(Originally written for Mindchaotica)

 

Google the GOP lately (go ahead, I’ll wait), and the results will be full of some of the most ridiculous made up facts and outdated beliefs you can imagine, which is entertaining but terrifying when you also Google the percentage rise in voter support for the GOP.  Press coverage offers us a glimpse into a 3-ring circus that may or may not collapse at any time, letting loose on America some pretty dangerous animals.

By now most of us have heard ‘s claims that denying rape victims the option of abortion is justified because no woman who is “forcibly raped”, as opposed to just-kidding friendly raped, can become pregnant, because our bodies have the ability to block it from happening cases of “legitimate rape”.  He did a great job of making the fact sound valid with a claim that he had heard the fact from medical doctors while in the next breath freeing himself of any factual responsibility by adding that it was just what he had heard and understood it to mean.  I wish somebody had told me this at 18.  It may have saved me a lot of hardship and a college career.

Yesterday the intelligence of America was even more insulted as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spoke against an amendment that would incorporate civil unions in the Republican platform with this statement:

 “Our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves … like for example the use of controlled substances, like for example polygamy, that is voluntarily entered into. We condemn those activities even though they are not hurting other people, at least directly. So this is worded way too broadly for inclusion in the platform.”

Let’s break this one up into smaller, more easily digestible pieces, shall we?

“Our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves.”

In this single statement Kobach gets to the heart of a pretty serious issue.  The government involves itself all the time in situations where no one is being harmed, where they have no right or reason to place judgment.  Dear US Government, it is not your job to decide whether or not how I live is good for my immortal soul!  How is it that there are laws to make sure I’m not out there minding my own business causing no harm to anyone with how I live or who I love, but if someone violates my body I am stuck with the consequences even if doing so causes further harm?

“…like for example the use of controlled substances, like for example polygamy, that is voluntarily entered into. We condemn those activities even though they are not hurting other people, at least directly.

The poly community has been all over this one.  While there is a fundamental difference between polyamory and polygamy, the sentiment here is the same, since Kobach specifies consensual marriage of multiple people not anything illegal or malicious (which is not my view or opinion, but often used as an argument against polygamy).  I will say this once, and only once.  My marriage harms no one, not even indirectly.  I apologize if seeing a harmonious group of loving people and well adjusted children strikes a chord somewhere and possibly makes someone question his closed-minded refusal to accept any lifestyle but his own, but this is not harm.  My children being bullied for their sexuality, my girlfriend being refused the same rights as any wife because her spouse happens to be a woman, these things are harmful. Our family harms no one.  I’m not not going to get into a diatribe or debate about the existence of harmful effects of substance abuse, but I do resent being compared to a drug addict and feel compelled to sing a couple rounds of “One of these things is not like the others“. Apples to heroin, friends.

This is not the first time Kobach has made waves infused with bigoted flotsam.  You  may remember him as a co-author of Arizona’s “papers please” campaign, a role that has put him in a prime position as an adviser for the GOP’s immigration platform.  I’m not sure what practical or applicable knowledge Kobach has, since last time I checked there were no foreign countries bordering Kansas, but his rhetoric on the topic has caused national uproar and allegiance alike.  This is also not the first time he has addressed the LGBT community directly with his fantasy-based hogwash.  In 2004 he accused the HRC and other LGBT organizations of supporting “homosexual pedophilia” in a brilliant display of verbal vomit with no basis in fact or reason.  Kris Kobach, I hear, also keeps a stuffy, conservative unicorn with magical powers of hate and propaganda in a secret cave on his family’s estate.  It eats rape babies who might have been adopted into happy families by loving gay couples across America.  Can you think of any better reason for these ridiculous claims and proposed legislation?

The scary thing is that this man has support of both Republican voters and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who recently sung his praises.  I have to wonder, however, how Mr Romney’s great-grandfather, who was a known polygamist, would feel about being lumped in with drug addicts.  Probably the same way I do. Bewildered that it may be possible the GOP is actually moving backwards instead of forwards with the rest of us.  From where I sit it looks as if the circus is making it impossible to watch any one thing for too long, and I’m waiting to find out what’s happening behind the scenes that we’re really missing.

 

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