Burch: Republicans fail to grok women’s rights

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:33am
By Michael R. Burch

In the classic Robert Heinlein sci-fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land, the Martian protagonist was unable to “grok” (thoroughly understand) certain aspects of human behavior. Now, like an organization of befuddled extraterrestrials, the GOP seems to be incapable of “grokking” women’s rights.

For example:

John McCain recently said that women should avoid military service until the current military sexual misconduct crisis is solved. The GOP’s neanderthal roots are clearly showing, when one of its former candidates for president advocates punishing the innocent to protect the guilty.

Another Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, said that women who find themselves pregnant after being raped should “make the best out of a bad situation.” Asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan what he would do if his own daughter approached him, wanting an abortion after having been raped, Santorum said that he would urge her to have the baby, because it was a “gift from God.”

During a recent hearing on his anti-abortion proposal, Arizona Rep. Trent Franks said that he’s opposed to an exception for rape and incest victims because “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are [sic] very low.” This sounds suspiciously like Todd Akin’s famous (or infamous) remark about women’s bodies somehow “knowing” not to get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” Thus, if a woman gets pregnant she must be lying about having been raped.

Individual Republicans have clearly been trying to shift the blame from the rapists to their victims, while the party works long and hard to deny victims of rape and incest the right to legally abort their pregnancies. One of the ways to accomplish this is to give rape victims a very narrow window of time (Franks mentioned a minuscule 48 hours) to report what happened to the authorities. Ironically, this is also the way some Tennessee Republicans want to treat abused livestock!

Tennessee’s Andy Holt, R-Dresden, a hog farmer and one of the recent “ag-gag” bill sponsors, worked to ban long-term investigations of animal cruelty by requiring investigators to turn videos over to police within a narrow window of time. In an email to Kayci McLeod, public policy coordinator at The Humane Society of the United States, Holt seemed to equate long-term, in-depth criminal investigations of animal abusers with the “rape” of the guilty parties:

“Ms. McLeod, I am extremely pleased that we were able to pass HB 1191 today to help protect livestock in Tennessee from suffering months of needless investigation that propagandist groups of radical animal activists, like your fraudulent and reprehensibly disgusting organization of maligned animal abuse profiteering corporatists, who are intent on using animals the same way human-traffickers use 17-year-old women. You work for a pathetic excuse for an organization and a pathetic group of sensationalists who seek to profit from animal abuse. I am glad, as an aside, that we have limited your preferred fund-raising methods here in the state of Tennessee; a method that I refer to as “tape and rape.” Best wishes for the failure of your organization and it’s true intent.”

Influential members of the GOP have adopted the attitude that long-term, in-depth investigations of rape and animal abuse are somehow “unfair” to men. Raped women are being lumped together with abused animals, in what one might call a “slush pile of injustice.” The rules are being rigged to protect the guilty by shifting the blame to the innocent, while narrowing the window of time the victims’ would-be defenders have to come to their aid. Before long, a young girl who’s a victim of rape or incest may have only one of two desperate choices: to risk her life, health and future to bear a baby she doesn’t want, or risk her life, health and future by going to some unprofessional butcher for a back-alley abortion. That is, unless we stop voting for Republicans until they come to their senses.

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

58 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 6/14/13 at 4:51

Horse whipping, hog farming, human-trafficing, knife welding abortionist, and crazed
political statements all wrapped up in a single story on not voting for Andy Holt in his
re-election bid. I agree, senior.

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 5:04

Andy Holt is mainlining hog pain killers? That could explain his rabid email. If Holt was a hog, they'd take him out and shoot him....Mad Hog Disease.

Holt is a poster boy for the Tennessee Tea Baggers....a hate-filled sack of shit.

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 5:08

I apologize for not being able to understand Republicans aren't the fine group (party) you propose the Democrats to be. If the Democrat party is a great as you argue, I'm sure you can explain why they lied so strongly to put an illegal candidate (person) in our White House with such strong lies and refuse to identify him to we the people.

Just who is that man, Mike?

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 5:30

Yogi wakes up each morning filled with hate for the President of the United States...Korean War vets, like Yogiman, are long in the tooth....what a way to spend one's golden years, eh?


By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 5:59

When I read Holt's hateful email, I heard the unmistakable banjo chords of "Deliverance" in there....Bah, Dah, Derr, Derr, Derr.....Andy "Squeal like a Pig" Holt thinks he's been "taped and raped"....that's a rather odd choice of words...sounds like something that a BDSM fan would write....is Holt a tape & rape pervert? Only the NSA knows for sure....they know everything about everyone.

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 6:03

I can only sympathize with you for your ignorance, Loner. I don't hate the president of this nation, I just hate the usurper for entering that office illegally.

We do have a "rules of law" to qualify for that office and your man Barry refused to follow it and your party refused to require him to; he was something special... or so you all think.

Tell me, Loner, why did the democratic party give the Hawaiian office a different paper of nomination than the other 49 states?

By: treehugger7 on 6/14/13 at 6:16

I've said it before and I'll say it again: If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament!

By: Captain Nemo on 6/14/13 at 6:19

Mike your hate mail is almost as interesting as your story.

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 6:28

Amen, brother Treehugger...ain't no more to it than that....it's gender bullying.

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 6:36

Yogi is like a dog tethered on a short chain....he's worn away the grass, creating a fecal-laden dirt circle...a circle created by the dragging chain... a weathered iron stake, in the ground, at the center of this circle of misery....chained by hate, the dog is completely insane, howling mad...that's our Yogi....quite pathetic.

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 6:39


You aren't a young man any more so tell me; have you ever (especially in your youth) had a girl "work you up" and then say no? That is one of the reasons for rape. Too many women are guilty of that. They like to laugh at the guy when they say NO.

On the other side of the 'fence', you have men who's mental limit doesn't know how to be with a woman who refuses to copulate: They then rape them. In essence, both sexes are guilty of rape. It just depend on the one that forced copulation.

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 6:52

Well, Loner, It's my nature to apologize to anyone I thought was intelligent enough to correct me on an issue. But none of you have proven me wrong on my argument about your man Barry yet. Why not, can't you?

I've never known of a political party in my 60 years of voting that gave a different paper of nomination of a candidate for the Oval Office until the democrat party gave a different paper to the Hawaiian government than the other 49 states in the 2008 vote.

Can you explain to me why they did that? Can you also explain how he was born in a hospital that didn't exist the date he claims to have been born there? Can you also explain why his [half-sister] said he was born in a different hospital than the one he claimed to have been born in? Can you also explain why the Hawaiian governor can't order the Dept. of Health to produce the birth certificate Barry claims to be on file there?

I'm still waiting, Loner. Please correct me if I'm wrong on any of my questions.

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 6:56

One more dumb question, Loner. If Barry was, in fact, a natural born citizen, how did he gain that natural born status back after he became an Indonesian citizen? I was taught in my civics you could only become an American again through naturalization. And a naturalized citizen isn't a natural born citizen even though they were at birth.

And I'm still wondering why all of his papers are under lock and key.

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 6:57

No, taunting a mad dog on a short chain is not my idea of sport....calm down, boy....calm down.

By: bfra on 6/14/13 at 6:58

Loner - Good one! However, a mad dog makes more sense that yogi.

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 7:02

Well, I've had my coffee and it's time to get something down so you kids have a few hours to find some proof I'm wrong. So be my guest's, kids, prove me wrong. And just saying I am isn't proof. That little tidbit just shows more of your ignorance.

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 7:04

Yogi has grown fond of the chain....he has been reduced to a pathetic being, obsessed...fixated on the President of the United States....hopefully, the authorities are keeping tabs on the nutjob....he's another one of those hate-filled gunners in Tennessee...he's drunk on Southern Discomfort....and feeling cocky.

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 7:07

Coffee and Southern Discomfort in the morning....Coffee Royale, Dixie style? Yogi trots off to the Klan meeting?

By: bfra on 6/14/13 at 7:11

Loner - I don't think even the Klan would have yogi! Maybe a rabid dog meet?

By: Loner on 6/14/13 at 7:14

Well..enough of this madness...I gotta load the Jeep...get some cash out of the bank and do some shopping for my Chautauqua run....the weather is still dicey....I plan to go early Saturday morning, the weather is supposed to be great on Saturday...I'm in no hurry to leave, no deadlines; since the trip there is a major part of the adventure, I like to go when the weather is great, to add to the enjoyment and pleasure of my annual, solo, Summer "road trip".

I'll check back here before heading out.....later!

By: Captain Nemo on 6/14/13 at 7:44

The troll dog is an interesting projection, Loner. Maybe that is why his chain is so short, to match is IQ.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/14/13 at 7:47

I have women in my younger life and older life to flirt with me. However that never was a sign that she wanted to go to bed with.

By: Jughead on 6/14/13 at 8:42

Have you idiot libtards who show up here all day (every day) ever consider that you lead pathetic and useless lives?

By: bfra on 6/14/13 at 8:46

Jug - That must be what you think about yourself! I lead a very productive & useful life.

By: brrrrk on 6/14/13 at 9:13

As someone who has been involved with dog rescues and has experienced first hand the cruelty of Tennesseans toward animals, I have no doubt that Holt truly believes what he says.

By: brrrrk on 6/14/13 at 9:33

I would say that Mr Holt should spent a few days in one of our fine Federal institutions of detainment.... maybe then he might understand what rape really is.

By: govskeptic on 6/14/13 at 12:11

One can't help but get real joy and such useful info out of these online Love Stories.

By: Jughead on 6/14/13 at 12:49

Obama's Philly abortion doc flushed and chopped up thousands of live babies. It's the Negro way, doncha know.

By: dargent7 on 6/14/13 at 1:48

When I saw "grok" in the title I thought it was a misspelling and was supposed to be "grope"since that's what Repubs due to women, too.
Mike forgot some nutty women, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, who also say a rape victim HAS to have the baby."But what if she's 14 and it was by a mentally retarded murderer who escaped prison? ""Provide conseling"......

By: bfra on 6/14/13 at 1:48

jugbutt - You know all about the Negro way? How?

By: Jughead on 6/14/13 at 1:59

bfra: I was born the son of a poor black sharecropper in Mississippi. Somehow, being pearly white, I never fit in.

By: Jughead on 6/14/13 at 2:01

Obama supports putting viable fetuses in blenders so that his supportesr can go back to having orgies. At least 50% of those slaughtered children are female.

Why doesn't Buttcrack Burch care about these young women?

What a puke.

By: bfra on 6/14/13 at 2:09

jugbutt smartmouths don't fit in anywhere!

By: Jughead on 6/14/13 at 2:57

bfra: I fit quite snugly in your wife. Ask her.

By: brrrrk on 6/14/13 at 3:14

You know the old saying, "the size of ones mouth is often inversely related to the size of ones penis"

By: Jughead on 6/14/13 at 3:16


That's pretty damn big.

By: brrrrk on 6/14/13 at 3:22

Looks like about 2 inches to me.....

By: brrrrk on 6/14/13 at 3:25

Apparently I have to explain.... inverse means an opposite relationship...

Big mouth (which is what Juggy obviously has) equals small penis....

By: Captain Nemo on 6/14/13 at 3:32

bfra wife?lol

By: Captain Nemo on 6/14/13 at 3:33

And he has a small brain too.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/14/13 at 3:34

That is bid for a flea, jugs. I am impressed.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/14/13 at 3:36

Opps shb big.

By: pswindle on 6/14/13 at 4:28

What in the hell does the GOP have against women? I do not know how their wives stay with them. They must be brain washed. How do they treat their women?

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 6:01

So what in the hell does the Democrats have against women, pswindle?

How about giving me an explanation of the difference between the two parties Could it be in name only? I can't see any difference between the two.

The Democrats put a usurper in office and the GOP supports them.

By: bfra on 6/14/13 at 6:06

yogi - Nobody expected a dumbass old fool to know what is really going on!

By: yogiman on 6/14/13 at 9:26

Are you comparing this dumbass old fool to yourself; a dumbass young fool?

I'm afraid we don't compare, bfra. I admit I can't compare with you on ignorance.

By: Loner on 6/15/13 at 4:03

Well, the litterbox is quite full here....lots of feces being flung.

The NCP posting community has really deteriorated....out of control trolls now dominate the "discourse". Very sad.

The Jeep is ready to roll, it's a beautiful morning....I'm outta here!

By: yogiman on 6/15/13 at 5:33


I understand your argument on the deterioration on this site of NCP and I understand whom you are blaming for the cause.

But I think you should notice who starts throwing the feces every day.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/15/13 at 6:13

Stupid yogi

By: bfra on 6/15/13 at 7:00

Loner - Have a safe trip & a fun time while there. The trolls really have ruined this board, just stop & think of all the posters that are no longer here & left after complaining about the "trash" postings.