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Be Afraid; Be Very Afraid

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Be Afraid; Be Very Afraid


Bob Morris is scared of Girl Scouts.

If you are waiting for the punch line, sorry, but there isn’t one. Morris, an Indiana state legislator, recently attacked the Scouts in a letter to his colleagues urging them to vote down a nonbinding resolution honoring the group on its centennial. There has never been a safer, more plain vanilla measure in the history of American politics, but Morris felt the need to warn fellow legislators of the organization’s corrupting influence. The Girl Scouts, he wrote, is the “tactical arm” of Planned Parenthood. He called it a “radicalized” group with a homosexual agenda that promotes abortion while seeking “the destruction of traditional American values.”

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. KathleenSchogoleffKinman February 29, 2012

    This kind of thing is being seen in virtually every state. The conservatives are fear-mongering and bring bills that are antithetical to their professed goal of getting government out of our lives. Conversations with their supporters show an increasing irrationality and fading contact with reality. They want to carry guns everywhere and even arm their families against some unknown enemy who lurks behind every tree, and tell of plots to destroy their religion. It’s time to take this trend seriously because there seems to be no talking them out of it. We’ve seen this type of paranoia before in WWII when we put Americans of Japanese descent into camps here, now the suspect seems to be any American who doesn’t agree with their fantasies. Now I’m getting scared.

  2. Happylady2012 February 29, 2012

    The only way to banish this kind od craziness is at the ballot box. When Senators and Representatives get “elected for life”, as they have been for so many years, they tend to lose track of reality. Why not? They have everthing they want: money, retirement on full salary forever, health care forever, and will sell their souls to keep it. Most people don’t even know who their representatives are or do they care; they just vote for the one that been in Washington last term. That’s the one whose name they recognize. And, that’s what’s really scary. Did you know that the State Legislators in WY have a panel to plan for Doomsday for America? Yes, they are setting up a way to draft an in state army, a plan to get the equipment needed for that army,a plan for an air force, etc. and to have a goverment in place when the US implodes? (They had to shelve the plans for an air craft carrier, however). It’s true. Instead of trying to help the state keep drunk driving deaths down, and help the disabled people and homeless, they are planning on taking over the State when “the Government of the U.S. ends”. This is the Republicans of the Reddest State talking. Guess they scared themselves silly. Sure sounds like it. And it scares me more than the Girl Scouts do.

  3. PamelaT February 29, 2012

    Women will show the Republicans that they will not stand for their insanity. There are more women in American then men and just like the 20s women will rule again. Republicans and teaparty be very very afraid, we will not step down and we will not let you control our lives.

  4. Howz 1 March 2, 2012

    The Republican party is acting like lemmings racing toward to cliff. They think that they can rally the evangelical base and have them turn out in force for the election. The Tea party that came to power in 2010 did so on economic issues, and doing away with Obama care not social issues. They have taken their victory as a mandate for social change, which it is not, and have over reached. Everywhere that there are Republican state legislatures they have ventured into restrictive laws against womens rights. In Virginia they have backed off vaginal probes for abortion and stuck with forced ultra sound instead, and Georgia is changing their abortion law also. The just defeated Blount amendment would have given employers rights over which services they choose to provide to women. If here was ever a clearer choice in an election for women it is now. Pamela T you are right about women out numbering men, and the next issue after same sex marriage might be to strike down the national marriage act limiting one man and one woman and deal with the issue that marriage may have to be with multiple partners, or a lot more same sex ones, so hang onto your Bibles Republicans.

  5. rustacus21 March 3, 2012

    … for hysteria!!! Once people get in the habit of voting for Liberal/Progressives, they will see our representatives in the habit of HONORING & supporting the efforts of organizations like the Girl Scouts & growing up young girls into ambitions such as medical doctors, computer engineers & programmers, chemists, architects, urban planners, but most importantly – LAWYERS – who will protect other women, the Middle class, the poor and the woefully under-represented world natural environment & natural systems, planet wide!!! The benefits of a Liberal/Progressive legislature & agenda means secured rights & expected returns on the benefits of civil society, by way of an educated, peaceful, creative & contributing citizenry. Since Conservatives don’t believe in such a society, why are they even in office?! Who voted for this neanderthal anyway & what’s wrong w/voters in Morris’ IN district?!?!!!?

  6. UncleSam13713 August 11, 2012

    oh hell


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