Hit Parade of Stupid

It’s not always easy to keep up with every idiotic thing that gets said these days, but sometimes it’s important to take a moment and reflect on what passes for dialogue this day and age. I want to remind everybody that the people I am quoting are either elected officials, or wield enormous influence.

Shall we begin?

The first on our list is Indiana Right to Life legislative director Sue Swayze who, responding to the Indiana bill that would have legally forced doctors to rape their patients with machines at the behest of the state (it has since been reduced to only one state-mandated rape), sees no problem with sticking ultrasound wands into unwilling women because they’ve clearly had something up there before.

I got pregnant vaginally.  Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me.  So I find that argument a little ridiculous.

Wow. Where to start, where to start…? Well, first of all, Swayze has basically decided that anything that doesn’t bother her shouldn’t bother anyone else. Ok, two can play at that game. I have had a number of medical procedures that weren’t strictly necessary over the years, so I don’t see why somebody else getting one should bother Sue Swayze. Well, since I have no problem with it, guess Sue Swayze can’t either.

Secondly, it’s kind of subtle, but did you catch the slut shaming? Since women have had something up their vagina previously, then that means that they have no right to later say they don’t want something else up their vagina. I mean, what’s the big deal? They’ll have a penis up there, but not an ultrasound wand? Why not? Doesn’t having something up there once, consensual or not, grant communal consent for all of time?

Next on our list is the American Family Association, hate group and purveyors of some of the dumbest and most consistently offensive opinions currently available on the internet. In this case, it’s all about conspiracy theories and spiritual corn storage. (emphasis mine)

The thing that prompted me Bryan is the four groups that are actively working to secularize and destroy America: humanists; atheists; militant homosexuals; and Muslims. All four of these groups got major momentum beginning in the ’60s and ’70s but they dug in their heels and they said: ‘we’re going to work forty years and we’re going to mainstream atheism; we’re going to mainstream militant homosexuality; dare we say it we’re going to see gay marriage legitimized.’ Why can’t God’s people dig in their heels and say: ‘we’re in it for the duration and America will not die on our watch.’
That was AFA radio host Alex McFarland discussing his Project 2026. Just take a look at those four groups, though: humanists, atheists, militant homosexuals, and Muslims. I have two responses to that.
1. Hey! I’m, like two and a half out of four of those! Uh….go me?
2. You forgot feminists, Alex. You’re seriously slipping, man.
This one is endlessly amusing to me since basically he’s saying that in order to combat the shift in culture that’s been happening when people realized how awful the views of people like the AFA are, the AFA needs to be more vocally awful for the next 15 years.
Go ahead and dig in your heels, Alex. That totes won’t turn even more people away.
Oh, spiritual corn, almost forgot. Turns out that earlier generations who were more religious built up good will for us with god, and we’ve been blowing through that by not listening to the mad raving of Bryan Fischer and Alex McFarland. So says Fischer:
So succeeding generations, without even realizing that they are consuming the spiritual seed corn that was accumulated by generations that came before them, have been consuming that moral and spiritual capital and it looks to me Alex like we’re at a place where virtually all of that seed corn is gone and if we don’t once again begin to rebuild that moral and spiritual capital America could be finished.
But it gets worse from there. New Hampshire rep Mark Warden voted yesterday to reduce the punishment for domestic assault in certain cases. Here’s his reasoning:
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. … Is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I’d say no. People are always free to leave.
Yes, because they always have someplace to go and no children to worry about and no fear that their partner will hurt or kill them before they can leave. Mark Warner has no idea what an abuse victim goes through, nor has he ever taken the time to try and imagine it. The world is a simple place to him, and the complex factors that prevent people from leaving abusive relationships are too much brain work for a human defective like him.
Pro-tip: if somebody calls the police about a situation, they are likely displeased by the situation.
Today he apologized, but made it worse.
It was never my intention to minimize the trauma of domestic abuse or in any way demean the victims…how the state gets involved in people’s personal lives is a topic that requires thoughtful debate and should not be reduced to sound bites.
No. No. Fuck you. There is no room for “debate” over whether we should make efforts to stop people from being abused. This kind of libertarian bullshit pisses me off to no end. Another example was Rand Paul who was in favor of blowing up our gas line workers until he realized he was surrounded by moochers who see actual value in human life for some reason, even though it’s not backed by gold or anything.
The problem with people like Paul and Warner is that they have the same view of principle: standing up for what you believe in means letting other people suffer and die for your beliefs.
Finally, in our roundup of stupid, we have Alabama Federation of Republican Women president Elois Zeanah. I saved the best for last. Thanks to Friendly Atheist for transcribing this beauty. Emphasis theirs, but perfect.

Your child or grandchildren won’t be able to escape Common Core materials that are anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, and anti-America. Or that are pro-homosexuality, illegal immigration, unions, environmentalism, gun control, feminism and social justice.

 

Do you see what’s happening? The Obama administration and progressives have found a way to take away choices from parents and to get rid of competition in education. And to add insult to injury, they’re gonna force us to pay to indoctrinate our own kids.

 

This is not a novel like 1994. It’s Common Core.

I’m really not sure where to begin? That she addresses what she considers to be a problem by going through the entire right-wing checklist (she didn’t forget feminism, Alex)? Or that she is arguing against education standards by demonstrating that she doesn’t know what the novel 1984 is?

I think I can leave this one on its own. Sort of stands pretty well without me getting in the way.

The thing I need to remind people of at this point is that each of these people, maybe with the exception of Zeanah, holds an incredible amount of power. The only way we can stop people who clearly know nothing about what they’re talking about is to point out when they’re full of shit, don’t let them off the hook, and make sure that they know that what they said and did was wrong. Sunlight is the best disinfectant and all that.

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One thought on “Hit Parade of Stupid

  1. 1) spiritual seed corn?? Does he even… seed corn isn’t… morality does not work that way!!

    2) ok, the domestic violence thing is just bizarre. I’m trying to parody it but i honestly can’t think of a stupider way to say it. It Poes itself.

    3) y’know, I got pregnant vaginally. So some other guy could stick his dick in there, it wouldn’t bother me. So i think that whole “rape” idea is kinda ridiculous.

    4) 1994!!!

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