Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has caused a political firestorm with his volatile comments about the issue of “legitimate rape.” The backlash has been so severe that some Republicans, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, are demanding that Akin end his campaign for the U.S. Senate, but a defiant Akin ignored the first deadline refusing to drop out of the race.
In a recent interview, Akin said: “It seems to me, first of all, what I understand from doctors is that’s really where, if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Now the criticism of Akin is well deserved, because his ridiculous, rape induced, vaginal shut down, defense mechanism theory is almost too pathetic to be taken seriously, but these things have to be taken seriously, because the Republicans seem to have real, misogynistic intentions of dictating to the vagina. There is a rarely heard saying down in the Bible Belt that conservatives like to use amongst each other that declares that whoever can control what comes out of the vagina will ultimately control who or what might be considered to go into the vagina—which is just a backdoor pathway that leads back to the kitchen and the bedroom!
But my question is this. How is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee getting away with what he said during his interview with Akin? Just because he is not running for office should not give him a free pass to be just as appalling, and the fact that he has mostly skated untouched is deplorable. Where is the national media?
Mike Huckabee was my governor for about 11 years in the state of Arkansas, and I always considered him to be just a tad smarter and slightly more cognitively independent than the rest of the GOP, wolf pack, but that’s obviously not the case. While interviewing Todd Akin
on his radio show as he was attempting to showcase his politically apologetic walk back of his controversial comments, Huckabee decided to chime in with his masculine expertise on the issue of rape.
First Huckabee said: “Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape.”
Then he also said: “I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s. He leads a large Christian organization. He was the result of a forcible rape. Even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come, and sometimes those people are able to do extraordinary things.”
Now there is a wow moment courtesy of Huckabee. No one will ever accuse his glass of being half empty—talk about Mr. Optimism! If you can find the bright sided, silver lining in a rape, you should be able to see the upside of anything. You have to work very hard to get on the wrong side of the rape issue, but the Republicans and the conservatives are making it look easy with their backdoor, policy draft to try and overturn Roe vs. Wade. It’s too bad that optimistic Mike Huckabee can’t find a way to have more of a bright side on the issue of gay marriage. It’s very probable that homosexuality has created its fair share of extraordinary people too.
Mike Huckabee has some nerve to park his conservative, supercilious ass behind a microphone and entertain the notion that the possibility of creating an extraordinary offspring can somehow remove some of the traumatic baggage that accompanies a rape.
Get real Huckabee! If women want a chance to produce extraordinary offspring, they shouldn’t have to seek out a rape to achieve it. A normal relationship or In Vitro Fertilization is just as capable of producing the same extraordinary result without nearly as much stress as the forcible alternative.
And what about the flip side Huckabee, because a rape pregnancy like a normal pregnancy can always produce an Adolf Hitler or a Jim Jones just as easily as it can produce an Ethel Waters? Huckabee can try to spin it anyway that he wants, but a rape is just bad, and there is no other way to put it. Even if someone could produce the next Albert Einstein, who would volunteer to be raped just to be in that position?
What if someone asked Huckabee if he would volunteer to be raped if it meant that his daughter would produce the next Ethel Waters? Or, if an African-American like myself could provide favorable, genetic odds of producing the next President Barack Obama or the next Herman Cain, would Huckabee still be able to find the bright side of rape—knowing that his daughter or any other female in his family was about to be legitimately raped just to have the chance of producing an extraordinary offspring?
And furthermore, maybe someone should ask a woman who has been raped and had the child from that rape about the so-called bright side of rape, because a woman can provide a more honest perspective than the scripted, talking points of the conservative, predominately White, male agenda!