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Smurfette Principle:

--- Quote ---One issue was Santorum’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s 1965 ruling that invalidated a Connecticut law banning contraception. Santorum said he still feels that a state should be able to make such laws.
“The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have.  That is the thing I have said about the activism of the Supreme Court, they are creating rights, and they should be left up to the people to decide,” he said.
“You shouldn’t create constitutional rights when states do dumb things,” Santorum said. “Let the people decide if the states are doing dumb things get rid of the legislature and replace them as opposed to creating constitutional laws that have consequences that were before them.”
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Why would I not be surprised if 60s!Santorum would be against the 13th and 14th Amendments, Brown vs. Board of Education, and the Civil Rights Act? Other than his previously expressed racism, that is.

He does realize that states with no birth control and sex education have higher teen pregnancy rates, right?...Right?!

Why is it that none of these people realize that this is genuinely harmful. They repress these teenagers sexually which ends up just making them hornier due to that 'forbidden fruit' element, and then when they have no education on birth control or contraceptives, it can lead to horrible, horrible things.

Things like this scare me.

Santorum is a Tenther.

I get so sick of states' rights bullshit. It potentially gives the most horrible states the right to treat minorities subhuman.


--- Quote ---Who on Earth wants the Federal Government telling them how to live?
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Who on Earth wants a State telling them how to live?  Honestly, I don't fucking get this argument.  Why, why why is being ruled by a state government so much better than being ruled by a federal government?  You're still being ruled over.  The state is not an individual human.  It's a form of government.  You know, government?  The thing you're bitching about?  "Well, it's about the state's right to govern themselves, and what the majority of what their people want."  States can govern themselves, as long as as they don't implement laws discriminating against people or infringing on peoples' rights. 

And then there's the argument of "Well, since the States rule, if someone doesn't like it, they can move to another state."  Yeah, one problem.  Traveling, and especially moving, can be expensive, not to mention disruptive, especially right now.  What if someone is too poor to just pick up and move out of a state that works against them?  Worse yet, and an issue that some people have concerning "state's rights," is when states take cues from eachother and start passing similar laws one by one (anti-abortion bills, for example).  If every state, or a cluster of nearby states, pass the same laws, then people can't just "go to another state."  There's no way a majority of women are going to be able to travel across the country just to get fucking contraception, nor should they.

Going on that, why is it that these people think federal government = corruption and state government = wholesome?  State politicians most likely aren't looking out for you.  They're politicians.  They have the same capacity for corruption as any federal politician.  What, just because it's smaller, state = wise and federal = oppression?  In fact, here's another issue:  Why is it always "state's rights" that's the concern?  What about people's rights?  Oh, I forgot.  These people believe in mob rule, which is why they love the idea of states having all the power. 

Which brings me to my last issue:  I strongly believe that when these people cry about smaller government have absolutely no interest in personal freedom.  They only care about the scope of power their respective states have.  "How dare the feds tell people how to live?  The state should be the one to tell people how to live!  So no birth control, no abortions, no healthcare, and no queers or queer behavior.  Hurray for smaller federal government intruding on peoples' personal lives!"  They want smaller government, not so people have more freedom, but so they can have the pseudo-theocracy that they desire.  I'm pretty sure I posted about this before, because I'm getting deja vu.

Also, for the people who use the same argument except in regards to Federal Government and corporations, my response is pretty much the same, except with economic issues instead of social issues.


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