On Sunday, a well meaning anti-abortion zealot suggested I might be interested in situational ethics. He felt there was a time and a place for them. So, being the ignorant woman that I am, I looked up situational ethics. It was developed by a former Episcopalian (as usual) priest who became an atheist, Joseph Fletcher. He was also big into abortion rights, a stalwart member of the American Eugenics Society, and a member of the Association for Voluntary Sterilization.
Like I was telling a Republican colleague who is struggling through this mess as much as is The Pink Flamingo, we have a choice here. We either laugh or cry. I’ve reached the point where I’ve started to laugh at these people.
We need a scorecard. Jezebel has the Official Guide to Legitimate Rape.
Mitt Romney was against abortion before he was for it.
He was for it after the Council of 12 of the Mormon Church told him what to believe.
Then, after he lost the Senate race to Ted Kennedy he was against it.
I’m not sure his position when he was Governor of Massachusetts.
is was the most staunch anti-abortion advocate in the House.
He is now advocating Mitt Romney’s position.
We’re not quite sure what Mitt Romney’s position is this week.
He seems to be for abortion in the case of a woman being raped.
Mitt & Paul are now on the same page…?
Akin says that Ryan still agrees with him.
Where does Mitt now stand in all of this?
Well… someone said next week we can throw a dart and see what Mitt Romney’s position will be, because he has no real positions on anything.
It all depends on the definition of rape, etc.. While working with Todd Akin, Paul Ryan:
- Tried to redefine what rape was. If a woman was forcibly raped she could receive Medicaid funds to pay for an abortion.
- If someone under the age of 18 was the victim of incest, statutory rape, she had no recourse.
- Then he changes his mind.
- Ryan also wanted to outlaw invitro fertilization.
- Supported a ban on all abortions, including those for rape or incest.
- The Pink Flamingo is not quite sure if he believes, like Rick Santorum, that all contraceptives should be outlawed.
- Ryan was simply parroting the views of the National Right to Life, back in 1999.
“...Although a version of this bill passed the GOP-controlled House, the “forcible rape” language was eventually removed due to widespread public outcry. Paul Ryan, however, believes that the “forcible rape” language does not actually go far enough to force women to carry their rapist’s baby. Ryan believes that abortion should be illegal in all cases except for “cases in which a doctor deems an abortion necessary to save the mother’s life.” So rape survivors are out of luck….”
Then there is the whole “legitimate” rape. What is the difference between “legitimate” rape and “illegitimate” rape? Does it involved the marital status of the rapist’s parents? The Pink Flamingo is just not quite sure about that one. What about the idea that women who are “legitimately” raped could not get pregnant?
According to Paul Ryan, who was working closely with Todd Akin, when he was in the House, there is a difference between ‘forcible’ rape and ‘statutory’ rape. They created a bill that would allow a woman who had been ‘forcibly’ raped to have a Medicaid funded abortion. BUT – if a woman was the victim of ‘statutory’ rape (under the age of 18) and raped via incest, etc. they could lump it. Ryan is doing much of this, allegedly, because he is a good Catholic, right?
“…“Paul would say that the only way to save the country from a coming [fiscal] disaster is ‘follow my plan,’” said Umhoefer, but “you can’t tell somebody that in ten years your economic situation is going to be just wonderful because meanwhile your kids may starve to death.”
In Ryan’s hometown, Umhoefer said, “The welfare check runs out and people are suffering now in ways that they haven’t before.”
“If he is following his conscience, he is doing the morally correct thing,” said Ryan’s former priest. “But he shouldn’t wrap himself in Catholic teaching because he is not using that [teaching] in what I would say is a balanced way.”..”
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association thinks that Akin is right. Family Research Council says it is all political.
“…”This is another case of ‘gotcha politics’ against a conservative leader. Todd Akin has a long and distinguished record of defending women, children and families. He has fought against forcing taxpayers to subsidize abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which is the bedrock of Claire McCaskill’s base of support. When speaking about the issue of rape, let’s not forget the cover-up of statutory rape by Planned Parenthood, which to my knowledge has not been addressed by Senator McCaskill.
“Throughout his twelve years in Congress, Todd Akin has supported legislation that honors all human life. He has opposed the commodification of women in contrast to his opponent, Claire McCaskill, who has a long record of promoting the abortion industry while ignoring how abortion harms women. We know Todd Akin, and FRC Action PAC enthusiastically endorses his candidacy,” Mackey concluded….”
The GOP is rightly upset about all of this. Any NORMAL person should be. The problem is the fact that the GOP is no longer the party of NORMAL. When you have extremists like Erick Erickson saying the GOP should stand behind Akin, well, we have a disaster on our hands. Erickson went on to provide thePolitiFact rebuttal to his argument against Obama, but did say he thought Politifact was often too liberal.
“…Todd Akin was inarticulate. Some are now accusing him of being pro-rape. The people horrid by Todd Akin’s remarks are, I’m sure, thrilled to have a President who defended infanticide. I’ll take Todd Akin’s inarticulate remarks over an infanticide supporter any day of the week….”
This kind of thing hurts. It adds fuel to the fire that there is a war on women within the extreme ranks of the GOP. The Pink Flamingo thinks there very much is a war on women, BTW.
Part of the problem:
The real problem is, as Paul Krugman says, so eloquently, is Paul Ryan. Krugman wrote:
“...Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate led to a wave of pundit accolades. Now, declared writer after writer, we’re going to have a real debate about the nation’s fiscal future. This was predictable: never mind the Tea Party, Mr. Ryan’s true constituency is the commentariat, which years ago decided that he was the Honest, Serious Conservative, whose proposals deserve respect even if you don’t like him.
But he isn’t and they don’t. Ryanomics is and always has been a con game, although to be fair, it has become even more of a con since Mr. Ryan joined the ticket…So will the choice of Mr. Ryan mean a serious campaign? No, because Mr. Ryan isn’t a serious man — he just plays one on TV..”
I repeat my mantra, we are so screwed. Then again, on Monday, The Pink Flamingo began hearing from GOP sources. Evidently women are abandoning the Romney-Ryan ticket faster than the first class passengers could get off the Titanic.
This is NOT the GOP of Eisenhower, Reagan, GWB, or John McCain. This is some new incarnation that is just plain nasty. It is very much anti-woman. We are dealing with a group of individuals who don’t seem to understand what rape is. They don’t quite comprehend that rape is an act of violence against women. They make light of it. The Pink Flamingo is increasingly of the opinion of this new GOP, the Romney-Ryan GOP doesn’t give a damn about women. Then again, they don’t care about anyone but themselves and their Randian handers.
Let’s face it, we’re not only dealing with a war on women, but a war on rational thinking, logic, reason, and normal Republicans. We’re dealing with a group of individuals who have taken over the Grand Old Party, turning it into something completely unrecognizable. The Romney incarnation of the GOP is dishonest, duplicitous, pandering, and incapable of standing for anything but themselves. Their dishonesty can be seen in the way that delegates are being seated, ignoring actual party rules.
With Mitt Romney, the only rule is that there are no rules, if he does not want them. It really doesn’t matter how he plays the game, as long as he wins. He has encouraged a new philosophy within the GOP – divide and conquer. Belittle, betray, and beleaguer. It is about coming out ahead, no matter what you do, who you hurt, or who you destroy.
There is no honor.
And so, we are now stuck with a collection of candidates and elected officials who are so extreme, they’re going to be lucky to attract the basic 35% in November. Here in New Mexico Republicans are bailing on the party at a startling rate.
There is no moderation. There is not even “conservative”. What we have is libertarian, far right extreme, and some other nasties all banding together to destroy the GOP.
It is a disaster of epic proportions.
Perhaps it is time to euthanize the elephant.