Akin and the Legitimacy of the First Amendment

Representative Todd Akin, now infamous for his use of one of the most insensitive adjectives to describe rape, refuses to drop out of the race. His GOP colleagues in Missouri asked him to, and Mittens indirectly suggested he do so – as in “follow the advice of your colleagues.”

He decided to dig in his heels, and I’m giving him credit for being impassioned and unwavering. He has every right to say what he wants, even if it is cruel and humiliating. As many of you know, I’m a staunch supporter of free speech. That includes repugnant crap that Akin spewed.

It reminds me of that quote by Evelyn Beatrice Hall when she spoke of Voltaire’s views:

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

This doesn’t mean we can’t call him out on it. Freedom of speech goes both ways. He offended so many women, being especially cruel to those who have been raped. I’m glad people spoke out too, especially rape victims. This article was especially poignant: Rape Victim Reacts To Todd Akin’s Comment: Delivering ‘Baby Of A Rapist’ Is ‘Torture’ More women need to share these stories. It will help victims who heard his comments not to start to think that what they went through wasn’t “legitimate.”

Message to Todd: I understand your stubborn resolve, as I have a lot of that too. You unleashed the wrath of many, including those in your own party. All I can say is good luck with all that. You’ll need it in the days leading to November.


7 responses to “Akin and the Legitimacy of the First Amendment

  • lbwoodgate

    Actually its the entire GOP Party that needs to be called out here. They are not going after Akins for what he said but that he said it publicly and it hurts their chances of winning the Senate seat in Missouri and other close seats around the country.

    “In spite of the massive public outcry from the right over Akin’s comments, the official GOP platform committee drafted a provision Monday supporting a “human life amendment” that would outlaw abortion without specifying exemptions for rape or incest. The platform reads:

    Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

    And then there’s this from Sharon Barnes, a member of the Missouri state Republican central committee:

    “Ms. Barnes echoed Mr. Akin’s statement that very few rapes resulted in pregnancy, adding that “at that point, if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don’t kill it.” “That’s more what I believe he was trying to state,” she said. “He just phrased it badly.”

    And this lady thinks she has clarified the matter?

  • Kini

    Aloha Spinny! Mahalo for posting!

    I agree with everyone that this was as about as stupid as any person in government has ever said, It is abhorrent!

    Isn’t there room to blame? I mean, we vote these people into office.
    http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/240359/publisher_ID/36/

    • Spinny Liberal

      My partner loved that picture of your udon noodle dinner. It looked very tasty.:-)

      There’s plenty of room to blame – Republicans and Democrats alike. That was a really disgusting story. 😡 Sick puppies out there.

  • Stephanie

    It was a shocking thing to say, both ignorant and offensive. I agree that he’s allowed to say it, I suppose, (I’m actually not 100% sold on unbarred free speech.) but I really hope this idiot has at the very least lost himself an election with this.

    What worries me is this party scapegoating this guy when they do have the same views, but just know how to say them so they sound easier to digest.

  • lobotero

    Adkin is a moron….but if the race is close he will get GOP support no matter their comments in the past….

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