Arrogance and Ignorance go hand in hand ~ Metallica, Holier Than ThouSo, in a week which saw Republican Jim Bunning tell poor people to fuck off and die and Republican Steve King embraced Domestic Terrorist Joe Stack, Republican Trent Franks choose to top off Black History Month by declaring, "far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policies of slavery."
Now, is it that these 3 are indicative of the 21st Republican Party or are these 3 racist flabby, pasty white, old, out-of-touch millionaires merely disconnected from society?
Well, it's one in the same. The Republican Party has thrown all in on the Racist Class Warfare because they feel no compunction at having the indelible watermark of Kleptocratic Dominance stamped upon them.
As to Franks and abortion, during a discussion I had with my friends Queen of the Harpies and Ran, Queenie mentioned that prior to modern techniques for safe abortions, people compensated for pregnancies with child abandonment (foundlings) and infanticide, often through exposure. Think of the gang of pickpockets in Oliver Twist and Rome's mythical founders Romulus and Remus.
Today Americans, who don't read, view child abandonment as a terrible crime because they aren't used to shortages of food and the threat of slow starvation for an entire family and automatically assume their 2+ children will prosper and grow to adulthood. But throughout most recorded history children who couldn't be cared for mostly due to a paucity of resources were often abandoned.
But, such historical context is impossible for an uppity ignorant Republican like Trent Franks. Franks views himself as a member of the Master Class, better than the lowly middle class and poor and far more advanced than those in the black community for whom he is so contemptuous. So, from his perch as a rich slave holder Franks knows what's best for his children.
I nearly forgot my own personal views. Abortion should be as Bill Clinton phrased it "safe, legal and rare". There can be no debate when the life of the mother is in danger or when the child is untenable but no woman should feel constrained by the legal system. But, abortion wouldn't be as big an issue if the Republicans weren't bipolar about sex education. They want less (or no) abortions yet they don't want realistic sex education taught to teenagers. It's almost as if the Republicans had two minds but that's impossible since Republicans and their followers have no minds let alone hearts...