Monday, May 21, 2012

Say what you will, Mississippi's making headlines because its Republicans are crazy

"[The Left's] one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb."

"And of course, there you have the other side, they're like 'Well, the poor pitiful women that can't afford to go out of state are just going to start doing their own [abortions] with coat hangers.'  That's what we heard over and over and over but hey, you have to have more babies and you have to start somewhere."

"Been a lot of press on Obama's opinion on 'homosexual marriage.'  The only opinion that counts is God's: see Romans 1:26-28 and Leviticus 20:13.  Anyway you slice it, it is sin.  Not to mention horrific social policy."
Leviticus 20:13 reads: "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.  they are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
These are the not the musings of normal, everyday Americans.  They are, however, the widely published statements of Mississippi's Governor, its House Vice-Chairman of Banking and Financial Services, and House Chairman of the Judiciary B Committee, respectively.

Despite what the Republican Party would have you believe, the national attention being given to these remarks is not due to some vast left-wing conspiracy and it's not because anyone put words into someone's mouth.  It's because these words, as they came out of the mouths and computers of the men who spoke and wrote them, are objectively offensive and more than a little looney.

What should give any reasonable Mississippi Republican pause is that three different party leaders on three separate occassions said three different maniacal things within one month.  That's no coincidence.

Expect more "We look like Mississippi" statements anytime anyone anywhere does something nutty until Mississippi's new Republican leadership decides that there are some brands of crazy that even it won't tolerate.


Josh said...

Matt - if you are going to use quotation marks, at least quote the actual words the person said. You have harped about Rep. Bubba Carpenter saying "but hey, you have to have MORE BABIES and you have to start somewhere." This is the second time you have used that quote. I watched the video you posted and he clearly says "but hey, you have to have MORAL VALUES and you have to start somewhere."

I'm not arguing with you about whether his comments offended you or not. Your opinion is your opinion. But if you are going to get offended by someone's words, at least know what they are saying and quote it accurately.

Cottonmouth said...


I listened to the thing about 25 times after I transcribed it, and it still sounds like "more babies" to me. "Moral values" would also fit in the sentence, but God help him, if that's what he's saying it certainly isn't clear.

Ana Maria w/ said...

Brilliant connecting of the dots, Matt! Personally, I revel in the fact that the Tea Party Republicans here at home and throughout our nation have thrown off their sheets and come flying out of the closet as the knuckle-draggin', cave dwellin', misogynistic, racist, xenophobic Neanderthals that they are. Easier to organize politically and defeat them, when they are putting on public display their Talibanesque nature.

Keep it up. Great Job! said...

I think he's definitely saying 'moral values.' Not sure it changes anything though.

Dylan said...

I think the quote would almost be crazier if he said "moral values" after just making a crack about "poor pitiful women" having coat hanger abortions.

Justin said...

Yeah, he says "moral values." Regardless, it doesn't really change the meaning of what he says. Methinks he doesn't understand what the word "legally" means.