Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is a dangerous religious extremist who believes Obamacare is wrong because citizens should depend on churches, not government.
Ernst was caught explaining why people should rely on churches and not government for vital social services like health care in secretly recorded comments published by Iowa Public Radio.
Ernst told a group of reporters that the reason Republicans oppose Obamacare is because the job of caring for the poor is simply not the purview of government. The poor, she said, should rely on churches and charitable organizations for help:
We’re looking at Obamacare right now. Once we start with those benefits in January, how are we going to get people off of those? It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs…we rely on government for absolutely everything. And in the years since I was a small girl up until now into my adulthood with children of my own, we have lost a reliance on not only our own families, but so much of what our churches and private organizations used to do.
They used to have wonderful food pantries. They used to provide clothing for those that really needed it. But we have gotten away from that. Now we’re at a point where the government will just give away anything.
In addition to making the somewhat absurd claim that individuals should rely upon the charity of churches and other private organizations for vital public services like healthcare, Ernst also supports a federal “personhood” amendment.
A “personhood” amendment to the U.S. constitution would give not just a late term fetus “personhood” rights, but also would bestow “personhood” upon a moment-after-conception fertilized egg.
“I will continue to stand by that. I am a pro-life candidate, and this has been shaped by my religious beliefs through the years. So I support that (a “personhood” amendment).”
Ernst is a dangerous religious extremist who wants to deny women the right to reproductive freedom and force the poor and indigent to attend church to receive assistance.
The Washington Post reports Ernst has come out for eliminating the federal Department of Education, has expressed openness to privatizing Social Security, and supports repealing Obamacare.
Ernst wants to make public policy based on her religious beliefs, and impose her religious beliefs on everyone else. As such, she is unfit for office.
Ernst is running to fill the seat being vacated by outgoing Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who announced earlier this year that he is not seeking re-election.