Less than a week after winning control of both houses of the U.S. Congress, is the Republican Party ready to start focusing on the economy and job creation, as they repeatedly promised in the campaign which preceded the midterm election? No, they have much more important promises to keep.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said over the weekend that his and the party’s first priority was to sponsor and pass a “personhood” amendment to the United States Constitution. Personhood is an idea the GOP has been advocating for years now, despite the fact that it repeatedly loses when it is placed on local ballot initiatives. Most recently, it lost by a 3 to 1 margin in the state of Colorado. But Senator Cruz, no stranger to the notion of proposing politically unpopular solutions to problems that don’t even exist, says he believes his personhood amendment is long overdue.
Personhood, for the uninitiated, is the concept that life begins the moment a female egg is fertilized, and any form of after-conception birth control is murder and should be legally actionable. RU-486 and other day-after contraceptives would be banned under a personhood amendment, and abortion at any stage of pregnancy would also become illegal, meaning that women would either be forced to bear unwanted children or seek risky backroom abortion procedures which could threaten their future reproductive health or even their lives.
But Senator Cruz remains undeterred by the facts and the polling data which shows up to 75% of registered voters oppose such draconian measures which would remove choice from the lives of millions of women across this nation. “No one can seriously argue that life doesn’t begin (at conception),” Cruz has said on several occasions, especially when giving speeches to conservative religious groups who form the base of his adoring acolytes. No one can seriously argue that life doesn’t begin at conception? Is that right, Senator? What about the majority of doctors who say life does not, and has never, begun immediately after fertilization? Also, what about the ruling of the U.S Supreme court in Roe v. Wade?
No doubt Cruz thinks he is smarter (and more pious) than just about everyone he encounters, but that does not give him the right to impose his sanctimonious blather on the entire nation. Personally, I believe Ted Cruz to be one of the most dangerous men in the United States, and the world. Progressives should not underestimate him, but instead confront his lies and propaganda with the truth. This reincarnation of Joseph McCarthy seeks only one thing–power–and he will gladly trample on the rights of anyone who stands in his way.
What new ideas does the Republican Party have for the nation? None. All they offer are extremism and division. In their Brave New World, their view of what is “best” for all of us lies one central concept: less freedom for all, with liberty and justice for the chosen few.