As Todd Akin makes his sudden and unexpected reemergence onto the political scene, in a searing exposé that seeks to expose the media hysteria surrounding his completely reasonable comments about children conceived in rape deserving the same protections as every other child, the Republican Establishment is treating him with a kind of scorn they’d never treat Democrats. (Perhaps more controversially, he also pointed out that psychological trauma can interfere with reproduction, essentially agreeing with the Mayo Clinic on this one.) Todd Akin’s unapologetic attitude has the RNC’s collective boxers in a twist, with one GOP operative telling him to “move to Europe” for awhile. He rightfully points out that, moments after the media defamed him and completely destroyed any political future he had, Clinton – a serial predator who has done things to women that good-natured family man Akin would never do – was invited as one of the headline speakers at the Democratic National Convention. Who’s the real misogynist here?
Taking a position that Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul, and Susan B. Anthony once took is now political heresy in this twisted age of ours. Try to defend Akin on any political forum – even one that’s supposed to be friendly to traditional conservatism – and see how far that gets you. No, Akin was not alone in the wake of the media’s self-righteous feminist crusade against him: Mike Huckabee, the Susan B. Anthony List, Tony Perkins, and the real, grassroots pro-life movement in this country all came to his defense. Even if that wasn’t the case, his supposedly “medieval” comments about women and their bodies should be examined on their merits, rather than willfully distorted, as many in the mainstream press were so eager to do. It’s completely conceivable that after someone is raped, the emotional distress can cause basic biological functions to go haywire: the build-up of stress-induced cortisol and the beating the heart takes can certainly interfere with the development of a young child. So yes, the body has ways of “shutting that whole thing down,” no matter what anyone wants to believe. All Akin was saying is that healthy babies need healthy mothers. The outrage!
Todd Akin proved a threat to the political Establishment in more ways than one: he’s done the unspeakable by comparing taxation to legalized plunder and railing against the Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party. For this, he has been crucified – even by members of the dissident Right who should know better. This is all just a bunch of sensationalized tripe. Akin was destroyed for telling the truth. Akin was destroyed for defending all life, regardless of its origins. Akin was destroyed for a one-sentence slip-up that, while not the most eloquent, was one of the most refreshingly honest things a politician has ever said. Redemption and forgiveness are apparently not in the Republican lexicon: the party of family values apparently makes exceptions when it comes to the advancement of their own self-serving political interests. This party is on the road to complete annihilation, and rightfully deserves it. A party that can no longer defend life is not one any self-respecting conservative should support.