What Senate candidate Todd Akin said about rape was based upon dumb. As I've been able to drill down onto the "scientific evidence" that women who are/or were raped under duress failing to conceive is borne out by the seminal research of some Middle European scientist, probably a Nazi, it isn't the first time that I'd heard of such research, or the results reported by whatever sketchy reports are coming in on the Todd Akin statement.
I'm pretty sure that Kurt Vonnegut wrote about this.
Of course, Kurt was a novelist, so he didn't have to adhere to the truth. Not a literal truth. Suffice a figurative truth. A truth of worthy intent.
What I am amazed about is the clinker between the mis-statements of Akin, and the voting record of President Obama.
Sperm is sperm. Babies is babies. And the anti-abortion argument runs toward the ethical beginning of human life, which I believe begins at zygote. The miracle of life is simple. The male and female of a species comes together in coitus, and life begins anew. For me, there is no greater miracle. Imagine, all these disparate chemicals, the human body, able to discriminate between air and oxygene, the aglomeration of molecules, iron, water, calcium, all ending up in this standing form that we call...us.
I've listened to Todd Akin's speech about "legitimate rape," and yet don't understand whatever it was that he may have intended to impart to the casual listener. Speaking abstractly, I can be called for whatever comes off as gibberish to the casual listener. I have gibberred.
I'd only ask you to compare and contrast the comments of Todd Akin with the vote of President Obama. However egregious Mr. Akin's comments may be interpretted, or construed, I'd ask you how you would condition the vote of our President, to condone the death of a child who was born, following a botched abortion?
In Oregon, the fetus doesn't gain personhood, under law, until birth. I think this is crazy. If my then pregnant wife had been murdered while carrying either of my sons, then I would have wanted her murderer to pay, not only for her death, but for the death of an unborn son. Even though my sons were unborn, I knew that I was expecting, and waiting for, their births. God had given me sons. (You could even see their little pee-pees!)
President Obama voted to allow the death of born children. Mr. Akin said some dumb stuff about rape.
I know that many would condemn Mr. Akin's campaign and ask that he evalutate his electability in the face of the response his comment has generated. If he decides to remain in the race--and I think that taking one for the team may be the best political outcome for the party--I hope that every dime and dollar that he has reminds voters that while off-base, wrong, or ignorant, he believes that life is the most precious commodity on Earth. And unlike President Obama, who voted to allow for the termination of living children, he erred on the side of unborn life.
Yes, I know I'm letting you know that I'm an intellectual troglydite. If you've been here before, you should have already gleaned that truth. I'm not as smart as you. And never intend to be. But there are fundamentals. Life either begins at conception, or it don't.
President Obama voted to terminate life--murder--after live birth.
Which is more reprehensible?