I laugh every time I hear someone try to claim that the Bush administration and Republicans, in general, want a smaller government. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, they want a smaller government when it comes to issues like social security, public education, health care, and poverty (I wonder why?). But when it comes to the issue of sex, for example, the so-called “small government” Republicans seem to be on Viagra, always swelling into “big government” patriarchs. As it relates to one of the most crucial of individual liberties, the right to have sex with whomever we choose, however we choose, the ‘Party of the Sex Fearing’ want the rest of us to entertain their own sexual fears and hang-ups.
Did you know that in 2004 alone, the Bush administration allocated $270 million dollars to “abstinence only” sex education groups? In other words, George W. Bush allocated money that could have otherwise gone to pay for, say, a certain levee system in New Orleans, but chose to spend it on government programs relating to how we, the citizens of the United States, have sex!
In fact, since Bush has taken office, we are spending over $100 million each year on “abstinence-only” programs which teach our children things like this:
THERE IS NO WAY TO HAVE PREMARITAL SEX WITHOUT HURTING SOMEONE. (Sex Respect, Student Workbook, p.35)
There is no such thing as ‘safe’ or ‘safer’ premarital sex. (FACTS, Middle School, Teacher’s Guide, p. 9.)
The liberation movement has produced some aggressive girls today, and one of the tough challenges for guys who say no will be the questioning of their manliness. (Sex Respect, Student Workbook, p. 85.)
There are more examples at NoNewMoney.Org. Oh, it gets worse. Not only is Bush mandating our sex life, he is attempting to do it overseas too.
In 2002, the Bush administration undermined an international drive to provide teenage sexual education because of his own belief in chastity. In fact, Bush refused to sign a United Nations declaration on children’s rights which was designed to set funding priorities across the Third World unless pledges on sexual health services were scrapped altogether. So much for the notion that ‘Sexual Rights are Human Rights’.
In its intransigent opposition to any acknowledgment of condom use as a way to fight AIDS and adolescent pregnancy, the United States was also joined by such beacons of enlightenment as Sudan, Libya, Syria and the Vatican. Arrayed against the US-led obstructionist effort was an overwhelming majority of the 180 delegations and sixty world leaders participating in the conference, including not only nearly all the Western democracies but the largely Catholic countries of Central and South America. (The Nation)
Did you know that in July 2004, the Bush administration, via the CDC (Center for Disease Control), published new regulations requiring that organizations teach abstinence as the only way to prevent the spread of HIV instead of disease-preventing safe-sex education? In fact, only organizations that teach “abstinence-only” may receive federal funding now as a result of the new regulations.
When asked about the CDC regs, Representative Barney Frank told The Nation that “one has to reach back to Stalin and Lysenko to find an ideological distortion of science this complete.” And Representative Henry Waxman called the CDC guidelines “shameful,” and only the latest anti-condom move by an Administration whose policies have been “overwhelmingly suppressing and distorting science” for political purposes (as a sop to the Christian right). (The Nation)
And what about the most recent revelation? Recently, it was revealed that the top priority for the Bush Justice Department would not be terrorism, organized crime, or public corruption. Nope, it was revealed that the Attorney General (and Grandmaster of Torture) Alberto Gonzalez, would make pornography the number one priority for the justice deparment! Not child pornography, but pornography featuring consenting adults!
So much for “small government”. When it comes to sex, the Bush administration is all about big government. The bigger, the better. Apparently, ‘we the people’ must be coerced and legislated into a sex life that meets with George W. Bush’s approval. And it seems, if they had it their way, we would all be virgins until marriage. We would all refrain from viewing pornography. We would all strictly limit our love to heterosexual relationships. In essence, we would all be fearful of our innate, unique, and varying sexualities.
The funniest thing is–George W. Bush fails to recognize that, so long as he is president, it is impossible for any of us to remain monogamous. After all, aside from our respective sexual partners, we are all getting fucked by George W. Bush.