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Apr 07 2014

Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Glenn Grothman

Glenn Grothman is already a state senator in Wisconsin, but now he wants to move to the U.S. House of Representatives. As a senator he said lots of bizarre things, like claiming Kwanzaa was part of a leftist plot to destroy America. In 2010 he declared that there was a “war on men” in this country and we would not survive unless it ended. Right Wing Watch has a list of many other examples.

This year, Grothman has pushed to undo a state law that requires businesses to give their employees at least one day off a week. Grothman also backed efforts to block paid sick leave requirements and require state employees to work on Martin Luther King Day. In 2011, when protesters were occupying the state capitol in protest of Gov. Walkers’ union-busting laws, Grothman called the protesters “a bunch slobs” and “college students having a fun party.”

After Wisconsin passed a comprehensive sex education bill in 2010 in an effort to combat a growing rate of STIs among teenagers, Grothman told a reporter that the sex ed classes would be used to recruit kids into homosexuality.

“Did people even know what homosexuality was in high school in 1975?” he asked. “I don’t remember any discussion about that at the time. There were a few guys who would make fun of a few effeminate boys, but that’s a different thing than homosexuality…Homosexuality was not on anybody’s radar. And that’s a good thing.”

He added: “Why sit down with 7th graders and say to some you will be heterosexual, some homosexual? Part of that agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals.”…

In 2012, Grothman introduced a bill that would have required state agencies to list single parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse. He later claimed that single mothers scheme to have children out of wedlock and are “trained” to say that their pregnancies are unintended. He wrote in a newsletter the same year that “the Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government.”

Sadly, those positions would make him about average for a House Republican these days.

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  1. 1
    cervantes

    Yeah, I mean there’s nothing remarkable about the guy. He just seems to be a standard issue Republican.

  2. 2
    raven

    He wrote in a newsletter the same year that “the Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government.”

    This isn’t true at all. It’s the other way around.

    1. The GOP wants to outlaw abortion, outlaw contraception, and not teach sex ed. This guarantees a lot of young, single mothers with no life skills. Who will then spend their life in poverty along with their kids.

    Teenage pregnancy is highly correlated and causal with life long poverty.

    2. This is exactly what happens in the GOP states of fundiexian-land. They have much higher rates of teenage pregnancy and children growing up in poverty.

    Glenn Grothman doesn’t sound very bright. He could be the next Michele Bachmann equivalent.

  3. 3
    raven

    Grothman introduced a bill that would have required state agencies to list single parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse.

    single mothers scheme to have children out of wedlock and are “trained” to say that their pregnancies are unintended.

    “the Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government.”

    This is routine Tea Party/fundie xian mindless gibberish and hate.

    What is notably lacking is his proposing any solution to this problem. Calling single parenthood “child abuse” and single mothers “schemers and moochers” might make him feel all holy and xiany but it doesn’t fix anything.

    In point of fact, there are proven ways to lower the teenage pregnancy rate. You can start with comprehensive sex ed and easy availability of low cost or free contraception.

  4. 4
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    “Did people even know what homosexuality was in high school in 1975?”

    I was in High School in 1975. Yes, we did.

  5. 5
    Trebuchet

    @4: We did in 1965, too. One of my teachers, who was also my scoutmaster a couple of years earlier, was widely accepted to be gay. He always volunteered to chaperon school dances and the girls would line up to dance with him, because he was good at it and believed to be “safe”.

  6. 6
    Larry

    If this dude wants to make a name for himself in GOP circles, he really needs to start thinking of things to say that are really crazy and hateful. Make him stand out from the pack, as it were.

  7. 7
    caseloweraz

    Grothman: Homosexuality was not on anybody’s radar. And that’s a good thing.

    The first statement is untrue. The second is a clear admission that not understanding reality is something he endorses.

    So, yep — he’s a standard-issue modern Republican.

  8. 8
    dingojack

    “This year, Grothman has pushed to undo a state law that requires businesses to give their employees at least one day off a week.”

    Oh the RRWNJ are gonna love that idea -

    Exodus 34:21 “ Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

    Exodus 20:10 “ But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

    etc,

    Dingo

  9. 9
    sigurd jorsalfar

    Average? Glenn Grothman might be too liberal for today’s GOP voters.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    I don’t know what’s worse, that our Secret Plans keep getting out or that they’re such terrible plans. Seriously, who is chairing these meetings? I mean, look, just because someone says it’s “Socialism” and “anti-Christian” or somesuch doesn’t mean that we should do it.

  11. 11
    D. C. Sessions

    dingojack@8:

    That whole business of giving the servants time off was one of the things that Jesus fulfilled, so there’s no need to let the takers waste any of your money any more.

  12. 12
    moarscienceplz

    Kids these days have things SO much better than when I was a kid. I was in high school in 1975 and nobody told me I could become a homosexual. I had to settle for boring old heterosexuality.

  13. 13
    Raging Bee

    “Did people even know what homosexuality was in high school in 1975?” he asked.

    Yes. It was openly talked about both in and out of my junior-high and high schools.

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