This year hasn’t been a good one for the Republican party. Conservatives have relied upon voters fears (the fear that women will casually abort their babies given have the chance and the fear that everyone will be able to obtain health insurance) and in doing so, have spouted such insulting phrases as “legitimate rape” (Todd Akin) and “some girls rape easy” (Roger Rivard) and LOST because of it. These phrases are easy to condemn, but these conversations probably never should have happened because I don’t think it’s your job to be my conscience.
Regardless of that topic, last year in the Kansas House of Representatives, while discussing a feral hog issue in rural Kansas, Virgil Peck had a great idea out of nowhere: “It looks like to me that if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a solution to our illegal immigration problem,” he said. He apologized, which is nice. But the fact is that no one (absolutely no one) who really believes that we are all God’s children and that we are all created equal would ever say such a thing, especially when it’s not even what ANYBODY ELSE IS TALKING ABOUT.
So we’ve seen that there are dozens of confirmed hateful men running as conservative politicians these days. Most of them didn’t get reelected. The reason I’m on about this is that Virgil Peck got reelected last week at a rate of about 2:1. Over 4,000 people voted for him. He was elected with such gems as this: “The income tax cut is something that the voters like. They like tax cuts. They’re not so concerned about government spending and government having enough money to do what some people in government think it needs to have.” Read the whole article about his reelection here and you’ll notice there’s no mention of the fact that it occurred to him to shoot millions of people like swine.
This is one reason why I cannot understand the religious right. We are too well-educated these days to pretend like we just didn’t know who we were voting for. The pool of potential candidates presumably grows along with our booming population and increasing college graduation rates, right? Do you really have to settle on this guy? Do you see why the rest of us don’t trust you? When Akin slips up a few months before the election, it gets on national television and you make an example of him. If he hadn’t said it this year or was running for a little state position, would you have just ignored it? I realize it’s politics, but if it’s “just politics,” then why do you pretend like you’re electing someone to uphold your values?