There is no shortage of stupidity in the news these days. Sadly some of it comes from those that are elected to represent the American people. They are the reason that people lose faith in the American system of government. They are also the reason we can be held up to ridicule by those on the outside observing what is going on within.
While the Republican party tries to close the narrow gap with the Obama campaign, they now have to deal with Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri who recently stated that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancy. He seems to think that a rape victim can just close off a possible pregnancy by thought process. No amount of back peddling will undo the comment that there can be such a thing as “legitimate rape.” He said in an interview played last Sunday, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” The fact that a person with such thoughts can be a leader of the nation is astounding. Republican leaders have called for him to drop out of the Senate race and they have cut off national funds. Does that mean Akin will step aside and let another run for the Senate? Nope. “We are going to be here through the November election and we are going to be here to win.”
While many have tried to distance themselves from the extremism of Akin, others come to his defense. Rep. Steve King of Iowa not only defends Akin, he adds that he never heard of a victim of incest or statutory rape getting pregnant. “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance…” Later King said his statements on rape were taken out of context. He still stands up for Akin and says “I think this election should be about, how did Todd Akin vote and what did he vote for and what did he stand for.” Yeah, I think so too, but I am afraid he might get elected anyway.
Then there is the man who wanted to be President of the United States of America, Commander-in-Chief and Leader of the free world. You would think that he would avoid this controversy like a true diplomat. Nope. Mick Huckabee jumped into the mix immediately. The right-wing Republican, radio talk show host and FOX News commentator came out in support of Akin. “In a Party that supposedly stands for life, it was tragic to see the carefully orchestrated and systematic attack on a fellow Republican.” Well yeah, Mike, the Republican party wants to regain the White House and backing someone who puts forth legislation with no knowledge of what he is talking about is a liability. “I’m waiting for the apology from whoever the genius was on the high pedestals of our party who thought it wise to not only shoot our wounded, but run over him with tanks and trucks and then feed his body to the liberal wolves.” Mike will be waiting a long time for Mitt to apologize, that is for sure. Comparing Akin to a wounded soldier is not gaining anyone any sympathy. That is for sure, too.
While our politicians have a go at looking less than brilliant, let’s not forget there are others out there besides candidates and chicken salesmen who have had a bad week. After his highly publicized arrest for an accident while being drunk and naked, you would think Randy Travis would do his best to stay out of the news. Nope! Travis was cited this week for “simple assault” outside a Plano, Texas church. I guess you are wondering if there is a “complicated assault.” This misdemeanor meant that Travis had the unfortunate mug shot of himself being batter and bruised run again. These recent revelations about the 53-year-old country star are a bit unsettling as he had, at one time, a reputation as a decent sort of guy who was true to his faith and avoided trouble. Perhaps I missed some tabloid news along the way, but that is what I thought.
- Todd Akin: We’re here through November (cbsnews.com)
- Huckabee: Republicans who denounced Todd Akin ‘are not rational’ (rawstory.com)
- Rep. Steve King Claims He Hasn’t Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest (mediaite.com)
- Politicians, Country Stars & Skinny Dippers – Dumb & Dumber (afnclarke.wordpress.com)