Nora and the Astas were already abed; the new school year has taxed each of them more than anticipated. FluffyRainbowSparkleHoney, who started out simply licking my feet but ended up sandpapering the soles in a manner worthy of any Plaza pedicurist, lay asleep beneath my desk. On the desk sat a lone beer. Vacation ended Sunday so…one beer.
Still, a single brew combined with the pleasure of correcting people on the Innernetz can go a long way.
The Internetz individual I took time to
annoy instruct last night was on again about abortion. And of course it was a man. A single man. Who – despite nearly 40 years of settled case law, innumerable squashed legal end-runs, the failure of public ‘shaming’, terrorist tactics and out and out murder of several doctors who performed abortions – believes his voice will add to the ‘conversation’. Or is pissed because no one sees the logical fallacy of abortion. Or wishes people would just buck up and take responsibility for their actions. 1 Or just wants to chime in.
This happens every time someone like Akin takes ‘a stand.’
For make no mistake, Akin is making a stand. This is his Breivik moment.
The powers that be in Norway deeply wanted Breivik to be insane, clinically insane. Indeed, the prosecution actually asked the court to declare him mentally incompetent.
To its great credit the court did no such thing. 2 And Breivik, the fuck, celebrated. Why? Because he wanted to be pronounced mentally fit to be tried in a court of law. He has never disavowed his actions nor offered paltry excuses for them. He has proudly claimed those actions as necessary for Norway’s health. 3
Breivik is probably but the first of many new ‘soldiers’ fighting a war against the muticulteralism they feel is destroying Norway and the Christen religion. Nor is this isolated to Norway. Europe as a whole has seen a rise in this type of ‘activism’ over the last decade. Breivik has just made the biggest splash. So far.
Comes now astoundingly tone deaf Rep. Akin spouting gibberish about ‘legitimate’ rape and women’s mystical ability to turn back a tide of unwanted semen aided, no doubt, by their wandering wombs. In this case the court of the GOP handed down a reverse sentence: “Get off the stage, shut your mouth and go home, you retard. You’re insane to speak the bald truth of what we believe. We’ve got a strategy here and you’re fuckin’ it up! G’won, now.”
But Akin has had enough pussy-footing around. He has decided to stick by plank the Republicans have nailed onto their party’s platform, the bill he and the presumptive VP nominee co-authored in Congress, and what many right-wing, conservative religious zealots all believe though very few will utter aloud: women are chattel in the service of men and they will not go around making decisions about men’s potential progeny, b’god!
Akin wants it known he’s not insane, an outlier in the GOP – he IS the GOP and this is what they stand for. And one suspects Akin would be happy to gun down 77 doctors who perform abortions to prove his point.
In a very real sense Rep. Akin wants the GOP to come out of the closet.
And he’s getting his wish:
Struggling to explain his “no exceptions” abortion policy, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Tom Smith likened rape to having a child out-of-wedlock before walking back the remark Monday.
Smith was fielding reporter questions after a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon at the Harrisburg Hilton when he was asked about Missouri Congressman and Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin’s remark that women can biologically prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”
The retired Armstrong County coal executive condemned Akin’s comment, then reflected on one of his own daughters conceiving a child out of wedlock.
“What that congressman said I do not agree with at all,” Smith said. “He should have never said anything like that.
“I lived something similar to that with my own family,” he went on to say. “She chose life and I commend her for that. She knew my views but fortunately for me … she chose the way I thought…”
Smith was then asked if his daughter’s unwed pregnancy and rape were similar. “No, no, no. Put yourself in a father’s position, yes, I mean it is similar,” he said.
As the Republicans walk away from Akin many simultaneously attempt to drape themselves with his many colored cloak of gibbering madness. The Tom Smiths of the political world seek to insert themselves into the ‘debate’ by drawing specious parallels between their recent trip to the zoo and the life and death struggles of those starving in the Horn of Africa. 4
But this is not a debate, merely the noxious noise of loons loudly honking their mutual affirmation across a stagnant lake of common biases.
I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose the way I thought.
Sad for lil’ Tommy Smith to have to go through that, huh? But, joy oh joy great day in the morning!, happy that Tommy didn’t have to…
Have to what? How far do you think ol’ Tom would go to force his viewpoint, his reality on his daughter? His constituents? You?
That little nugget encapsulates the heart of their ‘reasoning’ on the subject: my way or the highway.