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Monday, August 20, 2012

Todd Akin represents more stupidity slopped out by the Republican Party and its corporate backers

In Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin we see the outright stupidity of this rubber stamp flunky that the Tea Party is putting up for the electorate. These candidates are mostly funded by ALEC and super-PACs owned by the Koch Brothers and other similar financial interests. Organizations, such as ALEC provide ready made arguments, so a candidate does not have to do any mental work. They just memorize some one else’s arguments and they can win an election by being a complete dolt.
In this case, the idiot Akin was trying to justify anti-abortion extremist positions that appeal only to the most radical religious right, but not the more mainstream anti-abortion groups.

According to Yahoo News;
“(Reuters) - The long-discredited notion that rape victims cannot become pregnant - a claim that pushed Republicans to repudiate one of their own U.S. Senate candidates on Monday - dates back centuries to when human reproduction was hardly understood.
But the medieval theory has surfaced in 21st century political discourse as a result of the U.S. abortion wars.
Writers from the Middle Ages and modern politicians alike have based their arguments on the idea that a trauma of the magnitude of rape can shut down the body's reproductive system.
The combination of misunderstanding and cherry-picked science even led some to conclude that a woman who says she was raped yet becomes pregnant must have been lying about the attack. Modern proponents of the claim repeat it despite empirical research showing that rape victims are at least as likely to become pregnant as women who have consensual sex, and possibly more likely.”
And from Julie Burkhart, Director and Founder of Trust Women;
Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said that in cases of “legitimate rape” pregnancy is not possible.
“…From what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape is] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said in an interview with KTVI TV.

Akin’s purpose to making this claim is to argue for banning abortion – making it illegal for all women, even in cases of rape or incest.

Akin’s misguided beliefs about female anatomy and reproduction do not have any factual basis. There are 32,000 cases of pregnancy from rape per year in the U.S. alone. Even most far-right politicians agree that abortion should be legal at least in some cases.” 

We see over and over again that the Republican Party insults our intelligence by providing us with absolute morons, who run these campaigns purely to make money for themselves and their corporate sponsors. These elections are a farce. They are part of a coup by large corporate backers who are taking over the Republican Party, changing the US political landscape and they plan to privatize everything at the expense of our public infrastructure. They plan to leave all working class people poor and powerless and the poor, sick and unemployed will be crushed to pay for the wealthiest Americans. -សតិវ អតុ

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