the current political climate in which it’s the “illegals” who are being made into scapegoats while the white-collar criminals remain free, has significance.

The Associated Press notes that Mosier’s order, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, have “tried to discourage [anyone from] using [her] death … as a ‘forum of the illegal immigration agenda’ and pleaded for a focus on ‘Christ’s command to forgive.'”

But hey, as the wingnuts said of the dying Terri Schiavo (whom they claimed, quite incorrectly, was being murdered by being allowed to die a natural death in a hospice), the death of a nun allegedly by an “illegal” is “a great political issue.”

Why shouldn’t someone’s personal pain become some wingnut’s political gain?

Corey Stewart, chairman of the board of supervisors of the county where Mosier lived, is trying to reap such gain.

The AP reports that Stewart, yet another stupid white man —

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— “rushed back into the immigration debate after the Aug. 1 accident, firing off a statement that President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and members of Congress ‘all have blood on their hands.'”

Nice.

No, it wasn’t a tragic accident that killed a nun — something that neither the young Bolivian man (who, if he is guilty as charged) nor the members of his family probably ever will live down.

No, it’s Obama’s fault. And Napolitano’s fault. And Nancy Pelosi’s fault.

Clearly.

“What I’m hoping is that this situation, which because it involves a nun has drawn the nation’s attention, can serve as a catalyst for change and force the administration to come clean about its catch-and-release policies,” the AP quotes Stewart as having said, adding that he also believes that Virginia needs to strengthen its drunken-driving laws.

Sure, but the real red meat of the nun’s death is the illegal immigration issue. Stewart said so himself: “because it involves a nun” and has “drawn the nation’s attention.”

It’s funny how dim individuals reveal their personal political agendas even unintentionally. Stewart essentially has called the nun’s death “a great political issue,” just as an operative for Repugnican U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, where the Schiavo debacle unfolded, wrote of the case of Terri Schiavo in a memo that was leaked.

The AP notes that Stewart — a Repugnican, of course — “is seen as a possible lieutenant governor candidate in three years.”

The AP also reports:

The sisters at the Bristow, Va., monastery have buried Mosier, who would have turned 67 on Aug. 26. Two other nuns injured in the crash … have undergone surgery and remain in critical condition.

The man charged in the case, Carlos A. Martinelly Montano, 23, of Bolivia, had two prior drunken driving convictions, but was not required to serve any of his 30-day sentence for the first one. A Prince William County judge required Montano to serve only 20 days of his approximately one-year sentence on his second conviction.

Local officials turned him over to federal immigration enforcement officers after the second incident and after sentencing, but federal officers released him both times while he awaited hearings.

Montano is being held at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center, and the county’s prosecutor is promising to ask a grand jury to consider charges that could put him in prison for 40 years.

Montano entered the U.S. illegally with his parents and siblings, his uncle Luis Ronald Montano told The Associated Press. He attended American schools in New Jersey and Virginia from third grade through high school. He is engaged and is the father of two boys, ages 1 and 2, who were born in Manassas, Va.

For a few years, the family had asked Montano, a T-shirt screenprinter, to seek professional help for his alcoholism. His family took away his cars, but he had taken his mother’s Subaru at the time of the crash.

Luis Ronald Montano said the family understands Carlos has broken the law several times. They worry about the future of his two young sons. They expect he will be deported, but they have hired lawyers in hopes of keeping him here with minimum jail time.

“He’s getting used to crucify all the illegal aliens in the United States,” his uncle said.

The nuns have forgiven Montano. Mercy and forgiveness, the nuns say on their website, are not optional for Christians. …

Stewart criticized [the feds] for releasing Montano, saying the county hands immigrants over [to the feds] “on a silver platter” after they’ve been convicted of crimes “and still [the feds] release them back into communities.” …

Frankly, I trust that the feds don’t need Stewart’s advice, and for him to make a political issue of Mosier’s death when her survivors explicitly have asked him and others not to demonstrates his character. If he truly gave a shit about the nuns, he’d respect their request, but it’s all about him and his political ambitions, so of course he ignores the nuns’ request and goes full steam ahead on his selfish white-supremacist jihad.

Actually, though, Mosier’s death can serve as a “catalyst for change.” Just not the kind of change that Stewart and his ilk hope for.

Mosier’s death and Stewart’s shameless attempt to make political hay out of it can underscore for the nation the fact that while the Repugnican wingnuts used the same-sex marriage wedge issue for the 2004 elections and tried to use the Terri Schiavo case as “a great political [wedge] issue” for the 2006 elections, we don’t have to let the wingnuts of the Repugnican Tea Party use undocumented immigrants as a political wedge issue for the coming November elections, which clearly they’re doing.

We can call them on their shit this time.

To use racism and white supremacism and bigotry and hatred and fear-mongering for political gain is bad (and, I will add, anti-Christian) enough.

To exploit the death of a Catholic nun who in life opposed such things is just fucking satanic — but typical of the members of the Repugnican Tea Party and the other assorted wingnuts.

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