Burch: Let the bigotry and chauvinism games commence!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

If there was an Olympics for bigotry and chauvinism, Tennesseans might sweep gold, silver and bronze.

Among the favorites would be the man with the most recognizable name in country music, Hank Williams Jr., who recently told a crowd of cheering fans, “We have a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S., and we hate him!” In his most famous song, Bocephus bragged, “I got girls that can cook, I got girls that can clean, I got girls that can do anything in between.”

Not far behind is David Fowler, the president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, who recently said that the solution to people becoming dependent on food stamps is to put up a sign: “Do not feed the animals.”

Retiring Southern Baptist chief ethicist Richard Land, always a strong contender, is certainly in the medal hunt after calling black religious leaders “race hustlers” and other provocative names on his Richard Land Live! radio show. Unfortunately, charges of plagiarism continue to weigh him down a bit.

A dark horse candidate might be Murfreesboro Baptists who erected 13 white crosses in a field across from the new Islamic Center, in what seems to be an attempt to intimidate Muslims.

But Tennesseans will face fierce competition in the battles of bigots and chauvinists for worldwide supremacy. Here are some of the other main contenders:

Rick Santorum, a perennial contender, remains a strong frontrunner with his suggestions that rape victims should consider their rapists’ fetuses as “gifts” from God and that American women who use contraceptives are followers of Satan.

Michelle Bachmann and her husband cannot be ignored, with their “pray away the gay” exorcism business and her comments about homosexuals being “part of Satan.”

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin left women’s brains aching when, in arguing against abortion under any circumstances, he said that it is “really rare” for rape to result in pregnancies because in “legitimate rape” the “female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin’s choice of words suggests that there are “illegitimate” forms of rape, for which the victims are either fully or partially responsible. This would seem to put the onus on rape victims to somehow prove their rapes were “legitimate” before seeking abortions. Like so many Republican male chauvinists these days, Akin seems to have little or no concern for the rape victim’s rights or their physical health and mental well being.

Like Akin, GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which in its original form included an exemption for “forcible rape.” The idea seems to be that rapes are not “legitimate” unless the victims are beaten to pulps and can provide the evidence. In any case, Akin and Ryan seem to be leading the dash to force girls and women to bear their rapists’ babies, and thus must be considered strong candidates for gold and silver.

Like his running mate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood. When asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America, Romney responded, “Absolutely.” When asked, “Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?” he again replied, “Absolutely.” While Romney is not as flamboyant a chauvinist as Akin and Ryan, what he lacks in fervor he makes up for in political muscle.

What does all this mean for women?

“Rep. Paul Ryan’s extreme anti-choice record shows just how serious a threat Mitt Romney’s presidency would be for women,” said Nancy Keenan, a women’s rights activist. “He has cast 59 votes on reproductive rights while in Congress and not one has been pro-choice. Rep. Ryan has also repeatedly voted to defund family-planning programs and supported the ‘Let Women Die Bill,’ which would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she could die without it. The Romney-Ryan ticket is dangerous to women’s health.”

And so, while Tennesseans with sterling credentials remain strong contenders for podium positions, they face stiff competition from better-known bigots and chauvinists like Santorum, Bachmann, Romney and Ryan, and emerging stars like Akin.

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

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183 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 8/24/12 at 4:57

It is my understanding that the reason the French were so enraged at the Queen for her famous statement "If there is no bread let them eat cake" is because no one had ever tassted cake or knew what it was. They thought the Queen was making fun of them.

By: pswindle on 8/24/12 at 5:27

Who in the hell is Romney? He is one lie after another. Any person that will not release his Income Taxes is a crook, plain and simple. He is mean, a bully and a hater of dogs. That tells me plenty.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 6:05

Small Violins play while Rasputin pines away for the glorious past.

By: Mike Burch on 8/24/12 at 9:20


Romney does seem to be mean, a bully and a dog abuser. The head of PETA questioned whether he is missing compassion neurons in his brain. Several handwriting experts have said that Romney's handwriting indicates intelligence and drive, but a lack of ability to form relationships with other people. One of his former classmates compared him to the Lord of the Flies.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 10:34

"handwriting experts" Mike? HAHA

By: parnell3rd on 8/25/12 at 5:21

And if the Olympics gave away medal's for Propaganda and hate Mike Burch and the DemoNcratic party would sweep all medals.
The sad think is people actually believe his words.

By: yogiman on 8/25/12 at 5:30

pswindul (of the mind),

Your statement about Mitt Romney shows how ignorant you are. Mitt Romney is a constitutionally eligible man eligible for the president's office. How do I know; you ask? Because he has provided his official birth certificate. He's also shown his college papers and two years of his taxes.

You state he is a tax crook. On what grounds do you make that claim? Simply because you don't like the man?

You claim he is mean, a bully and a hater of dogs. How man men do you know that has a dog in their family that hates dogs? Why did Obama not have a dog in his family until he went in the Oval Office? Simply because it made him look good.

So comparing the two: What has Barack Obama offered to prove he is legally eligible for that office? Nothing, and he constantly refuses to. So tell me what you actually know about Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama.

Let's face it, pswindle, you don't know your a$$ from a hole in the ground.

By: yogiman on 8/25/12 at 5:56


You replied to pswindle last night by stating; "Romney does seem to be mean, a bully and a dog abuser". There seems to be a lot of "experts" on Romney's life.

Just wondering, how many of those "experts" are Democrats?

Much has been pointed out on his putting his dog on the top of his car but I've never seen anyone comment how the dog was on the top of his car. Was he tied down, leashed, or in a secured cage?

Have you ever carried a dog in, or on, your car or in the back of a pickup truck? I have, and I've never had a dog that didn't love it.

Have you ever seen a dog in a vehicle that didn't have their head out the window if the windows were open?

You comment those handwriting experts indicate Romney is intelligent and has a drive, but lacks the ability to to form relationships with other people.

You should ask those "experts" how many people does it take to be friends?

You mention one of his former classmates compared him to the "Lord of the Flies". Was that classmate a friend or a jealous enemy?

By: bfra on 8/25/12 at 6:32

Old adage: The smaller the man, the bigger the mouth. That makes yogi about 3 ft. tall & suffering from "Little man syndrome"!

By: yogiman on 8/25/12 at 9:06

If that's the case, bfra, you can only be 18 inches tall and equate with pswindle because you have one helluva big mouth.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/25/12 at 9:38

By: yogiman on 8/25/12 at 6:30
pswindul (of the mind),

Your statement about Mitt Romney shows how ignorant you are.

This comes from a man; that one only has one thought; two has a very limited vocabulary; three lives in a small world about the size of an armchair and no life of his own.

By: bfra on 8/25/12 at 9:41

Nemo - yogi's comment of 10:06AM is a perfect example of "Little man syndrome". He can never come up with an original reply.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/25/12 at 9:42

By: parnell3rd on 8/25/12 at 6:21
And if the Olympics gave away medal's for Propaganda and hate Mike Burch and the DemoNcratic party would sweep all medals.
The sad think is people actually believe his words.

Great come back you’ve got parnell3rd; with no attempt at all you have mastered a yogi level of incomplete dribble.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/25/12 at 9:46

Yes I know bfra.

How are you doing today?

By: bfra on 8/25/12 at 9:48

Nemo - Doing great! I don't usually even check in, when at the lake. But taking a break & seeing yogi's BS, decided to comment.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/25/12 at 10:02

Yogi......If it were not for your constant and persistent posts there would be a lot of shut ins and low income and free stuff people without a forum to vent their unhappiness.

By: dargent7 on 8/25/12 at 10:39

Maybe America needs a Romney now.
We sure needed an Obama after 8 years of GW Bush.
Yes, Obama needed to apologize to other Nations for 8 years of two un funded, illegal wars, stirring up the Middle East.
Romney grew up in privledge, Bloomfiled Hills Mich., attended Cranbrook private school, and his dad was Governor. Then President of American Motors: Rambler, Javelin, Comet, AMC...all substandard pieces of sh**. Worse than the Pinto, Vega, and Maverick.
Got a dual degree from Harvard, a JD and MA, under a unique program.
Fled to Paris when Vietnam broke out to do "missionary work" for his LDS church which is weirder than Scientology.
Driving on vacation with the family dog (has 5 sons who cannot care for Fido?) in a cage on the car's roof is a metaphor for how cold he is.
Obama is self-made, parents died when he was young, and is a scholar.
Got his JD from Harvard, taught US Constitutional law.
Became a US Senator and decided to run for President. And won.
Yet, most idiots in America fault him for trying,...and succeeding.
Try to get him on his birth cert., not releasing his college transcripts....
Romney's just sticking it your faces and you're too dumb to know it.
He'll close PPH, overturn Roe v. Wade, make abortion illegal, drill everywhere, bomb Iran, and screw up this country worse than Bush, but will point out all the money we're saving.
He's just a greedy, silver spoon bred Capitalist. But, that's what 50% of America worships and seems to want. We'll see Nov. 6th.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/25/12 at 10:53

So you consider your self a shut in, Rasputin.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/25/12 at 10:55

I glad you are having a good time, bfra. It appears that the monk is not doing so good today, ;-)

By: MusicCity615 on 8/25/12 at 11:11


you tried real, real hard to prop up Obama and insult Romney, yet even in that attempt I still find Romney to clear choice with a much, much better resume.

Do I respect Obama for getting his education? ABSOLUTELY. Obama is a role model not for black america, but for America, as to education.

Work experience? No. I want a president with private sector experience and public sector experience. Check that off for Romney.

Let's be real folks, Romney is no michael vick. Obama might not have 1 time put his dog on the roof of his car, but that isn't going to change millions are unemployed under his watch, while he continues to play round after round of golf.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/25/12 at 12:44

I thought it was Ike who was famous for playing golf.

By: Ask01 on 8/25/12 at 12:58

Someone pointed out, complained actually, America was $16 trillion in debt, but President Obama wants to spend more.

Hmmmm, where were these complaints when, with Nashville already on the financial hook for projects, Mayor Dean continued spending and committing money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, not concerned about the impact on future generations?

There is no way to refute the facts since the Mayor had to force feed a tax increase to cover his tracks and evidence of financial mismanagement.

I know, this is really off subject, but I had to bait the trolls.

Bigotry and chauvinism exist on both sides of the political divide. Partially human nature, but I believe much of this behavior is nutured by social influences.

My perception is the attitudes are much more rampant in Republican strongholds since they are often financially capable of keeping themselves away from those they consider inferior, or work where those in power are able to provide "the right people" with environments in which they are required to socialize with "the wrong people." Those living on the conservative side of the tracks also may just enjoy having some group to look down upon, as this let's them at least imagine themselves to be superior, no matter how ill off they actually are. Some are just so old, they seem stuck in another century, with the archaic attitudes dictating all blacks must be kept under the thumb, and women kept in the home, barefoot and pregnant.

Some people are able to rise above the baser, more primitive instincts, realizing each person has worth, deserving some modicum of human dignity. These seem to manifest themselves primarily in the liberal camp, where people try to genuinely look beyond the usual social divides and live the principle of equality without regard for a persons sex, race, or religion.

But, just my opinions, after all, what do I know?

By: sarcasm on 8/25/12 at 9:49

I'm glad all the bigotry, chauvinism, and hatred comes from those on the right and none ever comes from those on the left.

By: Ask01 on 8/26/12 at 6:26

I'm glad you caught that, sarcasm.

I did write that the twin scourges of bigotry and chauvinism exist on both sides of the widening political divide.

The shame of the liberal left is, those guilty often hide their prejudices, while many on the conservative right at least publicly display their shameful proclivities, are actually proud of their viewpoints.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/26/12 at 6:29

Well, I have this observation about bigots by the definition given by Mike Burch. All of the Bigots I know have good credit,instill honesty and good values in their children. Obey the laws including the mundane ones like seat belts. Know that discipline and education are the keys to a good and decent life. These bigots also provide most of the tax dollars to support the underclass worthless humans. I see no reason that my defintion of underclass humanity is any different than that of Mike Burch and his defintion of a bigot.

More likely Mike Burch calls anyone who has two or three newer model cars a home in a gated community,country club memberships in both his resident state and second home state. along with a private school education for his or her children and a retirement plan a bigot.

By: Ask01 on 8/26/12 at 7:10

The prosecution rests it's case.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/26/12 at 7:44

ASK01...........Obama brillantly understood in his own way what I call "underclass" and Mike Burch calls "Bigottry" He has used this to create the most effective election campaign by a failed four years by a sitting President in the history of the United States.

It is called class warfare and he correctly assembled the mathmatics that there are more have nots and wannabees than haves. An easier victory in Novermber than anyone is willing to accept. kudos to Obama and woes for the productive class.

By: yogiman on 8/26/12 at 10:05


If Obama is kept (which he can't be elected legally for) you can kiss the USA goodbye. He has been a planed socialist for decades and it's pretty obvious the socialists have gained control in congress and well as the general population almost almost 50% of the population have gotten in that "welfare" party.

Consider: It's pretty evident Frank Marshal Davis was his father, which would make him a natural born citizen. If Barack Hussein Obama was his father, why was he titled as "II" instead of Jr.? Shown as "II" would show him simply as being named in honor after Barack Obama.

When his mother married Lolo Soetoro he lost his natural born status and once you lose you natural born status, you can't get it back.

There's a MVD movie out titled "Dreams from My REAL Father. Well worth seeing.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/26/12 at 10:09

Evil does not see it self as evil and bigots do not see themselves as racist, Rasputin can not or will not see that his message of disdain for those of less income than his is bigotry and borderline racist. If not a full blown racist.

By: pswindle on 8/26/12 at 10:47

Thank you for having one of the last sane voices in TN.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/26/12 at 2:13

My Good Captain.......My disdain is not for those of less income is not because they have less income but because they want me to make up the difference between their income and mine.

I merely want water to seek its OWN level.i

By: yogiman on 8/26/12 at 3:15

I have some bad news for you, Rasputin72, your water (finances) will never sink as low as your counter posters on this site unless they win the lottery.

Just consider the source of the remarks and someday maybe some of it may go away. But with this group (gang), don't count on it.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/27/12 at 6:34

I like Burch comments, they usually brings out the drool form p3 and the likes. It is always good to hear from the right.