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Jan. 25 2010 - 4:42 pm | 302 views | 0 recommendations | 5 comments

GOP candidate: Get your poor spayed or neutered

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"Compassionate" conservative Andre Bauer (Image via Wikipedia)

Wow. It’s not often that you get to hear what a politician actually thinks. Behind those carefully selected words and sound bites, there actually be a functioning brain. How highly functioning is another question, as André Bauer, lieutenant governor and candidate for governor in South Carolina, showed us this week.

Bauer likened the poor on public assistance to stray animals. Yes, that’s right. Read (and weep):

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals,” Bauer told a Greenville-area crowd. “You know why? Because they breed.

“You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”

It’s so outrageous that it’s almost hard to be outraged. I’m nearly stumped. I’m sure Bauer’s campaign manager’s head exploded upon hearing it.

Bauer, a Christian, said his comments were made out of love and compassion and has not apologized. Funny, I thought conservative Christians didn’t believe in Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

So, I guess when the poor do breed, we should just stop feeding them? Or I guess send them to the pound and gas them to death when we can’t find anything else to do with them?

Oh, wait. We already do that.


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    Oh my gosh. This is that moment in a conversation where you’re just sitting there, stunned. It’s so strange (and sadly familiar) to hear a conservative Christian official denouncing “breeding” when there is such pressure to have that baby if you find yourself pregnant. It seems like you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I’d think twice about bringing my child into a world where the people around her think it’s fair for her or her mother to starve to death. That’ll teach her? Dying isn’t learning. In order to learn, you have to stay alive. In order to stay alive, you have to eat. Something has gone awry here……..

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    I’m positively shocked and awed by Bauer’s statement. I think the practice he is proposing is called eugenics. Practiced by the Nazis. I can’t believe any human being would make such an outrageous statement, let alone someone who calls himself a Christian.

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