Friday, February 27, 2009

Colorado is a strange, strange place

Every day I read the Denver Post online. It seems at least every week or so there's some sort of political controversy around here...usually some Republican senator from Colorado Springs that's popped off with an insensitive or ridiculous comment during debate.

This state fascinates me...we have Boulder, which as we all know, is not particularly conservative :), and then we have Colorado Springs, the mecca for all things right-wing and military and James Dobson-y. Denver's maybe in the middle but it seems more "left"ish. In fact the one time we were IN Colorado Springs, we were interrogated because we said we were from Denver--gasp--did we know any Republicans they wanted to know. Come to think of it not really. :) (Okay we know MAYbe a couple. I refrained from mentioning that part of our reasoning for choosing Denver over Colorado Springs was the political culture. Not because we don't like Republicans but I've found there are benefits to living in a more diverse "live and let live" type of place.)

Anyway it's all quite amusing and this week the Denver Post did not fail to disappoint. Some (Republican) senator from Colorado Springs said something really, really dumb about HIV in a discussion about whether or not pregnant women should be required to be tested for it. I've always been a registered Republican (though now I'm "Decline to State") and I don't remember the legislators in California continually popping off with controversial statements like that. I even worked for one. (Though he was extremely moderate in his views, in addition to being Hispanic, so I don't suppose he WOULD be saying ignorant things about minorities etc. which I have heard said here.)

Well that's all. Just wanted to say that Colorado is a little strange in this way. If nothing else it is quite entertaining!

EDIT: I just read in full what the man's statements were and I'm upgrading them from "dumb" to "heinous" and "evil."

12 comments:

Calico Sky said...

It's funny, I live in England now and I find that when I watch my old local news or read their papers I'm constantly saying do they really say that?! England is, for the most part, very proactive in terms of socialism - caring for the poor, providing free health care for all (this is not even a debate here - in fact all Churches push for more free services, more government spending etc) this thing called Politics is so interesting and so cultural, even between cities etc.

Calico Sky said...

p.s. Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll?

Brianna Heldt said...

hi calico sky! no, not at all! i was just checking out your blog and it looks great! i look forward to reading it.

Brianna Heldt said...

that is, i don't mind at all. :)

Lara Laity said...

Are you really going to leave me hanging like that?! What did he say?

Guess who came into Upper Crust last night? Rebecca! Your childhood BFF. It was good to see her.

Brianna Heldt said...

Lara ha, oops, you're right I never linked to it. Well here is the real kicker: "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."

But you can read more of it here: http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/rockytalklive/archives/2009/02/schulteis_says_if_baby.html

How fun that you saw Rebekah!!! I haven't heard from her in awhile.

AND, I got your message, it's been a crazy week and Kevin's parents are coming to stay today. But I WILL call you back! Miss you!!!!

Mike and Rachel said...

I was going to ask for the link, but I see it is provided. Have fun with Jerry and Donna.

cathy said...

Too bad that "man" is a Christian and his wife is in one of my Bible studies. It is a slap in the face and it curdles my blood. Which is why we are registered Democrats living in the Springs...

Anonymous said...

Why is it bad for someone to be a Christian? We live in a sin stained world where there will always be hypocrisy, ignorance and bad witness. But, Jesus still loves and welcomes them. Senators are no exception to this nor is anyone else in politics.

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mayhem said...

"Dobson-y" is my new favorite adjective. :)

Lara Laity said...

Oh Brianna! I agree...evil and heinous. My stomach hurts reading that he desires the babies to be born with AIDS so their mothers will suffer the consequences of their promescuity. =( Am I reading about a different Jesus in my Bible than he is?

I want to shout apologies to all those pregnant mom's out there with AIDS. What this man said is wrong!

 

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