The man who represents me in my state of Wisconsin is a terrible human being. You’ve probably heard his name more than a few times. I know I did before I moved here and had to accept the fact that he’s now my link to my state government. It seems every time Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman opens his mouth he promptly puts his foot in it. Usually he doesn’t stop with just the foot. Nope, he goes whole-hog and shoves the entire thing in until he’s left coughing, wheezing, and spouting nonsensical noises some people apparently seem to misinterpret as rational speech. I say some people, because I clearly can’t distinguish anything remotely close to rationality coming from him, but I suppose butt cheeks tend to muffle speech patterns when your face is sandwiched between them. Maybe some people have better hearing than I do. I don’t know. I do wonder how he breathes from up there, though.
Here he is the other day suggesting that Planned Parenthood is a racist organization that targets Asian Americans for sex selective abortions because… well, apparently they just hate minorities!
Sure Planned Parenthood operates in minority neighborhoods a lot of the time, but you don’t think that might have something to do with minorities being disproportionately poor? As their mission statement says, “Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.” Now, who do you think has a harder time managing their fertility? Who do you think needs more resources than the poor? Who do you think has a harder time driving distances in order to get these resources? That’s right, the poor. This has nothing to do with being racist and everything to do with locating yourself where you’re most needed.
And what does Planned Parenthood actually say specifically about sex selective abortions? They condemn it:
“Gender bias is contrary to everything our organization works for daily in communities across the country. Planned Parenthood opposes racism and sexism in all forms, and we work to advance equity and human rights in the delivery of health care. Planned Parenthood condemns sex selection motivated by gender bias, and urges leaders to challenge the underlying conditions that lead to these beliefs and practices, including addressing the social, legal, economic, and political conditions that promote gender bias and lead some to value one gender over the other.
This isn’t the first time Glenn Grothman has been completely and utterly wrong, as you can probably tell from my contempt up in the first paragraph. No, I reserve that level of contempt for people like Glenn who consistently prove beyond a shadow of a doubt they don’t have the brain cells it should take to converse and sympathize with their fellow human beings. Let’s look at what else Glenn has proudly proclaimed from inside his backside.
On the subject of women and pregnancy, which this nutcase seems to have a sort of obsession with, he stated once not only is out of wedlock births the fault of women, but that women are trained to lie about it and say that they’re unplanned. During that interview he stated that “women need to be educated,” and “a lot of women are adopting the single motherhood lifestyle because the government creates a situation in which it is almost preferred.” Yes, because people by and large purposefully want to put themselves at a huge disadvantage and raise their chances to be in poverty. Our society by and large is built upon the assumption of two incomes. You can barely get by on one, and to think that people purposefully put themselves in that sort of situation is completely laughable. According to Guttmacher, nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended. 29% are mistimed, and 19% are unwanted altogether. They say that about 5% of reproductive-age women have an unintended pregnancy each year. But, hey, all those women are just lying. Why does he apparently think we’re creating a situation where single parenthood is preferred? Well, he thinks that the “left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government.”
Along that line, Glenn also proposed legislation that would basically categorize single parenthood as child abuse and neglect:
Section 1. 48.982 (2) (g) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 2. Promote statewide educational and public awareness
campaigns and materials for the purpose of developing public awareness of the
problems of child abuse and neglect. In promoting those campaigns and materials,
the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child
abuse and neglect.
Section 2. 48.982 (2) (g) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 4. Disseminate information about the problems of and methods
of preventing child abuse and neglect to the public and to organizations concerned
with those problems. In disseminating that information, the board shall emphasize
nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
Section 3. 48.982 (2) (gm) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (gm) Provide, for use by the board in its statewide projects under sub.
(5) and for use by organizations that receive grants under subs. (4) and (6),
educational and public awareness materials and programming that emphasize
nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect and the
role of fathers in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Yes, this seems like such a great idea. We should emphasize to women who very possibly divorced an abusive husband the role of fathers in the prevention of child abuse.
What about women who quite clearly did not mean to get pregnant? What about rape victims? Well, Glenn doesn’t believe in helping them, either. He voted against the Compassionate Care for Victims of Rape bill. Yes, that’s as bad as it sounds. The bill, thankfully, passed, but with no help from our friend Mr. Grothman. The law requires Wisconsin hospital emergency rooms to give rape victims information about emergency contraception and, if requested, dispense the medication on site to prevent pregnancy following assault. So, let’s follow this logic. Single parenthood: abuse. Using emergency contraception after a rape: bad. Is he saying what I think he’s saying? He’s either saying raped women who get pregnant should marry their rapists, or he’s saying that these raped women were lying about being raped and thus totally intended to get pregnant.
Let’s see where else Mr. Grothman was completely and utterly outside the realm of sanity. Well, he was against a bill that would award damages to victims of sex discrimination in the workplace. He apparently called it “very dangerous” in that it would force businesses to settle for $25,000 in order to avoid court. Oh, because that sounds totally dangerous to me, a sane person… oh wait, it doesn’t. You know what this bill does that Glenn probably dislikes? It helps make sure that the state can enforce laws requiring equality of pay between men and women. Do you know why I know that’s what he dislikes? Well, he said straight out that “You could argue that money is more important for men.” No, Glenn, perhaps you could argue that, but a sane person could not. As the NY Daily News says, “according to the recent Shriver Report, women are the primary or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American families — but continue to make 23 cents less than men for every dollar earned.” He also said that after helping repeal Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act.
So, getting away from his clear war on women, how does he feel about Martin Luther King Day, specifically that state employees get off for it? Well, he thinks it “is an insult to all the other taxpayers around the state.” How about Kwanzaa? Well, apparently we should “treat Kwanzaa with the contempt it deserves before it becomes a permanent part of our culture.”
How does Glenn feel about homosexuals? Well, he attempted to ammend a sex ed bill to remove a part that protects gay students from bias. Not only that, but he thinks homosexuality should not be discussed. He said “Would you want your daughter’s teacher in 7th grade talking with her about homosexuality?” Sure, I would. Why wouldn’t I? Well, according to Glenn, “Part of that agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals.” Oh, so it’s an agenda to create homosexual kids? Another brilliant point…
He also thinks that Obama won the election because of fraud, saying “some people are of the opinion that Democrats cheat.” In that same interview he’s also certain that the Supreme Court doesn’t enforce the Constitution.
He revised the law that allowed women, minorities and other protected groups to sue in state court over employment discrimination. That same law hurts veterans, because federal law only allows them to sue for back pay, not for any punitive damage. When confronted with it, he hand-waved it citing the now oft used excuse by republicans, basically “jobs jobs jobs.” Because that means we should take away everyone’s rights, right? His only excuse also seems to be that no one complains to him specifically. In that same interview he also admitted that he “doesn’t trust juries.” (about 3:30 in that recording)
No, Mr. Grothman, it isn’t the protestors in Madison that are slobs and pigs participating in uncivil activities. It’s you. You’re the slob. You’re the pig. I have no idea how my fellow neighbors, people whom I believe to be pretty decent people, can in good consciousness vote for you. And they don’t just vote for you, they vote in droves for you. It’s truly baffling that a man with such a hatred of women and fear of the real world can even exist much less be one of the ones making the rules for the rest of us to exist in. My wife and I get a laugh out of the fact that I did a write-in vote for “a literal piece of shit” when you ran unopposed in the primaries, but I think we laugh mostly to keep from getting too depressed. You are unfit for your job, and you’re probably unfit to generally be around other people, especially women. You need help. You, not women, need the education.