I’m venturing in to muddy waters here. You see, I never opine about anything of a political nature here in this space. In fact, I rarely do it in conversation as well. Most people I know might even have a difficult time telling you which way I lean when it comes to the political spectrum.
But sometimes, you hear words coming from someone’s mouth – and you have a physical reaction to them. It doesn’t matter that they are a politician or if they represent the left, the right or something in between. You just have a problem with their words… with the meaning behind those words. And you have to respond.
This is one of those times.
My jaw dropped as Missouri Congressman Todd Akin was being interviewed by Charles Jaco (The Jaco Report is a local program here in St. Louis). As you likely know by now, Akin shared his thoughts on abortion as it relates to rape, or ‘legitimate rape’ as he called it. He did later say he ‘misspoke’. I recognize Akin’s Senate Race against incumbent Claire McCaskill is one being closely followed throughout the country. I’m following it here, because, well….. I live here. My thoughts…
(Updated September 4, 2018 – Video no longer available)
My reaction is based purely on the ignorance of Akin’s statements. I did not have a personal, emotional reaction as a listened. But my friend Amanda did. Her post knocked the wind out of me…. it is worth reading – regardless of your political leanings….