Burch: Let the bigotry and chauvinism games commence!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

If there was an Olympics for bigotry and chauvinism, Tennesseans might sweep gold, silver and bronze.

Among the favorites would be the man with the most recognizable name in country music, Hank Williams Jr., who recently told a crowd of cheering fans, “We have a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S., and we hate him!” In his most famous song, Bocephus bragged, “I got girls that can cook, I got girls that can clean, I got girls that can do anything in between.”

Not far behind is David Fowler, the president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, who recently said that the solution to people becoming dependent on food stamps is to put up a sign: “Do not feed the animals.”

Retiring Southern Baptist chief ethicist Richard Land, always a strong contender, is certainly in the medal hunt after calling black religious leaders “race hustlers” and other provocative names on his Richard Land Live! radio show. Unfortunately, charges of plagiarism continue to weigh him down a bit.

A dark horse candidate might be Murfreesboro Baptists who erected 13 white crosses in a field across from the new Islamic Center, in what seems to be an attempt to intimidate Muslims.

But Tennesseans will face fierce competition in the battles of bigots and chauvinists for worldwide supremacy. Here are some of the other main contenders:

Rick Santorum, a perennial contender, remains a strong frontrunner with his suggestions that rape victims should consider their rapists’ fetuses as “gifts” from God and that American women who use contraceptives are followers of Satan.

Michelle Bachmann and her husband cannot be ignored, with their “pray away the gay” exorcism business and her comments about homosexuals being “part of Satan.”

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin left women’s brains aching when, in arguing against abortion under any circumstances, he said that it is “really rare” for rape to result in pregnancies because in “legitimate rape” the “female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin’s choice of words suggests that there are “illegitimate” forms of rape, for which the victims are either fully or partially responsible. This would seem to put the onus on rape victims to somehow prove their rapes were “legitimate” before seeking abortions. Like so many Republican male chauvinists these days, Akin seems to have little or no concern for the rape victim’s rights or their physical health and mental well being.

Like Akin, GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which in its original form included an exemption for “forcible rape.” The idea seems to be that rapes are not “legitimate” unless the victims are beaten to pulps and can provide the evidence. In any case, Akin and Ryan seem to be leading the dash to force girls and women to bear their rapists’ babies, and thus must be considered strong candidates for gold and silver.

Like his running mate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood. When asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America, Romney responded, “Absolutely.” When asked, “Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?” he again replied, “Absolutely.” While Romney is not as flamboyant a chauvinist as Akin and Ryan, what he lacks in fervor he makes up for in political muscle.

What does all this mean for women?

“Rep. Paul Ryan’s extreme anti-choice record shows just how serious a threat Mitt Romney’s presidency would be for women,” said Nancy Keenan, a women’s rights activist. “He has cast 59 votes on reproductive rights while in Congress and not one has been pro-choice. Rep. Ryan has also repeatedly voted to defund family-planning programs and supported the ‘Let Women Die Bill,’ which would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she could die without it. The Romney-Ryan ticket is dangerous to women’s health.”

And so, while Tennesseans with sterling credentials remain strong contenders for podium positions, they face stiff competition from better-known bigots and chauvinists like Santorum, Bachmann, Romney and Ryan, and emerging stars like Akin.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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183 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 11:54

MC615 your 12:27 post did not answer my question, which was will the Republicans take back the party. Not that the country needs a President that is bipartisan

By: Mike Burch on 8/24/12 at 12:02


I am merely expressing an opinion, not issuing orders to anyone. It's called "free speech" and is what separates democracies from totalitarian states.

Anyone who reads what I write has the right to disagree with me, refute me, and certainly to vote as he/she pleases.

The real danger is not an individual like me who speaks freely and doesn't try to impose his will on other people. The real danger is a party like the GOP that claims to "defend" individual rights, while relentlessly stripping women, minorities, gays, the elderly, the sick, the unemployed and the poor of their rights.

So you might want to ask yourself: Why does the GOP claim to "defend" individual liberty, when in reality the GOP is only defending the right of rich, white men to dominate everyone else?

That is what Hitler and the Nazis did to Germany, while claiming to be defenders of democracy. Anyone can CLAIM to be defenders of democracy. But if we examine what they actually DO closely, it is easy to see who is lying.


By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 12:05

MC615 Governor Haslam and Beth Harwell are moderate too, but look how the Tea Party is treating them. Would that not happen to Romney? I can never vote Republican again, because it has gone so far to the right that you could say it is in another dimension.

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 12:07

MusicCity615 - As you & Ben know so much about the TARP repayments, why don't you know how much was repaid & where it went. How do you know it didn't reduce the deficit to some extent? Where are the figures to back up your claims? Words are cheap!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 12:09

This does not apply to you MC615

The definition of Free Speech for the far right;

Free Speech is for me. Not others.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 12:13


Reread my post. I said we will in a few years.

Mike, someone saying they are against abortion is just as equal to you saying you are for it. Somone saying "abortion kills innocent unborn children" is just as entitled to say that as you are to say "people who are against abortion are trying to be nazis and therefore want to end humanity as we know it except for Rich White Men"

Your ideologies are just as crazy to one person as a conservative's ideologies to you. Neither is right, both need to be heard, you have STATED the only solution is to have the democrats win and force republicans to change.

That is hypocritical.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 12:16


you're looking at this all wrong. The main point you need to know is the deficit has gone up the last 4 years. That fact is all that matters.

I don't want America to become Greece, do you?

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 12:24

MusicCity615 - Then why didn't you say that to start ? Sure the deficit has gone up, we are still supporting 2 wars that Bush/Cheney started. Less that 4 yrs. in office, no one could over come the 8 yrs. before them in such a short time.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 12:32

I am sorry MC615, I did go back and reread your post, but I did not see it. But that does not matter now, you said it in the 1:16 post. In the mean time I think you and others need to be a little more expressive about the Dark Side in which the GOP travel and so passive response to their antics.

Good luck!!

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 12:33


BenDover and I assumed you could understand the overall problem. The deficit.

Yes, wars cost money. but they don't cost $16 trillion. We are also out of the Iraq war, and Obama has decided to keep us in Afghanistan until 2014.

$16 Trillion and America at war should be enough reason for Obama to stop spending, but he doesn't want to.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/24/12 at 12:34

I cannot think of a single do-good liberal making less than $100,000 dollars a year that I like. I do know of 8 or 10 chauvinistic bigots making less than $100,000 dollars a year that I find very affable and seemingly good citizens.

Then again I am not so sure that bigotry is the most common denominator among all Americans today. I think chauvinism is pretty much a non-issue or at least getting smaller every year. The only true chauvinistic people I know are the males who have been wiped out through some archaic divorce laws.

In the meantime "Let the Big Dog eat!"

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 12:41

Ben said the economy went south months before Obama took office, so then if Romney is the man then the economy should be on the rise now. Or was that Junk Sciences Ben?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/24/12 at 12:42

Hey, does anyone know what ever became of idgaf?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 12:52

Rasputin returns to bust his lonely ego.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 12:54

No, Blanket. I don't think anyone knows, but we Goofy the Cow.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 1:01

Say Rasputin are you trying out for the games?

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 1:07


How are we currently on the rise? The unemployment rate just increased, and we are facing a fiscal cliff.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 1:14

But is that good for Obama or Romney?

By: dargent7 on 8/24/12 at 1:14

Couple of quick points, then I'm off to the parole hearing...
I wasn't being sarcastic with "America isn't ready for a black family in the W.H."
Look at all the sh** Obama has had to face since being elected.
The guy is a Harvard grad, J.D., and was a Professor there teaching the US Constitution, and was editor of the Law Review. People think he just "walked in" and started teaching? I went to lowly U-M and let me tell you it took a ton of references, grades, SAT's (lowest in history), ACT's, money....
Harvard? Try getting into Augusta, in GA. It's not how good you play golf. Nobody cares. It's who you are, who you know, who you're seen with, and who's seen with you.
And all people want to see is his freakin' transcripts? SAT scores? Birth Certificate?
The guy is bustin' his balls trying to "right" this country. And 50% of it hate him only because he's black. And he's only 50% black. They don't even like his white part.
If he was a white guy doing what he's doing, they'd cut him slack.
America took 50 years to let black people sit in the front of the bus. Sitting in the Oval Office is too much for America to take.
He'll never gain momentum.
Romney will erase and negate everything he signed and passed into law.
Because he's white, allowed, and can.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 1:17

Do you want any of us to testified for you ?

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 1:19


how do you explain then Herman Cain becoming so popular amongst republicans?

I'm so tired of the "If you don't like Obama, you're racist" accusations... it's so old.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 1:21

For show MC615. What happen to him...Rick Perry.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 1:27

Have you forget that it was Texas justices that exposed Cains love life to the world.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 1:28

shb forgot

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 1:51

Here is the old news story, MC615

Cain Says Perry Is Orchestrating a Smear Campaign


By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/24/12 at 2:12

MusicCity, I get tired of hearing that I only voted for him because he is black!

By: Mike Burch on 8/24/12 at 2:19


You said:

I can never vote Republican again, because it has gone so far to the right that you could say it is in another dimension.

I agree. Every plank in the GOP's platform is now tilting toward insanity. Ronald Reagan couldn't get elected today. The elder, sane Bush couldn't get elected today. The only real "conservative" among the GOP's presidential candidates was Ron Paul. He understands that we can't possibly fight war after war, and police the world, and have a "smaller" government. But when he spoke against more wars, he was booed. When Romney talked about more wars in the Middle East, he was cheered.

Anyone who votes for Republicans is voting for more wars, for the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, and for our parents and grandparents to face the last years of their lives without doctors and medicine.

Then pretty soon the people on the ropes will be US.


By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 2:36

if Old Abe tried to run on the GOP ticket he would be lenched.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 2:45

When I read Rasputin post I am reminded of what it must have been just before the Revolution.

By: yogiman on 8/24/12 at 3:00


You've learned a lot from your man Barry. You a make a statement and ask others to prove you wrong... but you never offer any information you're using to base your statement on.

But don't feel bad, your co-posters have the same mental system you have.

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 3:08

yogi - What statement is that repulsive old man? You have never proved anything, so this should be interesting.

By: yogiman on 8/24/12 at 3:15


In regard to you comment to BenDover in your 11:15 post about the Party of No preventing Obama from bettering America. I've got news for you if you have enough brain to understand it.

Obama has no interest of bettering America. His current goal is to bankrupt America in his attempt to take over as the permanent leader.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 3:18

Mike Burch-

Honest question. What do you think of France's proposal to raise taxes by 75% on the wealthy? Do you want it to be enacted in America? Is that tax rate too low for you?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/24/12 at 3:19

"You a make a statement and ask others to prove you wrong... but you never offer any information you're using to base your statement on."

You do that all the time, yogi. Or you paste stuff that is falsehood then when shown that it's not true, you still continue to post it, you old fool! Perhaps you are the one lacking a brain.

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 3:21

Again the whacky old man (yogi) makes statements he has no proof of. Talk about someone not having a brain, you don't & that is the only thing you have ever proved.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/24/12 at 3:26

So perhaps the French rich are more patriotic. Last year, 16 French millionaires and billionaires signed an open letter, saying they favored paying more to help their country.

"I'm not leaving, because I like my country, and I have no reason to go away," says Philippe Gibert, a millionaire real estate investor.

Gibert, at a Paris dinner party abuzz over the topic, says Hollande is doing the right thing.

"Of course, I'm not very happy about that because I will pay more, but I admit that I have to do that," says Gibert. "Because who can pay for what is necessary? Only the rich. The others, they can't pay. So if somebody has to pay, it has to be the rich people."

Polls show 67 percent of the French say they're ready to pay more taxes to help their country. Chalk that up to the revolutionary spirit of fraternite and egalite.


By: yogiman on 8/24/12 at 3:34


How do you know Obama went to the schools he says he did, and taught the Constitution as he said he did?

If he knows the Constitution so well and knows how to teach it, why doesn't abide by it? Why has he made statements he thinks it should be changed? What is he thinking of changing it to?

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 3:37






I can post links to articles, too.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/24/12 at 3:38

I see that you can! However, not all of the rich are disgruntled. I figured you would want to see a balanced view.

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 3:39

yogi - How do you know Obama didn't go to the schools he says he did, and didn't teach the Constitution as he said he did? You are so good at cut & paste of trash sites & BS, cut & paste where Obama made the statement of changing the Constitution & how.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/24/12 at 3:40

It is a striking contrast to our culture, isn't it?

By: dargent7 on 8/24/12 at 3:40

Music: It's not "so old".
There are still hate groups fueled by the next election, in 3 months.
If Obama wins, so what? Half the country hates him, 60% of Congress, he's dead in the water, he'll not accomplish anything in 4 more years.
Give the job to, "The Two White Men in a Truck".
Maybe America can become something.
Besides being a racist, warmongering nation, pretending to champion human rights.
We reached the pinacle with Obama, and look how well that turned out.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 3:41

You're going to see the wealthy leave France. What will the brilliant Hollande then do when he doesn't have tax revenues?

Taxes are necessary. Attacking the rich and dividing the country is not.

By: yogiman on 8/24/12 at 3:43


No one wants 75% of their income paid into a tax system. Why would you want to work if the government was going to take three fourths of it?

The government wouldn't feel they had to be as responsible in their maneuvers. Just tax them for more.

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 3:46

Well the more MusicCity posts, the more they fit in with yogi, Ben & bud. They should be off work soon, so it will be Mon. before they continue the malarky.

By: MusicCity615 on 8/24/12 at 3:57


all your posts are you whining about karl dean, yet you love obama. You make zero sense.

By: yogiman on 8/24/12 at 3:58


I don't know if Barry went to the schools he said he went to, nor do I know whether he taught the Constitution. Nor do you or any other citizen of this nation..

Our differences are you believe him because he said it. I have no idea whether to believe him or not because he refuses to prove what he's saying by refusing to identify himself.

You're obviously willing to accept him as your president even though you don't know who he is.

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 4:09

MusicCity615 - No I am sure not "in love" with him, as you seem to be. I find that odd!

By: bfra on 8/24/12 at 4:10

yogi - Face it, you really don't know anything, except what you find on your garbage sites!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/24/12 at 4:35

When Heaven was passing out brains, yogi was working his mouth and heard rain. The fool took cover and you see the pitiful idiot we have today.