Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Republican bubble

Rep. Steve King, he of legalize dogfighting and kidnapping/raping is legal fame, says he has never heard of a woman becoming pregnant by rape. Well of course he hasn't. That's because King, like his Republican colleagues, don't live in the same world as the rest of us. They have no conception of how people other than themselves live their lives. Given my last several posts, you can see where I'm going with this.

Republicans like King and Todd Akin only see what they grew up seeing and what they were told. Unless they have traveled and sought out information about other people and places but simply chose to ignore it, they haven't ventured outside of their own minds and their own experience. Nothing or no one has challenged their worldview. That's how Paul Ryan can get 60% of his cuts in his budget from programs from the poor. That's how they would pass a law that makes it murder to use some forms of contraception. They have no idea what it's like to be poor or to be a woman.

The mob boss, Carmine Falcone, in Batman Begins tells Bruce Wayne that you always fear what you don't understand. For the most part I think he's correct. And along those lines, I think Republicans react with anger towards giving things to the poor or allowing a woman to have an abortion because they don't understand what it's like to be in those situations. Other than sending them on a journey like Bruce takes in Batman Begins, I'm not sure how you change their thinking other than getting more women in gov't and changing norms. Sadly, I have no idea how to pop the bubble regarding the poor.

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