Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Quote of the Day, Jr.

"Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter."

-- Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa on the ongoing "debate" over whether a woman's body can prevent pregnancy in cases of rape or incest

It's almost not worth quoting King -- he's that crazy. But there it is again: the idea that proven scientific fact is up for discussion and that if someone doesn't have personal experience with a given situation, it diminishes the truth of it. We see this all the time when some idiot says, "Well, it's really cold where I live in Missouri right now, so global climate change must be a hoax."

It's just staggeringly stupid.


Steven D Skelton said...

Maybe there's something more to it than what I see here.

When I read that, I hear "I don't know. I've never heard of that being the case, but I'm willing to find out."

What's so bad about that?

Chez said...

Steven, please just stop. You're welcome to see things differently than I and a lot of other people do, of course. But I can't stand when you pull this bullshit when you pretend that you're simply being reasonable when in reality you're finding a way to give the right the benefit of the doubt it doesn't deserve. In essence, it's a form of concern trolling -- call it faux-reasonable trolling. It's like the wiggling room Fox News gives itself whenever it says something like, "Is President Obama a secret Muslim fascist-communist usurper? Some people are saying so." "Hey, WE'RE not saying it -- we're just asking the question, you know?"

Steven D Skelton said...

I give everybody the benefit of the doubt.

Chez, I guarantee you that if you just wait a few hours, Steve King will say something unambiguously misogynist, racist or just callously inappropriate. Then you can use that for your quote of the day.

It just bothers me that we've become so hateful in our political discourse that we assign the worst motives and meanings possible to what our political opponents say.

Sometimes a little grace and understanding is in order, and what someone says may be more important than who did the saying.

If it wasn't Steve King (or someone else you hate) that said that, would you really have been so fired up?

This may be a newsflash, but most of the world doesn't know how a woman's reproductive system works.

Chez said...

Bullshit, Steven. What King said is the same kind of dodge that the mouthpieces on the right have thrown out when asked about Obama's religion. "Well, I don't personally know -- he says he's a Christian so I guess I have to take him at his word." Granted I don't give a crap what magical imaginary sky friend he worships and would be much happier if he said he didn't believe any of that nonsense, but that's not the point. It's an attempt to put reality in doubt through the use of ambiguous language.