Since two of my left leaning colleagues have chimed in on the Todd Akin scandal, I felt I need to speak up as a Republican voice to provide balance. Here is my defense.
I keed. I keed. I’m piling on. Akin is a perturbed, disturbed jerk.
Now for some local flavor. Sadly, we have a Congressman Todd Akin here in our own backyard in Virginia. His name is State Senator Dick Black from Western Loudoun County. Actually, he was a Delegate from Ashburn before he temporarily relocated for an utter abortion of a Congressional campaign in the 1st Congressional District in 2007. Then in 2011, he ran for the Virginia Senate in the 33rd Senate District until realizing that he had no hope of winning and in the end moved to the newly drawn 13th Senate District in Western Loudoun to run. He was going to lose until his primary challenger’s campaign team needlessly went negative against him and helped him garner the sympathy vote to win the primary by a very narrow margin and cruise in the general election in this heavily Republican district. As a result, meet Dick Black, a carpetbagger and Virginia’s very own Todd Akin, who does not understand that marital rape is wrong.
I can’t disagree with my left leaning colleagues on this blog. They are on the money when they talk about a 1950s mindset for the older, socially conservative Republicans. Dick Black and his supporters in Western Loudoun dream of the restoration of the romanticized 1950s. I guess to them, the 1950s mean a time of innocence and “Leave it to Beaver” wholesomeness. Unfortunately, this is a fantasy and an illusion, or rather, delusion. I have a diverse group of friends and for the older people who are not white men, the 1950s meant second class status for Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and women. Most of the GOP has adopted the progressive changes that happened in the 1960s, most of which were done in bipartisan fashion. We elevate and elect Republican women. We believe in equality regardless of race. Some of us even throw out antiquated gender roles and have the women in our lives be high-earning breadwinners and household heads. We don’t mind secular music, dancing, modern fashions, or cosmopolitan style. Sadly, the Dick Blacks, the Todd Akins, and their supporters opted out.
If you don’t believe me when I say that a significant bloc of the GOP is stuck in the 1950s, check out this thread on Laura Ingraham’s Facebook page. A LOT of my fellow Republicans idealize the 1950s and wish America was still in the 1950s instead of having Obama as President. It is sad and I’m sad that my party is in such a sorry, angry state. Look, I strongly disagree with Barack Obama on much of his public policies, but I’d rather live under an Obama Presidency for four more years than live in the 1950s when, among other things, interracial marriage was outlawed in many states and my Black, Hispanic, Asian, and female friends did not have equal rights like white men.