Todd Akin “MD” (R)
“I’m in this race to win!” With those words, Todd Akin, US Senate candidate for Missouri, struck fear into the hearts of Republicans, cheered Democrats, and insulted women everywhere. Akin’s refusal to quit the race was made as part of his apology for a previous comment that women who endure “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant. Not only was his science wrong, his comments exhibited a patriarchal view of women’s reproductive rights. Akin also committed the first sin of insincerity… making the apology about himself, and not the people he’s offended.
Misogyny aside, Akin made another mistake… one that’s all too common in today’s “apologise and it will go away” culture. Akin has made himself the focus on his apology, not the millions of women he’d insulted. Akin also attempted to disavow his insult by claiming that he had used a poor choice of words. As Ben Franklin said, “Never ruin an apology with an excuse”. When you watch Akin apologise, you get the feeling that he cares more about his candidacy than he does about anything else. Americans like a fighter, but we also like a realist, one who can admit when he’s erred and make amends. Akins mouthed an apology, but his determination to stay in the senatorial race undermines his sincerity. …
Actions substantiate apologies and underscore sincerity.
This is why the present GOP is bad for the country. Akin not only fails to comprehend that he isn’t the centre of the Republican ticket, he truly fails to understand WHY his party wants him to step aside. Similarly, Mittens refuses to see how his adolescent secrecy harms his chances of election.
Firstly, there was Wafflin’ Willy refusing to match President Obama’s release of twelve years of tax returns to the public. Indeed, Willy demanded that his VP hopefuls release more tax information than he did. Willy doesn’t understand that his wilful and juvenile cover-up has cost him many votes… but, then again, he’s never had to “pay” for his “mistakes” before.
In like manner, Akin doesn’t begin to discern that his choice of words was downright evil. There’s no such thing as “legitimate rape”… indeed, I’ve never heard the term before. The GOP leadership asked him to step aside… the top Republican leadership of Missouri came forward to beg him to see that his pigheaded attitude was simply poisonous… but Akin refused to do his duty. Rather, he childishly stamped his foot and decided to stand for office, even without the support of the national Republican Party.
Is this what you want? A vote for Mittens or Akin is a vote for secrecy, ignorance, and high-handedness. Remember that when you mark your ballot in November…
A Note to Orthodox People:
Doesn’t Akin’s pigheadedness remind you of a certain bishop? Not only are their personalities similar, so are their political and social opinions. That’s why it’s fruitless to argue with the Monomuckos gang… they truly don’t see what’s wrong… and that’s sad.
Tuesday 21 August 2012