I read with a bit of astonishment, until I slapped myself back to reality, that the GOP decided to NOT appoint a single woman or minority to chair any major House committee in the next Congress.
Yep, all old, white-dudes. Well, most are old. All are white.
Now, you would think the GOP, still licking its Presidential Election wounds as it relates to it’s inability to connect with women AND minorities, would not pour idiot salt back into that wound. But, then again, it’s the GOP. Not saying all the GOP is old white guys who are incredibly disconnected from the reality of female/minority voice in our fine country, but….hmmm…there are quite a few.
House republicans will have 20 women while House dems check-in with 61. So, an argument could be made the pool from which to select was smaller. Sure. But, why is the pool smaller? Perhaps the overall direction and modus operandi of the GOP? You can also make a valid point that these appointments are made based on seniority as well and very few women in the GOP have top-tier seniority. Ok. But, why are there no top-tier senior women? Perhaps the overall direction and modus operandi of the GOP? I smell a theme here.
And who are the new appointees who will make up the 2013 All-White Dude GOP Team?
Well, speaking of top-tier seniority, there’s Lamar Smith of Texas. The US House of Rep Republican has been there a quarter-of-a-century, yep, since 1987. The Christian Scientist will lead Science, Space and Technology committee.
Speaking of science. There seems to be a lot of science in medicine. However, Smith’s Christian Scientist beliefs defines sickness and disease as the result of fear, ignorance and sin. In fact, they believe sickness and disease should be healed through prayer or introspection. Now, what’s insanely dangerous about this is that when you combine that with their belief that the use of medicine is incompatible with Christian Science healing methods, you had outbreaks of preventable disease and a number of deaths. What’s scary is Smith’s Christian Science ‘religion’ rejection of science as ‘illusory’. If Smith and his faith believe science is illusory, why is he leading our country’s Science, Space and Technology committee?
Oh, did I mention Christian Science was founded by a woman, Mary Baker Eddy?