I have been strangely silent…
My mind has been a jumble these past two days, and I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around the world in which we are living right now.
We have become clearly dysfunctional as a society. When someone like Representative Todd Akin is put in a position of power, and given a platform to spew absurd and offensive comments, something has gone horribly wrong.
When asked about his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape, he said this:
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
He re-victimmizes survivors of rape by eluding to the fact that what happened to them may or may not be legitimate. He is also unwavering in his belief that forcing the victim to carry her assailant’s baby is the right thing to do.
While he has admitted to using words that were ill-chosen, he refuses to resign from the Senate race in Missouri. He believes he can win… and while I’m sure he is sorry his words sparked such fury – It seems he believes he is still right. That’s what has my mind spinning.
We are in a time where men like him believe they can and should define or re-define rape. There are powerful policy makers out there who believe they should deem whether or not a woman is worthy of birth control - even criminalize it. At this very moment, some politicians are fighting to pass laws that force women to be pregnant.
Sure, the GOP is backing away from Akin like a hot potato, but that’s just so the whole party doesn’t sink with him. Akin is much less a “rogue” and more a window into the core values of most of the Republican party. That’s what is so frightening.
The air smacks of third-world, where women are dehumanized… property. Where the poor and the ill get shoved aside… lost… forgotten.
We are sick as a country. People in leadership positions (whose job it is to move us forward as a nation), are passing laws that are devolving. There are two Americas: one that is struggling to move forward, and one that is forcing us back in time.
We will become cannibals this campaign season – one America fighting the other.
I have no solution.
I feel it too.
It’s my survival instinct.
Things are no longer political. They are personal.
I’m looking at the other side, and I’m ready to chew someone up and spit them out.