Monday, August 20, 2012
A "Legitimate" Candidate
And here we go again.
Today's subject: "Legitimate Rape"
Actually we have two discussions today. First the idiocy of the man who said it and the aftermath of the idiot saying it.
It seems that in a TV interview on Sunday, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was discussing his anti-abortion stance and said "From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
Ok, can we get a clarification on a "legitimate rape," as opposed to what...an illegitimate rape? Are you freaking kidding me. And what's the deal on women's bodies shutting down for pregnancy during rape. I love the line "But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something." Something??? That something would be a child. It's news to me that those sperm swimming upstream all of a sudden hit a roadblock if you are being raped. Tell that to all the women who every time they look into the eyes of their child conceived by rape, sees the traumatic event of their conception.
Look, it doesn't matter which side of a woman's right to choose you stand, this guy is running for the Senate. And he's an idiot. Now I realize most of them are, but some hide it until after they are elected. It's bad enough he represents some district in the House, but to elect him as Senator...just say no.
Discussion #2: The Congressman misspoke. Ya think?
In the interest of fairness, I have included his entire statement. After he say's he misspoke...it's pretty much blah, blah, blah. Scroll down if you're not interested.
"As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
"I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.
"But I also believe that this election is about a wide range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We've had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion-dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats' failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead."
So when did we all start taking the politically correct stance on our morality code. I misspoke. I mis-remembered. I was misquoted. I was misinformed. Well, how about having some balls and standing up and saying "I fucked up." Take some responsibility for your actions and when you make a mistake, don't hide behind veiled implications and cloudy advice.
Maybe then we will be able to choose a candidate who stands for something a little more tangible than the direction of the wind.
You know...someone who's legitimate.
Oh screw it, they're all idiots.