Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Extremism


During the third and final debate last night, Mitt Romney said about the Middle East: “I'm convinced that with strong leadership and an effort to build a strategy based upon helping these nations reject extremism, we can see the kind of peace and prosperity the world demands.”

That’s rich (no pun intended), coming from the guy who is the current face of religious extremism in the United States.

When asked about a personhood amendment in 2011, which would declare that life begins from the moment of conception (a religious tenet), Romney said he’d be “glad to sign it” if one came across his desk.

When the Blunt Amendment was introduced, which gave employers the right to enforce their religious beliefs on their employees through their compensation packages, Romney supported it.

When asked whether he’d support the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Romney dodged it.

When a Georgetown law student was publicly defamed and called a slut for standing up for her rights by Rush Limbaugh, Romney said “I'll just say this, which is, [slut] is not the language I would have used.”

When discussing equal pay for women during the second Presidential debate, he implied that women’s place in the workforce was questionable, then he blamed housework for the fact that women are paid less than men, and then he referred to “binders full of women,” as if we’re a disposable commodity to be picked from at leisure. Because to him, we are.  

When asked about marriage equality, Romney promised to end hospital visitation rights for gay couples.

This man has done nothing but pander to the religious right and support measures that would catapult women and society back to the 1950s faster than you can thump a bible. Because of stigma and protestors and abortion clinic violence, it is scarier and more dangerous to obtain a legal abortion now than it was immediately following the passage of Roe v. Wade. In 2012, we still face systematic oppression of minority groups seeking to obtain the legal US rights they should be granted as legal US citizens.

President Obama called him out on it last night; Romney’s social policies look an awful lot like the 1950s. If Romney is elected, we are going back to the days of thousands of preventable maternal deaths per year, and the fiscal burden on society will actually increase. 

Vote, people. We need to end extremism here in the United States before we can help stand up for the rest of the world. 

ETA: Edited to remove the link to the story about the woman who was set on fire, as it turned out that the woman did it to herself. 

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    1. Thanks! I just hope the people of this country have the good sense not to elect this man...

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