COMMENTARY | If you need me, I’ll be over here in my bunker. I’m kind of sure that we are heading to the end of the country as we know it, with or without Mayan doomsday predictions.
In the past week or so, we have a man running for the United States Senate who assured us that a woman can’t get pregnant from “legitimate” rape, that her body has a way to “shut that whole thing down.”
That man, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is on the House Committee on Science and Technology.
Then we had a group of Republicans in Virginia announce in a monthly newsletter, should President Barack Obama retain the White House in November — you know, as a result of a democratic election — they must mount an “armed revolution.” Apparently by freedom, they mean a fascist system where their beliefs supersede the will of the people. And, apparently someone informed them of the federal statutes regarding treason, rebellion or insurrection, seditious conspiracy, and advocating the overthrow of government, because their newsletter has since been taken down, though the text remains at RightWingWatch.
And then there was a judge in Texas, Lubbock County’s Tom Head, who has warned of a civil war should the president actually win. He claims the armed uprising will happen, because, he says, Obama is “…going to try to give the sovereignty of the United States away to the United Nations.”
I can’t help but imagine this judge, tucked into his bed with its roughhewn wooden headboard in his rodeo pajamas dreaming up all the things “he’ll do” if Obama wins again.
The Republican party has decided to add the call, in its platform, for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion in all circumstances, including rape, or incest.
The language, which gives the “unborn” a “fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” doesn’t seem to leave room for the life of the woman, either. I’m no scientist, but I’ve heard that the death of a pregnant woman often results in the termination of her pregnancy. Maybe I should consult the doctor who reportedly informed Akin of the magical hidden rape mechanism.
All of this is so far out in right field, it’s difficult to know, as rational, thinking person, what even to do with it. It’s nearly impossible to process that in the 21st century, we’re dealing with 19th-century problems.
How do you respond to someone who insists that their freedom hinges upon the destruction or surrender of yours? What sense is there in talking to anyone who thinks the best way to resolve an argument is to shoot you until you agree with them, whether figuratively, or, in the case of these armed “rebellers” chillingly literally?
We’ve taken a dark, dark turn where words have become useless, meaningless, in the vast void between them and reality. Between the words and intention.
So, like I said, I’m going to hang out here for a while, it’s pretty cozy, and I have decent cell reception. Just knock on the hatch when the country has come back to its senses.