To every liberal and moderate who has ever said, “Well, it wouldn’t be so bad if they nominated McCain…”

Consider this.

John McCain may love the environment, but apparently he doesn’t consider women worthy of basic human rights. He’s no moderate.

List of people to whom we should all be mailing wire hangers and knitting needles:

John McCain
Mitt Romney
George Allen
Bill Napoli
Every politician in South Dakota who voted for this ban

Add your own suggestions in the comments.


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12 Responses to To every liberal and moderate who has ever said, “Well, it wouldn’t be so bad if they nominated McCain…”

  1. Andrew says:

    How exactly is abortion a “basic human right”?

  2. EL says:

    Thank you for taking McCain down a peg. I am mystified, absolutely and totally confused, by so-called liberals and progressives who think he’s alright.

    It scared the hell out of me when there was talk of his being Kerry’s running mate in 04. Total proof that some people who act as though they speak for the grassroots of the Democratic party are really willing to sacrifice any and all values to WIN. And win what?

  3. ricia says:

    I’m not as familiar as perhaps I should be, with the US constitution, to comment on it.. but I would suggest y’all go and snoop through it… There is bound to be at least a tidbit in there that refers to: Rights to Privacy, Right to Security of Person, Right to Equality / Liberty / Freedom or reference to state interference in the Lawful Person… Somewhere in among those references will be the section or two that should be photocopied and pasted all over municipal and state bldgs – oh – I mean, emailed or faxed to the above offices…

    There’s some crazy shit going on down there… I hope it isn’t contageous (I say this knowing that it very well could be).

  4. manxome says:

    How about shackles for the forced births?

  5. randomliberal/Robert says:

    Lincoln Chafee
    Joe Lieberman
    Everyone else who voted for cloture but against confirming Alito.
    Also the Mississippi legislature, for passing almost the exact same bill as South Dakota.
    And finally, the Georgia legislature for atrocities documented earlier today.

  6. Lauren says:

    Kos, just for kicks. It might make him feel (even more self-) important.

  7. Thomas says:

    Andrew, I take for granted that I can prevent another from using my bodily organs, and that if I have a growth in my body I can have it removed so long as my healthcare and medical technology allow. That’s how abortion is a basic human right.

  8. ricia says:

    Andrew,

    Let us reverse the question: How would you feel about regulated (by law) manditory vasectomies?

    (there is a poll, with explanation, here: http://impetusonline.blogspot.com/2006/03/double-expresso-2-state-concern-for.html)

    Should this be permissable? Is it a frightening concept? Does the state have this right – to legislate laws that will govern over your intimate person?

    Or should it be a basic human right, assumed by all on the planet and in regard to all on the planet – that you, as a Person are an authority over your body and that it is your inherit right to be treated so? That your personal wellbeing (not decision making) is in the best interest of a “democracy” – where Equality extends itself to the right to Security of Person. Which includes economic, psychological, emotional, and social status issues.

    NO interference without willful consent… That is the supposed premise of constitutional rights in a democracy.

    These laws impose upon women en mass and do not acknowledge the Person nor individual rights and circumstance. Only gender is being recognised in such law. These laws have proven to impose further poverty, health issues, and mortality rates among women around the globe.

    The imposition of such law, violates human rights. For women.

  9. Kyra says:

    How exactly is abortion a “basic human right”?

    It falls under “bodily autonomy.” Specifically, no one has the right to any use of my body. They have to get permission, and I can refuse. If someone uses my body without my permission, I can interrupt that use. And nobody else gets to override that refusal. No one can go to court and force me to donate a kidney to them; no one can claim himself entitled to sex with me, and no one gets to live in my uterus if I don’t want them there, either.

  10. Andrew Says:How exactly is abortion a “basic human right”?

    That should have been covered in US History back in high school, but since some many people seem to be clueless, I’ll give you the cliff notes version.

    First, grab a copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Second, read the damn thing. If you are astute, you will notice that the Constitution doesn’t declare any right, all it does is limit the reach of the government.

    It says congress can do this and this and that. it sets limits for government, not people.

    No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.

    Then you get to the Bill of Rights. We nearly didn’t get them. But wisely, some people assumed that a core set of rights should be explicitly expressed as prohibited from governmental interference. They didn’t say the people had freedom of the press, they yet again limited government.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    “Congress shall make no law…” Note the wording. It’s important.

    Then, just in case some fool interpreted a list of things the government can’t do as a list containing all the rights humans enjoy, they added the 9th amendment.

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    Therefore, I have about one billion unenumerated rights (that I can think of right off the top of my head). Those rights include the right to shout “Theater!” in a crowded fire, and the right to keep and bear pseudoephedrine HCL. Those rights embrace and extend the right to privacy expressed in the 4th amendment.

    Of course, the right to privacy includes, but is not limited to, the right to have my health care kept private, including drugs and surgery.

    Hope that helps.

    (and let’s hope “pseudoephedrine” does not trip the spam filter)

  11. Kristen from MA says:

    so andrew, after reading your question, i just have to ask: why exactly are you reading this blog?

    just curious.

  12. Unholy Moses says:

    The Kansas Attorney General.

    Oh, and McCain actually votes along party lines more than all but three other Republicans — more so than Santorum. So, um, yeah, if he ever wins the Presidency, we’re all screwed.

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