Well, technically, if one must get all technical and such, I mis”wrote” not mis”spoke.”
In my previous post, I mentioned Dr. King and his legacy and what I am attempting to pass on to my daughter and my shortcomings in the past of appreciating him. In rereading it, it seems as if I might be suggesting I held prior racist, bigoted beliefs and attitudes. Nothing could be further from the truth. I do not believe that I, at any time, harbored bigoted, racist views regarding anyone. (Though, to be sure, sometimes I do get a little miffed at the white peoples’ treatment of all races they thought ‘inferior’ to themselves. One blatant example being the native peoples populating this country LONG before any white dudes arrived on the shores. But, that is another story for another day.)
Rather, my past thoughts were due to ignorance of events that shaped our country, ignorance of exactly why they were important, ignorance of exactly why the people were important. And that ignorance is what I am trying to atone for now. I am hoping that by making sure Gracelyn is NOT ignorant of the facts, the history of this country, the people who framed the discussions, the movements, then perhaps in some small way I can make up for my appalling lack of sensitivity and absolute ignorance of the way of things.
There, is that as clear as mud?
Which brings me to the second topic at hand tonight, which I simply could not leave unaddressed as it was so completely asinine (I adore that word, simply adore it, so I use it whenever I can and luckily it seems there are just so many situations screaming to be addressed as asinine that I get to use it over and over and over again. Yeah me!)
Seriously. I just don’t get this. Mike Huckabee had to weigh in on women’s reproductive rights I think. I’m not sure exactly. I mean, I honestly don’t know what he was trying to say or what point he was trying to make. It really was that dumb. At least in my humble opinion.
This is what the esteemed Mr. Huckabee said:
“Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the
capacity of women. That’s not a war on them; it’s a war for them. And
if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them
believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and
providing them a prescription each month for birth control because they
cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the
help of the government, then so be it, let’s that that discussion all
across America, because women are far more than Democrats have made them
I think perhaps he’s trying to make some odd point about the “War on Women” that Democrats insist is being waged by Republicans and Republicans insist is all just a leftist, liberal, pinko, commie talking point (or something like that).
But after reading it again, I do think maybe he’s trying to address the supposed (by Republicans) “War on Women.” (Personally, I do believe that Republicans have crafted some pretty sad legislation, or tried to advance pretty pathetic legislation, that would seem on the surface to not be very favorable to women. And then we have the Todd Akins of the Republican party, of which there seem to be SOOOOOO many just like him, insisting that a woman can’t get pregnant from being raped because her body has a way of “shutting all of that down.” Jesus, Mary and Joseph the insanity sometimes gives me a rip-roaring headache. But, as usual, I digress.)
Back to Mr. Huckabee. I don’t necessarily find fault with his premise. I think he’s insisting that Democratic women are nincompoops because they cannot do anything by themselves or have a lucid thought by themselves without good ol’ Uncle Sam swooping in and thinking and doing for them. I think that’s where he’s going with that. I guess I do find fault with that premise after all. I don’t appreciate being thought of as so completely stupid that I can’t think for myself. Nincompoop I am not, thank you very much.
The thing that gets me all hot and bothered (and NOT my libido being all hot and bothered Mr. Huckabee…my genuine, 100%, born and bred Irish temper all flared up red-poker-like) is the reference to said libido. Not mine specifically per se, but all women’s libidos in general. And that the only reason women in this world would ever want to use birth control of any way, shape or form would be because they couldn’t control their libidos. Every month. And because they can’t control those pesky little libido thingys then they need to go take some birth control.
This is where my head starts to hurt.
Cause I’m fairly certain that the hormones in birth control pills don’t “control women’s libidos.” I mean, at least in the medical school I attended (albeit a veterinary medical school, which to my dear young daughter means I’m not a “real” doctor, just a lowly veterinarian…don’t get me started…), birth control pills are used for a myriad of situations (regulating the menstrual cycle being the most common, but I’m just sayin’, and yes, the animal world is the happy beneficiary of many types of birth control methods, but good grief I digress here). But not once do I remember “controlling the libido” being one of the indications for use. Call me crazy.
So his argument is, if this is some sort of argument, really quite, well, asinine. (No other word sums it up as well. Sorry.)
I’m trying to follow it logically and I’m coming up a few cards short of the full deck here. Nothing is adding up. I think it might have something to do with the fact that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare for all the haters) covers birth control. And that’s a hard pill for the ridiculously, religiously, rigid Right to swallow. (Major guffaw there. No pun intended.) So maybe that’s where he was headed. Cause sex is just not ok I guess.
Unless. Unless. Unless you’re an old white guy who needs to buy some Viagra to make your little wife happy? Cause you know what? Viagra is covered by insurance. Yessirreebob. So we can make men’s libidos all hot and bothered and happy go lucky.
But you don’t hear anyone screaming about the gubmint having their grubby hands involved in the men’s libido control, now do we?
I’m just sayin’.