Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Karen Handel Resigns from Komen

Good. This is what I said needed to happen, and it has. It's one small step on what's going to be a very long road to regaining credibility. (Maybe stop letting Ari Fleischer pick your VPs, too.)

I think she's still deluded. In her statement she says she still believes "our decision was the best one for Komen's future and the women we serve." But remember again that her decision involved making funds available for financially struggling women to have breast cancer screenings conditional on political ideology. So, no, I don't think that was the best decision you could have made for any women anywhere ever.

Call me crazy, I just don't think that's how charity works. I'm pretty sure Jesus would agree.

EDIT 10:14 AM: AP didn't have Karen Handel's full statement. She also says this: "I believe that Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and highest standards for how and to whom it grants." And she's right. I totally agree with that. Any charitable organization has the right to set standards for itself.

But she prefaces that with this: "Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology." And that is bullshit. There is no other reason to defund Planned Parenthood outside of political beliefs or ideology. Even if you really want to stick with the weaselly claim that you don't want to associate yourself with PP because they're under investigation, you're still partnering with George W. Bush on health endeavors, and it can't be said enough that he was afraid to set foot in Switzerland because he knew he would be arrested for his many and extensive war crimes.

It's about abortion, don't pretend it isn't.

So, yeah, Komen has the right to set its own standards. But like a lot of whiny right-wingers, Karen Handel seems to think that having the freedom to make decisions or to say stupid things should also be above scrutiny. Remember when Natalie Maines said she was ashamed that Bush was a Texan, and then Toby Keith made it his mission to go after her on stage every night, and then when people criticized him for it, he said "freedom of speech, y'all" as though we were all infringing on his First Amendment guarantees for doing to him what he was doing to Natalie Maines? That's what this is.

Yes, you have the right to set charitable standards. You even have the right to be a weasel and lie about it, if you really want to embarrass yourself that way.

But we have the right to criticize your decisions and to choose not to associate our charitable donations with someone who think it's wrong to help cash-poor women get breast cancer screenings if they're doing it in a building where someone may have had an abortion.

Handel: "What was a thoughtful and thoroughly reviewed decision – one that would have indeed enabled Komen to deliver even greater community impact – has unfortunately been turned into something about politics. This is entirely untrue. This development should sadden us all greatly."

Bullshit; it's politics. That's all it ever is.

Dear right wing: go fuck yourselves.

UPDATE 10:41 AM: Also, Michele Bachmann said today that she's sad she won't be running for President because she was the perfect candidate for America. Oh, Republicans, you're just saying all kinds of stupid shit today.


Tallulah Morehead said...

You can't really be a politically-active conservative without being a massive hypocrite, because they will say to their dying breath that they are all about personal liberty and freedom while they work try to take away other people's rights because they disapprove of how other people utilize their rights.

Michele Bachmann is so DEEPLY delusional about - well - EVERYTHING, that one more deeply delusional statement from her hardly registers anymore.

Today is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Along with being the greatest novelist ever to write in English, he was also one of the greatest and most-effective liberal social reformers ever to live. His very existence was a rebuke to all conservatives, Social Deformers, who want always to turn back the clock to more ignorant and barbaric times. Slap them across their faces with a copy of A Tale of Two Cities or Barnaby Rudge (both stories which depict the inevitable end result of the Republicans' policies, as melodrama) or Hard Times (Dickens stinging rebuke of the basic utilitarianism that is Newt Gingrich's Holy Grail) today.

How I'd love to lock Gingrich in a room with Charles Dickens, and listen to the Moon President defend reinstituting Child Labor to Dickens. (Dickens is buried in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. I've knealt at his grave and wept. I say, bury Gingrich there with him, while still alive, and let him argue for Child Labor while he suffocates to death. I want his death gurgles miked!)

(You know, in his later years, Dickens loathed his wife, mother of his 10 children, and went to elaborate lengths to avoid her. But he never proposed having a threeway with her and Ellen Teirnan.)

Anyway, in California today, a court struck down Prop 8, a liberal blow for freedom that is a totally appropriate action for Dickens 200th birthday. Suck it, Mormons!

Anonymous said...

Oh, no doubt the Mormons would want to choke on their own tongues before they suck on it.... :)