In the name of equality, the magic liberal formula for disarming any conservative position, why don’t we examine the phrase “legitimate rape” which Republican congressman Tom Akin used in reference to female abuse. We might learn something about “realpolitik.”
Above all, the words “legitimate rape” were singled out from his statements and made the object of universal detestation–naturally by liberals, and also immediately by Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who responded to the superficial liberal outrage as if it were gospel.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Congressman Todd Aikin, interviewed on the FoxNews Jaco Report, Sunday morning, August 19, 2012.
Obviously, the conversation was about abortion, not rape. But, be that as it may, what did Congressman Akin mean by the phrase “legitimate rape”? Is this something different from illegitimate rape? Is there rape that is not illegitimate?
This is the way the juvenile media took the comment, superficially, at face value, and then liberals made outrageous moral demands of all who heard it. All must condemn Akin to hell, immediately. The Republicans have been violently chastised for their representative’s remark. In typical black smoke and cracked mirror fashion, the liberals have attempted to cast an iron cloud over the entire Republican party.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney,
unfortunately adding smoke to the
liberal miasma about Todd Akin.
Obviously, Akin was thinking of rape claims that are simply not demonstrable. (One out of four, according to a Fox report.) The question is whether or not rape occurred, and not whether it is legitimate. Rape is always a crime, but, it doesn’t always occur–even if a woman claims it did. That is a sad but true fact. There are women who claim it falsely, and then there are women who don’t claim it, when they’ve actually been raped.
Akin’s point was that the person punished should be the rapist, not the infant caused by the rape. He was advocating pro-life, or anti-abortion policy.
But Akin himself responded to the libelous pressure created by the false media. He took their take on his own words:
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…I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue.
Republicans and conservatives often abandon their own when a verbal misfortune like this occurs. Politics is risky, expensive, and desperate, or so it seems. The Republicans dare not associate with one who is thus wounded in battle. Some, even Sean Hannity, say Aikin should pull out of the Missouri race.
Again, the universal outrage is over the mistaken idea Akin never meant–that there is such a thing as illegitimate rape. The Democrat customs if “rush to judgement, “yellow news,” hysteria, uncivil spirits, and greedy moral imperatives, have all, like an airborne virus, infected even so-called conservative media and political leaders. Everyone bows to liberal power, just like everyone bows to Islam. It is a most sickening prospect to a man of integrity of spirit.
We assume a congressman might have integrity of spirit. Akin’s published response seems adequate in addressing the mistaken but “illegitimate” outrage. He said he has very deep sympathy for all women victims. But, he also has sympathy for the unborn child. What more can he say?
Need Republicans say more? Must Republicans be slaves of liberal media? The answer is apparently, “yes.” And that’s where we are, August 20, 2012. The liberals are in control.