Linda Loftin

Little House on the Santorum Pra

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

If you liked watching the TV series Little House on the Prairie during the 1970’s, then you’ll love Rick Santorum’s vision for the future of this country. Yes, let’s return to those idyllic days when the little woman had no control over the events that occurred to her own body. Let’s return to the days when public education was not prevalent and the little woman was in charge of the children’s education. She provided readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic in the home setting, with a babe on one hip and one eye on the hearth. Little pigtailed girls and reluctant lads poured over the Good Book, because, indeed no other education was needed, save what was between those pages. No other learning’ was required since college was for the rich heathens who wished to have their morals thoroughly corrupted.

Unlike Ma on Little House, our Santorum Stepford wife, will be having a babe on the hip every year or two. Like the typical mother in the 1870’s, our perfect Santorum mom will end up with at least 10 children, unless she is unfortunate enough (or fortunate enough, depending on your view) to die of birth complications before her mission is accomplished. Health care is an option only for the wealthy in our perfect Santorum world, since the government no longer assists our hearty pioneers in any activity of a personal nature. Contraception is outlawed and if the little lady isn’t holding an aspirin between the knees to prevent yet another babe coming into the world, then it is her duty to have as many as nature and God choose to bestow upon her. Those who choose abortion or even contraception will be imprisoned, leaving the Head of Household free to take up with a more acquiescent mate.

If this bucolic scene is reminding you of current day cults of ex Mormon fundamentalists minus the polygamy, then you are envisioning Rick’s idea of heaven on earth. The little woman doesn’t work outside the home; it might give her big ideas, and anyway it’s a bit difficult to have a career with a dozen little ones at home. Yes, it’s true that the Amish have a similar lifestyle but there is one huge difference; they have a choice of whether or not to join the church and live as their fore bearers did. In Santorum’s perfect world, there is no freedom of choice for women. The men will control our bodies and when they control our bodies, they will also control our minds. Since our only profession will be educating our children and having as many of them as possible, surely there will be no need for us to vote. that pesky 19th Amendment, was pushed through by uppity womenfolk who didn’t know their proper place, so let’s eliminate it.

Unfortunately for Rick, however, we ladies do still have the right to protest, and the right to vote. Come November, we will not be voting for Rick, or for any other candidate that believes that the government has the right to determine the fate of women without consulting them. If you think I’m just being optimistic, look at what has happened recently. The Koman Foundation, after a right-wing takeover, attempted to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and the enraged outcry from women was so loud that Komen backpedaled. Their reputation is ruined of course, and their pink-ribbon endorsed products will no longer grace the shelves of many females who previously saw them as an organization benignly focused on funding the cure for breast cancer. In Virginia, women were so incensed over the religious-right governor’s proposal to invade women’s bodies with probes if they dared to consider self- determination, that he quickly recanted and then stated he had no idea what was in the law he proposed. Now it looks like the power of women is such that his high hopes for an invitation to become a vice-presidential candidate have been destroyed. Listen up, Santorum wannabes; sisterhood still is powerful. Your attempts to send us scurrying back to the days of my great-grandmothers will only end in defeat for you. My advice is to get off the woman-hating political bandwagon before we ladies send you to the coal cellar with a swift broom to your backside, where you will have plenty of time to ponder your political exile.

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  1. It is unfortunate that we consider contraception and abortion as “women’s rights.” Come on ladies we are ripping children out of our wombs and taking hormones that are linked to breast cancer. This is what we find liberating? Sanatorum is upholding the beauty and dignity of women and the value of ALL human life. Pregnancy is not a disease!

    • If ladies want to have a baby a year for 30 years, that is certainly their choice, but the significant word here is CHOICE, for all of us! Thanks for reading the blog and responding!

      • Linda,
        Abortion should NEVER be a choice. Santorum did not say he wanted to stop everyone from using contraceptives. When we push “choice” we fail to hold people accountable for the morality or immorality of their actions. I urge you to watch the video on youtube called “180”. It is long but it really shows you the danger in “choice.”

    • It appears that you missed the point. It is alright if you are opposed to using contraception. Feel free not to use. Feel free to tell others not to use it. The problem with Santorum is that he wants to remove your ability to choose for yourself. There is no beauty in that, just misguided bigotry.

      • That is not his position on contraception.

      • Perhaps you have not been following the news closely, Lori. Santorum’s stand on contraception is very far from what the vast majority of Americans believe is right. His stand is closer to what we would expect to see from someone running for office in Iran! The following is a quote from the Huffington Post. ” he believes states should be free to ban them (contraception)if they want. He argues that the Supreme Court erred when it ruled in 1965 that married Americans have a right to privacy that includes the use of contraceptives.

        Lori, you will have to admit that this is radical. Would you really want your daughters and granddaughters to have to return to the days when they were forced to have a dozen children because the government refused to allow birth control? Surely, no one would want to agree with his stand that states can forbid people from having access to birth control!

  2. How is it that the word Prairie was left out of my title, with only Pra showing? It’s either my fault of the fault of wordpress, and since I’m so computer literate, it couldn’t possibly be my fault….now could it?

  3. Lori, perhaps you are too young to remember the horror of back alley abortions that were the norm prior to Roe v Wade. There are women who have always and will always find themselves in desperate circumstances when unintentionally pregnant and unable and unwilling to continue the pregnancy; therefore, safe and legal abortion has become a woman’s right. Making this procedure illegal again will do nothing but return us to the days before 1973, when illegal and dangerous abortions were the norm in this country. This is my position and the position of the majority of voters and we probably do not need to continue this discussion further.
    Thanks,
    Linda

  4. Why wont you post the responses that differ from your point of view?

    • Karen,
      I have posted responses that are not in agreement with me but I have no need or desire to continue an argument that can have no resulution; therefore I have chosen to not continue the discussion. Feel free to start your own blog and express your feelings there.

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