Did You Need Another Reason To Be Freaked About A Republican Takeover?

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Here are a bunch: Senator Jim DeMint still thinks unmarried mothers and gay people shouldn't be allowed to teach in public schools, Senate candidate Rand Paul thinks too many poor mothers get Medicaid, and anti-choice John Boehner would be Speaker.


A few days ago, South Carolina senator Jim DeMint reiterated previous comments that reflected his current values loud and clear:

The Republican referenced the public backlash and quiet support that followed his 2004 comments that homosexuals and unmarried pregnant women with live-in boyfriends should not be teaching in the state's public schools.

"No one came to my defense. But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn't back down," DeMint said at the Greater Freedom Rally, according to a published report in the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg. "They don't want government purging their rights and their freedom of religion."

His spokesman claimed that what he meant was that "Senator DeMint believes that hiring decisions at local schools are a local school board issue, not a federal issue. He was making a point about how the media attacks people for holding a moral opinion." Women's and gay groups have demanded an apology, but really, why would DeMint apologize for his deeply-held beliefs, which is what they clearly are? Better that we know what he really think, which is that unmarried women who have sex and gay people are degenerates who should be shut out of participation in society.

Meanwhile, EMILY's List has decided to come out swinging against Congressman John Boehner, with the video above. Among other things, Boehner blew up Obama's support for reproductive rights (such as it is) in trying to bring down health care reform, and if the Republicans take over Congress, he'll be freer to pursue that agenda.

And then there's Rand Paul, who, on the Senate campaign trail in Kentucky, complained that too many births in Kentucky were being covered by Medicaid — half, he claimed.

"Half of the people in Kentucky are not poor," he said. "We've made it too easy. And people are going to say, 'Oh, that's harsh, you can't say that.' Well, let's take care of those who are truly in need, which would be a small percentage of the public. Let's take care of them until they can take care of themselves."


Why not just let the babies fend for themselves like a truly free society? They can be so lazy. I mean, I heard it's in the Constitution.

Gay, Women's Groups Want Apology From DeMint [AP]
Rand Paul Rails Against Pregnant Women and Medicaid [RH Reality Check]
Boehner's America [EMILY'S List]



I know that I'm like the thousandth person to point that out, but it has to be said again: what about the unmarried men living with their (pregnant?) girlfriends?

So if an unmarried female teacher gets pregnant, in order to keep her job she should...not be pregnant...

...hm, Mr. DeMint, so you're pro-abortion? Pro-forced-abortion? I'm just sayin'.