Forgot to mention that.
Forgot to mention that.
Hello Dear Reader. It’s me, John. You might remember me from elections past, where I supported a third-party candidate. I don’t do that any more. Why? Because the system is rigged for a two-party system. Maybe you already knew that. Maybe that’s the reason that you are voting third party, to raise awareness about the lack of candidate diversity. But I see you do that, and I think, I bet you are so frustrated, so angry at the lack of choice, that you don’t know what to do with your ideas and energy, and you feel the only outlet they have to express yourself is to vote for a third party.
So to rationalize this choice, you say that there isn’t a significant difference between the two candidates.
But remember the biggies in the Obama administration — can you imagine McCain or Romney doing any of these?
There is a difference between Democrats and Republicans, and it is that list. We live in an imperfect world, but one in which you can chose to have the things in that list.
And it’s the Democratic party that supports those decisions too, so even if you aren’t in a swing state, you still need to vote for them in other offices.
(And then you need to pressure Democrats to be more progressive. An easy way to do that is to give money to progressive PACs like Howard Dean’s Democracy for America and Russ Feingold’s Progressives United)
(And if you are really ambitious and have the time, you can work to reform the voting system)
from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
- Todd Akin
This man is stupid. Donate to Planned Parenthood today!
However I take issue with how much reporters love to take out the cases-of-rape thing. It makes for great television because:
Are there any actual arguments for abortion being more ethical in cases of rape? I have never heard one. The idea that abortion is more ethical in cases of rape implies and requires that it is less ethical in other cases. As such, it is an enormously anti-abortion idea. All reporters who entertain the question are supporting an anti-abortion agenda, because abortion makes for such great television and they don’t want the issue to go away. Furthermore, even pro-choice advocates who answer the question directly instead of challenging its premises are unintentionally reinforcing the idea.
Also, from an American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study in 1996:
One of the worst things about this is learning that there are 32,000 rape pregnancies a year in the US.
— John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) August 20, 2012
Akin is on the House Science Committee :-(
— Cristóbal Palmer (@coxn) August 20, 2012