At least one Republican is being honest and sticking to the extreme conservative handbook they've been abiding by lately. Though the backlash from Senate hopeful Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remark was swift and heavy from the Good Old Party, with everyone making a mad dash away from the Missouri congressman,has come to the rescue.
What's wrong with a little rape if it can give the world some "extraordinary" people? That's just a cross women have to bear. The act might be horrific, debilitating, violent, emotionally crippling; even resulting in bodily harm or death but someimes when good comes out of such tragedies, it is not all bad, right?
Sounds even more offensive that Akin's women's body can block pregnancies during "legitimate rape" comment? Well, one-time presidential prospect Mike Huckabee said what amounted to the same thing on his radio show Monday, and guess who his guest was? You're smart, so I know you guessed it: none other than disgraced Akins himself, trying desperately to backpeddle from his disastrous comments.
According to the Los Angeles Times' James Rainey, the former Arkansas governor, in an attempt to help bolster his friend and lift him back into the Senate seat saddle, pointed out the extraordinary people who were born as a result of "forcible rape."
Here is an excerpt of Huckabee's stunning reasoning: "Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of forcible rape (note the phrase "forcible rape," similar to "legitimate rape" his friend Akin used). I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. he himself was the result of a forcible rape (there is that rape classification phrase again)--and so I know it happens and yet even from those horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things."
So in trying to redeem Akins, Huckabee adds more offensive rhetoric to the mix. But as I said, this stunning rape narrative is not as isolated as the GOP would have us believe but is part of some conservatives playbook. Akin was just echoing the extreme right sentiments of the segment of the Republican party that has taken control.
In early 2011, that "forcible rape" phrase used by Huckabee to classify rape was part of a measure pushed by(RNJ) and backed by vice presidential pick , Akin and others.
After public outcry by many advocacy groups like MoveOn.org, Change.org and others, that measure was removed from the bill but Republicans still forged ahead with the "No Taxation for Abortion Act" in an attempt to prevent Medicaid recipients from having access to abortion services, also part of their handbook.
Republicans want to prevent poor women from having abortions or having medically safe services, but they also want to yank other medical insurance, housing and food servies away as well. Have that baby girl, just don't look for any of the above aid if you're having a bit of trouble making ends meet while you're doing it. So folks who need a little assistance "are damned if they do and damned if they don't."
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