I don’t think anyone who browses the alternative news websites is unaware of the breathtaking hypocrisy of Western politicians; but it seems to me that the U.S. Republican Party has scaled the heights of Everest this past week as they seek to prohibit abortion under any circumstances, including rape, incest and a threat to the potential mother’s life. Of course, to do that, they have to redefine rape, so we have the lunatic Congressman Akin claiming that the female body has the ability to reject the rapist’s semen and thereby avoid pregnancy. When called on this ridiculous claim, he blamed the medical profession for misleading him. When that strategy didn’t work, he attempted to segregate the violent act of rape into ‘legitimate’ and, presumably, ‘non-legitimate’ (though this later granulation was not spoken of). Once the crapola hit the fan, we got to see Romney and Ryan doing the old Aztec two step, suggesting that they would exclude rape, incest and life threatening situations from the proscription on abortion – even though Ryan is known to have supported several previous attempts at overturning Roe vs Wade. Though to be fair, he did previously agree that abortion should be available where pregnancy presented a threat to a woman’s life, and has very recently argued that ‘rape is rape’ and that a woman subjected to non-consensual intercourse ought not to be forced to carry a child conceived during a rape to term. Then again, he is seeking election to the ‘second chair’ and the renegade Congressman isn’t helping him in that regard! His assertion that Romney would be the lead on this issue is not comforting, however, since that upstanding gentleman is known to change his opinion more frequently than most of us change our undergarments.
With ‘Republican’ Texas now forcing women who seek abortions to subject themselves to mandated ultrasounds and ‘counseling’ 24 hours prior to an abortion – not to mention other state officials pushing forced, intrusive probings of their female constituents’ nether regions, and Romney’s plan to cease funding for Planned Parenthood – the well informed reader can come to only one conclusion: the Republicans have succeeded in reinventing themselves as the New American Taliban!
This development should bode well for future negotiations between a Romney administration and their Afghan counterparts. I see American troops coming home by March, 2013! Hoorah!