The Texas Taliban

alamo-1aThe Texas Senate passed new abortion restrictions that Gov. Rick Perry has just signed into law. The new law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, allow abortions only in surgical centers, limit where and when women may take abortion-inducing pills and ban abortions altogether after 20 weeks. That will close all but five existing abortion clinics in Texas, which happens to be the second most populated state in the US.

Even if they were able to stop abortions all together, which, of course, is what they really want, they wouldn’t be happy with that. No, no, no. They’ve already begun working on restricting birth control. Well, you know, their attitude about sex; it’s okay for them but it’s better if you don’t have any. And if they could succeed at stopping your birth control, they still wouldn’t be happy.

Basically, they’d like woman to be second class citizens much like they were in the 1950s; staying at home, taking care of the kids, cooking, doing the house work and bringing the man of the house his slippers when he comes home from slaying dragons. Or, if she did have a job, it was at some low paying job and she was still responsible for doing all the aforementioned duties like a job wife should.

Still, that wouldn’t be enough, next would be, just like the Taliban, you have to be of the right religion, which, naturally has to be the same religion they are (and the right sect). So, if you happen to be something other than what they are, or god forbid, you happen to be an atheist, then, of course, you don’t believe what they believe so you’re going to hell and they’d like to help you along as quickly as possible.

I believe it’s a slippery slope from the restrictions and intolerance of the Tea Party Republicans to the Taliban. Not even that steep a slope either. Maybe a mid-sized step.

What scares me the most is that they’re evidently doing a good enough job of pandering to and getting so many people to buy into and vote for their emotionally charged agenda with their self-righteous, hypocritical tactics.

Of course, there are millions of people who don’t bother to vote at all, which makes them just as culpable.

Whatever happened to the Republican Party supposedly being the party that wants freedom from government? I guess freedom for women having the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion is not included. And you know they do not intend to stop there.

About Sr Felipe

I grew up in East LA, was drafted into the army and sent to Vietnam as a medic with the 1st Cav from 1966-1967. I survived that, came back to LA, went to East LA College and Cal State LA, became a social worker in Ventura, CA and moved up to Chico, CA in 1975. I started Sr Felipe's Salsas making organic salsa, enchilada, BBQ and pasta sauce that was available in natural food stores nationwide from 1980-2005. I've been doing a radio show on KZFR, Chico, 90.1 FM every Tuesday from 7:30-10:00 PM streamed live on where I play oldies from the 50s & 60s, doo-wop, Latin, folk, country and Gospel music and interview interesting people in the community. For the past three years I've been teaching beginning guitar through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through Chico State University.
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