Here’s the Nonsense: We cannot support a candidate who makes a mistake and says something that could harm their chance at election, no matter who they are. This election is too important to allow any mistakes that could be attacked by the Democrats. Todd Akin said something really stupid and we must distance ourselves from him as fast as possible.
Here’s the Horse Sense: Todd Akin said something stupid and wrong. But whether he should be abandoned as a candidate has nothing to do with saying something that could be attacked. He tried to take an honorable stand for life and that’s the real issue. Whether he is thrown under the bus will show us the kind of integrity (or lack thereof) that Republican leaders really have.
Republicans from Mitt Romney to John Ashcroft have suggested, encouraged, and demanded that Todd Akin drop out of his race in Missouri because of a mistake he made when talking about abortion. While he was wrong in what he said about conception as a result of rape, the fact is that Republicans who have dropped their support of him are missing the real issue involved.
All the furor that has raged about Akin’s statement has focused on both the inaccuracy in his statement regarding conception as a result of rape and/or on the fact that this is embarassing to the Republican Party and could cost them the chance at winning the Senate. Only a limited few people have stood up for Akin on the far more important issue, which is abortion. Todd Akin made it clear that he believes that abortion, even in the case of rape and incest, is wrong. He raises the question of why an innocent baby should be punished (killed) when the child did nothing wrong. It’s a very valid question.
I realize that some people think that the trauma that the mother would go through to carry that child to term is the priority, but on this one I disagree. Life is life. Life trumps everything. Nothing is more important than life and those who claim to be on the right side of the political aisle are screaming right now that we have a president who ignores the Constitution while some of those very same people want to ignore the Constitutional right of that child to life (Remember life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?). The very first right that the Constitution protects would be ignored when an abortion would be allowed.
Now I know there are people out there who are going to argue about the right of the woman who went through the trauma of rape or incest. I don’t discount or disregard that at all. But America was founded on the concept that life is a right and what right does anyone have to deny that right? Some of those very people who believe that baby should be aborted are the same people who, if they saw a stranger about to be run over by a truck, would risk their own lives to save them. We hear of people who save complete strangers from death, sometimes even giving their own lives to do so. Are they wrong? I think not. I think they are showing us at our best. And they are not all conservatives or republicans that do those things. Saving life is human nature because we know deep in our hearts how important life really is. It’s not about politics, it’s about giving someone a chance to live no matter what it costs.
Todd Akin said something really stupid. He admitted it right away and asked for forgiveness. Few people are giving him that forgiveness. They are more interested in trying to win an election. I don’t think what he said would have to be an election killer. I don’t think measuring a man by one thing he says is proper. I know nothing of the man. I won’t pretend I do. But my knee jerk reaction to this episode is that he is not getting a fair shake and in doing that to him, a voice to support the rights of the unborn could be silenced. He might be the one person needed to take a stand that would make a difference in that fight.
The Republicans who shout for him to leave the race either don’t see that the stand for life is the single most important stand people can take, or they don’t care if life is protected. They are afraid of taking an unpopular stand. They are afraid of losing their positions of power. We need leaders who are people of character who will take a stand regardless of the cost. In my new book, No Tomorrows: How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I talk about the character traits of true leaders. One of those traits is doing what’s right regardless of the cost. Without that character trait no one is a true leader… even if it means losing an election.
Joe Biden can make mistake after mistake and the Democrats continue to support him. Barack Obama not only makes mistake after mistake, he continually violates the Constitution and they continue to support him. Bill Clinton broke the law by lying under oath and lost his law license for a period of time. He is also known for his wayward ways and has had horrendous accusations made against him regarding sexual activity. And still he is seen as an icon to be respected by the Democrats. But Todd Akin makes what boils down to a silly statement about conception as a result of rape, yet takes a hard line stand to protect life and he is abandoned by the Republicans. Akin has done nothing that comes close to comparing to what these Democrat leaders have done and yet he’s being punished far more than they ever will be.
I’m sure I’ll hear people say to me that we can’t afford to lose this election. I would agree, unless it costs us our values. We must stand for what is right, even if it means we watch our nation continue down the path it is on and we lose our future as the nation collapses. Nothing is more important than character. Nothing.