Filosofa Rants Yet Again!

I was seriously trying to work on a post about banned books for Banned Books Week when I took a brief break and while perusing a bit of news and some other blogs briefly, I came across something that made my blood boil.  All hope of me finishing my banned books post tonight is gone … perhaps tomorrow, but for tonight I have a brief rant, and then I’m going to bed to read for a while and try to calm my shattered psyche.

Who or what has sent me into a tailspin?  A man by the name of John Gibbs from Michigan who is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November’s election.  According to Wikipedia …

John Gibbs is an American far-right political commentator and politician. A member of the Republican Party, Gibbs was a software engineer and missionary before entering politics. During the Donald Trump administration, he held roles in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was acting Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Community Planning and Development.

In July 2020, Trump nominated Gibbs to be director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, but he was never confirmed by the Senate. Gibbs promoted Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. He is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 elections, having defeated incumbent Peter Meijer in the Republican Party primary election for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district.

Okay, pretty much your typical maga-Republican, nothing new or out of the ordinary there, right?  Well, just wait.  As a student at Stanford University in the early 2000s, Gibbs founded a self-described “think tank” called the Society for the Critique of Feminism.  Here is some of what he had to say there …

“The Bible clearly articulates the idea that women should not teach or maintain positions of power. Although the reason is not expressly mentioned, it must be due to the nature of women (i.e. their differing mental characteristics), since every other command for living in the Bible is based on the condition of man. In other words, because women do not possess the characteristics necessary to govern, and since women have a more important task to do, which is to prepare the next generation, they are commanded not to rule.

And since Christianity is the historical foundation of American society, with all of the rights and freedoms expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, which we enjoy to this very day, being expressly and unmistakenly God-given, it is incumbent upon us to consider the relationship that our Christian/cultural heritage, which is so important to so many Americans, shares with feminism, which threatens to unravel the social fabric which has produced one of the marvels of mankind.

Some argue that in a democratic society, it is hypocritical or unjust for women, who are 50% of the population, not to have the vote. This is obviously not true, since the founding fathers, who understood liberty and democracy better than anyone, did not believe so. In addition, all people under age 18 cannot vote, although they too comprise a significant portion of the population. So we cannot say that women should be able to vote simply because they are a large part of the population.

We conclude that increasing the size and scope of government is unequivocally bad. And since women’s suffrage has caused this to occur on a larger scale than any other cause in history, we conclude that the United States has suffered as a result of women’s suffrage.”

And now you understand why I have steam coming out of my ears.

Somebody might want to remind him that those same ‘founding fathers’ also didn’t believe that people with his skin colour ought to be allowed to vote!!!  Oh what a hypocrite this man is!

Anne Marie Schieber, a spokesperson for Gibbs’ campaign, attempted to mitigate and control the damage when his views on women were made public, saying that he was only trying “to provoke the left on campus and to draw attention to the hypocrisy of some modern-day feminists. It was nothing more than a college kid being over the top.”  Oh no, sweet cheeks … this was downright blatant misogyny, putting down women in the worst possible way!  This was no little college prank.  And given Gibbs’ current conspiracy theorist tendencies, there is not a shred of doubt in my mind that he still feels that women are so far inferior to men that we should not be allowed to put on shoes and leave the kitchen, let alone vote or god forbid run for office!  Bastard!

Back in 2020, Trump nominated Gibbs to head the Office of Personnel Management.  During the Senate confirmation hearings, it came out that Gibbs had he had spread the false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a satanic ritual … that conspiracy theory, known as Pizzagate, led to Edgar Maddison Welch entering a pizza restaurant on 4 December 2016 armed with an AR-15, and randomly fired shots.

The only reason Mr. Gibbs’ name will be on the ballot this November is because the incumbent for that seat, Representative Peter Meijer, was ostracized by the GOP for voting to impeach Trump in 2020.  Therefore, Gibbs received that all-important ‘seal of approval’ from the former guy and won his primary.  He faces … oh the irony … Hillary Scholten, the Democrat running for the seat, and as of today, Gibbs is polling 9 points behind Ms. Scholten!  I would love to be a fly on the wall when he loses to … of all people … one of those women for whom he has zero respect!

29 thoughts on “Filosofa Rants Yet Again!

  1. Chilling for sure, but I think the low was the guy I wrote about a few months back who won a primary from his jail cell after being convicted of killing his wife.

    It’s hard to fathom the mindset of anyone voting for such creeps—but even worse—as you say—that the Republican Party doesn’t denounce them. They have shown us who they are; we must turn out in droves to denounce them.

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    • Wow. I missed that one … I’ll go back and look for it. As a convicted felon, he would not be allowed to hold public office, so why is he even running? And sadly, some people will still probably support him.

      I hope that we will turn out in droves in November. I hear rumblings, though, from some who are discouraged by all the talk of ‘voter fraud’ and election deniers who say, “Why bother?” I hope they wake up soon!

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  2. Coincidentally, I had stumbled onto information about this horrible man just hours before reading your justifiable rant. I thought about adding Hillary Scholten to my candidates guide bc I’ve called out as many Big Liars like Gibbs as I could. Fortunately, this is a pro-Biden district that’s been redrawn to lean more Democratic, and I saw a few polls that had Scholten even farther ahead. So I think this is one despicable character that we needn’t worry may be going anywhere (although even if resoundingly defeated, he’ll probably be a draw among the lowest of the low).

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    • I don’t think he has a path to actually win the election, but just the fact that he has gotten this far is chilling to me. The Republican Party actually condones this crap??? They’ve sunk even further than I first thought! I hope he goes down in flames and finds himself selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door next year! I wondered if he was married, but could find no mention of a wife anywhere … what a surprise, eh?

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  4. Jill, just a reminder from historians and biblical scholars. The persecution of Christians by Romans after Jesus was crucified was quite a scary ordeal that lasted for decades. The Christian religion survived and was celebrated because of religious services being held in people’s homes around the Mediterranean to keep them on the down low. The organizers of these services tended to be women, who braved discovery. If that is not leadership, I do not know what is.

    Let me close with a reference from the book “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Wu Dunn. When countries based on religion treat women as property and second class citizens, that is not only wrong, it is financially limiting, as you are competing in a world with only half your assets.

    A person running for office to represent all people who believes what this candidate espouses will learn a hard lesson when women vote. And, he will deserve it.


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  6. “The Bible clearly articulates the idea that women should not teach or maintain positions of power. Although the reason is not expressly mentioned, it must be due to the nature of women (i.e. their differing mental characteristics), since every other command for living in the Bible is based on the condition of man. In other words, because women do not possess the characteristics necessary to govern, and since women have a more important task to do, which is to prepare the next generation, they are commanded not to rule.”……
    What a load!
    You could fertilise a hundred acres with that!
    Book of Judges…Old Testament DORBAH a WOMAN judge. A position of great authority…Go and read it Gibbs!!
    Book of Wisdom…..Old Testament…..Clearly shows Wisdom as a feminine spirit…Lady it Gibbs!!
    Jael..The WOMAN who killed King Jabin of Canaan and saved Israel (That Book of Judges again)…read it Gibbs!!
    Onto the New Testament……
    Resurrection – While all the disciples are hunkered up in a room and bewailing the death of their leader. Women go to the tomb of Christ and find it empty. Women go and tell the disciples to get up off of their asses and see for themselves!!
    AND while we are about it Gibbs go and tell all this crap to the people of Britain most of whom are still grieving over a giant in leadership and example….That’s Queen Elizabeth II to you buddy…And there’s that hero of a lot of conservative Americans….Margaret Thatcher.
    Gibbs, hire yourself out to farmers because you are producing a lot!

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    • I read the story before I saw his picture, and then when I saw his picture my jaw literally dropped. Like you, I have no respect whatsoever for him … not only because of the hypocrisy since he is Black, but because of his antiquated, misogynistic views toward women. It amazes me that any woman in her right mind would defend or vote for this jackal. Sigh.

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