More tomfoolery from Santorum!

Two party politics has entirely divided and polarized America. The GOP vs Democrat hoopla is almost constantly the topic of some front page headline, and the media keeps covering the numerous (and bizarre) GOP candidate debates for the pending 2012 election. I know who I am voting for, there is no way my mind will be changing, so I have committed myself to watching as few campaign ads as possible, relying on Hulu instead of live network television until the election is over.

That being said, I cannot but read about some of the antics of the GOP candidates. Like a moth to a flame, whenever Rick Santorum’s name is mentioned in a headline, I skim the article. One of his more recent articles is about the Komen/Planned Parenthood drama, which Lauren discussed in his February 2nd post. Santorum is crazy. He absolutely terrifies me, and the fact that even a small percentage of people vote for him in primaries bewilders me. The man doesn’t believe in contraception! He has expressed this view numerous times, and in the first video towards the bottom of the HuffingtonPost article you can watch his interview. OR, just know that he says that birth control is “not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” I think he also says that with birth control, ‘things will happen.’

On Superbowl Sunday (February 5th) Santorum linked abortions to breast cancer on Fox News Sunday, wondering why Susan G. Komen funds Planned Parenthood in the first place. Santorum’s point was that a breast cancer research and prevention organization should not be giving money to an organization that ‘does abortions where you’ve seen ties to cancer and abortions.” Santorum said this despite studies that prove there is no link between abortion and breast cancer, and clearly also spoke without paying any attention to common sense.

I find it hard to believe that politicians (male politicians, mostly) will be able to continue waging war on women and female reproduction without eventually unleashing a can of worms. During especially tense political times/campaigns, sexuality seems to come under attack and marginalized groups are oftentimes the target. I am anxious, and also angry, and am interested in seeing where the next few months take us, and what other rights are threatened by right-wing politicians.

*If you want a pick me up, watch either, or both, of the videos below. The first is Ellen Degeneres defending herself against JC Penney critics, and the second is a Republican senator endorsing gay marriage.

Video of gay marriage defense

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