an open letter to Rick Santorum

Dear Rick,

With all due respect, sir, shut up already. No, really. You are suffering, mightily, from foot-in-mouth disease, and really, all you’re doing is making yourself, and your party, look ridiculous.

It was bad when you backed the personhood amendment idea. Okay, I get that you’re Catholic, but other people aren’t. And okay, I get that you’re anti-abortion. Funnily enough, as a pro-choice woman, I am too. I think abortions should be rare as birds’ teeth.  But until your party is willing to support those women whom you would refuse abortions (with things like parental leave, welfare benefits that actually allow someone to get off them without still being in poverty, child care subsidies, etc), the fact is, we aren’t going to stop them by fiat. Even if abortion is illegal, desperate women will still have them, safe or no. And rich women will just fly off to countries where their autonomy is respected. And there are, sadly, girls in this world who are far too young to be mothers who are victimized by the very people who are supposed to protect them…or who are raped (and no, a baby is not God’s way of making up for being raped, as you seem to imply), and you want to force those girls to spend 9 months carrying that reminder, being traumatized and victimized every single day for nearly a year? Shame on you.

And never mind that study after study shows that when people have access to contraception, those abortions you are so incredibly worried about go down. WAY down. Oh no. You’d like states to be able to ban contraception, too. Are you kidding me? Are you really trying to argue that if people don’t have access to abortions, or contraception, they’ll somehow simply stop having sex? How many kids do you have? DId you only have sex once for each? I’m guessing not. Sex feels good…that’s nature’s way of making sure we procreate. But in a world that has too many people already, you pull out Nancy Reagan’s old canard of ‘just say no’. That someone who wants to be president of this country (which I adore as much as you, by the way, so no pulling out the ‘you’re unpatriotic if you don’t agree with me’ card) is so clueless about human nature defies belief.

But now you’re going after schools, and not only are your ideas just plain silly, but you’re flat out wrong, wrong, wrong. Schools did not start with the Industrial Revolution. In fact, children worked right alongside their parents in those factories, because they were smaller and could get inside machines, and they were cheaper. The first child labor laws were a joke, and continued to remain a joke well into the latter half of the 19th century. Oh, and by the way…the Industrial Revolution started at the end of the 18th century. You’re off by about 100 years, you know.  Schools in other parts of the world are better, I’ll grant you. And you know why? Because they teach, not to some fill-in-the-bubble test that studies have shown prove absolutely nothing about what someone has learned (beyond how to fill in bubbles), but actual things. You know, like how to think. But then again, you don’t really want people to think, do you?

And about that ‘colleges are indoctrination factories’ bit you’re throwing around now…Rick, dude, that’s just pathetic. As someone with 2 bachelors’ degrees, and a masters and PhD in History, I’ve been in a lot of college. Not once, ever, did I have anyone try to indoctrinate me into being liberal. That happened because I learned how to read critically and think even more critically. I learned how to look at the primary sources (letters and such) and figure out what actually was said.

Oh, wait. That’s exactly what you mean about indoctrination. People who can think critically will actually pick apart what you said, and realize you’re an idiot. I get it now.

Happy campaigning, and i hope you won’t hold it against me when I say that I am praying that you will either drop out, or lose to Obama. I’ve got my issues with him, too, but at least the man understands history. I feel sorry for your kids if you do indeed home-school them. It’s pretty clear they’ll have a hugely distorted view of our nation’s history.

Sincerely,

Melissa

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Published in: on February 25, 2012 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  

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