WAY OVER HIS HEAD
Mitt Romney's campaign is trying to put distance between them and Republican Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock. The Indiana right-winger, who sadly beat Senator Richard Lugar in the May primary has created a firestorm by something he said in a debate last night.
The issue was abortion. Mourdock said
“Life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen"
Think and say what you wish about abortion, as inappropriate as that discussion may be, however when one begins to assume to know the mind of, or speak of Divine intention, you are way out of line. As eminent theologian Walter Brueggemann said
"When you begin to think you know the mind of God, you are on a slippery slope."
Mourdock, like fellow right wing Republican Todd Aiken of Missouri who spoke of "legitimate rape," represent a frightening trend of right wing ideologues who frankly are not very intelligent. In their mind they may be moralists and they may even believe they are being religiously faithful with their views, but they remind me of zealots from history who would trample liberty, freedom and our constitutional way by their self righteous ignorance. There is nothing about rape that is ever right.
That "slippery slope" Brueggemann spoke of leads, by extension, to things like sharia law, fascism and totaltarian regimes.
One would hope there is enough common sense to see these right wing "true believers" for the fringe extremists they are. Our democratic republic demands debate and the full expression of all view points, even if noisy and rancorous, but it also demands respect for constitutional liberties.
American politics is full of a history of buffoons, blow hards, crooks and zealots, but also the leveling influence of common sense, decency, philosophy and a sense of history. There is a tipping point though. The more Mourdocks or Aikens who think God is on their side, the more we could trample our way to our own version of sharia law. Americans need to pay attention.
The Mourdock incident is even more tragic when seen in the light that this clown got more votes than a truly rational and intelligent public servant, Richard Lugar. By the way, the post A Lion Goes Down is one of this blogs most read with a readership around the world. I hope voters will understand that yes their vote is sacred and they may cast it as they wish, but understand one must apply a sense of totality and thoughtfulness. Your individual vote is part of a path toward a workable and better future. Otherwise you might just as well throw rocks.
Our little village, tucked between the Pacific and the Santa Lucia mountains is caught up in election fervor. Most of the candidates turned out at a local brew house last night to mix and mingle. It was a snap shot of local democracy at work as the rooms buzzed with earnest conversation and questions and answers. In lieu of a town board or mayor we have the CCSD-Cambria Community Services District, so our issues really are local.
Not as an endorsement, but simply from an aesthic point of view, Amanda's yard signs win.
Over the years I've made hundreds of speeches or presentation about journalism and reporting. One of the truest things I said was a line from Will Rogers
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
Can I get an Amen?!
See you down the trail.