Even though I have fairly strong opinions, I don’t write a lot about politics on this blog. Over the past six months or so, the reason has been that I’ve become so weary of it—the vitriol, the lies, the hopelessness. Yes, I want Ron Paul to be the next President of These United States, but I don’t believe, in my heart of hearts, that it will happen, not the way the media and The System works today. I’ve supported him and donated to his campaign, but I don’t really believe he’ll win the Republican nomination. And even if he did, I am convinced Obama will be reelected anyway. And all of that makes me rather sad.
Everyone else who is (or was) running for the Republican nomination made me physically nauseated. Which is why I gasped in pure delight when I saw yesterday that Rick Santorum was no longer in the running. That man gives me the creeps.
But here is what I don’t get: I know that lots of feminists have been crusading against him, saying that “Rick Santorum wants to tell me what to do with my body.”
I agree with them.
But here’s why: Not because I am pro-abortion, because I am absolutely not. But that’s not the issue I intend to address.
The reason I agree with them is because that’s what EVERY mainstream politician wants to do. Politicians live for power. (Ron Paul is the only candidate running so that he can have less power!) Every politician wants to tell you what to do with your body. And your money (which you earned with some combination of body and mind).
What I don’t understand is why these same people who complain that an anti-abortion candidate wants to control their bodies aren’t as upset about soldiers dying in Iraq from the government essentially telling them what to do with their bodies. (I know that they weren’t drafted, and that they enlisted, but I bet most of them would rather not be there of all places.)
I don’t understand why these anti-Santorum crusaders aren’t offended by drug laws or prostitution laws that also tell people what to do with their bodies.
I don’t understand why these people aren’t offended by the income tax, which is the government telling people what to do with their money.
I don’t understand why these people aren’t offended by gun control laws, which restrict your ability to protect your body.
I don’t understand why these people aren’t offended by government nutrition standards, which is another attempt by the government to control their bodies.
I don’t understand why these people aren’t offended by government involvement in healthcare, which also involves the government telling them what to do with their bodies.
I don’t understand why these people aren’t offended by the TSA, which will subject you to an offensive, invasive, and unconstitutional search if you try to do what you choose with your body at airport security.
Hypocrites. If someone complains about one candidate wanting to control her (or his) body on one issue, it can’t end there. If you’re going to complain about one person controlling your life/body/mind, take a look around and think about how your body and mind is being manipulated every day by a whole group of persons. And consider how you might be contributing.