Rep. Steve King, the prom king of Wingnuttia High School — Michele Bachmann is the queen, of course — went on on David Barton’s radio show and ranted and raved against Griswold v Connecticut, the Supreme Court case that overturned state laws banning contraception:
King: I watched another thing happen that is very troubling to me, and we’ve watched that, I’ll just dial this back and as a constitutional scholar you will be very familiar with Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965. There, the Supreme Court created a right to privacy that didn’t exist in the Constitution and by essentially ruling that contraceptives that were unlawful in Connecticut and Massachusetts, by the way, and a good number of other states, could not be made unlawful by the states.
We’ve come so far from that standpoint that states can’t outlaw contraceptives because of a manufactured, judicial activist right to privacy, and today we see some weeks ago the President of the United States step up to the podium with the great Seal of the United States on it and in a press conference he legislated by press conference. When he did the press conference and said, ‘ok, I’m going to make this accommodation to the Catholic Church and other religious institutions and no longer require you to provide contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-causing drugs, I’m going to require the health insurance companies to do that for free.’ King George would have not had the audacity to do that, Rick.
Green: If that’s not totalitarianism I don’t know what is.
Really? Providing contraception coverage is “totalitarianism” and you can’t imagine anything that would be if that’s not? That speaks volumes, as does King’s desire to let states outlaw contraception and his rejection of the concept of privacy.