Friday, February 17, 2012

The Rick Santorum Flip Flop

I hope I am not alone in wishing Candidate Santorum a swift bon voyage into the nether regions of obscurity based on the bias and petty backstabbing he himself is engaged in regularly. The Republican party shows how petty and unstable they are as they fight with each other in the primaries. Their "winning is our only priority" attitude also backfires when their supporters open their mouths about their own opinions. They ally themselves with the "tea party hobbits" and other radical right wingers whom I call the "Christian Taliban" in order to gain contributions. This time a supporter to the Superpac that Santorum is supported through made a faux pas and has torpedoed Santorum's momentum that he was gaining on Mitt Romney, forcing him to do a Flip Flop of his own.

This is my take: You can't be against women's rights on one issue and then for them on another. We, as males should listen to them and let them decide but we all know that the Christian Taliban (not truly Christian, but hiding behind their banner) have a political agenda against women's rights based on the medical insurance company lobbies that want to ensure that they have a right to NOT PAY BENEFITS to women's needs. They want to make that the law. Anyone who doesn't understand that doesn't know how soft money contributions work from Insurance Lobbies work ("...We wish to endorse you as our candidate, and you can have all this and more if you just support our agenda, as we are confident that you will." Big evil smiling follows.). The candidates are offered (this is a standard offer to most of them although the few with integrity don't take this option) unlimited insurance coverage (medical, life, home, car, business, malpractice, etc.) for their entire family for life based on favorable results from the candidates' voting records.

Foster Friess is a large contributor, along with Jon Huntsman, Sr. (his son is Jon Huntsman, Jr. the other candidate) to the Superpac that is supporting both Jon Huntsman, Jr. and Rick Santorum. I almost wonder if Friess was trying to throw the election back towards Huntsman's son. Anyway, the fact remains that he made an extremely insensitive comment, (from twitter political ticker/cnn website :) "...His apology came after Republican presidential candidate Santorum distanced himself from the statement and women's advocacy groups criticized the billionaire mutual fund manager.

Friess joked Thursday that women used Bayer aspirin as birth control "back in (his) days."
"The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly," he said on MSNBC.
Later Thursday Friess, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a pro-Santroum super PAC, said it was a joke and suggesting aspirin as a form of contraception "is pretty ridiculous and quite funny."
(Not so funny to women, obviously.)

Santorum said Friday he is not responsible for comments from a donor and accused the media of "gotcha politics."
"It was a bad joke, it was a stupid joke. It's not reflective of me or my record on this issue," Santorum said on CBS "This Morning." "This is the same gotcha politics that you get from the media and I'm just not going to play that game."

Santorum needs to recognize that a gotcha question is when someone asks him a direct misleading question, not the issue of someone who contributes his major campaign money being an openly offensive, insensitive jerk. 
This is a man who supports the "anti- women's rights movements" on Rowe V. Wade but wants to ACT like he is "FOR" women's rights on birth control. This is also an obvious attempt to do fallout relief instead of caring what his collateral damage is versus what his reputation was. No one confronted him until it got into women's reproductive rights via the typical biased hypocritical attitude that "women are sluts today, not like back in my day" in a comment from Friess, who concluded his statement with saying that it was "...quite funny..." which would cause most civilized people to be staring at him in silence, shaking their heads. Friess needs to be reminded that as long as he is still alive, THESE ARE HIS DAYS (timewise) and what is humorous to him IS really offensive to most people who actually care about women. And apologizing for being an asshole isn't saying that you care and that you were wrong in what you said. It is merely trying to clean up the image rather than realizing fault and changing your attitude. The only reason he is apologizing is the firestorm that the comment created from women who will take birth control pills to prevent those cells from forming - although they are somehow against surgically removing some of them that are stuck together, acting as a parasite on it's host. I would suggest they need to study biology. Once again these men are only sorry that they were caught expressing their true feelings, no matter how inappropriate they are.

Until women stand up to the Christian Taliban that is actually Insurance Lobby Agenda motivated, then we will constantly have these vailed attempts at taking women's rights concerning their bodies and futures based on wealthy special interest contributions, rather than the democracy that our constitution guarantees us.
Arizona Mildman

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