Newsflash, Jeb Bush: It's 2015 — How DARE You Shame Unwed Mothers

Jeb Bush: How DARE You

Just when you think you've heard it all when it comes to the literal insanity that the Conservative right just loves to inflict upon the country, something else comes along, forcing any sane person to say, "Are you effing kidding me?"

Case in point: Jeb Bush.

What has he done this time? Oh, he'd just like us to go back to the 17th century is all. NBD.

According to a passage from his 1995 book, Profiles in Character, Bush wrote that unwed mothers should be publicly shamed for having chosen to be, well, unwed mothers.

As the passage details, Bush claims there's no longer a stigma attached to the "behavior" of a woman being an unwed mom and that's just wrong, because back in the good old days people "would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful."

Because if there's anything that's going to keep a slut from being a slut, it's her neighbors and her community, as it's clearly their job and their responsibility to do so. Oy vey.

Bush is also of the mindset that it's his duty, and the duty of the church, to tell women what they can and can't do with their bodies, because similarly to almost every other Republican out there, Bush firmly believes there should be no separation of church and state.

But before you start saying, "But that was back in 1995 ... his thinking has probably changed," allow me to point out some other items that prove Bush is absolutely an enemy of women everywhere.

The year before his awarding thoughts were published in his book, during his 1994 campaign he spouted off that women on welfare "should be able to get their life together and find a husband," and he's also refused to veto a bill that would force unwed mothers who don't know the identity of the father to post their sexual history IN THE NEWSPAPER before being allowed to put her baby up for adoption, if that's the route she chooses.

I don't even have to mention his stance on abortion, because obviously he's against it — because he's against women having any rights at all. Not too surprisingly, this was known as the "Scarlet Letter Law."

Although he's struggling with his campaign, good ol' Jeb is apparently still running for president. The likelihood of him getting the Republican nomination is low, but the fact remains: he's just one of a handful of Republicans who are running and are equally against women.

Bush's attempt at shaming women is an atrocity that, personally, I would think any human being with compassion would find unbearable.

Nathanial Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter in 1850. Set in Boston, the novel took place during the years of 1642 and 1649, and revolves around the character Hester Prynne, who has an affair which results in a child. She's then forced to wear a red "A" on her clothing everywhere she goes, so she is forever branded and judged by others for her actions.

The book is a commentary on just how absurd these moral issues, that were specific to the United States alone, were in a society which called itself free. If Hawthorne could see that then, why is it so hard for people like Jeb Bush not to see that now?

This is not 1640-something Boston, Jeb, and if a woman chooses to have a baby despite not being married, that's her choice.

If we're to continue to maintain that we're a country where freedoms reigns, we need to reinforce the fact that choice is the ultimate component, or else we're all just prisoners in too much denial to see otherwise.