Monday, June 23, 2008

The Family Values Sham

Poor Mike Erickson. It is so hard being a pro-life Republican running for Congress in Oregon. Especially, when his ex-girlfriend Tawnya tells the media that Erickson had nasty premarital sex and got her pregnant. Tawnya has medical record and two friends to back up her account.

Erickson issues a nondenial. He told The Oregonian he gave Tawnya 300 dollars and dropped her off in front of the medical facility. Erickson said he had no idea that Tawnya was pregnant or the clinic was an abortion facility. If Erickson is really that stupid then he has no business running for Congress.

Tawnya's friend Joy Johanson describes Erickson dumping Tawnya at the abortion clinic and leaving. Can't you feel the power of family values?

"He took her and dropped her off, so she started freaking out," Johanson said. "It enraged Kristi that he just ditched her like that."

I never believed that Republicans abstain from sex or not have abortions. What bothers me is their hypocrisy of pushing counter-productive sexually-related policies. Republicans are so enslaved to Christian conservatives, that they have no respect for. Tucker Carlson spelled out to Chris Matthews how much the GOP establishment hates the Christian Right.

CARLSON: It goes deeper than that though. The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power. Everybody in…

MATTHEWS: How do you know that? How do you know that?

CARLSON: Because I know them. Because I grew up with them. Because I live with them. They live on my street. Because I live in Washington, and I know that everybody in our world has contempt for the evangelicals. And the evangelicals know that, and they're beginning to learn that their own leaders sort of look askance at them and don't share their values.

MATTHEWS: So this gay marriage issue and other issues related to the gay lifestyle are simply tools to get elected?

CARLSON: That's exactly right. It's pandering to the base in the most cynical way, and the base is beginning to figure it out.

What matters is that voters figure it out.

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