Have you been naughty or nice this year? Tradition in Western culture has it that a child who has been naughty during the year will receive only a piece of coal in his/her stocking, and no toys at all.
Well, there are plenty of GOP members who have behaved very, very badly in 2012, and so deserve that lump of coal. Here are just five of my nominations; I’m sure you can think of plenty more.
Mourdock was a Tea Party favorite who beat veteran incumbent Richard Lugar in Indiana’s Republican primary, and was initially tipped to win against Democrat Joe Donnelly. But at a debate last October, Mourdock affirmed that the life of the mother is the only exception he makes for abortion. Then, as Politico reported, he made this startling statement:
“I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that’s something God intended to happen.”
This seemed to be right in line with other Republicans in 2012. The good news is that Joe Donnelly beat Mourdock, as voters rejected Republican attempts to eviscerate women’s basic freedoms.
Right up there with Mourdock we find Todd Akin, Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, who last August stated that pregnancy as a result of “legitimate rape” is rare as “the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”
From The Washington Post:
Rep. Todd Akin, the newly-christened GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, said in an interview airing Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.
Explaining his no-exceptions policy on abortions, Akin was asked why he opposes abortion even when the pregnancy is the result of rape.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
A lot of women were furious, but also wondered what on earth Akin was talking about. Thankfully, Akin was defeated by incumbent Claire McCaskill. With the defeat of Mourdock and Akin came the end of Republican party hopes of taking control of the Senate.
To make up a trio of misogynists, there’s Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois, whom Daily Kos labeled “The country’s most notorious deadbeat dad,” as well as a hater of gays and veterans. Walsh told reporters “you can’t find one instance” where it has been necessary to perform an abortion due to the risk to the mother’s life.
In fact, Daily Kos reveals details from a recent study:
The report, titled “Deadly Delivery,” notes that the likelihood of a woman’s dying in childbirth in the U.S. is ﬁve times as great as in Greece, four times as great as in Germany and three times as great as in Spain. Every day in the U.S., more than two women die of pregnancy-related causes, with the maternal mortality ratio doubling from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 births in 1987 to 13.3 deaths per 100,000 births in 2006. [...]
Walsh was also defeated in November, losing out to Iraq war veteran and double amputee Tammy Duckworth.
As Governor of Louisiana, Jindal signed into law in 2008 the state’s Science Education Act, which encourages teachers to critique science such as evolution and global warming and to see creationism and evolution as competing theories. It was the first of its kind to be approved in a state legislature, although other states, notably Tennessee, are following suit.
Now this year, Governor Jindal approved a new voucher program, which gives thousands of poor and middle-class students the funds to pay for the full cost of tuition at 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.
Louisiana has embarked on the nation’s biggest experiment in privatizing public education, as the state moves tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.
Thanks to lawmakers like Jindal, creationism is flourishing in several states including Louisiana, Tennessee and Indiana.
The Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff prides himself on being a hardliner on immigration and an outspoken critic of President Obama. It’s hard to know where to start with his egregious behavior, but this example serves well: last summer Arpaio arrested a 6-year-old undocumented immigrant, the same day President Obama announced a shift in policy away from deporting young undocumented immigrants.
According to reports, the girl was with 15 other people believed to be in the country illegally. The arrest took place at night at an undisclosed location in Maricopa County.
Arpaio currently faces civil rights charges from the Department of Justice related to unlawful immigration sweeps and a failure to enforce the laws equally regardless of race or citizenship status. Arpaio apparently believes that the only solution for immigrant children brought to the U.S. by their parents is to deport them.
Which GOP members do you think should receive coal in their stocking?
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