Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, March 6, 2009 9:55 pm

Go to hell, Sen. Dave Schultheis of Colorado Springs

No, really, straight to hell:

Sen. Dave Schultheis, of Colorado Springs, on Wednesday opposed a bill requiring pregnant women to be tested for HIV so that if they are infected their babies can be treated to prevent the virus’s transfer.

“This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part, and I just can’t go there,” he said.

“We do things continually to remove the consequences of poor behavior, unacceptable behavior, quite frankly. I’m not convinced that part of the role of government should be to protect individuals from the negative consequences of their actions.”

And the actions of these unborn children were … what, exactly?

The back-to-back comments were too much for Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver.

“Where is the Republican leadership on all this?” she asked.

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry responded he is not going to muzzle his caucus, although he has reminded his colleagues “we should never lose sight of the humanity of people on the other side of an issue.”

“People are entitled to their opinions,” the Grand Junction Republican said. “It’s not my job to go around and censor people and tell them what to say.”

When a member of your caucus is spouting senseless idiocy that can get a lot of innocent babies killed — and Schultheis’s comments are morally indistinguishable from telling 5-year-olds that Drano is good for them —  shutting his criminally uninformed ass up is neither muzzling nor censorship. It’s common sense and human decency and basic safety. Nonetheless, a lot of Republicans were “unwilling to publicly discuss the issue.” Yeah, God forbid you hold one of your own accountable, no matter how many kids he wants to kill.

And if you think Schultheis simply didn’t understand the consequences of what he was saying, think again:

“What I’m hoping is that yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that. The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years … begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior. We can’t keep people from being raped. We can’t keep people from shooting each other. We can’t keep people from jumping off bridges. People drink and drive, and they crash and kill people. Poor behavior has its consequences.”

What a fine Christian human being. He hopes that babies will be born with AIDS, have it “seriously,” because somehow that might make the mommy feel guilty about her (presumed) promiscuity. Oh, and apparently getting raped is “poor behavior” that “has its consequences.”

And you know what’s really sad? Colorado Springs is such a hotbed of Christianist loony tunes that this guy probably really does represent the sentiments of a bunch of his constituents.

So, Dave Schultheis, you utter waste of a carbon-based life form, go straight to hell. Maybe that will “make a number of people over the coming years … begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”

(h/t: John Emerson)

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