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Rick Santorum vs. Sex

A recent article in Salon magazine kind of spells out a lot of what is happening right now in this country.  The pro-life movement has always said that they are against abortion.  They want to preserve life (how many of them eat meat?).  But that argument is really falling by the waist-side when you think about it.

With new prescriptions being made, like the Morning-After Pill, Plan-B, and emergency contraceptions of all kinds, the fact is that with modern pharmaceuticals, it is getting so that abortions are less and less necessary.  One would think that this would slow down the anti-choice (pro-life) activists, right?  If there are no abortions happening, how can this be a problem?

In the article mentioned above, it talks about how Rick Santorum, the presidential candidate who came in only eight votes behind Romney is against birth control.  All birth control.  Here’s a quote from the man himself –

One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.

Add to that quote (from the article) –

Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.

So, how are things supposed to be?  That’s an easy question to answer, when looking at Santorum’s religious affiliation.  He is a hardcore and old-school Catholic.  This means that he is one of the Catholic crowd who believe that any sex that isn’t missionary and for the express purpose of procreation is wrong.  It is a telling sign of something that the pro-choice crowd doesn’t think about nearly enough.

It’s not enough that anti-choice individuals are against abortion.  That at least makes a modicum of sense.  As Bill Maher said –

I get that, I just don’t agree with it.

But this isn’t that.  In fact, the disturbing part seems to be that the more options that are created to prevent having women to have to go through an abortion, the louder the opposition becomes.  The question is – why?  To answer it for Santorum, one must, unfortunately, look to his holy book.

According to Genesis 38: 8-10, the story goes that a man named Onan had a brother, but the brother died before he could bear offspring.  In accordance with tradition, it was customary for the brother to have sex with his brother’s widow.  However, when in the act of intercourse, he pulls out from her, and his “seed” fell to the ground.  Of course, God got angry (he does that a lot) and struck the man down for his actions.  Now, thanks to that verse, the Catholic church is of the mind that no sperm must be wasted.  All sex must result in reproduction.

This brings us back to the current situation with Santorum.  He is against all forms of contraception, even in the case of married couples.  For real, if a couple doesn’t want to have kids, too bad!  Not only is this non-sensical, but it is also wrong.

But one just has to ask – why?  What possible good comes from this kind of ideology?  This is more evidence that religion and state mixing always has negative consequences.  Now we have a Presidential candidate who wants to get rid of any and all possible ways of practicing safe sex.

And the worst part is that he isn’t done there.  There was a quote from Dan Savage on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

One of the things I’m constantly reminding people about Rick Santorum is that he doesn’t merely have an anti-gay agenda, he has an anti-straight agenda too.

Santorum is against gay marriage, against all forms of abortion (even in the case of rape and incest.  Who knows, crazy as he is, maybe against saving the life of the mother too), against pornography.  This guy is against sex.  He is totally against sex.  This is a problem, and it needs to be addressed, because the bigger societal question becomes – how did this guy get into public office?  How did he become so powerful?  How do people this deranged acquire so much political status?

America, we can do better, and we need to.  Now, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Santorum isn’t going to win the primaries.  He is too extreme for the majority of Republicans and right-leaning moderates.  But this needs to be addressed.

We need to save our rights to have sex.  Sex is fun.  Protect it.  Otherwise, we may not have any choices.

Peace out,

Lefty

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#OccupyWallStreet, revolution in its infancy, or just a game?

This is the question, isn’t it?  This is something that America has been needing for some time, yet the horrible truth is that every effort to ignore this has been done.  Not only that, but the private army of the status quo, aka, the cops, have been used as a weapon against a completely peaceful protest.  At this very moment, a live stream feed is going out.  The link is here (http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution).  Now, like any protest, there are those who are involved who are very well informed, and there are those who are not, but the point of interest in all of this is that these people are being ignored, and cracked down upon.

It all began as a #-tag on Twitter that I saw.  I didn’t even know much about it until a few friends hit me up with some links.  Now it has become one of the most horribly disregarded events in American history.

Keith Olbermann talked with filmmaker Michael Moore about this on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.  This event is not being televised hardly at all.  Egypt is going through a massive revolution, and it is given almost constant coverage and being critically examined.  Here we have a group of people who are just as dedicated to making social change.  Or are they?  That really is the question that does need to be addressed before the people of this country actually critically examine these efforts.

It is not a myth that our country’s economics are broken.  Our nation’s infrastructure is falling apart.  We have candidates like Ron Paul who wanted to completely destroy it and take this country back to feudalism.  Then we have candidates like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry who want to make the people of this nations servants to their religious views.  And each of them has their own cultish following.

Part of the problem in this is that those who claim to support the views that the people who started this had are not giving their support.  Current network is the only one that I have seen giving this some legitimate coverage, aside from PBS, BBC, and NPR.  The corporate media is almost nowhere to be found, unless you count Fox talking about how these people are all just idiots.  But in government, where are they?  Well, since the mayor of New York blocked this peaceful protest off before it even got started, the answer there is pretty simple.

And does Wall Street take it seriously?  No, they do not.  They laughed at the protestors.  The agape jaws of our economy don’t ever take the people seriously.  This brings us back to the question – what is this?  The big hope is that this will grow into the seeds of a revolution.  It must be a peaceful revolution.  We can’t afford to let ourselves get violent about this, because that will make them crack down further.

If there is to grow into something more, it needs two things – more people, and some of those in power giving their support.  That is it.  That is what is needed.  Occupy Wall Street could be the start of something more.  It could be the start of a nation-wide effort to let those in government know that we have had enough, and we want some global change.  To date, it is being ignored, lambasted, and cracked down on.  Over 100 arrests, including those who were making efforts to get information out, like the members of Global Revolution.

Honestly, perhaps Michael Moore had the right idea, if this is to be the seeds of revolution –

I would encourage people who watch this show to think about – okay, you can’t make it to New York City, but there’s a branch of Chase bank in your town.  There’s a branch of Bank of America.  And there’s nothing preventing you from organizing a demonstration outside that branch.  With signs, with possibly even civil disobedience, to make your voices’ heard.”

At the moment, this is not a major thing.  At the moment, this is just several hundred people.  If this is to be something more, those who endorse the cause have to get down there, or do what Moore is suggesting, and make your voices heard elsewhere.  That is my thought, anyway.  I am glad that this is going on.  For a long time, I didn’t think this nation had it in them.  America, it is time to make your voices heard.

And if nobody steps up.  If nobody chooses to make the decision to pursue this further, then it was a game after all, and the revolution that this nation needs will just be ignored.

Peace out,

Lefty

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