by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
I am not a religious person, but I do have a deep and abiding faith in God the Living Spirit Almighty. And you know, you just gotta give God a lot of praise because he just keeps handing us these monumental gifts, signs and wonders, despite the fact that we keep squandering them, and then begging for mercy for our errors.
First, He gives us President Barack Obama to lead us out of the mess that the Bush administration and his predatory supporters put us in, that nearly wrecked the entire country, and seriously jeopardized the rest of the world’s economies simultaneously. He figured we had suffered enough – after 8 long years of decline, degradation, and a degenerative war foisted upon us by an individual who should never have been president in the first place (but that’s another article for another day; oh, wait, I’ve already written that one anyway). He must have really loved us to give us Obama – because He could have punished us by giving us McCain.
Then, because we took His Gift – i.e. President Obama for granted, He gave us the mid-term election, because we dropped the ball, and actually had the temerity and gall to say that he wasn’t doing a great enough job. This coming after delivering us from more Bush-like people, was a slap in the face. We actually thought we could just sit back on our haunches, ride on the back of President Obama, like he was some sort of government mule, and not maintain our responsibilities as citizens. So when we didn’t turn out for the essential vote to keep the support at the majority level Obama needed, we opened the door to the plague of locusts – a/k/a rep-ugh-blicans who are doing their best to undo the good Obama had done. God just wanted to give you some contrast about how to appreciate a real gift when you have one – i.e, be humble, happy, helpful, grateful and supportive.
Now, for those who are confused as to which way to turn during this upcoming election, who to believe, what course of action to follow, lo and behold if He doesn’t give us a sign in neon via Todd Akin of Missouri, who made the dumbest statement heard round the stratosphere during a news interview on The Jaco Report, on Sunday, August 19, 2012 when he uttered the words “Legitimate Rape.”
The ersatz Republican Senate candidate actually said victims of “legitimate” rape can’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” He further stated that the perpetrator should be punished, but the innocent baby that is formed as a result of rape should not be. The Mitt-twit actually fixed his mouth to form those words, when he was asked about his stand on abortion.
Now, it has been widely documented that the rep-ugh-blicans have a war on women. It’s been going on for quite some time, and actually shows no signs of letting up. When you figure it was both Paul Ryan (current running mate of Mitt-twit Romney) and Todd Akin who fashioned a bill to terminate all abortions, regardless of the reason, and to defund those programs who received federal dollars who provide abortion assistance, you – especially you Missourians – know exactly who he is and what he stands for. Even tubal (atopic) pregnancy, he states there are ways to deal with the problem without an abortion – really? By what medical miracle?
The most egregious thing about the whole issue is the fact that between Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Todd Akin, you find a solid record of anti-women, anti-abortion, anti-choice legislation that has been either co-authored, or signed off on, by all three – either individually and collectively – as so ably pointed out on the “Ed Show.”
So, while Romney and Ryan go on the air to disavow any knowledge or relationship with Akin, one only has to check the Congressional Records (or the ED Show on NBC-TV) to see how deep, long and nefarious their relationship actually is. These three have actually co-authored several anti-feminine legislation to curtail women’s abortion and birth control rights.
According to The National Memo: “This isn’t just an isolated statement. Akin was a co-sponsor of the “Let Women Die” bill that would redefine rape to so-called “forcible rape” to deny women access to health care. And now, Akin wants to head to the Senate to push his extreme anti-woman agenda.” BTW the National Agenda has a petition out against Akin. Make sure you sign it and pass it on to other like minded, intelligent women and men.
The irony is that Romney and Ryan are now trying to do damage control by condemning their old crony and acting as though such thoughts have never crossed their minds. What??? They didn’t just throw Akin under the bus, they pushed onto the railroad tracks.
It gets curiouser and curiouser – but mind you, there’s a purpose in all this. Rather than leave it to appear that Akin is the only person women have to be concerned about when it comes to the truth, or support for their issues, the meanstream press also has more than a few suspects to be wary of. That was evidenced by Mike Huckaby’s efforts to help Akin do damage control. His follow up interview was nothing short of spoon-fed garbage, designed to have an air of authenticity. Akin appeared on Huckaby’s show to “clear the air” about the fact that he “misspoke” in his NBC interview.
Huckaby’s “question” to Akin was thus:(paraphrasing here) “what you meant by legitimate rape was ‘forcible’ rape, right.” Akin jumped on the lifeline and concurred eagerly that he had actually meant “forcible rape”.
Of course, there is only one kind of rape, folks; and that’s the forcible kind. If it isn’t forced and against the will of the victim, it isn’t rape, is it? So now what Akin is saying is that women have this innate capacity to completely shut down and prevent themselves from becoming pregnant in the event of “forcible rape” – ergo, any woman who becomes pregnant as the result of “forcible rape” — well that’s not rape at all, or else she would not have become pregnant. Her body would have automatically rejected it. Therefore the request for an abortion should be dismissed out of hand.
Ed Nelson of the Ed Show, who calls Romney and Ryan “Governor Etch-A-Sketch” and “Rep. Etch-A-Sketch,” respectively, stated according to Ryan, conception begins at birth, which makes abortion as the result of a rape a criminal act on the part of the victim, not the rapist – thus victimizing her twice. Also, by extrapolation, it means that the women are either liars or cheats, and definitely not to be believed. So the rape allegations, according to his belief, is to be denied – no matter what the rape kit shows.
The really bad thing about this Mitt-twit is that he was sincere in his statements, and firmly believed that there was such a thing as “legitimate rape”; and that the preponderance of the women who got pregnant as the result of the rape were lying. He spoke with authority. He claimed to have gotten the information from a doctor who was expert in the field. He also stated that after further investigation, he no longer believed what the doctor said was factual. Really?? So, when Huckaby threw him the bone of “salvation”, he thankfully jumped on it.
Sorry Akin. That dog won’t hunt. The statement, before open mouth, put brain in gear, is so appropo here. Missouri, be afraid, be very afraid. If you send this Mitt-Twit Akin to be your senatorial representative, he’ll take you so far backwards, you’ll be living in the Ozarks and pumping water with a hand pump; and women will probably lose their right to vote altogether. He’s waaaaay down the road on anti-women philosophy, policies and attitudes; and Ryan is a close second, if not tied for first place.
Talk about Divine intervention!! The ulterior motives of Romney, Ryan, Akin and Huckaby revealed in one fell swoop, and God only took 24 hours to do it.
On Monday, President Obama weighed in on Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape,” calling such views “offensive.” He also observed that Akin’s stance had revealed a broader division on women’s health issues between the parties. And considering that the rep-ugh-blicans are consistently trying to undermine the health care bill, one should not be surprised that his remarks are indicative of an overarching theme.
“Rape is rape,” Obama said during the news conference at the White House. “The idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.” Always trying to give the rep-ugh-blicans the benefit of some semblance of humanity, President Obama further stated that he does not think Romney or other Republicans would agree with Akin’s sentiment, which he said was “way out there.”
President Obama added that the debate over Akin’s remarks confirms the notion that male politicians “shouldn’t be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions, or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape. Those are broader issues and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party.” ( i.e., if you can’t get pregnant and carry a child, you have no idea of what you’re talking about.)
I am sure I speak for women everywhere when I say, “viva la difference!! It’s clear that we can either put our future in hands Mitt-twits form the days of the grand inquisition, or continue to move forward under the leadership of the best president this country has ever had, BARACK OBAMA.
This is likewise a sign for those voters in Missouri, especially the women, don’t sit idly by and allow Akin to become the pariah, and short change you of your rights. To the rest of the voters, who think this is an isolated situation, there is so much more at stake than just an obviously callous and ignorant man running for the Senate seat in Missouri. He’s trying to unseat Claire McCaskill, a Democrat so that they can grab the majority of senatorial seats in Congress, and continue to thwart President Obama in his drive to make America a place for all its citizens.
McCaskill has had an uphill battle in defending her seat, possibly because the conservative state had had time to try and cover up Obama’s positive programs.
Having just visited the state to attend my nephew’s wedding, I was of course wearing my OBAMA 2012 button, when the taxi driver – who had emigrated there from another country – had the audacity to remark that he was for Obama in 2008, but wasn’t so sure this time around. Of course you know that I recited some salient points, gave him some information – which I just happened to have had in my purse – and advised him to not believe the hype of the meanstream media.
According to a news feed, McCaskill is no slouch, but she’s up against a hard conservative right wing machine. (which sounds to me like we need to be taking bus loads to Missouri as well as Pennsylvania – actually you can throw in my home state of Oklahoma, to boot, where apathy appears to the the rule, not the exception – more about that later).
Akin’s comments had an almost immediate impact on Missouri’s Senate race. McCaskill wrote on Twitter: Claire McCaskill: “As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases, I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM!!”
In trying to clean up, and disengage his foot from his mouth, Akin said that he had “misspoken:”
“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year.”
Akin emerged earlier this month from a tough three-way primary in Missouri, where he rallied social conservatives behind his candidacy. Democrats actually spent during that primary to help Akin win (??) viewing the six-term congressman as a less formidable challenger in the general election. (Now I admit, I don’t understand that at all – are they saying that they helped him win, because with him in opposin, McCaskill will totally mow him down?)
McCaskill, who was first elected in 2006, has become a top target for Republicans this fall, given President Barack Obama’s unpopularity in the state and successive statewide victories for the GOP. (Of course they now get to eat those choices – since it’s gotta be clear to the women that these are really vampires, and not the saviours they pretend to be).
In an effort to distance himself from Akin, and his ilk, Mitt Romney’s campaign issued a statement disagreeing with Akin: “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”
They’ve even asked him to step down, or find himself isolated at the upcoming RNC convention. While Akin has refused to do so, he is finding it a rather cold existence as more and more Rep-ugh-blicans distance themselves from him.
Republicans need a net gain of FOUR seats this fall in order to take over the Senate in the next Congress, and Democrats must defend 23 – TWENTY-THREE seats this fall. (NOTE: WE’VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. WE HAVE BEEN HANDED A REAL BREAK, WE HAD BETTER NOT BLOW IT!!)
With the unexpected Republican retirements and races that have become more competitive than expected, we are in a good position to maintain a Democratic majority. But it will take each and every one of us over these next two and a half months, really working in concert to get it done.
However, back to my opening statement, you have to admit, acknowledge, and give thanks for this little miracle, and say “Thank you God,” (or whatever name by which you acknowledge him). We have to be ever on point when it comes to the preponderance of hostile, deviant, negative, and just plain lies that come forth during this upcoming campaign.
Make no mistake about it, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS THE BEST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD AND MUST BE RE-ELECTED FOR A SECOND TERM WITH A FULL MAJORITY TO BACK HIM IN ORDER TO RETURN AMERICA TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO BUILT IT.
Stay Blessed &
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