Texas AG Candidate Barry Smitherman: End Abortion Now or Suffer Biblical Plagues

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Barry Smitherman recently leapt off the political springboard that is the Texas Railroad Commission and dove into the attorney general's race. Heretofore, he has focused his campaign primarily on extolling the virtues of hydraulic fracturing, firearms and suing the Obama administration.

Yet Smitherman isn't just another Greg Abbott wannabe mindlessly mashing hot-button conservative issues. He also happens to be an expert on human reproduction, macroeconomic policy and the intersection -- nay, the complete overlap -- of the two. He proved this last week in a speech before the Texas Alliance for Life.

Smitherman's full remarks are available on his campaign website, but there are a few passages that bear highlighting:

America > China

Today in China, despite what you might hear of its economic progress and dynamism, the country faces a looming demographic calamity. Called the 4-2-1 Problem, there is often one child who, as a young adult, is increasingly responsible for the care of two parents and sometimes four grandparents. In addition, this only child, when he/she was young, is often referred to as "the little emperor." Spoiled beyond belief by his parents, and with no siblings to share toys, food or clothing, these children have developed, according to one Chinese source, "social problems and personality disorders, are over indulged, lack self discipline, and have little to no adaptive capabilities."...

It is always comforting to know that here in America; we are more enlightened than the Chinese.

The Real Cost of Abortion:

[T]he travesty of Abortion isn't just the 55 million children that have been aborted, its those 55 million, plus the 27.5 million children who weren't conceived because their parents themselves weren't born. I know this sounds somewhat metaphysical, but abortion has cost our country at least 82.5 million people. That's about 27% of our total population (82.5 divided by 310 million), which we will never recover. At a time when our federal debt is almost $17 trillion, having another 82.5 million people, hitting their stride in the work force, would help to reduce our per capita debt obligations, but most likely would also produce meaningful additional GDP to propel our economy and I bet they would vote Republican.

See also: Dan Branch, Tacking Right for the AG's Race, Asks San Antonio to Drop Proposed LGBT Protections

The 10 Plagues, Part II:

It should come as no surprise that "Life" is the first of these inalienable rights [enumerated in the Declaration of Independence]. The founding fathers were men of God and recognized that nothing matters if one has no life. In drafting both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, I'm sure they looked to scripture ...

Examples of where man frustrated God's plan that you should prosper, have hope and a future, usually end up badly. Exodus 1:22, "So Pharaoh commanded all his people saying, 'Every son who is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.'" Moses lived but thousands of Hebrew baby boys died. But that's not where the story ends -- Moses eventually returns to Egypt, tells Pharaoh to "let my people go," and 10 plagues are visited upon the Egyptians -- the last being the death of all the firstborn Egyptians, including the son of Pharaoh.

Does history change in thousands of years -- not much. Take the Chinese "one child" policy of today, which usually results in the birth of boy (and often in the abortion of a girl -- the opposite of what Pharaoh wrought). Attempts at genocide, like Pharaoh's, do not go without inevitable "reckoning."

Practical Advice, for the Dudes

Let me close with a word to men, especially you young guys. Fellows, take responsibility for our actions. Having sexual relations with a woman is a serious matter. Regardless of what some magazines, TV shows, and movies want you to believe, sex creates emotional bonds between you and her, which are not easily broken. These bonds stay with you for the rest of your life. And, if you get a girl pregnant, you are responsible and must make the commitment to marry her, raise, and support that child. So make it easy on yourself. Don't have sex until you get married, get married at a relatively early age, and then have lots of kids.
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commoncents
commoncents

one of you republicans please explain to me why you want the person that cant afford the child to have the child, you do not want to educate that person about safe sex, you want to teach that person about abstinence only utopian style sex education not about superfluous things like diseases they might catch, and then you want the government to give them zero welfare. 

Please explain this?

commoncents
commoncents

the aborted were what 90% atleast going to be unwanted and unloved and stricken into poverty?  fuck this devil, if there is a devil it lives in people like this dude.  This guy might as well just say I really hate children and I want them to be poor and miserable.

tenmen
tenmen

another religious looney wanting to suck on the taxpayer teat.  Where do the crawl out from??

markzero
markzero

At a time when our federal debt is almost $17 trillion, having another 82.5 million people, hitting their stride in the work force, would help to reduce our per capita debt obligations, but most likely would also produce meaningful additional GDP to propel our economy and I bet they would vote Republican.

Cute idea, that the millions of phantom people would have helped reduce our debt, but not cause any of their own through a similar expansion of budget to cover the services they apparently wouldn't need.

Drom
Drom

Why should anyone be surprised by this idiocy? TexASS has the highest rate of fundie religious nutters in their legislature than any other state in the union. Their  lack of intellect  is renown the world over, thanks to Gov. Rick "Let us Pray to Jebus for Rain" Perry.  Be proud Texans.

Yes when you think of mindless religious blather, misogyny, homophobia, and rejection of science in favor of Creationism, think of TexASS. 

"Don't mess with Texass, we're already f***ed up beyond all recognition. "

trydashfecta
trydashfecta

My math says that there would be a billion more citizens of america if we stopped drinking and driving, stopped popping large quantities of medications, and barricaded ourselves into underground bunkers and well, stopped living. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 Barry Smitherman?

It's like his parents knew he would become a pol or a PI lawyer with a handle like that. Right outta' the Simpsons.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

I suspect his fate right after the primary will be straight out of a Bill Hicks routine: they'll find him after he's hanged himself, having written "I've Been A Bad Boy" on the wall of his house in blood. Not HIS blood, and police will discover that it's possible to rape, kill, and eat Cub Scouts out of that order. Anyone want to start a betting pool about the other deep dark secrets he's hiding if he's fussing this much now?

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Sounds like Craig James! The numbskull doesnt realize that Tx is still primarily a Democratic state. At least we know he wont be electable with his platform. He's probably against the Alamo too!

dave832
dave832

My God ... how do morons like this get into office?  

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

The bible doesn't consider "causing a pregnancy to terminate" Its own terminology, to be Murder.  The punishment is far lighter.  I just wish the religious knew the Bible. 

Marvin Remmers
Marvin Remmers

According to freakonomics, crime went down a generation after Woe v Wade. A lot of those aborted babies would have grown up to be criminals, so let's just call it preemptive capital punishment. That way everyone can be happy. Let the mothers go before a judge and explain why they feel that they are carrying a bad seed in their belly.

director21
director21

Barry Smitherman is a bona fide idiot! I am certain he actually believes the crap he spews.

Dan Pettit
Dan Pettit

We live in Texas.. It is already a biblical plague during the summer.

rccrawford
rccrawford

Where to start, ahhh? The fact is that there have not been 55 million dead babies. The scientific fact is that before Roe, when abortion was illegal, there was a decrease of 6 million babies. And then after abortion became legal, there was an increase in births of 25 million. And there were not 55 million abortions there were closer to 600 million abortions when the miscarriages are included. The fact is that life was lost by the "pro lifers" and there was an increase of life by the "pro choicers". I hope that he will learn a little about abortion before he gets further along the campaign trail.
Like most Texans he needs to search Google for "Scientific Abortion Laws" and read and understand the laws that impact abortion.

Benji Kauth
Benji Kauth

Decade or century? Such beliefs were understandable in the past where "news" was told by word of mouth and much less was known about the world. Now, it's hazardous to have leaders who believe or promote such things.

casiepierce
casiepierce

Mr. Macroeconomics didn't complete his research- of those 82.5 million (divided by 310 million, I LOVE how he does this hard math for us so that we can all arrive at a percentage.....) how many of those would be born into, raised in poverty, go on to impregnate or get impregnated by other impoverished people who would now be parents fully invested in the never-ending welfare cycle. The book, Freakonomics, has some real data on this.

ruddski
ruddski

" Having sexual relations with a woman is a serious matter... e. And, if you get a girl pregnant, you are responsible and must make the commitment to marry her, raise, and support that child." -- Holy SHIT! If this sort of dangerous CRAP idea takes hold, we're screwed!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Sounds like he's trying to predict the future - 

A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.  (Leviticus 20:27)

Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller

Is this not a reasonable position to take?

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

Sorry, Smitherman, but Texas has already suffered a Biblical plague.  It's called Christian fundamentalism, and guess what? 

You're one of the locusts. 

LouisFurr
LouisFurr

Where is a lion  when you need him?

GREGG48
GREGG48

When will the madness end in Texas and we stop electing these neanderthals to statewide office? SMDH.....

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Before this election cycle is complete, at least one Republican candidate is going to accuse his opponents of being witches and warlocks, and given the primary electorate, probably to very positive effect.

jamessavik
jamessavik

If you knew about the biological warfare agents out there and the fruit loops that have them, you might just crap your pants. Biblical plague? No. One from Hezbollah is quite possible.

director21
director21

@scottindallas If the religious knew the Bible, then they wouldn't be religious. If Christians actually knew what Jesus taught, then they would not be "Christians", and most of them would not be conservatives. Unfortunately, they use Jesus as an excuse for their myopic anal oculosis.

director21
director21

@JaimeFeller We may not need any more radicals, but we may just get one in Smitherman. As head of the Railroad Commission he has been about as far from being a servant of the people as anyone could possibly be. He is from the oil and gas industry and his every action has been in favor of that industry at the expense of citizens and their rights. Of the thousands of Rule 37 hearings where an oil or gas company wanted to take private land or minerals for their own profit against the wishes of the citizens whose property was being taken the RCT has only ruled in favor of a citizen TWICE! It just does not get any more radical than that.

ruddski
ruddski

Good point, some call that sort of figuring the "Roe Effect", and apply it to liberal voters, suggesting that eliminating the spawn of liberals might affect future voting masses. It's also suggested by Muslims of Europe and Hispanics of the US that comparative birth rates will put them in political power in due time in their respective countries.

rccrawford
rccrawford

@ruddski What needs to be learned is that until the DNA of the genotype expresses the correct genotype one cannot tell if the product of conception is alive or even human. So if there is a pregnancy one can abort with the assurance that not one person on Earth can state that a baby was murdered, simply because no one knows if the fetus was alive, will be born alive or if it is even human enough to live as a human.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Sotiredofitall Let me cast that 1st stone. I don't believe in their stupid god, so I have no fear of whatever it is that terrifies them.

ruddski
ruddski

Well, there go 99.9% of preachers, imams, rabbis and pastors.

jamessavik
jamessavik

@Sotiredofitall  Heck- I thought they called them "campaign consultants".

ruddski
ruddski

Hang in there, Texas will become California soon enough - then everyone will have to find another xtian shithole to move to.

ruddski
ruddski

Maybe Hezbollah IS a plague.

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski It's true, political opinions are passed on chromosomally -- it's part of the mitochondrial DNA, so it comes from the mother's side. Almost all of those babies would have grown up to be ignorant libtards -- it's a fact that conservatives don't have abortions. It's a fact because I guessed it. I don't need no egghead BS, I go by my gut!  

In other news, gay people can't reproduce, so they have to recruit our youth. Libtards don't believe this because instead of reading informative sites like World Net Daily, they get brainwarshed by propaganda in so-called science class.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski Muslims in Europe have no such designs.  But you have bigotry and pettiness in spades.  Further, the latinos seem to have no such designs either.  Or, you would expect to find them voting.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ruddski Huh? Liberals (who are "for" abortion) want to eliminate future liberal voters while conservatives (who are "against" abortion) want to add millions more future liberal voters?

ruddski
ruddski

Yeah, I suppose it could come out a kangaroo.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski Ain't anything Christian about Texas and her policies and politics

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski Our food is more poisonous and Hezbollah only exists cause X-tian fundies support Israel even though she's the greatest rogue/pariah nation on Earth.  Steals land, covets thy neighbor's house, farm and water, refuses to declare and stay within borders...  Israel is the plague, and blindly supported by X-tians

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski Christians here sure don't show much interest in Christians in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt nor the occupied territories. 

ruddski
ruddski

Christians for whatever nutty reason want to save everyone regardess of ideology, but regardless- if libsare more apt to abort than Christians or Muslims, and assuming parents pass their ideology to their offspring,... do the math.

rccrawford
rccrawford

@ruddski That is not what I am saying. I am saying that pro lifers have a choice, they may save born babies or they may let the born babies die and save a fetus instead.
The fact that natural abortions occur does not impact the problem.

ruddski
ruddski

I get what you're saying, that a lot of aborted babies would have died in the womb anyway. OTOH, most babies born in the US do not become useless shitheels. Both sides play the odds, eh?

rccrawford
rccrawford

@ruddski I can see this is all new to you.

The fact is that a zygote will not produce a human life capable of birth 42 percent of the time, but it also does not produce any other known life form. Usually it produces a "product of conception" that cannot live or reproduce. On a very rare occasion it will produce an evolutionary aberration that will live. But that is exceptionally rare.

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