Old White Guy Syndrome

19 08 2012

I have been trying to stay out of the political shitstorm sweeping the US these days. I really have. Even to the point of not posting for weeks on end lest I start ranting about the industrial-strength idiocy which passes for political dialogue in the US. This bit, however, sent me over the edge.

It seems there is an OWG running for US Senate in Missouri who publicly “misspoke” this afternoon. Many of you may be asking why this would piss me off- politicians mis-speak all the time. It happens so often, in fact, that anyone using the words, “I misspoke”, can be reasonably interpreted as actually saying, “Oh, crap! There were cameras running when I said that shit?” This particular OWG turns out to be a current US Congressman from Missouri named Todd Akin. You may remember Representative Akin from his 2011 co-sponsorship of a bill restricting access to abortion by anyone receiving tax benefits from the federal government- including tax-exempt health savings accounts. Buried in the bill’s text were some interesting mental contortions on defining “rape”. This bill died a lonely death in committee, but that didn’t seem to break Congressmoron Akin of his antediluvian thought processes.

Once upon a time, it was commonly thought that women could only conceive a child if she had an orgasm. Using this logic, any woman who had been raped but still conceived must have enjoyed her attack, and therefore had not really been raped. This incomprehensibly stupid notion had a stake put through its heart back in the 1700s by some actual medical science, but Representative Akin seems to think it’s still in play.

During an interview published Sunday, Congressman Akin claimed that women who were “legitimately raped” had some sort of secret, super-ninja woman-magic which would prevent them from getting pregnant. It is his belief, therefore, that any woman who gets pregnant as a result of rape was not “really raped”, and should not have the option of terminating the pregnancy.

What. The. Actual. Fuck?

How does this chronically-stupid waste of resources get to decide what constitutes “legitimate” rape? Worse, why does this OWG seem to think he can get away with using 18th century thinking in a 21st century political interview? What exactly is this shit-for-brains a “representative” of anyway? Do the people in his district actually agree with this horrible example of humanity? How can any allegedly rational human in 21st century America still believe this superstitious twaddle, let alone allow such verbal diarrhea to bubble forth from his mouth? Even more incomprehensibly, how can this sort of raving imbecile be considered a viable candidate for Federal office? By the way, this prehistoric jack-ass is a ranking member of the House Science Committee. Think about that, and weep for the future of our country.

Once the media began sinking their collective teeth into Congressman Neanderthal’s comments, he made a very lame attempt at walking his comments back. If you read the actual text of his “I misspoke” explanation, you’ll note that he doesn’t actually deny that his comments reflect his actual beliefs. On the contrary, he tries to express his “empathy” for raped and abused women, then digresses rapidly into vague platitudes about protecting the vulnerable and helpless, and follows the whole thing up with an attempted deflection to the economy. That doesn’t even rate a “nice try” on the Misspoke-o-meter.

Here’s hoping that the voters in Missouri emphatically kick this unrepentant misogynist to the curb. Anyone in a modern democratic society who clings to such antiquated beliefs long since disproven by science deserves nothing but ridicule and derision.

Current status: Shocked and dismayed

Current music: Chuck Al Hashib by Pain

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