Political thing. (Personal opinions ahead.)

((I guess I’d better post this before we lose power for a week. Anticipatory anxiety is my favorite!))

I don’t usually post about particular politicians. I usually just go off on a “feminazi” or “crazy libby” rant. This time, though, I’m going to share a mailing from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.

They seem to be focusing a lot of attention on our local state representative seat. I think that’s a good sign because maybe that means they’re worried about losing this seat. I’ve gotten so many incredibly negative junk mailers from them.

This one, though… oh my lord.

Look, I’m a pretty reasonable person. My dad and I even agree on some things despite being political opposites.

Look, there’s nothing “extreme” about supporting equal rights for all people — because gays and lesbians are people too. They deserve every right I have as a heterosexual. Including the right to be legally married. (And no, this does not impose upon religious beliefs because, guess what, churches don’t HAVE to marry anyone.) So heaven forbid Equality PA or Victory Fund support you. Gay rights are a civil rights issue. If you don’t agree with gay marriage, then don’t engage in one.

Side note: If you really want to save marriage, make it illegal for people who engage in domestic violence to get married. Or teach love, acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness. He asks, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)

But supporting LGBT rights is so extreme that it’s something I’ve supported since I was at least 5 without even thinking about it. Treat others as you’d like to be treated. Simple and not extreme!

Progessive Majority supports things like:

  • Economic Justice: Prosperity should be accessible to everyone, not merely the few.
  • Civil Rights: Every individual’s civil rights must be protected; discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or physical and developmental ability should be banned.
  • Health Care: Every individual should have affordable, quality health care.
  • Education: It is essential that we invest in quality public education for all.
  • Environment: We must commit to restoring and protecting our environment.
  • Reproductive Freedom: Women and men – not politicians – deserve the right to make personal decisions about their reproductive health in accordance with their own personal and moral beliefs.

The right to make decisions about when to have children? HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE? AN EDUCATION? EQUALITY?

*sarcasm* Oh it’s just so horrible! Women should be baby machines! People need to die more often. Ignorance is bliss. And if there are no second class citizens, we’d actually have to respect one another. How terrible!

Planned Parenthood also likes to provide health care, sex education, and reproductive services to people. Lately, Planned Parenthood has been under attack because they provide women with medical services that are important to their reproductive lives. (Yes, sometimes this is abortion — which turns out isn’t an issue that is black and white.) I guess it’s forgotten that even men use their services.

Planned Parenthood is not extreme. They do want to protect women’s (and general) health issues by preventing interference by politicians who think women have a special way to shut down pregnancies in cases of rape. They don’t go around poking holes in condoms or anything. They provide cancer screenings and annual exams that prevent disease, pregnancies and even deaths. They want to keep medical decisions between a patient and their doctor.

And why, WHY are unions considered soooo evil? They’ve fought to give us 40 hour work weeks/overtime pay, safer working conditions, time off to care for sick children and parents, and time off to mourn a death. That’s just a few of the “perks” labor unions have gotten us. You think most corporations care to improve their working conditions if their workers all just roll over and do everything they say for low pay and no benefits? No one could make a living that way… We owe a lot to hard fought union battles, even if we’re not unionized.

On the flip side of the mailer, they cite calls for gun control laws from a paper written about domestic violence victims. (I think we can all agree that abusive jerks shouldn’t have guns and there should be better protections in place for domestic abuse victims.)

Bah! So extreme.

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