Within an hour of posting that story, four of my Republican friends sent me private messages saying that woman does NOT speak for them. Two of those friends even said they are not responsible for what the GOP extremists say and do.
I beg to differ. Moderate, rational Republicans are most definitely responsible for putting the extremists in office! And they are the only ones who can restore the GOP to the "big tent party" where differing views are welcome and rational thought is the norm.
Before I explain exactly why my moderate Republican friends are responsible for the extremists, here are a few other comments made by GOP lawmakers at the state and federal levels.
- “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.” ~Texas State Senator Jodie Laubenberg, an ignorant claim that rape kits are used to abort a pregnancy (June, 2013)
- Human-caused global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" ~Sen. James Inhofe (OK) as he cited the Bible to defend his position
- "... I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you." ~Rick Santorum, presidential candidate, explaining that rape is a gift from God (January, 2012)
- "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!"~Herman Cain, presidential candidate
- “I would not compromise my principles for politics. You’re saying, will it become politically unpopular to have the position I’m having? If it does, so be it. I don’t compromise my principles for politics.” ~NJ Governor Chris Christie explaining why he continues to oppose marriage equality
- “I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” ~Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock who also thinks God causes rape (October, 2012)
- “Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low. But when you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours. And in this case that’s impossible because this is in the sixth month of gestation. And that’s what completely negates and vitiates the purpose for such an amendment.” ~Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, claiming that getting pregnant through rape is rare therefore there shouldn’t be any exceptions for rape victims in anti-abortion bills (June, 2013)
- Life begins "from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman." ~Former Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer - who needs to take a biology class, pure and simple
They may not like the radical Republicans on the ballot but they WILL vote for them simply because of the "R" behind the candidate's name! To vote for a Democrat would surely send them straight to hell, don't ya know! So, they will knowingly vote for a Republican who believes the United States is a "Christian" nation ... a candidate who wants to ban contraception for religious reasons ... a candidate who is so anti-women that you wonder who brought them into the world ... a candidate who has no problems supporting - and voting for - legislation that makes it legal to discriminate against certain groups of people ... a candidate who wants to make Christian prayer mandatory in public schools.
It's so simple. If my moderate, rational Republican friends don't like the extremists in office, they must vote them out. And that means voting for the other candidate. Trust me ... you will survive with a Democrat (or 3rd party individual) in office for two or four or six years. In the meantime, you will have sent the Republican Party a very strong message: we will NOT tolerate being represented by the radicals any longer!
So, please ... don't tell me you aren't responsible for the extreme right-wing lawmakers now in office. YOU put them there.