Tuesday, August 21, 2012

American politicians say the darndest things

I’m back from my summer hiatus and notice that not much has changed on the political stage here in Canada, though, south of the border the election scene is heating up as the parties get set for their big national conventions.

By the way, while I was off, I found that I’d inadvertently deleted all the images on this blog. I’ve decided to leave things as they are and not repair the images other than the header—too much effort for limited return. Stuff happens, eh? [Sigh…]

In one of those say-it-isn’t-so moments, I read that Todd Akin, a Missouri congressman, caused a real fuss on Sunday by making a comment about rape and abortion. He said something really stupid about women’s bodies being able to prevent pregnancies if they are victims of a “legitimate rape.” Now he’s, understandably, facing calls from fellow Republicans to drop out of the Senate race. [Full story here.]

Could a grown adult in these modern times really believe—as Akin has said—that, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” It stretches belief to its limits, but apparently he used those words on camera in a TV interview aired Sunday on St. Louis station KTVI.

How dangerous is it to have this sort of person making the laws of the land—or, at least, having input to legislation? Hopefully, Akin’s fellow congressmen will view him with the disdain he so richly deserves.

1 comment:

  1. What's worse?

    What one American said?

    Or the fact that private sector taxpayers fun abortions right up until birth?

    There is no abortion law in Canada.

    Isn't that a little more disgusting than what some American said?