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By Linda Thomas Anderson, Published April 21 2013

Letter: We’ll kick trashy legislation to the gutter where it belongs

Dear North Dakota Legislature:

I want to thank you for your recent bans on women’s right to choose. No, really – thank you. There is no better bonding atmosphere than having a common enemy, and wow, now we know who our common enemy is. We, the women of the Red River Valley, have really been bonding this last couple of days, across age lines, state lines and party lines. So thank you for that. The really great benefit of your strict anti-abortion, anti-choice legislation is that some very articulate and savvy people who happen to believe differently than you have been able to step up and bring together a solid coalition. It has been very inspiring to see them pull their thoughts together and express just how onerous and ridiculous these bills are.

In hundreds, if not thousands of blog and Facebook posts and letters to the editor of several newspapers, women and men from all parts of the country are educating the rest of us in how we can put a stop to what you’ve tried to do. Funny how that works, isn’t it? Educating people about something you don’t like in order to put an end to it.

Oh, and the national attention North Dakota is getting must make you proud as well. The other great thing to come out of this bad legislation is that it put a laser focus on just how off-base and narrow-minded some elected officials are. For instance, before the conservative zealots of North Dakota tried to erase 100 years of women’s civil rights, I had no idea that laws based on religious dogma or that favor any particular religion over another could be passed. I guess if you get enough thugs and puppets elected, anything is possible. We’ll just have to be smarter than voting a straight party ticket in the next election, won’t we? Lesson learned, so thank you for that.

Thank you also to the North Dakota jackbooted conservatives for showing us the difference between being pro-birth and pro-life. You see, life as I know it has quality and should be protected and preserved with things like education, safe housing, nutritious food and quality health care. It’s too bad money that could have been invested in those things will now be spent to reverse your oppressive attempt to inflict your will on everyone. It kind of gives a whole new meaning to Bully Pulpit, doesn’t it?

I really appreciate this opportunity to thank you, you clueless, classless morons, for inadvertently bringing together the brightest, strongest, smartest group of visionaries North Dakota has seen in a long time. Together, we will kick you and your trashy, backward legislation to the gutter where it belongs.

Thomas Anderson lives in Moorhead.