My Old Kentucky Home
There is a domestic violence bill before the Kentucky state legislature, and a state rep Joe Fischer (R-Fort Thomas) has joined the honor roll of shameless pandering thugs. In the "How do you look at yourself in the mirror" class.
He attached an amendment banning abortion after 20 weeks. And his fake-defense to justify his reprehensible action was to say, "The most brutal form of domestic violence is the violence against unborn children."
No, really, he said that. Seriously.
If Mr. Fischer wants to sponsor a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, that's his right. But to attach it to a completely separate matter and try to make them seem the same is where he leaps, prances, and explodes far over the line of decency.
"The most brutal form of domestic violence is the violence against unborn children."
If I had a wish in all this, it would be that he goes to visit a shelter for the victims of actual domestic violence and has the courage to make that same statement. It wouldn't shock me to discover that seconds later he would understand completely what domestic violence actually was.
Occasionally, I do try to wonder how some people can say things with a straight face or if they understand the words coming out of their mouths, though I don't wonder too hard because I don't want my head to explode. To say, for instance, that more brutal than battering a woman is anything that concerns something not even born yet is one of those things.
Never mind, of course, that domestic violence relates specifically to acts by members of a household to another member, and abortion does not. Again, even if you believe abortion is the worst crime in the world, it is not domestic violence.
And still, we get: "The most brutal form of domestic violence is the violence against unborn children."
And the Republican Party gets all upset when they are charged with waging a war on women. Wherever would one get that idea?? I mean, geez, Joe Fischer just gave you a twofer.
The sun may shine bright on that old Kentucky home, but with the way some think there, I suspect they keep the curtains drawn. And it's not to keep the sun out.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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