Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I don’t know why anyone would choose to be a Republican; sure, I get conservative; I get financial conservative. But what I don’t get is the rigid, rightwingnut religious rantings of people who say they want smaller government then try to get Big Government to stick its nose in every nook and cranny, and vagina, in the country.
And I’ll give men a pass because, well, men are idiots. But I don’t understand female Republicans. Why would you join a party, a political party that seems hell bent on telling you what you can do with your own body? Sure, I know there are Pro-Life women out there, but why let a man tell you what you can do, what health care choices you can make, and how you should live your live as though you don’t know how?
Then I read about Renee Ellmers, the ISBL Asshat of the Week and if she’s a typical Republican, well then, I get it now.
Recently, a group of the more conservative GOP women in the House of Representatives attended a Republican National Committee conference that was supposed to train them how to talk to women voters about Republican policies. You know, cuz women — and by women, it appears they mean the non-GOP women — are dumb.
Since there are only 19 female Republicans in the House, it wasn’t a big meeting and it went mostly unnoticed; except for ….
One of the 19 was Renee Ellmers, a two-term Congresswoman from North Carolina. Ellmers shot to conservative asshat fame last year when she that she won’t be giving up her pay during the government shutdown that her party created because, she said, “I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line.”
She also, at the same time, used that tried-and-untrue GOP method of opposing Obamacare with a boatload of lies and innuendo; in fact, she was such an outright liar that even her own constituents stormed her Facebook page to put her on blast for “embarrassing them” and their state.
But that didn’t stop Ellmers who, at that GOP conference on how to talk to female voters, gave a speech entitled "Taking Back the Future" and here’s a little of what she said:
“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level. Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.”
Okay, let me get this queer: she believes men are smarter than everyone else because they have props, and most of us are just too dumb to understand a pie chart. But she goes on — and boy, does she go on — to say that all women really want is more time in their lives … as in, and I quote, “more time in the morning to get ready.”
So, according to this woman, women are too dumb to understand a graph, and need more time in the mirror before heading out to do a job that men do better because they have graphs. But then she puts another nail into the coffin of the GOP when she said this:
“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and with everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go.”
Wow. So, the way to get women to understand GOP policies is to treat them as though they are stupid; use one-syllable words and pictures; maybe pretty music and mirrors and lights; shiny stuff.
Again, I say, I get conservative, but I don’t get why a woman should join the GOP when the men in the party want to tell her how to use, or not use, her own body, and the women in the GOP think she’s too dumb to understand anyway.
At least Renee Ellmers doesn’t understand, and that’s why she’s the ISBL Asshat of the Week.
Let me put it in a way she might understand: you’re dumb, honey.
Monday, July 21, 2014
I was strolling around the interwebz this morning as I do, and stumbled across this video at Reluctant Rebel, with the post title ‘Watch This – It Is Worth Six Minutes of Your Time.’ But Carlos was making breakfast and I didn’t have the six minutes — Seriously? I didn’t have six minutes? — so I closed the page.
But after breakfast, I saw the link again and while I debated in my head whether to spend six minutes on one thing, I mean, sheesh that’s like a lifetime these days, I clicked on it and was very glad that I did.
This is Debi Jackson, the mother of a transgender child, telling her story, her child’s story, and everyone needs to hear it … even if it does take six minutes.
Ms. Jackson, not at all what one might consider the typical transgender ally, has become the most fierce of advocates, even going so far as the create a website for parents of transgender and gender nonconforming children: Trans-Parenting.
But, before visiting the site, if you have another few minutes to spare, take the six minutes to listen to Debi speak; listen to her tell her story, her daughter’s story, and tell you what you need to know about transgender, what it is, how it is, that it simply ‘is’.
Amazing. Now watch. It’s just six minutes but it could change your view and your mind.