How We Can Defeat “Legitimate Rape” Akin.

Via on Aug 20, 2012

Update: “Akin’s rape opinion isn’t new. Earlier this year, every House Republican and 16 Blue Dog Democrats voted for a bill that would have redefined rape in federal statutes to be ‘forcible rape.'”

Update: Akin isn’t alone: Rep King has said something similar.

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Support Claire McCaskill!

Okay, we’re all horrified/not that surprised, sadly, at this new GOP low. Well, here’s what to do about it: support Claire McCaskill, who’s fighting an uphill battle in Missouri:

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Even if you can’t vote for her, you can donate $10 to her campaign:

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“It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape. The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive.” ~ Claire McCaskill

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Via Reddit: “Here is the Woman that Todd Akin is trying to defeat: Claire McCaskill.”

Given the comments by her opponent Todd Akin, I though reddit might want to see some of Claire McCaskill, the woman he is trying to defeat’s positions. The race has been neck and neck throughout as Missouri is split pretty much 50/50 rural and urban areas.

Not to say all her positions are great, I don’t agree with her position on immigration or guest worker visas but there you have it.

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18 Responses to “How We Can Defeat “Legitimate Rape” Akin.”

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Well, we all know who Todd Akins is now!

    I was kind of on the fence on the ‘legitimate rape’ issue. Without hearing the context, that phrase would normally mean something like: real honest-to-goodness rape. Responding in horror that ALL RAPE IS BAD YOU EVIL MAN! YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETIMES IT’S OK! sounds like partisan politicking to me and PC nit-picking of language usage. It wasn’t a great choice of words, but it certainly meant nothing like what it’s being made out to be in this political season.

    On the other hand, he accompanied that with an assertion that the female body tends to automatically stops fertilization in the case of rape, a fishy sounding idea I’ve never heard before. This guy may not be the sharpest mind out there!

    But just now I opened the political ads on this thread. Lo and behold, an honest politician! Calling student loans a cancer is certainly inflammatory but actually pretty accurate. Good solid economic principles (something ignored by both parties) tell us that pumping money into programs like, say, housing and education, creates a bubble of rising costs that must burst. We are still suffering from the burst housing bubble. The longer we keep pumping money into education loans, the higher costs will go and the bigger that bubble is going to get.

    Any politician who doesn’t tell us the financial realities of student loans and social security is either dishonest or ignorant. At least on these two issues, Akins would seem to be honest and knowledgeable, two characteristics that will normally lose you an election. What does his opponent, McCaskill propose to do? The common solution is to kick them down the road so our children and grandchildren have to suffer. Akins at least is proposing to do something now before it gets worse.

    On other issues listed at the bottom, McCaskill is better than most and I bet better than Akins on the incarceration of millions for non-violent crime. Bad as her position is on financial-related matters, this is even more important. On war and the military-industrial complex? Hardly a word, even though it’s a huge issue. Bet she and Akins are roughly equally bad on that one. If I was a Missourian, can’t really see how I could support either one.

  2. Edward Staskus says:

    It is very odd that a lawmaker would use the word "legitimate" is relation to something that is assault and battery at the very least. I don't believe there is anything "legitimate" about physically attacking someone just because you wanted to.

  3. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Englightened.
    ~Mamaste

  4. tea says:

    There's one thing women's bodies CAN shut down. It's the Republican Party

  5. @Suri_k8 says:

    This is a great example of what is wrong with politicians that are scientifically illiterate and how this ignorance of the facts ultimately affects society through bad policy and bad laws.

    Republicans seem to think a world without science is a good thing …they are so lost.

  6. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Edward and Cathy,

    Ok, I'll come clean. I'm a linguist, my job is how people use words. And I still maintain that "legitimate rape," depending on context (and human language ALWAYS requires context for correct interpretation) does NOT mean "rape is legitimate." Legitimate rape means real honest-to-goodness rape, a horrible, violent, deplorable act. The context that Akins used makes it clear that this interpretation was his intention. The context also makes it clear that he may be supporting a repugnant policy and that his scientific literacy, as Suri points out, is lacking, but those are different issues. His use of the word 'legitimate' is normal here. If it were not, he wouldn't have used the word.

    I still maintain that jumping on politicians for word usage such as this is partisan politicking and PC nit-picking. It side-tracks us from real issues. It makes politics akin to a game where attack dogs win. And it makes emotion more important than reason. There were problems to what Akins said, but use of the word 'legitimate' was not one of them.

    Btw, lol Cathy on "that may be a good political maneuver."

  7. Mike says:

    He was reiterating the Republican position that any pregnant woman claiming to be raped is a liar. If it wasn't a presidential election year it wouldn't get press.Romney and Ryan are now forced to crab in order to show some semblance of sanity to swing voters. How sad.

  8. […] Representative Todd Akin recently revealed his exciting discovery about women’s reproduction. […]

  9. yogi henry says:

    Wow…one ignorant or incorrect idea does not mean the other politician is correct and should be automatically supported.

    This video is heartbreaking, it shows an actual late term abortion. I DO NOT recommend watching it unless you are Liberal and approve of Obama’s stance on this procedure. Obama voted 3X’s to prevent aid for an abortion survivor.
    WARNING!
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6ff_1313680767

    If Claire supports this; my question is which is the worse of the two?

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