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Grand Old Poots (G.O.P)

When old white republican men break wind it blows the crap that made sense of their life at a time when they took for granted that ‘God’ and opportunity were their birthright. They speak with a simple certainty that their idea and dreams of an ideal American life can not and should not be aborted […]

When old white republican men break wind it blows the crap that made sense of their life at a time when they took for granted that ‘God’ and opportunity were their birthright. They speak with a simple certainty that their idea and dreams of an ideal American life can not and should not be aborted by the hopes and aspirations of people of color, especially a sex that they consider to be less than equal legal persons. After all, if ‘God’ wanted women to be equal he would have given them ‘ribs’ of their own instead of making them share with ‘His’ first choice – Man!

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At the beginning of 1972, when the editors of Ms. were planning their Wonder Woman issue, the women’s movement seemed on the verge of lasting success. On March 22, 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment passed the Senate, nearly a half century after it had been introduced. In June, Congress also passed Title IX, assuring that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The year 1972 was a legislative watershed. “We put sex-discrimination provisions into everything,” Bella Abzug said. “There was no opposition. Who’d be against equal rights for women?” – Jill Lepore, The Last Amazon- Wonder Woman Returns

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said. “And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” RNC Candidate for US Senate Richard Mourdock

 

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Rep.Todd Akin

“You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.” Foster Friess

“You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.” Sen. Glenn Grothman (R)

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and says that she must be paid to have sex. What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.” Rush Limbaugh

When you tell them that their shit stinks, they defend themselves by explaining in apologetic language that your nose is out-of-whack.  They can’t help it if you are too sensitive or ignorant to understand the conventions and wisdom of the good-ole days.  When you get over yourself they are sure that you will understand that they are politically incorrect “conservatives” not misogynists.

The most socially conservative republicans, continuing a history of thought and practice that colored the experience of  Native Americans, indentured servants and slaves, deny and defy the person-hood of women.

One political party in the United States is dedicated to harnessing female bodies with a negating tautology of their person and well-being. This brand of religious conservative nationalism wields the power of democratic institutions to advocate person-hood amendments for zygotes and unborn fetuses. When many of those fetuses, confronting some of life’s most difficult challenges, mature into childbearing women, they could find themselves with fewer rights and less protection than they had before they were born. In other words, the rights and well being of these women would be negated at the moment of conception if the fetus they are carrying is afforded 14th Amendment rights and protections. And, this is just a harbinger of the fanaticism that would accompany each yielding of our democracy to tides of right wing political theologies.

A bunch of white men and their colored cohorts are attempting The Birth a of Nation. The only way they can accomplish this is by screwing over a majority of people of color. Woman the frontlines!

“As the GOP loses its grip, it’s got one loyal constituency. Will white America go down with the ship?” Joan Walsh

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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).