Rational, reality-based Republicans should be placed on the endangered species list right alongside the Green-Cheeked Parrot and the Giant Panda. In the case of the latter, there are fewer than 1000 of these beautiful creatures remaining in their native China. Destruction of their natural habitat is the prime reason that the Giant Panda’s extinction is almost inevitable.
Same goes for the few remaining sane conservatives who are finding it increasingly difficult to call the Republican party home. North Dakota State Rep. Kathy Hawken is one such Republican who has been a victim of her party’s steady decline into madness.
“Within the Republican Party, it is not particularly easy to speak out on this issue, which is for me very sad and very contrary to what the Republican Party has always stood for to me, which is personal responsibility. That’s right in the little card that says, “I am a Republican because.” So I find this distressing that there are members of the party — people who are in control of the Republican Party currently who feel this is the direction they should be taking. Now, these same people would not vote for a seatbelt law, or a stricter D.U.I. law, but they will vote to curtail women’s health care.
“There is no thought given to whether they are interfering with the doctor-patient relationship, whether there’s a problem with the woman’s ongoing health. Those things are totally thrown out with the kind of legislation that’s been put forward this year. It’s terrifying. And if women were doing this to men, it wouldn’t happen. Or for that matter, if men had babies, it wouldn’t happen.
“And there’s so much more to women’s health than simply having children. What is happening now goes well beyond that. They’re really putting women back centuries. It’s terrifying.”
A few more Hawkens and a lot fewer of the Cruz and Gohmert types would do the party well.
The entire interview with Kathy Hawken is here.