Two weeks ago, I stated I supported Sarah Steelman in the Missouri GOP primary for U.S. Senator. She lost to Congressman Todd Akin. I immediately switched my support to the incumbent Claire McCaskill, but had not had the time to write a treatise.
Yet, in light of recent boneheaded, Stone Age statements made by Todd Akin in which he believed that a pregnancy is unlikely to occur during “legitimate rape,” I had to write a blurb. Taken in overall context of Akin’s body of work, stances on the issues, and overall worldview, he did not “misspoke.” This is what he believes. Long before Akin won the nomination, I was never a fan of Akin because of the broad, overall worldview he represents. It is not just about a handful of issues. Keep in mind that Akin has won major elections in the past since he is a Congressman, so this is not an Alvin Greene situation. There are people out there who believe what he believes and enable him to legislate their views for the rest of the people.
Todd Akin and his legion of supporters represent the ball and chain that continue to significantly stunt the GOP’s potential for success in the modern era when the Democratic Party falls victim to its own excesses. From Jesse Helms, to Jerry Falwell, to Pat Robertson, to Tony Perkins, to Gary Bauer, to Todd Akin, the influx of big government social conservative theocrats who yearn for a 1950s white-washed patriarchal America has sullied the reputation of the modern GOP and repelled Democrats, independents, and young conservatives who would otherwise be open to GOP ideas on the economy, international affairs, and even one or two socially conservative ideas a la carte.
Such backwards thinking from Todd Akin should not play a role in legislation for the 21st century. That a large number of voters exist as a voting bloc to propel people like Akin to the upper reaches of government means that it will take another decade or two before these offensive, antiquated, and patriarchal ideas about women can disappear.
Vote Claire McCaskill.