Let’s start with this…Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) said a really stupid thing.
This doesn’t mean Todd Akin is stupid; rather, he could not articulate his idea of life being sacred in an intelligent sounding way. Quoting some dubious scientific information and combining it with the term “legitimate rape” (as if there is an illegitimate rape) makes as much sense to me as the concept of committing a “hate crime.” If I intend to harm you, what does it matter if it’s because I like you, are ambivalent toward you, or despise you? Isn’t the end result the same?
Some areas of life, despite the rhetoric of the self-enlightened, all-inclusive, morally relative, free thinkers out there, are still black and white. You were either raped or you were not. You are either pregnant or you are not. There is no “somewhat” pregnant, “sorta” pregnant” or “just a little” pregnant.
This single utterance by a Republican politician has become the rallying cry of the left, who want to convince as many Americans as possible that a belief in smaller government, less spending, less burdens on small businesses and tax reform is part of a jihad on women. It’s as if a fatwa has been issued and anyone with an ‘R’ by their name is painted with this same broad brush.
This is absurd and the fact that the DNC is putting so many of its political eggs in one basket is equally absurd.
I am happily married to a wonderful, intelligent woman. I have four daughters — two in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary school. They are all straight A students. They are all involved in sports, music and extracurricular activities. My two oldest are now getting involved in the community through volunteering and public service.
Oh, and they are all conservative.
Am I to believe they suffer from self-loathing? Am I to believe I hate them and want to see them fail? Does my belief in individual freedom and liberty mean I want them subjugated and repressed? It defies logic and reason. If anyone uttering this nonsense would take a minute to exhibit a mote of intellectual honesty, they would recognize how ridiculous this assertion is.
Why is the DNC clinging to this like Leonardo DiCaprio on a piece of debris in the North Atlantic? Because, the leadership of the Democrat party knows touting the last four years of accomplishments is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Today, we have more people on government assistance than we did just four years ago — over 100 million. We have had a longer stretch of “seasonally adjusted” unemployment of over 8% than any other time in the last 70 years. Gasoline prices averaged $2.77 a gallon nationwide in November of 2008 and are now $4.86 a gallon in August 2012, according to Gasbuddy.com. Food prices have also seen a similar jump. (How ironic that food and energy costs are excluded from inflation calculations, otherwise we’d be closing in on 11%. [¹]) For the first time in history, we have had over a trillion-dollar deficit for each year of our current President’s term, spending more in 3 years than his predecessor did in 8, with no signs of slowing. We are just beginning to implement Obama’s healthcare initiative that started off two years ago with a $900 billion price tag and has already mushroomed to almost three times that according to the Congressional Budget Office. And we know, according the CBO, the President did take $716 billion out of Medicare to help offset the cost of that healthcare bill. [²] This is just the tip of the same iceberg that will sink the United States if our course remains the same.
The DNC cannot risk discussing reality, so they have no choice but to side-step the topic of accomplishments and wage a holy war against the RNC by whatever means necessary, including this faux-war-on-women. They are clinging to results of a recent poll in a Quinnipiac University survey that showed single women favor Obama over Romney. With this information giving them a sign of hope, they will continue to do all they can to convince as many voters possible that the Romney-Ryan vote is a vote for misogyny — even if it means fabricating quotes as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently did.
Ginning up this kind of rhetoric has fueled an already angry and emotional sub-component of the left. Even before the start of the RNC convention, social media exploded with hopes that tropical storm Isaac would wipe out the Republicans gathering in Tampa. Buildings around the event were found to have bricks, pipes and anarchist graffiti stocked by anti-Republican protestors. And, within 24 hours, an RNC protestor was arrested with a machete strapped to his leg.
Then as Isaac’s path moved westward away from Tampa, the actor, Samuel L. Jackson, tweeted how upset he was that the storm was going to spare the GOP. He said he didn’t understand why God would do that, choosing to target New Orleans instead. It didn’t matter that Tampa is a Democrat run city; it only mattered to see physical harm come to Republicans. In his mind, God is on his side and therefore, is supposed to smite his enemy. Similarly, the actress Ellen Barkin hoped the hurricane would kill ‘every pro-life, xenophobic, gay-bashing SOB’ at the RNC.
Liberals love their labels. It gives them tidy boxes to stack, divide, and categorize people. And let’s not forget that Barkin wasn’t going to be happy with tropical storm Isaac harming people, she wanted them dead.
Many who lean left pride themselves on being open-minded, civil, sophisticated, accepting of differences and sensitive to the notion that there are many shades of gray between right and wrong. It’s obvious this moral relativism only goes so far. If someone lives on the other side of the aisle, it’s no longer a matter of shades of gray; now, it’s a black and white issue with the end result being a wish for physical harm, if not death, to the person with an opposing belief system.
A belief in the individual over the group, of providing equal opportunity (not equal results) to all, of reducing the size and scope of government, of granting more personal liberty and less government intrusion, of showing reverence for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are inconceivable concepts to the left. They run contrary to their belief in big government, of growing social programs, and implementing a one-size-fits-all approach for control. That’s why they assign people into groups and categories. It’s how they justify their overbearing need to force Americans to conform to a preset path, which, in their infinite wisdom, is best for them. Each group is meant to behave a certain way with predefined characteristics. If an individual falls outside of that paradigm, they will be punished. Ask Clarence Thomas how he is treated for having a belief system different from what the left has ascribed for him? The same applies to Allen West, Condoleezza Rice and Herman Cain. The left has a box assigned to black Americans and any deviation is met with harsh consequences.
This is perhaps the most damning conceit driving the modern liberal. They pretend to be open to all views so long as those views don’t stray too close to the middle, let alone the right. And, if an individual believes they have a better idea on how to live, especially if it runs counter to the liberal/progressive agenda, they must be re-educated, ridiculed, harmed or destroyed. They proffer a mockery of choice that is as shallow and intellectually dishonest as telling a car buyer, “You can have any car you want so long as it’s this blue one.”
Wishing harm on people with opposing points of view, or worse, the death of fellow Americans, is not civility. But, such public statements are easy to recognize. The more nefarious display of a lack of civility from the left is their declaration of war on individual liberty and freedom under the guise of the magnanimity of Uncle Sam; to offer the facade of kindness while their fangs are bared behind their mask for any who dare think or act otherwise.
We are not a collective. It’s time for Americans to remember that our roots are planted deeply in the soil of freedom from oppression. A desire to control the populace, regardless of well-meaning intent, is to embrace the fundamental aspects of tyranny. It is no different from the period of time in our past when black Americans were thought inferior and thus “society” was doing them a favor by keeping them from advancing. Denying any individual the ability to pursue life, liberty, and happiness on their own terms is, not only uncivil, but also shows a flagrant disrespect for the ideals that inspired our Founding Fathers.
And you cannot get more anti-American than that.
[¹] The government used the same calculation for the CPI from 1913 to 1980. In 1980, after seeing inflation in late 1970s, the government changed the calculation and dropped food and energy from the Core Inflation Index. While the U.S. government repeatedly states that we currently  have about 1% inflation, by using the older pre-1980 government calculation of inflation, we find that the true inflation rate is closer to 10.7% as of May 2011 based on the SGS “Alternate CPI” calculation.
 The CBO determined in 2011 that the federal health care law would reduce Medicare outlays by $507 billion between 2012 and 2021. In a more recent estimate released this year, the CBO looked at the years 2013 to 2022 and determined the health care law affected Medicare outlays by $716 billion.