Believe it or not, Jeb Bush may have to overcome far greater hurdles than his brother’s legacy in order to become the next President of the United States.
This week we found out that while he was serving as governor of Florida, Jeb refused to veto a bill known as the “Scarlet Letter Law”, that forced single mothers looking to place their child up for adoption to post their sexual histories in local newspapers if they didn’t know the identity of the father of their child.
According to the New York Daily News, the advertisements had to be run monthly by the mother in the area where they believe the child was conceived, and were to include a physical description of the mother, possible dates of conception, and possible locations of where the mother may have met the father, along with his description.
After courts found the law to be unconstitutional, Bush signed a bill that repealed it, but it still remained in effect for a two-year period between his decision to not veto the legislation and his signing of the repealing bill.
It is going to be interesting to see how Bush spins this one on the campaign trail. Obviously, his Republican Tea Party base will think that it was a great idea, but it will absolutely turn away moderates and, hopefully, any woman that is considering voting for Jeb.
Jeb says that the idea was to shame these women to the point that they would stop engaging in, what he and his party believed to be, undesirable behavior.
And so this legislation, along with other legislation around the country involving sodomy, abortion, same sex marriage, begs the question: Why are Republicans so obsessed with other people having sex? What kind of depravity is going on here? Are they so repressed with their own sexuality that they get some sort of thrill from knowing everything about our sexuality?
Republicans want to know who you’re having sex with, what kind of sex you’re having, where you have sex, what your partner looked like. This is voyeuristic behavior being perpetrated by elected Republican officials.
We’ve seen what happens to sex-obsessed, holier-than-thou right wingers in the past. Look at Ted Haggard, or Mark Foley, or Larry Craig, or Dennis Hastert. If someone seems a little too interested in your sex life, it is likely because they’ve got some demons of their own that they need to deal with.