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Top 5 Reasons GOP Intellectuals Are Know-Nothings

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3. Back to the Medieval Ages

Medieval thinking in today’s Republican politicians has indeed been on parade “thanks” to Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s comment that women can’t get pregnant by “legitimate” rape.”

Ryan hasn’t made quite such an ignorant pronouncement. But as†Jessica Pieklo says, he “represents one of the most extreme anti-woman candidates available, having co-sponsored a federal fetal personhood bill and voted to defund Planned Parenthood (plus, he ‘wants to write discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage’).”

Republicans want to make a total abortion ban part of their party platform because of just what Akin said, that “under no circumstances, not even rape, incest or when a womanís life is in danger, should women be allowed to terminate a pregnancy is because it is a party that†does not believe in personal liberty for women.

Jennifer Tucker, an associate professor of history and science in society at Wesleyan University, writes that it is not just that Akin’s (and the GOP’s) ideas are at odds with modern science. In a New York Times op-ed, Tucker reviews how Akin’s beliefs about pregnancy are†very much “in step with medieval science,” which is based on the texts of the ancient Greek medical writer Hippocrates and reproduction theories outlined by the fourth-century BCE philosopher Aristotle. According to these ideas,

Women were considered, by and large, colder and wetter than men. Menís and womenís bodies were widely seen as having very similar equipment, just in different places. They were supposed to have similar fluids (blood, milk and semen were interchangeable, depending on their temperature conditions).†And their experiences of heterosexual sex were also supposed to be similar: Both men and women had to have orgasms because it was only in that heat that new people could be conceived ó women needed to experience pleasure in order for fertilization to occur. By the 13th century, in legal terms, women who were raped and became pregnant were presumed not to have been raped.

Sound familiar?

With Ryan as VP, the U.S. would become a country in which it’s literally back to the Dark Ages.


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8:02AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Something to think about.

The Greatest Speech Ever - Charlie Chaplin !

9:58AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Ryan is a slimeball. A worthless POS who had everything handed to him. Just like Romney. Re-elect Obama. If you hate Obama just don't vote for these idiots.

2:01PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Agree with Don H.

5:22AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Mark B, I completely agree with you about publicly financed elections. That is the only possible way we can regain our representative democracy.

But I have to take issue you with you when you say, "Democrats want to do away with the Second Amendment".

The NRA TELLS you the Democrats was to do away with the Second Amendment. But it is not true. I'm a gun owner. There are millions of gun owning Democrats. We do not want to do away with the Second Amendment.

Advocating a ban on assault style weapons hardly equates wanting to ban the Second Amendment. I know you have heard time and again from the NRA that this is a "slippery slope" but that doesn't make it true.

When the NRA says, "Clinton wants to take your guns away." or "Obama wants to take your guns away." they are manipulating the thinking of millions of otherwise reasonable Americans. Look how guns and ammunition sales exploded after Obama was elected. Who did that serve? That's right, the gun and ammo manufacturers. It was an easy ploy and the gun makers made out like bandits.

9:22PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

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9:19PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Mark that just won't cut it. I am considered liberal, and I am white and I don't think for a minute that I am discriminating against myself. I'd rethink that mindspeak you just wrote a bit. It sounds like you are trying to convince undecided whites to vote against the current president. We have already read stories about this approach from people and that they will try to use it to create further confusion. Sorry. not buying it.

8:57PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

We will keep having to choose from the 'lesser of two evils' as long as the electoral process is privatized. If 'We, the People', choose to finance the electoral process, we can eliminate the prostitute Supreme Court's decision of Citizens United. Who ever pays for the elections controls who gets elected, and controls them after the elections.

Democrats want to do away with the Second Amendment, and Republicans want to do away with the Middle Class. The Liberals discriminate against me because I am White, the Republicans discriminate against me because I am disabled. Who can I vote for? Both offend me.

We must nationalize the electoral process to regain populist control of our body politic and our own lives. We must forbid private financing, (donations), of elections and only allow public funding and public control of the entire process before we can have real Statesmen and Stateswomen to vote for.

1:00PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Just for a moment . Work with me here folks.
Nightmare scenario. Romney (liar in chief) elected. Steven King horror moment. Romney gets sick. Ryan ,the ignoramous. PRESIDENT! God help us all. Hardly a experienced ,level headed substitute!!.(replacing a totally clueless store front dummy)
No foreign policy .(voted FOR Iraq War,that is it!) No respect for women. (barefoot and pregnancy for all)
One question. he supports personhood.(would have denied Romney grandchildren as IVF,would be illegal) Have Huckabee explain that to the the chief.!

2:21PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

I think that the GOP is a product of their own dumbing down our educational system. The GOP has been short changing education for decades. These guys seem to believe the religious stupidstitions that many religions preach, like the earth is only 6000 years old, women got man into trouble because of that apple, etc. They believe the voodoo economics that trickle down works. They have lots of money. See! It worked. Look at all that money these corporations keep giving me. See! It's working. They have the money and it's tricking down to me.

1:59PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Isn't "GOP Intellectuals" an oxymoron?

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