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Not The Onion: Rand Paul’s Appallingly Ridiculous Claim about Science and Abortion

rand_paulWhen it comes to Republican politicians I absolutely can’t stand, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is right near the top of that list.  And let’s be honest here, the only reason he’s even a senator is because of who his dad is.  Rand tries to piggy back off the “Paul-bot” cult-like following his dad built, while still trying to pander enough to the other radicals in the Republican party in hopes that all of it will someday culminate in a successful presidential bid.

Well, while speaking at a “Christian” school founded by the late Jerry Falwell, Rand “tea party darling” Paul took his pandering to the far right fanatics to a whole new level.

Paul spoke out and suggested that scientific advances in technology and medicine, combined with abortion, may one day lead to the return of eugenics.

What’s eugenics, you ask?  It’s the process by which the human race might try to “perfect” itself by eliminating less than desirable traits.

Paul said:

“In your lifetime, much of your potential, or lack thereof, can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek.  Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”

Yes, he actually said this.

Apparently he implied to those in attendance that the “imperfect among us” would be eliminated through advances in the science behind abortion.

Essentially he’s saying that if we continue to accept abortion, combined with advanced scientific breakthroughs, we’re surely headed for a time in humanity where those who are seen as “imperfect” will be seen as outcasts or completely eliminated from society altogether.  A time that did exist in our past — you know, back before all of the scientific advances we’ve made in the decades since.  Who cares about scientific advances leading to the curing of illnesses and better lives for people, right?  Apparently to Paul, these are evil and leading us back down a path to forced sterilization and elimination of those deemed unfit.

Who knew abortion would lead us to rejecting proven advances in science and reverting back to something that hasn’t functionally existed in this country in several decades?

This is the kind of right-wing rhetoric that is absolutely insane.  It’s such blatant fear mongering, based on nothing more than a desire to feed off the paranoia and ignorance of those you’re speaking to, that I’m embarrassed this man is a United States Senator.

To actually try to perpetuate this idea that somehow giving women the right to choose what to do with their own body, and have control over their own health, might possibly lead to the return of eugenics is absolutely absurd.  No, it’s beyond absurd — it’s pretty much Onion-like in its absurdity.  But he really said it. 

And the worst part is, I’m almost certain millions of Republicans actually believe this kind of nonsense.  But then again, that’s what the Republican party is really all about.  They’ve built a party based off voters who seem to live in a constant state of fear and paranoia.  Then these people seem to live in what seems like an endless supply of hatred, anger and are often very easily manipulated.

Which are traits Rand Paul is well aware of and something he was clearly trying to utilize with his ridiculous comments.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

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  • Brian Allan Cobb

    He’s not saying anything Aldous Huxley didn’t.
    Senator Paul’s one of the Republicans I like.

  • Socialmedic

    Republicans are playing God already by privatizing everything and then leaving the matter of who gets a job – and therefore life because you can’t live in their world without a job – at the discretion of the arbitrary whims of some corporate manager.

  • Judson Snell

    I can’t even believe I’m hearing myself say this, but in a small way he’s not wrong. Many expectant parents who experience concerns or signs of trouble early on will do an amnio and choose to terminate if the child has chromosomal issues like Down’s Syndrome, etc. But that’s entirely different and, this part’s for you Rand, the right of the damn parents.

  • Mary Ciulla

    We already have people in Congress who would cheerfully stand behind eugenics and culling the imperfect.

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