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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Mist-AKIN' Decision to Remain in Race
Mist-AKIN’ Decision to Remain in Race Commentary by Sanford D. Horn August 22, 2012
My mother, of Blessed memory, used to say, “when two
people tell you you’re drunk, lie down.”
Congressman Akin, Mitt Romney and Karl Rove have spoken.
Congressman Akin, your friend and colleague Paul Ryan has
spoken – and to you personally.
Congressman Akin, Sarah Palin has quoted Kenny Rogers
when she said you’ve “got to know when to hold ‘em [and] know when to fold ‘em.”
Congressman Akin, your fellow Show Me Staters John
Ashcroft, Kit Bond, Roy Blunt, John Danforth and Jim Talent, senators past and
present have spoken.
Congressman Akin, Senators Scott Brown (MA), John Cornyn
(TX) and Ron Johnson (WI) have spoken.
Congressman Akin, conservative commentators and writers
Charles Krauthammer, Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity have spoken.
Congressman Akin, the people with the big money have
Only, you’re not listening to the message, Congressman Akin:
GET OUT NOW! Drop out of the race for the United States Senate or you may very
well cost the Republican Party the opportunity it needs to regain a majority in
that body that can end Obamacare; that can actually pass a budget, something
that has not been done on over 1,100 days; and that can restore the dignity
needed that has been missing under the so-called leadership of the pugilistic Harry
Congressman Akin, sadly, your message has been heard loud
and clear and is resonating nationwide like Bobby Thompson’s 1951 shot heard ‘round
Congressman Akin, you did not misspeak, flub a word or
two, or as you said, “get a word in the wrong place.” You got your whole
statement about rape in the wrong place – from your head, to your mouth, to the
ears of millions of voters.
On Sunday, August 19, six-term Congressman Todd Akin
(R-MO), a staunchly pro-life House member opposing all abortions even in cases
of rape, said pregnancies from rape are “really rare.”
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to
try to shut the 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,” said Akin in an interview on
There are so many things wrong with Akin’s statement, it’s
a wonder the television interviewer’s head didn’t explode trying to keep the
incredulous laughter that should have burst out, on the inside. But this is not
a funny matter at all.
Rape is rape – the forcing of unwanted sex upon someone,
male or female. The legitimacy of rape is left to the courts to decide as per a
he/she said, he/she said argument.
“Some punishment?” I have fervently held the view of the
death penalty being the appropriate punishment for a rapist, a subhuman piece
of filth who has inexorably altered a person’s life in perpetuity.
I am also pro-life; but who am I to tell a traumatized
woman who has been impregnated, not by choice, to carry to term a child that
will be the constant reminder of the violence besot upon her? Yes, the child
could be put up for adoption, but for nine months, that violated woman still
has the reminder of the ordeal to carry around furthering her pain.
I am not going to use this space to argue the merits of
overturning Roe v. Wade, or whether
or not a person approving of an abortion for a rape victim is truly pro-life.
The issue here is whether or not a sitting Congressman,
who fully understands the implications of his bid for the United States Senate,
should remain in a race that could have the ultimate impact on the direction
the Senate goes in the 2012 elections.
Congressman Akin, you have made some outlandishly obtuse
and unintelligent statements that are offensive and hurtful to many people. You
understand the implications of remaining in a race necessary for the GOP to
recapture the Senate and the risk at which you put that potential victory.
You have heard the words and messages of so many from
your party. Now it is time to appreciate those words and heed those messages.
Make the honorable decision, Congressman Akin; remove your name from
consideration for the United States Senate as your party leaders have asked. Be
the team player that will help your team win this fall.
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN