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It's an interesting day in Kansas.   When once again, Governor Brownback, coming off what may rank as one of the most misleading state of the states I've had the displeasure of watching went to go meet with his wacky backers in Wichita, the city where Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in cold blood a few years ago.  

Brownback's response to this group, was to compare their protests to the drive against slavery.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past “Summer of Mercy” anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery in a major speech Wednesday night.

The Republican governor, who opposes abortion, included the reference to the 1991 and 2001 protests outside the clinic of Dr. George Tiller — the late-term abortion provider who was gunned down in 2009 — in his State of the State address.

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Please note: he referenced the protest, not the shooting death or harassment.  Because I assume some part of him thought this would be a bad thing.

So, who are these brave crusaders, working to end modern slavery?

When one of these men "walks up carrying a gun, and he doesn't want that abortion to happen, somebody is going to get a bullet in their head," Gietzen said in an interview with the Huffington Post. "I think she's trying to provoke an incident so she can say, "Look, these pro-lifers did something," and people from California and New York and these other places will give her money."

Brownbacks drive to make sure that we lead out of 'abortion' and his appeal to use slavery as a bloody fight:

Brownback said that in the past, Kansas has been called “to blaze the trail for America out of the wilderness” on moral issues. He also said Kansas “marked the bloody trail out of slavery” when the nation was undecided on the issue.

“The chains of bondage of our brothers rubbed our skin and our hearts raw until we could stand it no more and erupted into `Bleeding Kansas,’” Brownback said. “The Summer of Mercy sprung forth in Kansas as we could no longer tolerate the death of innocent children.”

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But is this 'bloody trail' and references to 'Bleeding Kansas' in any way a staging that goes a bit too far?  Especially when activists have already intoned that further violence may happen, and we've already had one shooting death and more then a few attempts.

It's not in any way shocking this would happen, that our state of the state address would take a large portion to support widespread harassment on women and to promote the idea that a 'bloody war' to end abortion starts here.

But it certainly is creepy.

Originally posted to tmservo433 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:40 PM PST.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks and Pro Choice.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:40:25 PM PST

  •  Is he trying to encourage murder??!! (5+ / 0-)

    How many of these nutcase forced birthers hear

    'bloody trail' and references to 'Bleeding Kansas'
    and think there should be more blood for the glory of their twisted idea of God and how wonderful it would be to be a hero to their fellow nutters?
    From October 1998 through May 2009, Gunn was first of a total of four doctors murdered by killers proclaiming pro-life motivation. The others were doctors Barnett Slepian, John Britton and George Tiller. Gunn's murder helped lead to the passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.[4]
    Gunn's death also prompted Paul Jennings Hill to issue the Defensive Action Statement, signed by 30 anti-abortion leaders, which justifies the killing of abortionists to protect unborn children.[6]

    They don't win until we quit fighting!

    by Eyesbright on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:53:37 PM PST

  •  Always beware when a right wing bigot uses (6+ / 0-)

    slavery as a way to justify their behavior.  Brownback is a person to distrust when it comes to the rights of women and their power to control their own bodys.l

  •  Anti-choice protesters belong in prison (2+ / 0-)
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    Kangaroo, skohayes

    I don't really care about a "free speech" defense for their actions, they are terrorists and should be treated as such.

    Racism, misogyny, and homophobia should NOT be protected by the Constitution.

    by TeaBaggersAreRacists on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 09:04:12 PM PST

  •  Brownbag is a christofascist. (2+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, skohayes


    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 09:20:01 PM PST

  •  This part of the Huffingpost article just irks me: (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, said he believes the South Wind Women's Center is allowing volunteers to escort women into the clinic in hopes that they will harass the anti-abortion protesters outside and provoke a shooting.
    Really sweetheart? You're actually going to sit there with what I would assume is a straight face and have people believe clinics employ escorts for the express purpose of provoking you and your minions into shooting them?  As if you actually needed provocation?

    Are you really that fucking daft?

    For the record, the South Wind director explains that...

    ...she does not have volunteer escorts at her clinic because the women can be driven past the protesters right up to the door,
    Huh. I wonder why.


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    by here4tehbeer on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 12:47:20 AM PST

  •  The terrorism of the pro-slavery folks (0+ / 0-)

    and the counterterrorism of the abolitionists (see John Brown, Wakarusa War, etc.) can hardly be said to have "marked the bloody trail out of slavery."

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