I spent my high school and college years as a moderately conservative Mormon lad living in Mesa, Arizona. At the time, Mesa (pop 25,000) was 2/3-3/4 Mormon and mostly conservative Republican. One of my best friend’s father was a Republican state rep and the love of my life’s family was close friends with the Goldwaters.
Now, bear in mind, that these were the Republicans of the late 50’s and 60’s, not the party of today’s troglodytes. Nevertheless, even back then, they had some tendencies that tended to rub me a bit raw, like “right-to-work” laws, and some not-so-subtle racism.
After college, I left (escaped) and grew up. For a while, I assumed Arizona had grown up a bit as well. After all, they elected Raul Castro (Hispanic, but not the Cuban dude, or the Bolivian soccer player) and Bruce Babbitt (Dem Lib) as governors. True, they also elected Ev Mecham, but they dumped his ass mid-term.
However, as you’ve probably noticed over the past few years, instead of growing up, the state has mentally regressed. There’s been reams and reams written about some of their excesses, like the “Papers Please” law. (SB 1070), or their anti-gay bill (SB 1062) that was so odoriferous that Jan Brewer (aka the Wicked Witch of the SW) vetoed it.
Sorry to add to the electronic paper pile, but there’s another mound of elephant scat that could stand a little airing. (BYO gas masks.)
This law (HB 2625) states that any woman who requests contraceptive coverage has to swear that it doesn’t have anything to do with birth control. (Yeah, Right!) Not only that, but the law allows employers the right to deny insurance coverage for contraception based on their mythological beliefs. (Sorry, Jesus & Allah freaks. “Religion” is just a word for a current prevailing mythology and that’s all any of them have ever been.)
This isn’t the first time Repugnuts have passed a bill stating that someone’s mythological beliefs were more important than someone else’s rights. The aforementioned SB 1062 had the same premise.
What’s surprising isn’t that it’s a Repugnut promoted law, it’s that it was introduced by a WOMAN. (Kind of makes me believe the “Stepford Wives” has some basis in reality.) Not only that, but this time around, the Wicked Witch of the SW signed the bill.
The bill’s sponsor, one Debbie Lesko (Debbie?? hmmm) frames it as all about the first amendment and freedom of religion. (Conveniently ignoring freedom from religion). She also somehow forgets about the employee’s right of privacy. (She probably doesn’t think they have any privacy rights.)
“Government should not be telling the organizations or mom-and-pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs. I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union.”
Organizations have moral beliefs? Well, I guess since the (Not-so) Supremes ruled that corporations are people, and people have beliefs…… And now, after Hobby Lobby really blew the gates open, look out!! The theocracy is gaining strength.
Also, someone should probably inform Debbie that we don’t live in Iran either.
So what does this have to do with you? After all, this is Arizona, where brains go to shrivel up from the heat.
Ahh, but in many ways, Arizona is the California of Repugnut controlled states. This is where nutty trends are born. Granted, not all of them, but a lot of them.
So, this could be coming to a state near you. MAYBE YOURS!!!
If your state government is infected with Repugnuts, you have an opportunity to eliminate a lot of these pests come election day. The same goes for the federal government. If the Repugs gain the senate, the U.S. may become AZ.
Actually, it really won’t. (Hooray for the veto!) However, they’ll spend so much time, effort and money trying, that very little else will get done.