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THE REAL DAMAGE OF OF TODD AKIN’S BELIEFS

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, ABORTION RIGHTS, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, CRAZY MISSOURI, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, GOP MELTDOWN, MITT ROMNEY, PAUL RYAN, POLITICS, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, ROCK THE SLUT VOTE, RUSH LIMBAUGH, SEX, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE MATING HABITS OF CONSERVATIVES, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY, TODD AKIN, WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THIS SHIT UP, WHITE PRIVILEGE with tags , , , , , on 22/08/2012 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

I’ve heard many times that politics is a very dangerous game. What you’ve got in America today isn’t really politics anymore it’s a bunch of kindergarten kids throwing their feces at each other and pointing. Americans need jobs and there are two sides who very likely have ideas of how to get corporations to get off their money and begin to hire people to do things but you won’t get to those solutions before election day because of issues that the Right feel are more important.

Abortion, sexuality and the struggle to get women out of the boardroom and back into the kitchen working to serve working men, these are legacy issues for the far Right and their enablers in powerful positions. Yes, I mean the Koch Brothers when I say powerful enablers and I clarify this because I don’t want anyone to think I misspoke. These people and those who share their beliefs are horrified that everyone else doesn’t see that they’ve got all the answers to a better life and a post life reward. Men like Todd Akin are appalled that their beliefs are things that have to be parsed and watered down as not to alienate those moderates and independents out there who get to vote.

Todd Akin is an educated man who got a degree in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and another in theology Covenant Theological Seminary in 1984 at the age of 37. This shows where this man’s thinking and loyalty lies. Akin is a man about processes and the solutions that can come from processes. He is also a man very devout about religion and devout about making his religion’s social norms prominent is American culture. Todd Akin is a well trained and well groomed officer for the Right in the culture war.

It would have been better for the GOP had Akin gotten out of the Missouri Senate race, but it wouldn’t change what I think is obvious but many in the MSM has missed. Todd Akin believes, because of his religous beliefs that life begins at conception– when egg meets sperm and the resulting new form divided and divides yet again. I am sure that Mr Akin understands how human beings procreate, however, he doesn’t know anything about being a woman anymore than I do. What’s missing is that Akin doesn’t have any compassion for people that goes beyond what his religious beliefs that color his stance on the issue of abortion–which simply put is a woman’s right to choose if she carries a fetus to term; he is simply tethered to the ground by the obsession of people like him to take America back to a time when the nation was more racially, sexually and socially more comfortable to them.

And by choosing not to excise this cancer from their body the group of people who are Republican are committing suicide politically. I feel that Akin’s views could have been betyter expressed by him had he said, “I do not support abortion under any circumstances save for a direct threat to the continued life and health of the mother.” Period. End of discussion. Next question. many sitting GOP members of Congress feel this way including Paul Ryan who is the Vice presidential choice of Mitt Romney. Had he said this we wouldn’t be talking about this today because that position is well known to be held by Akin, Ryan and dozens of others in the GOP and even some Democrats.

Abortion is an issue in this election cycle because it is the chief culture war issue for the GOP base. They can’t roll back the Civil Rights Act and despite their best efforts to control minority voting with new voter identification laws in several states, they can’t do away with the Voting Rights Act. Conservatives are doubling down yet again in their GOP party platform by echoing Todd Akin’s beliefs which are Paul Ryan’s beliefs that abortion in the case of rape or incest should not be legal. All eye rolling aside this is the dying gasp issue for the far Right in 2012. The Right knows that this might be the last hurrah for them and their ageing base. In the next 20 years the numbers of pro-life young people with deep motivations to organize like Gingi Edmonds for example will be in decline while the numbers of Latino and black teens who will be voting for the first time in 2032 will outnumber conservatives by a factor of 16 to 1. So the goal today with less than 80 days to go to the election is to win and gain control of the Congress and the White House and attempt to rewrite the laws to take America back to that place that is socially comfortable for conservatives once again.


In Hindsight

I’m a betting man. Back a few months ago I saw clearly that Mitt Romney because of the economic sluggishness in the US would likely win the presidential election. All the indicators were there and to me it seemed President Obama would not be able to get to 270 electoral votes no matter how I sliced and diced the numbers. In politics all you have to do is wait a while as I did in 2006 when I found myself writing a similar column about George Allen who was running for Senate and made the infamous “macaca” comment on a warm August afternoon. That gaffe six years ago almost to the day was the first of several shoes that dropped which showed the harshness and intolerance of conservatives to an electorate that was sick and tired of the war in Iraq. Now as the 2,000th life has been lost in the war in Afghanistan, the GOP has a full blown abortion obsessed rogue on it’s hands in Missouri that will cost them not only the Senate, the White House and possibly the House, but also will cost the Grand Old Party its very future existence. You hear it here first folks, the GOP will not exist as a national party in 20 years.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.]
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