Why I’m Not a Democrat and Why is the US so Damn Backward?

November 10, 2009

I will tell you right now, this is not going to be a very focused blog post, but I wanted to get it out before the issue got stale, I guess.

I am bothered as hell by the Stupak Amendment. That this thing even made it onto a piece of legislation with a real chance at becoming law is appalling. I tend to vote more or less straight-ticket Democrat, but I am not a registered Democrat. Why? Because of bullshit like this.

First of all, can we please just cut the crap and admit that this is about religion? Because it is. I will have a great big post about religion in public schools soon, but in the mean time I would just like everyone to acknowledge that something like 99.999999999999999% of people who think abortion should be illegal/unfunded believe this for religious reasons. Thus, if you make it illegal, you are imposing your religious beliefs on me. I do not like that and couching it in language that skirts religion does not make it any better.

Related: This makes me angry. Really, really? Does Saletan even realize that more than 60% of people think Roe v. Wade is a good thing? How is this “throw[ing] in your lot with the people”? How utterly, fucking ridiculous.

Initially, I had a hard time understanding how the “liberal” half of the US legislature could be this stupid. Then I saw this article on fivethirtyeight.com and it made sense. The United States ranks 70th in the world in percentage of female legislators at 17.5%. Even if you take just the Democratic Caucuses, then you end up more or less tied with Pakistan for 46th. Pakistan!?!? Are you freaking kidding me? No wonder we suck at women’s rights. Can you imagine a 21st century legislative body with any kind of reasonable female component voting to amend a bill in this way? I sure as hell can’t.

One Response to “Why I’m Not a Democrat and Why is the US so Damn Backward?”

  1. BradPerala said

    I hit the "next blog" button on the top of the page and got yours. very will written. I used to live in the U.P (of Michiga) and voted for Stupak, as he was the democrat…dont know what to tell ya haha I didnt know this would happen!!! anyhow very well written blog, very good facts. good job.

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