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Dem Governor attacks Romney on Polygamy, ignores Obama family

3:06 am - 04/21/2012


In this Obama Family photo are: (bottom row, from left) half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama and unknown; (top row, from left) unknown, Barack Obama, half-brother Abongo (Roy) Obama, and three unknowns.


On Thursday Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer decided to go after Romney’s family history regarding polygamy stating Hispanics would not approve of such a history.  So it is only fair to point out that President Obama’s family has a history of polygamy and bigamy as well.  Yet the majority of Hispanics voted for President Obama in 2008.


The Washington Post reported:

“The line of polygamists in Obama’s family can be traced back generations in western Kenya, where it was an accepted practice within the Luo (pronounced LOO-oh) tribe.” His great-grandfather, Obama Opiyo, had five wives, including two who were sisters. His grandfather, Hussein Onyango, had at least four wives, one of whom, Akumu, gave birth to the president’s father, Barack Obama” before fleeing her abusive husband. Obama Sr. was already married when he left Kenya to study at the University of Hawaii, where he married again. His American wife-to-be, Stanley Ann Dunham, was not yet 18 and unaware of his marital situation when she became pregnant with his namesake son in 1961.


It is also well known that Democrat Senator from New Mexico, Tom Udall, and his cousin, Senator Mark Udall (D) from Colorado, come from a long line of polygamists. But that was never an issue because they are Democrats.
Mens Journal reported:

In the Udall family, politics stretches back generations. Mark’s and Tom’s great-grandfather, David King Udall, was a pioneer Arizonan and a Mormon polygamist who was sent to federal prison (on testimony of an ancestor of Mitt Romney’s, family lore has it). He was pardoned by President Grover Cleveland, then tossed back in jail. This time, it was Barry Goldwater’s grandfather who got him off the hook.


It’s only ever an issue if the politician is Republican.


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tinyrevolution 21st-Apr-2012 06:26 am (UTC)
Calling the forced mass-marriages of little girls to old men "polygamy" not only exposes the speaker as a complete tool of hegemonic monogamist relationship constructs, but it is a PERPETUATION OF RAPE CULTURE. It is no different than the conflation of "homosexuality = old men raping little boys". Call rape rape, don't trivialize it with euphemisms. Rape is not any single kinship structure or the number of people involved. It's the LACK OF CONSENT. It's the SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE. On the whole more people are raped within heteronormative monogamous family structures than any other. Yet when this happens do you spread headlines like "MONOGAMISTS STRIKE AGAIN"? Call it what it fucking is.

I said it during the LDS "polygamist compound" thing and I'll say it again. If the most salient label for the things those men were doing is "polygamy", then what does that say? That rape is by comparison NORMAL and UNSURPRISING.

Bringing up Romney's and Obama's family histories like this is, yes, cynical stupid nonsense on both sides. But I don't even want to listen to anyone who talks about "polygamy" as if the word itself is a condemnation. Just, no.
little_rachael 21st-Apr-2012 09:53 am (UTC)
I love this comment.
silver_sandals 22nd-Apr-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
Great comment. Thank you.
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