Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bob McDonnell Wrote A Thesis That Calls Working Women "Detrimental" To Families And Now Lies About It

Wow, this is incredible. Anyone who follows Virginia politics knows that Bob McDonnell has been spending the last year or so trying to cast himself as a moderate so that people wouldn't focus on the fact that he has a record that really shows he's a member of the far right. Despite his best efforts, he appears to have tipped off reporters at the Washington Post to a thesis he wrote that projects some of the beliefs that are at the root of the agenda he's tried to promote during his career as an elected office. Here's just the start of what the Post reported about the startling beliefs that were promoted by McDonnell in a thesis he hoped would represent him so well.
At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master's thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators." He described as "illogical" a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.
I think something worth noting is that when Washington Post reporters questioned him about his extreme positions, McDonnell responded by saying "I wrote as a student during the Reagan era and haven't thought about in years." However, the plain and simple fact is that he was the one that originally brought the thesis up which proves that he has indeed been doing some thinking about the paper. In other words, he even recognizes the fact that he should probably spread some misinformation about the thesis if he wants to be elected governor.

If we can't trust him to be honest about his academic work and can't trust him to be honest about his career as an elected official (which you can see more about here), can we really trust Bob McDonnell to be the next governor of our fine Commonwealth?


  1. My Master's Thesis was on Statistical Process Control Methods Applied By Quality Circles.

    I didn't think to include any discussion about "fornicators" or how women working outside of the home are detrimental to the family, like Mr. McDonnell did.

    But, I didn't attend a Bible-thumper academy run by a whacked-out televangelist who is infamous for maintaining a head-to-head contest with the, now late, Jerry Falwell, to see who could make the most bizarre, political/religious pronouncements.

    Even though I agree that having a good mother at home, especially during the K-12 years for children, strengthens the family, I am supporting Creigh Deeds.

    While Mr. McDonnell, like so many of those left in the dwindling Republican leadership, are good at preaching about family values, they have no track record for creating jobs here in Virginia, so that fathers can earn a good living and their wives can have the option of devoting all of their time and talent to raising our next generation of citizens.

  2. There's no doubt in my mind that Bob McDonnell is trying to downplay the extremist religious views he wrote in his 20-year-old thesis now that he's in a race for Governor. His efforts to deceive this voter just aren't working.

    I'd say that those who really believe (mistakenly, in my opinion) that Mr. McDonnell has "changed" should do some more research and check his actual voting record. Has he voted for the rights of women who choose to work, or against them? What has he voted on regarding contraception, education, and other important issues? Is he for those things or against them? Mr. McDonnell can claim he's changed all he wants, but it is his voting record on certain issues that will determine whether his claims are true or not.

    I will be voting for Sen. Creigh Deeds for Governor on election day. I hope all citizens who value progress and freedom of choice in very personal matters will do the same and keep Mr. McDonnell OUT of office.