The Shit Politicians Say

The enemy isn’t conservatism. The enemy isn’t liberalism. The enemy is bullshit.

- Lars-Erik Nelson

A mere 40 years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that’s what freedom is all about.

— Newt Gingrich, on what “freedom is all about”.

(Source: TIME)

" A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they’re going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control.

Speaking at a hearing held by Pelosi to tout Pres. Obama’s mandate that virtually every health insurance plan cover the full cost of contraception and abortion-inducing products, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said that it’s too expensive to have sex in law school without mandated insurance coverage.

[…]

All of this seems to suggest at least two important conclusions:

  1. If these women want to have sex, we shouldn’t be forced to pay for it, and
  2. If these co-eds really are this guy crazy, I should’ve gone to law school”

- CNS reporter Craig Bannister

Not only is this completely inaccurate (Ms. Fluke was testifying about a lesbian friend using the pill to treat ovarian cysts, not to prevent pregnancy) but it displays utter ignorance of how medicine and birth control works. Even worse, it displays a degree of misogyny and slut-shaming I thought we’d moved beyond as a country. As David Frum put it: “And Rick Santorum blames liberal professors for alienating young people from the conservative movement!”

What does it say about the college coed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps. The johns, that’s right. We would be the johns — no! We’re not the johns. Well — yeah, that’s right. Pimp’s not the right word.

Rush Limbaugh, on law student Sandra Fluke, who was denied the ability to testify before the all-male panel considering contraceptive coverage.

Fuck. You.

As ThinkProgress states: “While it’s probably not even worth engaging with Limbaugh on the facts, Fluke’s testimony was about a friend who is a lesbian and needed birth control for non-sexual medical reasons, so he’s only wrong about three times over, and offensive many more times over than that.”

Need we discuss Limbaugh getting caught with Viagra that wasn’t even his? No? How about pointing out that with birth control, it doesn’t matter how much sex you have — taking one pill is enough to prevent pregnancy?

Or how about he’s a misogynistic pig? Is that ok?

(via cognitivedissonance)

Just like the Catholic church allowing Viagra to be covered by health insurance is tantamount to making the Pope a fluffer, right?

(via realityisrunningaway)

(via unevenlygrown)

tyleroakley:

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Moderator: “So you spoke about the dangers of contraception. Can you talk about why contraceptives are dangerous?”
Santorum: “What we are seeing is a problem in our culture with respect to children being raised by children, children being raised out of wedlock, and the economic impact and the impact on society.”

I think he’s confused.

tyleroakley:

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Moderator: “So you spoke about the dangers of contraception. Can you talk about why contraceptives are dangerous?”

Santorum: “What we are seeing is a problem in our culture with respect to children being raised by children, children being raised out of wedlock, and the economic impact and the impact on society.”

I think he’s confused.

(via unevenlygrown)

Republicans being against sex is not good,” the G.O.P. strategist Alex Castellanos told me mournfully. “Sex is popular.

— Maureen Dowd, NYTimes columnist

I’m normally not a fan of her holier-than-thou partisanship, but once and a while, Maureen has a few gems.

(Source: The New York Times)

The poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians… Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.

American Thinker Blogger Matthew Vadum on voter ID laws and why is is “un-American” to let poor people vote.

WTF? This is pre-Jacksonian!

(Source: americanthinker.com)

Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.

— Foster Friess, a mega-donor to a Santorum SuperPAC

Yeah, let’s see how that works out. 

(Source: politico.com)

Just a few weeks ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on a new Pentagon report on sexual abuse in the military. I think they’ve actually discovered the difference between men and women! And the sexual abuse report says that there’s been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? Uh, these people are in close contact. The whole, uh, airing of this issue has never been done by Congress. It’s strictly been a question of, uh, pressure from the feminists.

— Fox News Commentator Liz Trotta, saying that women who go into the military should expect to be raped.

What. The. Actual. Fuck. 

(Source: jezebel.com)

When you have men and women together in combat, I think men have the emotions when you see a woman in harm’s way.

— GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, explaining why more women shouldn’t be on the front lines. Funny, I thought you were supposed to protect *everyone* in your troop.

(Source: Slate)

I can guarantee you the [Super Bowl] coaches are not telling their players to go out on the field and cooperate and compromise with the other team.

—Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) on bipartisanship. Oh, for the days of impeachment charges and allegations of oral sex. Who would’ve thought the Clinton Presidency would be the golden years of bipartisanship?

(Source: dailycaller.com)