Sexual Politics: Ted Cruz

February 2, 2016

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Ironically, in Ted Cruz's senior thesis at Princeton, where he completed his undergraduate work, he argued that the last two Amendments (9 & 10) to the US Constitution "offer an explicit stop against an all-powerful state."  His arguments then and now seem to indicate that the old South's rallying cry of "states' rights" is the answer to federal overreach.  But both Amendments argue that the states' rights, along with those of the people, are the counterbalance to the feds.  In the area of human sexual rights, that most private part of who we are, Cruz would replace what he sees as the overreach of the federal government with an even more onerous, more intrusive overreach by the states into and against the rights of the people. In the same article in Wikipedia where Cruz is described as favoring the death penalty, he is self-described as "strongly pro-life" and "would allow the people to choose abortion "only when a pregnancy endangers the mother's life."  This would mean that when your daughter, wife or mother is raped and becomes pregnant that she could not get an abortion so long as her physical health was alright.  Just as Mike Huckabee asserted, he would...

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Sexual Politics: Marco Rubio

January 28, 2016

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It's "Rubio or Bust" for conservatives who want to win in 2016 according to fivethirtyeight.  Why, he's the Latin Barack Obama!  So how's he stack up as a champion of human sexual rights?  After all, he chairs the US Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights and Global Women's Issues so he's been ideally positioned to stake out some his opinions, to really do something.  Problem is, no one can think of anything he's done for human sexual rights.  For example, although he "largely supported" the Violence Against Women Act, he really just couldn't actually...ah...support it. So it's a trip to the moon for you, Alice, a trip to the moon. And women who prefer courtesy, as opposed to actual equality with men, will love Mr. Rubio's charm.  The majority of white women would vote for him rather than Clinton.  However, uppity women of all colors may not care for his belief that there is no right to privacy in the constitution and that rape victims, including the youngest incest victims of rape, should not be allowed an abortion.  Hard-core, but polite, about shrinking down government so it can get in those tiny, formerly private ladies' parts.  From Wikipedia: Rubio identifies as...

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Sexual Politics: Jeb!

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Jeb! Bush.  Tough.  Fair-minded. Decisive.  So long as the voters are OK with marriage equality.  So long as other soldiers aren't uncomfortable with allowing transgender citizens to serve.  So long as we believe in respecting women, as in saying "Ma'am," and such--not in terms of letting those little ladies decide what they need in terms of deciding how to handle a pregnancy.  Sigh.  It's little wonder that the term "cuckservative" has become his nickname.  Even SNL's Trump calls him "Jeborah." Proud of defunding Planned Parenthood in Florida while he was governor--to appeal to the fundie base of religious RWNs, Bush also wants those who are not right wing nutjobs to know he's compassionate and would not shut down the government--something for the traditional Republican business folks. Q: You say the next president should defund Planned Parenthood. When you say the next president, does that mean that you're against a conceivable government shutdown in order to force this president? BUSH: I'm against a government shutdown. That's not how democracy works. But I defunded Planned Parenthood when I was governor. And I think it's abhorrent that 330,000 or 340,000 abortions take place through these clinics. I'm a pro-life governor and I'd...

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