As a political group of its own design, it is important for Americans to understand that we are not avid supporters of every candidate who calls themselves a Republican. In fact, we can find just as many flaws in the individual Republicans we have seen over the years as we can with the democrats, it’s just that are views are typically more in line with that party’s, but not necessarily all of the people who are asked to represent it.
Take former Nevada Assembleywoman Sharron Angle for example. Yes, at one time we did back her as a party. Her views on taxation, gun laws and abortion were in line with ours, and she seemed a sound candidate to represent the state of Nevada in the house. And then she went a little too far.
Back in 2002, there is evidence that strongly suggests Angle’s intent to expose state prisoners to massage and sauna therapy. This is a practice used in some Mexican jails, and an idea supported by scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The massages are meant to relax the minds of the prisoners, while the sauna detoxifies their bodies. Now, I do know because I have a portable infrared sauna that they do in fact release built up toxins from the body. These portable saunas are a great thing to have at home, but do we really think prisoners deserve that benefit? It’s not like the risks associated are bad enough that they would be a good punishment for the inmates.
In her defense, Angle did withdraw the suggestion before it became official, but the damage was done. How could anyone possibly justify such an idea, and then when asked about why it was withdrawn, respond with “it would have been rejected by the democrats who held the majority vote at the time”.
Of course it would have been rejected by the Democrats because it was a dumb idea! I would have had more respect for her had she just owned up and said that the idea came from too much alcohol and a dream of trying to win over Tom Cruise’s heart. The Tea Party has long held the contention that jail is for bad people, you should not be treated badly, but who also should not be getting better treatment then they would outside. And my guess is that the majority of the prisoners in Nevada jails don’t have a membership at the local massage parlor.
So there is the official reason behind why Angle lost our support. We don’t care if a candidate is a Republican with an ancenstry that goes straight back to Thomas Jefferson, if you are proposing crazy stuff like this you no longer have our support. Plain and Simple.