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Sat May 11, 2019, 04:35 AM

I fear we are all on our way to becoming OfFred.

Those that watch the hit show “The Handmaids Tale” know it as a futuristic Christian Talibanesque display that strips away all of the rights of women to return America to a Puritanical tyrannical form of government.

Each Handmaid becomes the property of an Oligarchal type of male figure.
The women no longer have a name, they are just called Of(their masters name).
The star of the show serves a master named Fred. So, her name is Of Fred. (Offred).

Are there people in this country today that would like to see such an America?
Have you ever heard of Christian Dominionist and current Vice President Mike Pence?
Have you been following all of the state Governors and legislatures new “heartbeat bills” to ban abortions in their states after only 6 weeks?
Our free press is under literal attack by our President and his abetting party leaders?
One of our two political parties has given up any sense of morality and given in to a tyrannical corrupt regime. Absolute power having corrupted them absolutely.
While the opposition party fights as best it can, it does so with little REAL power of enforcement.

For those of you that have never seen the Handmaids Tale, below is a scene to scare the bejeezus out of you, especially if you are female.
It depicts (although not graphically) the star Handmaids OfFred being offered up to her master to be impregnated to give him and his barren wife a child.
(* side note - who else was “of Fred” quite literally. The name Fred Trump ring a bell?).





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Reply I fear we are all on our way to becoming OfFred. (Original post)
Funtatlaguy May 2019 OP
WhiteTara May 2019 #1
PufPuf23 May 2019 #2
triron May 2019 #4
Funtatlaguy May 2019 #5
PufPuf23 May 2019 #8
WhiskeyGrinder May 2019 #3
StarfishSaver May 2019 #6
Funtatlaguy May 2019 #7

Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 11:37 AM

1. And if that doesn't scare you, read

Nancy MacLean's book "Democracy in Chains."

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 11:49 AM

2. Interference of the tax avoiding religious in politics should be stopped cold

but it seems to not be an issue.

Every issue is for sale now.

Most Americans do not look past the end of their nose regards all but the most obvious political issues (Roe vs Wade, war, etc.) and then believe what they are told and vote like rooting for a sports team, if they bother to vote.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #2)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:01 PM

4. yep. That's the reason for dumbing down the public. We are being played.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #2)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:37 PM

5. There is no separation of church and state.

Politics are preached from pulpits and yet they remain tax exempt. It’s a scam.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #5)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:45 PM

8. This is way too acceptable for far too many people that

don't respect other people's freedom, morals, and opinion.

Most politicians are just fine with the lack of separation between church and state (and what is stated in Constitution) because the groups are easy and low cost voting blocs to manipulate voters and gain funds.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 11:58 AM

3. Y'all, these things have been going on for a long time.

Courtesy of Jessica Valenti on Twitter:

Melissa Ann Rowland of Utah was charged with murder after one of her twins was stillborn - because she refused a c-section.: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mom-arrested-after-utah-stillbirth

Purvi Patel of Indiana was sentenced to 20 years in prison for feticide. She said she had a miscarriage, and no traces of any abortifacent were found in her blood work: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/02/it-isnt-justice-for-purvi-patel-to-serve-20-years-in-prison-for-an-abortion

Angela Carder was 27 years old, 26 weeks pregnant, and had cancer. She was forced to undergo a c-section to try to save the pregnancy despite the risk to her health. It failed and Carder died: https://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/08/opinion/the-fruit-of-angela-carder-s-agony.html

Rennie Gibbs of Mississippi was 16 years old when she delivered a stillborn baby - she was indicted on charges of "depraved heart murder" after accusations that she used drugs: https://www.propublica.org/article/stillborn-child-charge-of-murder-and-disputed-case-law-on-fetal-harm

A woman in Louisiana was jailed on charges of second-degree murder after she went to the hospital for unexplained vaginal bleeding. It was over a year before medical records showed that she had a miscarriage: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/08/opinion/pregnant-and-no-civil-rights.html?smid=fb-share

Bei Bei Shuai lost her pregnancy after she tried to kill herself - within a half hour a homicide detective was questioning her. She was arrested for murder: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/05/18/153026015/bail-granted-for-indiana-woman-charged-in-attempted-feticide


The people who live at the margins -- they're black, of color, immigrants, low-income, gender-noncomforming, addicted -- have faced this for decades. Just because white middle-class women are now feeling it doesn't mean it's new, or that it's "almost here" or "on its way." It's been here for a long, long time, and we need to build some solidarity right quick.

There's a reason whiteness is centered in the Hulu version of THM, and why it's so popular to invoke now. People don't really believe it's possible until it happens to them.

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:41 PM

6. Not all of us

Just the fertile ones ...

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Response to StarfishSaver (Reply #6)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:43 PM

7. They place the sterile ones in different camps.

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