Mewsings from Lowecat (aka Indianacat)

My rants, ravings, and overall 'mewsings' on life, the universe, and everything.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open Mouth Insert Foot

(Taken from an email sent via Democrats 2012): In last night’s Indiana Senate debate, Republican candidate Richard Mourdock declared, "Life is a gift from God. Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

He said it tearfully, with a catch in his voice.  He was emotional about it.  To him, he was thinking of how all life is precious, no matter how the inception came about.  He was stating his anti - abortion agenda off the cuff, and it backfired on him.

In political speak, it's called a gaffe.  Back in the Watergate era it was called a 'Spewl - all' as in Vice President Spiro Agnew's tendency to open mouth and insert not one, but several feet. 

His comment went viral, all over the interwebz, nearly as soon as it was uttered, and with disasterous results for him.   He claims his comments were taken out of context, that he never intended to make light of rape, and that those of us who are upset by his off the cuff remark are such because we deliberately chose to misinterpert his comment. 


We choose to deliberately misinterpert it? 

Sure, and polar bears shit in the woods.  

I'm not enanored of either candidate for our US Senate.  Unfortuantely, the incumbent, Richard Lugar, is out of the runnin'.  Not that I'm that happy with Lugar, but at least his evil I know.  The new jokers is a whole 'nother evil entirely.

This is not to say that I find the candidates evil, just politics in general.  Plus, I was leaning against the saying 'Better the evil the you know than the evil you don't know.'

Anyway.  Back to the reason for this blog.   THE Gaffe.  A 10 second sound bite that has been heard 'round the world.   It is a short comment that is going to have some very serious repercussions.  At least amongst women.

There are cases of male rape, but let's face it, the majority of the victims of rape are women.  Rape is about control.  It's about degration.  It'd about a vile act of domination on an unwilling person.  Frankly, I don't give a damn of both partiies are buck nekkid on the bed, about to have at it.  If either party decides 'No!' and the other party, male or female, forces the act, it's rape. 

Once upon a time, rape was rape.  There weren't classifications of it.  Now we have date rape, acquaintance rape, maritial rape, etc..  No matter how you try to sugar coat it, it's the same ugly thing, forced sex.  Whether a weapon such as a knife or gun is used or not, it's still forced. 

And it leaves a rotten after effect in the mind, body, and spirit.  Sometimes the act results in a pregnancy, and this is where Mourdock crossed the line.    I don't think the God I look to (and yes, I still believe in a higher power despite my disappointment in organized religion) EVER intended for man to forcibly impregnant a woman in that manner. 

Yes, I'm a firm believer that no woman should be forced to carry a child that was conceived out of forced sex.  Victims of rape and/or incest should NOT be forced to carry the child to term because some idiot in Congress thinks 'It's God's will!'  Screw that (no pun intended), or because the sperm donor asserts his right to be a father.   That's a whole different crime of its' own.

Am I incensed by what Mourdock said Tuesday night?  Hell yes!  Any woman, whether a victim of rape/incest or not, has a right to be incensed.  It shows just how close - minded this man is.  

Yes, I do believe that the minute the little swimmer and the egg come together, then life begins.  If Mourdock had stopped right there, he'd have been OK.  Or, if he'd not even brought up the rape conception comment, he'd have been OK.  But he took it a step further, and that's where he crossed the line. 

As for his apology, I don't accept it.  Because his apology puts the blame back on those of us who got upset by the comment HE made.  That's not an apology.  That's just trying to spin the situation to his advantage. 

I'm kind of a middle of the road person, laughingly calling myself a conserberial.  I'm liberal about some things, and conservative on others.   I'm both pro choice and pro life.  I'm in favor of homosexual partners and opposite sex unmarrieds should have the same rights as married couples and don't mind that they get to be covered as dependents.   That's just how I roll. 

Richard Mourdock can take that apology and stick it in his briefcase.  He should have just said 'I'm sorry.'  Nothing else.  That he tried to put the blame elsewhere offends me.  That wasn't an apology.  It was spin.

And it's all gonna come out in the wash come Election Day. 


Blogger Pookie Robert said...

According to this article's lead, Mourdock refused to apologize...|defcon|text|

October 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM  

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