Burch: GOP would deny women access to aspirin!

Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 8:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Having done its damndest to limit women’s access to “the pill,” due to the alpha male assumption that not having to worry about becoming pregnant turns American women into “sluts,” “prostitutes” and “feminazis” (to borrow a few polite terms from that oracle of wisdom and tolerance, Rush Limbaugh), the Grand Old Party has now set its sights on preventing women from using more mundane medicines, like aspirin.

While this may seem completely and utterly ridiculous at first glance, it actually makes perfect sense to Republican theocrats. After all, if it’s clearly wrong to defy God’s will that women become pregnant as often as possible, then it is also obviously wrong to defy his will that they suffer as much as possible. The Bible clearly says that women’s labor pains are the express will of God, so how can Bible-believing doctors and nurses be allowed to give women aspirin, epidurals and other pain relievers?

If God wants women to suffer the most excruciating pains imaginable, then by God the GOP’s evangelicals are duty-bound to make that happen!

Freedom of religion as interpreted by conservative Christians demands that doctors with religious beliefs be allowed to deny women abortions and contraceptives, so of course freedom of religion also demands that doctors and nurses who believe the Bible should also be allowed to deny women pain relievers. And while they’re at it, they should also be able to either murder or sexually enslave girls who have been raped, since this was the express commandment of the great Hebrew prophet Moses, in Deuteronomy 22. Hell, they should even be able to sell their own daughters as sex slaves, with the option to buy them back if they don’t “please” their new masters — also the commandment of Moses in Exodus 21.

It all makes perfect sense, once we understand God’s perspective on the fairer sex: that they are fair game. This latest Republican attack on women is the only possible logical conclusion of alpha males reading and furiously believing an infallible holy text that treats women like chattels. If Yahweh wanted “men of God” like Moses, Joshua, Caleb and King David to either slaughter or enslave women, then obviously He has it out for women, probably because He’s still ticked off at Eve for eating the forbidden fruit.

This of course explains the antipathy “men of God” have had for women, through the ages.

Yahweh didn’t say that men have to suffer but only to sweat when they work, so the GOP will continue to allow men to use pain relievers. (Male chauvinists are amazingly good at locating and believing Bible verses that only affect women, homosexuals and people of other religions.)

So there you have it. The minute Rick Santorum is sworn into office, you can expect him to sign legislation that denies women the right to abortion, contraceptives and aspirin.

Now you may think that I’m pulling your leg — and I am — but this really is the way Republicans seem to “think” these days. First, they find a Bible verse that appeals to them. (Never one of the good verses about the rich helping the poor or men like themselves avoiding hypocrisy.) Then they “believe” in the verse furiously until it hurts — not only their tiny, impaired brains but the whole planet. Thus, “be fruitful and multiply” becomes “breed mindlessly like rabbits and never use contraceptives because only God is allowed to determine when babies will be born.”

The theocrats can never question their a priori assumption that the Bible is infallible, because if the Bible isn’t infallible, we all have to fall back on listening to our hearts and using our powers of reason. The truly puzzling thing is why they keep choosing to believe in the worst possible verses.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

68 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 3/9/12 at 4:44

Great piece.
Sanitarium won't get anywhere near the steps to the W.H.
He can "carry the south", who's aggregate IQ is below room temperature.
But, the big guns, CA, NY, MI, MN, OH, ...never.
Fatso Gingrich can take his own state of GA straight to hell.
Romney grabbed MI which was a shocker since he's on record as saying, "I'd let GM fail".
But, these are primaries and I believe in the general election the real voters, the one's that count, will show up.
Obama will easily coast into 4 more years.
The Muslim decor and Arabic symbols can stay in the W.H.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 5:26

Another good piece Mike Burch, I’m sure that today rant from the fringe right will be throwing their spears of hate toward you and those that agree with your beacon of truth. Thank you for braving the hordes of the lost creatures to sound off the truth of the wicked sprits of our land.

The GOP has sold its soul to the devil for power over women and children. They hide there evil ways behind God and flag, to lure the gullibly into their clutches. Rush Limbaugh is one of many Judas Goats bleating for the abhorrence to follow.

By: Ummm... on 3/9/12 at 5:33

In addition to being centuries behind on social issues, the Republicans are unfortunately quite capable of wreaking havoc right here in the 21st century. With every bit of good news for the economy and unemployment, they cry a few more tears. Just imagine how robust the recovery would be if they hadn't done everything in their power to keep us in recession.

By: Loner on 3/9/12 at 5:35

Good morning, Nashville!

Great article, Mike Burch. I am surprised that you are able to get articles that are this critical of Christianity published in the South. The Nashville City paper must be one of the most liberal dailies in the region.

The Hebrew Bible is a collection of myths, admonishments, prohibitions, commandments, xenophobia, misogyny and Jewish Exceptionalism. The New Testament is an extension of many of the old prejudices with a new twist: the Man-God.

Gentiles who embrace the Chosen People- Promised Land canard are useful idiots for Israel. The entire field of Republican candidates are supreme idiots for Apartheid Zionism in Palestine. The American Founders might want to "throw up", Santorum style.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 5:36

Rush Limbaugh advertisers keep heading for the exits

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-06/business/ct-biz-0306-limbaugh-fallout-20120306_1_rush-limbaugh-show-sears-and-allstate-advertising

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 5:42

Spot on Ummm. With their big feet dragging, the GOP has pulled the US to its greatest low yet.

By: Loner on 3/9/12 at 5:49

Actually, the Republicans would allow women to use aspirin...not for pain relief, but for birth control...you know, hold the aspirin between the knees until the sex urge passes.

As for the Hebrew Creator hating women...we never are told who God the Mother is...or God the Grandmother....like the Muslim Ayatollahs, we see the fathers and the sons, but the mothers are left out of the picture...it's as if these holymen just crap out a scion every once in a while. This must be a Middle Eastern trait...the Jews and the Muslims share the male chauvinism gene?.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 6:10

Exodus 3 14

14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.'"

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 6:12

For me God means family. Satan mens not of family.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 6:15

I made a yogi and did not give the link to my 6:10 post.

http://www.yhwh.com/gingn/gingn.htm

By: govskeptic on 3/9/12 at 6:16

After reading this daily ranting I have decided to cancel my 50 cent
per year subscription to the ever popular "Ayatollah Burch and Friends"
Fan Club! Too much poison is just not healthy.

By: Loner on 3/9/12 at 6:17

Nemo: Satan & Jesus are brothers...according to the Mormons...stuff like that is why the Mitt is having such tuff sledding in the Bibe-hole Belt....a Heretic president is not to their liking....not when Holy War is raging.

By: FLeFew on 3/9/12 at 6:20

This has to be one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever seen. I did notice that it was written after 9PM. How many drinks had you consumed by then ???

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 6:36

Loner that could be true if you were to looked at it as, The Ying and Yang; Negative and Positive; Night and Day and The Good the Bad and the yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 6:38

I wonder how many drink FF has before 9 AM ? lol

By: dargent7 on 3/9/12 at 7:00

Ok, Burch is drunk when he writes his Friday column, but Newt Gingrich is sober when he says he'll "colonize the Moon in 8 years", and drop the price of gas to $2.50, if elected.
Got it.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 7:08

That is right, d7, sober and sinister that Newt.

By: Ummm... on 3/9/12 at 7:24

In vino veritas.

By: RustyACE on 3/9/12 at 7:34

Dear Mr. Burch,

By your comments I see that you are part of the "Look Over There... There's a Plane" to distract everyone from seeing Obama get buried in the flak over crossing the line constitutionally.

The entire Fluke/BC debate has been drummed up to distract the masses from the real issue. Obama is losing the womens vote, so they drum up an entire distraction so that he can look like is fighting for women's rights. This way Obama can quitely redraw his support for breaking the constituitions' protections.

Since you can't prove a negative, this argument is pointless, but to have this drivel printed, I think that you need the title, "The Second Most Progressive Liberal Pretend Reporter Award from the Nashville City Paper" of the first quarter 2012. You can't get first, because, one of your co-reporters has already taken that award from you, so 2nd is best that you be able to achieve this quarter. But there is always hope for next quarter.

Madison, TN 37115

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 7:43

Alright brain, I don't like you and you don't like me, so just get me through this exam so I can go back to killing you slowly with beer.
-Homer Simpson

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 7:49

That is an Old GOP trick, RustyAce. Are you saying that Burch would stoop so low?

By: BenDover on 3/9/12 at 8:10

Another quite ridiculous article by Mr Burch. It is, however, very illustrative of the state of the media these days. A political commentator who is on the air 3 hours a day every day slips up and says that a political activist asking for taxpayers to pay for her promiscuity is comparable to a 'slut'. A poor choice of words to be sure but really, is that the best you can do? Bill Maher can't go 5 minutes without calling Palin or one of her daughters a 'c*nt'. Rush has mountainous hours of monologue accumulated over the years transcribed for easy search available on his web side and the media picks this to roll with?

I guess a little blood in the water was all that was necessary; so now we're over a week into it and this story still dominates the news cycle and thus tries to paint every Republican candidate guilty by association.

People would do well to try to get themselves up above this fog and look down on the media forest. What they would see is a curious world that spends its energies trying to destroy one of the few people who will offer a cogent criticism of the current administration.

I thought the media was supposed to dig into the facts and provide perspective but it prefers to provide cover-fire for this administration. Obama and Co. have spent an extra trillion dollars a year of money we don't have over the deficit trend-line that our grandchildren are going to have to figure out how to pay back. And they've done this on top of blowing another half trillion in TARP repayments.

Remember TARP?... the bank 'bailout' that everyone was outraged at Bush about? Well that's been almost completely paid back to the taxpayers, with interest... but where's the money? Shouldn't it have reduced the deficits? Nope, they blew that too... but you never see anything about that in the media. You only see stories about how Santorum is going to take away birth control (a complete falsehood) and stories about Rush Limbaugh slipping up and comparing a political activist who asks the taxpayers to pay for her inconsequential promiscuity to a slut.

By: BenDover on 3/9/12 at 8:17

That Homer quote is great, Nemo.

By: LizzyD on 3/9/12 at 8:39

You don't just "slip up" and call somebody a slut.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 8:41

Here is one more for you Ben.

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. "
-Frank Sinatra

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 8:41

You are so right LizzyD.

By: jvh2b on 3/9/12 at 9:33

Great opinion piece Mike.

The RWNJ's would do well to remember it's one man's opinion (despite how factual is is).

Would like to see the info on the claim that Obama is losing the women's vote so now the libs have to 'make up' stuff coming out of the mouth of the pathetic excuse for Republican candidates.

That being said I due agree with there should be some SERIOUS outrage about the recent it's ok to kill an american citizen because there is no right to jury process. This is something str8 out of Bush/Nixon's book.

Oh and Mike...the difference between chicka getting called a slut and Palin being a c word -- is the truth.

By: My_house_is_my_... on 3/9/12 at 9:36

As expected, you crazy liberals are completely out of touch. This is a load of nonsense and you have allowed your intelligence to be hijacked by the Hope and Change garbage coming from the White House. I'll give it to Obama though, his people inserted contraception into the debates when it was a non-issue, and conveniently forced it upon Catholics, knowing how they would react when there was nothing Obama would gain from it. The only thing gained was that it increased the rhetoric that he supposedly denounces. Unfortunately for you ,the GOP will drain the swamp in November because people see right through Obama's completed absence of integrity. I mean really, the GOP doesn't care about women's health? You're off your rocker.

By: jvh2b on 3/9/12 at 9:41

The libs are the one's off their rockers, yet the Republican folks are SAYING and able to be QUOTED their stance on these issues, and the loyal kool aid drinkers are saying that their rep's AREN'T saying these things....it's all leftie spin.

And it's the libs that are off their rockers......riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

By: Loner on 3/9/12 at 9:44

True that, Ummm. Veritas. Have you tried any Ravat 51, AKA Vignoles? Keuka Springs Vineyards, Penn Yan, NY makes the best, IMHO. Uncork New York!

By: Captain Nemo on 3/9/12 at 6:10

Exodus 3 14

14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.'"

Let me add to that, Nemo:

*Popeye 3:16

"I yam what I yam, and that's all what I yam"

* From Popeye, the Sailing Yam

By: dargent7 on 3/9/12 at 9:49

"My House, our house, is a very, very fine house..."CS&N" cir: 1969.
You idiotic Republicans want to bomb, then invade, Iraq, Afghanistan, then onto Syria, and Iran...N. Korea, too. Got the brains and intellect of an antelope.
Then scratch your bald noggins' as to why America is BANKRUPT.
"Geez, Lord Jesus, what will we do?"

By: brrrrk on 3/9/12 at 10:11

RustyACE said

"The entire Fluke/BC debate has been drummed up to distract the masses from the real issue."

Ok, let's get this straight. Rush made over 50 (more, depending on the source) derogatory statements about Miss Fluke over a period of days and it's Obama and the left who are "drumming" up a distraction? Riiiiiiiiiight....

By: Mike Burch on 3/9/12 at 10:12

It's interesting that a mild attempt at humor riles conservatives to accuse me of being drunk, someone trying to undermine the foundations of civilization, etc.

As I have pointed out before, I was a Reagan Republican. But when I saw that the GOP had become insane, like any sane person I decided to seek out the company of people who are rational. So I changed parties.

I realize that it pisses off Republicans when I point out that Santorum, Gingrich and Romney are the village idiots, and that just because Barack Obama isn't perfect doesn't mean that they will do anything but finish the job GWB started: endless war, bankruptcy, the domination of the 99% by the 1%, etc.

Only crazy people vote for crazy people. That's the bottom line.

By: Moonglow1 on 3/9/12 at 10:18

Moonglow1: This article is spot on. The Republicans are the American Taliban. Thereby those of you who think this article is liberal bias are wrong. It is a description of what life could become for American women under Taliban Republican rule. Under the Taliban in Afghanistan, women are not allowed medical care by a male doctor. There are very strict "rules" in place for the type of care they can receive. Based on the rants from Santorum and other self proclaimed "experts" on religion and morality this article correctly provides a glimpse of life under a Taliban Republican president.

By: brrrrk on 3/9/12 at 10:24

BenDover saidon 3/9/12 at 8:10

"A political commentator who is on the air 3 hours a day every day slips up"

"slips up"? - now that's funny....

"Rush has mountainous hours of monologue accumulated over the years transcribed for easy search available on his web side and the media picks this to roll with? "

Ever hear of a tipping point?

"What they would see is a curious world that spends its energies trying to destroy one of the few people who will offer a cogent criticism of the current administration."

"cogent" - Again with the funny stuff... you're killin' me dude!!

"and stories about Rush Limbaugh slipping up and comparing a political activist who asks the taxpayers to pay for her inconsequential promiscuity to a slut."

Again with the "slipping up"? Do you actually ever listen to Rush? Pure homo-regressivus - soon to be seen in a political science museum near you; in the "political party's that used to be" display.

By: Moonglow1 on 3/9/12 at 10:38

Moonglow1: Who cares about Rush! He is a fat drug user who is raking in millions of dollars due to idiots listening to his garbage. Idiots have propelled this pill popping drug user into the top 1 percent. His listeners are Republican voters. I say get a life. Are we really spending time debating the merits of Rush's rants. This is a real low for America and its politics. Moonwalk (Gingrich), Taliban (Santorum), and Non Christian (Mitt) are supported by a large drug using buffoon (Rush). This is the state of American politics today. It is like we are living in a make believe comic book world.

By: BenDover on 3/9/12 at 10:40

See what I'm saying... moonglow... a normally pretty reasonable person is scared to death by these ridiculous assertions about what the Repubs positions are with respect to birth control, abortion... comparing them to the Taliban, for heaven's sake.

Meanwhile Obama racks up another $1,000,000,000,000 in debt for our grandchildren and orchestrates a summer $5 a gallon gas and no one notices.

Now we've got Burch, a 'Reagan' Conservative, all outraged about candidates who hold the same basic social views as Reagan did.

This is flippin' Bizzaro world and 'screwed up' is so 'normal' that no one even notices anymore.

By: pswindle on 3/9/12 at 10:46

This is the time for women to stand up for their rights. If you have to go to the voting booth and vote without letting the men in your life know how you voted, this is the time to do it. You have to take a stand against the bullies from the right.

By: treefrogdk on 3/9/12 at 10:47

been away for awhile. i can see everyone's just as nasty as always. think i'll go away for another while..... simplify

By: brrrrk on 3/9/12 at 10:53

pswindle said

"This is the time for women to stand up for their rights. If you have to go to the voting booth and vote without letting the men in your life know how you voted, this is the time to do it. You have to take a stand against the bullies from the right."

I suspect that we're going to see a lot of women (even conservatives) voting in their best interests..... regardless of how their husbands think they're going to vote.

By: Mike Burch on 3/9/12 at 11:10

Moonglow,

The reason Rush matters is that he is a "prime mover" of the Republican right wing. If he was a fringe player, I would agree with you that he should be ignored. But he is one of the ringleaders.

He and alpha males like Rick Santorum use the Bible and religion to attack women over sex, contraceptives and simply speaking their minds in a free country. Why? Because according to much of the Bible, women should be meek and submissive, and not speak in public. Such verses appear in both the Old and New Testaments. According to Limbaugh and Santorum, women should not be allowed to have sex for intimacy and pleasure, the way men do, because this makes them "sluts" and only God and nature can decide how many babies they should have.

The danger to women's rights if such men rise to power is obvious, so everyone who believes in equal rights for women should oppose them at the ballot box.

This primitive thinking comes from believing the wrong verses in the Bible, or trying to believe the whole thing. But the Bible says that God wanted women to suffer and be submissive to men. Multiple verses in the Bible say that "men of god" can murder, rape and sexually enslave women.

The founding fathers had read the Bible and knew that parts of it are palpably evil. Thomas Jefferson even cut out the verses he didn't believe, including the book of Revelation, which he said was written by a madman. This is why the Declaration of Independence and Constitution never mention Jehovah, Jesus, the Bible or the Ten Commandments.

Now the GOP is trying to turn the United States into a male-dominated, regressive Christian theocracy. So we have to stand up for women's rights, by taking on chauvinists like Limbaugh and Santorum. It is sad that we even have to discuss such things in public. Anyone with a brain can see how off-track the GOP has become. But a large percentage of the voting public wants our country to be run according to Biblical principles, either because they haven't read the Bible honestly and studied what it actually says, or because they have the same "values" as the great heroes of the Bible who killed and enslaved women, stoning them to death if they were raped (Deuteronomy 22).

Much of the problem begins with churches, where children are taught that the "fall" was Eve's fault, and that sex is "evil." Since boys are attracted to girls -- especially with the onset of puberty -- this creates the likelihood that the shame they feel about sex will cause them to blame girls. The primitive attitude of the Bible toward women and sex now permeates conservative Christianity, which calls men who give up sex "saints."

By: BenDover on 3/9/12 at 11:14

Earth to libs. No candidate is advocating a ban on birth control. It's a contrived issue to distract from the fact that Obama and Co. have spent the last 3 years destroying the country.

We now return to our regularly scheduled idiocy.

By: Mike Burch on 3/9/12 at 11:15

pswindle,

I agree. And many men who believe in equality will be right there, voting with the women they love and respect.

If we vote for Democrats, we will send a strong message to the GOP that it's time to get with the times, and stop attacking women's rights. At the same time, we will be standing for the rights of other oppressed citizens, such as GLBTs, union workers, the elderly, the sick, et al.

According to the GOP, the people who matter the most are the 1% who run the country and control most of its wealth. It's time to point out that 50% of voters are women, and most of the other 49% will need Social Security and Medicare when they retire.

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 3/9/12 at 11:26

BenDover,

Please read what Rick Santorum has said publicly on multiple occasions. He not only wants to ban contraceptives (by having the states make them illegal), but he denies that Americans have the right to privacy in their bedrooms. Of course his advisers try to shut him up, but the man is an OCD moralist. He is obsessed with the need for Americans to live by Roman Catholic dogma, in which the only morally correct sex is baby-making sex between married couples.

Santorum has explained his true beliefs many times. At least the man is honest. He considers 99% of Americans to be Devil worshipers because 99% of Americans have sex for pleasure and intimacy, without always trying to have babies.

In their rush to damn Barack Obama, the other "leading lights" of the GOP are supporting Roman Catholic dogma on contraceptives, at the expense of women's right to choose if and when to become mothers.

So the whole party is now on the wrong side of the issue. Women aren't stupid, and they can put one plus one together, arriving at two. Male chauvinists in power plus Roman Catholic dogma means women return to the Dark Ages.

Why have none of the leading figures in the GOP come out and said, "Religious beliefs such as child sacrifice and polygamy do not affect the law of the land, so neither should Roman Catholic dogma about contraceptives"?

Women are angry that the GOP is putting primitive superstitions before their rights, and they have every right to be angry. Only incredibly blind male chauvinists can fail to see the real problem. Women know what chauvinistic rulers have done to women throughout the ages. Now they hear the same kind of babble coming from the most powerful men in the GOP.

By: Mike Burch on 3/9/12 at 11:40

BenDover,

The GOP has the same kind of alpha male mentality as the Taliban. No one is saying the GOP is as bad as the Taliban today, but the GOP is heading back towards the Dark Ages with surprising speed. Some of the saner Republicans are aware of this and are speaking publicly about the danger. But the far-right conservative Christians are becoming more and more irrational.

There is a very good book on the subject, The Science of Fear. The author explains how people in groups compete with each other to be "the most correct" in their beliefs. This leads to more and more radical behavior. In Nazi Germany, once the Jews were seen as "the problem," the proposed solutions became more and more grotesque and bizarre, resulting in the Holocaust. What will the result be of calling women "sluts" and "prostitutes" because they have sex when they're not trying to have babies? This is what GOP leaders like Limbaugh and Santorum are saying. What will the result be, of the medieval idea that only God and nature can decide when babies will be born?

To you, these are fringe issues. But to anyone who has studied history, and who knows what happens to women when church and state advance such ideas, these are ultra-important issues. If you were an intelligent woman, you would be frightened and angry.

Women want to be treated as equals to men, and now the most influential men in the GOP are attacking not only their rights, but also their character.

It is a sick, disgusting spectacle. The fact that so many conservatives don't even understand the nature of the problem only makes them seem like part of the problem.

By: Loner on 3/9/12 at 11:42

If Gingrich bows out, Santorum has a shot at the nomination, IMO, otherwise it's Romney's. Since both Santorum and Gingrich have super-PAC backing, they will probably stay in the race, so long as their sugar-daddy's foot the bill.

Obama should be able to whip Romney's @ss in the general...many of the most devout Christians will probably opt out of the election, rather than vote for a "heretic" or a "Muslim".

There may be lots of unforeseen consequences of CU and its mis-creation: the Super-PACs.

As result of the Super-PACs, candidates may remain in the race well past their expiration dates....brokered conventions may become the norm?

By: Mike Burch on 3/9/12 at 12:21

Loner,

Gingrich will probably stay in the race as long as his sugar daddy, who wants the US embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, keeps supplying him with the sweet stuff. If the embassy is moved by President Newt, we won't have to worry about little things like global warming, as the whole planet goes up in the flames of World War III. Of course President Chameleon would give Israel bunker-buster bombs and the full support of our military, since that's what his sugar daddy surely demanded in return for all that honey.

One can only hope that the GOP will implode, as in a democracy always putting the concerns of the 1% over those of the 99% who want peace and fair play is madness. But by appealing to the fears and irrational beliefs of millions of Americans who are unable to read and think independently, and by constantly acting to make things as bad as possible, the GOP might still manage to win the election.

The GOP candidates' obvious "strategy" is to send the nation to the verge of collapse, then blame Obama for not having a magic wand, while pretending to have magic wands themselves. Do that in the USA and you always have a fighting chance of winning an election, if only something goes terribly wrong at the right time, perhaps with your deliberate "help."

If the GOP succeeds, it will only prove that the founding fathers were wrong to invent the modern democracy. They should have created a national lottery and picked straws to elect leaders, rather than relying on religion-addled voters.

Unfortunately, democracy has its Achilles heels (pun intended): politicians like Gingrich who will sell the country down the river for votes and campaign contributions. Now the Newtish One is a sworn servant of Israel, which will continue to wag the US dog until it dies of exhaustion.

But if enough of us vote the Grandiose Old Patriarchs out of office, perhaps things can continue to improve.

By: Mike Burch on 3/9/12 at 12:30

Everyone,

Rush Limbaugh's name proved prophetic: He rushed out on a delicate limb (women's rights), the bough broke, and now he's a goner.

Since the main GOP ringleaders are doing everything possible to hang themselves, we can help them out a little bit, in our spare time ... Here's an encouraging letter that I just received from Daily Kos:

Spurred on by more than 120,000 members of the Daily Kos community like you, this week over 50 companies and organizations pulled their advertisements from Rush Limbaugh's radio program.

Yesterday, the results of your action could be heard in the form of beautiful, long silences during the commercial breaks in the online streaming of Limbaugh's show on WABC, the flagship station for his broadcasts. Here are the amazing stats:
• A total of 86 ads aired during WABC's online streaming broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show yesterday;
• 77 of those ads were public service announcements donated free of charge by the Ad Council;
• Of the nine paid spots that ran, seven were from companies that have said they have taken steps to ensure their ads no longer air during the program;
• WABC's online feed included about 5:33 of dead air when ads would normally have run.

By: Loner on 3/9/12 at 12:33

Amen, brother Mike....amen.

"Grandiose Old Patriarchs"? I like that, Mike...it's certainly accurate.

I think that all of the GOP candidates, except for RP, are potential vassals to the Israeli PM. In his second term, let us hope and pray that Obama grows a pair and tells the Israeli PM who is the liege lord and who is the vassal.

By: yogiman on 3/9/12 at 12:57

How can Rush Limbaugh be criticized for calling the young woman what she described herself to be?

If a bank robber describes himself as a thief, are you supposed to tell him; No you aren't, you're a banker lending them money?

That's like a Democrat wanting to be identified as a Republican then denying it.