Hello Kossacks, my name is Nick, I write from a little ol' town called Lewiston, ME. Since 2008, I've been getting involved in American politics, canvassing for the democratic party while still in middle school. I come from a liberal family and am a liberal myself, but it comes less from my parents influence and more from personal experience.
But enough about myself, I have a question that's been bothering me for a while now.
What the heck is wrong with this country? Seriously, where did we go wrong?
Allow me to explain: how can you have folks in office who say that...
Rape is god's will and you should have his baby. Or women have a built in failsafe in case of being raped. (3 of them have said this that I can remember)Hey, if crazy people like these can get elected, I think I'd have a fair shot at running for office.
Global Warming is a myth 'cause we have winter. (And the Earth is flat)
(That's just off the top of my head, to really drive the point, here's some quotes I borrowed from an article on theweek.com)
"When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That's a big thing. That's a big surgery. You don't have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that."
—Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R), defending her sweeping anti-abortion bill.
"Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It's a love-hate relationship. It's very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her."
—New Hampshire state Rep. Mark Warden (R), during a debate on a bill to reduce the penalty for simple assault.
"Slavery and abortion are the two most horrendous things this country has done but when you think about the immorality of wild, lavish spending on our generation and forcing future generations to do without essentials just so we can live lavishly now, it's pretty immoral."
—Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), equating slavery with the national debt.
"Like most men, I'm more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men. Because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can."
—Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.), speaking on anti-violence legislation.
"To redefine marriage is discriminatory towards those who hold the sincerely held religious belief that it is a sacred institution between a man & a woman."
—Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R), in response to the state Senate approving same-sex marriage in Illinois.
"I'm going to try to be brief because I notice you're on your fourth glass of water, and I don't want to be accused of waterboarding you."
—Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), speaking in the middle of a long, contentious confirmation hearing for John Brennan as CIA director.
"I was very proud of the fact that I didn't get anything wrong that I said during the course of the debates. I didn't get anything wrong, and that's a huge arena."
—Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), commenting on her performance in the 2012 GOP presidential debates.
Also, this may seem like I'm targeting republicans on purpose, but I'm trying not to. They're just the only ones saying insane things on national television.