There have been many political gaffes this election year, but so far the best/worst award goes to the U.S. representative from Missouri’s 2nd congressional district, Republican William Todd Akin. His gaffe was made on a St. Louis television show where Akin replied that he believed the female body is able to prevent itself from being impregnated in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin’s remarks raised more than enough eyebrows on stupidity alone, begging the question: what is “legitimate rape”? Is that like “consensual rape” or “invited rape”? — my liberal college education didn’t prepare me for this.
A gaffe is a gaffe, and in fairness to Akin, he came out the next day apologizing for his poor choice of words. That being said, there appears to be a pattern, within the GOP, regarding attitudes towards women that cannot be ignored.
This past February, Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for her remarks to House Democrats in support of mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives. Unlike Akin, Limbaugh, capitalizing on the scandal, went on to say that if taxpayers had to shell out greenbacks for Fluke’s contraception, then they should get to see a video of it being used. If not for the fact that Limbaugh’s audience agreed with him and saw no problem in him calling someone else’s daughter a “whore” on a nationally-syndicated radio show for no other reason than disagreement with her views, this would be a non-issue.
You would think these quotes from GOP voices were from a decade ago, but that’s not the case. To many a conservative, liberals are godless hedonists who lack any form of morals. Despite the fact that we are the ones who want to ensure everyone gets quality healthcare or that the poor receive a better shot at achieving the American dream, the other side insists we are the ones who are moralistically inferior.
Liberals don’t complain about taxes because we feel that living in an enlightened society means that we all pay for the good of one another. We also hold women in higher regard than the Akins and Limbaughs of the world. We say that women, blessed with the ability to give life, should have final control over their bodies.
The crazy irony of the GOP stance on all of this is that they seem to care more about the unborn than the living. Pro-life Republican Governor, and Latino poster woman for anti-immigrant reform, Jan Brewer came forward last week saying she would refuse to follow Obama’s recent deferred action executive order for eligible immigrants. She doesn’t care about the future of these kids; she just wants them gone.
I heard from a female friend of mine, who is a pastor in Arizona, that she has ten kids eligible for the program in her church alone. I’d argue that’s ten more souls than those that are going to be conceived this year by “legitimate rape” in our country. But according to the GOP, unborn lives are more valuable, and anyone who wants contraception to prevent an unwanted pregnancy is a “slut.”
Sounds harsh? I’m only quoting.
Jose Cruz is the editor of OurTiempo.com worked in the Clinton White House and on three Presidential campaigns. He is the founder of ImmigrationPAC a pro-comprehensive immigration reform Federal Polical Action Committee and active political commentator.