Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ISBL Asshat of the Week: Bill Cassidy

Not many people know the name of Bill Cassidy, a Republican state Senator from Louisiana, but here’s a little background on the man.

Cassidy, like Mama Grizzly Bore™ before him,  is one of those “abstinence-only” crusaders who, just last year, co-sponsored the Abstinence-Only Reallocation Act that awards grants and special funding to public and private schools that teach only abstinence in their sex education programs. The bill was authored by, oh lucky me, South Carolina’s resident Republican loon, er, Senator Lindsey Graham and has been tabled in Congress though teenagers in Louisiana aren’t in the clear.

Despite efforts by some legislators and educators to discuss sexual behavior, birth control, condoms, and the like in schools, Louisiana is one of the leading abstinence-only promoters in the country. In about 305 of schools in the state, students are taught exclusively abstinence. No safe sex. No birth control. Nothing but “Don’t do it.”

And, since most teenagers don’t listen to their parents, or some of their teachers, it should come as no surprise that Louisiana currently has the 6th highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation; in fact, while most of the country has seen major declines in teen births, Louisiana’s has hardly changed.

So, why does this make Bill Cassidy an asshat? His own daughter, in her teens, is pregnant and, well, of course, Bill wants y’all to know that he’s just fine with it:
“Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer. Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family. Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.”
How lovely that Bill Cassidy and his wife will support their daughter, um, because they have to support her; she’s a pregnant minor so, yeah, it’s their responsibility just like teaching her that abstinence is the only way to go.

And doesn’t it just smack of the Mama Grizzly Bore™ and her abstinence-only stance, even while her seventeen-year-old daughter Bristol was banging Levi?

I mean, here we have the post politicians for abstinence who can’t bother to instill that lesson into their own children, but they want to legislate it into law that you have to do it for your children.


Bill Cassidy, ISBL's Asshat of the Week.

Sidenote: Yes, abstinence is the only 100$ surefire way to avoid teen pregnancy, and STDs and HIV and all sorts of things, but it’s clear that many teens, and adults, aren’t adhering to that ideal, so wouldn’t it be best to arm them with knowledge about sexual behavior? Or is that too much common sense for the GOP and Bill Cassidy and Mama Grizzly Bore™?


Raybeard said...

Don't know this guy but on seeing his photo my genuine first reaction to that spectacularly square head was 'Frankenstein's Monster'. (Perhaps before the doctor had inserted a brain?)

Bob Slatten said...

Thanks for the laugh! My first spit-take of the day!

the dogs' mother said...

We have been blessed with blooming health and relative prosperity (free education, child labor laws, abundant media both good and bad). Teen sexual behavior went along for the ride with earlier puberty contrasted to longer dependency on parents. Sex ed is imperative to teach to kids as soon as possible and impress upon them what an abortion is really like (I always got a lot of ewwwws.) And what an early pregnancy and child can do to your life. And finally what actual childbirth is like (got more eewws).
The truth shall set you free! When faced with pelvic exams vs fooling around in the backseat many teen girls call time out!!

Bob Slatten said...

Knowledge = Power

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

You just know there was major yelling and crying and threats and screaming and cursing and screaming and fists pounding walls and tables in that house long before that statement was finally released.

If this were a question on the SAT's it would be:
abstinence is to pregnancy as not getting in the car is to driving.

anne marie in philly said...

what a hypocrite asshat!

and I second raybeard - cassidy looks like a freak to me!

the cajun said...

Not to be unkind but... He looks like he was yanked from the womb feet first and his head got a little stuck, bless his heart.

jadedj said...

Let me stray a tad from the main topic. I am in agreement with Raybeard, but would add...did he purposely get that haircut? And then had a photo taken with a "owwwww, goose me again, baby" look? However, the really burning question is...did he knowingly release the resulting photo into the public domain?

Biki Honko said...

Why is it that most religious adults want to keep their children sheltered to infantilize their behaviors? Rather than preach no sex until a ring in installed, they need to preach, condom, condom, CONDOM!

Ok, they aren't ready to see that their "baby" isnt one at the age of 15+. And physical relationships can not be healthy emotionally for some kids. But if we were open about sex with our kids, and explained to them all the ramifications that having sex can cause, then armed with that knowledge and condoms, their lives shouldn't be wrecked by a roll in the hay.