I received an email about Todd Akin this evening that I couldn’t quite believe until I did a little internet search and dang if you can’t hear the words flowing right from the idiots mouth. What’s terrifying is how many Americans out there buy right into this sort of lunacy.
“You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things.”
“All of these things are common practice,” Akin continued, “but all of that information is available for America.”
I’m a republican, have been for many years. It embarasses me to no end to think that this guy belongs to the same class of people that I claim affiliation with. Someone with his scientific and moral ingnorance has no place in public office. I hate to give up a republican seat, but Missouri, I beg you, do not give this guy a pass on his prejudice and ignorance.
He is probably referring to a D&C—dilation and curettage, which is done to abort, or after a miscarriage to make sure all of the products of the conception are removed to prevent infection and bleeding. It is also done for other uterine problems unrelated to pregancy and sometimes to remove polyps, scar tissue and overgrowth of uterine tissue so the woman CAN carry a pregnancy. His remarks show he has NO grasp of biology, and has not bothered to ask anyone competent to explain it to him.
Warren, I respect your right to have a conservative philosophy, but there are quite a few federal legislators who have similarly bizarre views on much of science. You might want to look over the statements of quite a few Republican pliticians (see “A total idiot on the House Science Committee” in the Religion and Secularism sub-forum above), and identify those who have about the same level of knowledge and reasoning as Akin. I suggest that one of the best things you could do is work within your party to replace those crackpots with intelligent, rational (albeit conservative) politicians.
Who knows, if you managed to get that change, some of the independents and Democrats might even vote for them.
Thanks for the suggestion. I think I will try to do that. There are certainly plenty of conservative politicians to chose from. And you may very well be correct that if we can clean house of the superstitious nonsense, more people will support the good policies that are left over.
I just started a webpage where I plan to try to address the lack of skepticism and critical thinking in politics. It’s a new blog and I have not built any attention for it yet. But perhaps I could make a section on there dedicated to identifying specific politicians and their wacky, destructive beliefs.
This doesn’t represent conservatism; it’s pseudo historical crap written by someone with the mind of a 12 year old redneck. This is the kind of garbage espoused by a typical troglodytic klansman. He should just come out of the closet wearing sheet and hood and holding a rebel flag with a “forget hell” sign on his chest. Once again, idiots like this are backed by their electorate so they’re still out there praisin’ jeebus and protectin’ amendment 2. Also, just goes to show that anyone can use vanity press to get their point across.
I was working at my mother’s house yesterday and got a fund raising call from Akin’s campaign. It was a recorded message and I could not get anyone live. I was going to suggest that Akin and a couple of his aides spend a few nights at one of their local penitentiary as part of the “population.” My thought was this could give them a better insight into the difference between legitimate and other types of rape.
BTW the call was received in New York State, must be a hell of a fund raising campaign.