Oh, for the love of Pete (that is, my uncle Pete), I thought the horrid from Todd Akin was the worst that could be said. Sure the rest of the GOP basically has stood by Akin and even in effect adopted his platform about abortion, which must be resting on the same inane premises as before. And sure, there is plenty of Bible-thumping to support the misogyny they promote. But, how in Seven Hells did this get to be considered a good idea?
Earlier I tweeted how Charlie Fuqua, who is running for the Arkansas legislature, wants to enact law that allows capital punishment of children. Not because they murder and should be tried as adults, but if they are “unruly” or “rebellious”. He promotes this in his book (because clearly being on record saying stupid this is a great idea), and of course he has to cite chapter and verse of his favorite book for support.
The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellioius children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21.
Wasn’t the Republican Party supposed to push for a culture of life?
But this is on the heals of another story of another person running for office in Arkansas, Jon Hubbard, who wrote in their book that slavery was actually a good thing for black people.
… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth. [Pages 183-89]
Right, because the only way foreigners can come to be American citizens is through slavery. And there weren’t any advanced civilizations in African, no siree. (Oh, and let’s forget about all the slaves that went to South American and the Caribbean who really had it bad and still couldn’t be “real” Americans.)
I don’t know how these folks come out in public with this stuff. Usually crazy and racist ideas are best kept private from the voters and have to be leaked out. But putting them out there in books for public consumption must suggest they think this is what their constitutes want. Or they hope the voters are as illiterate as they are and not read. Either way, the election of people like this to any office greater than dog catcher becomes an insult to those represented by these crazed people.
To be fair, other Republicans have tried to distance themselves from Hubbard and Fuqua, but I fear they distance themselves from the packaging rather than the message. Fuqua claims his views are mainstream with most people, though that is probably only the sample of people he listens to and pals around with. And we may see the same thing with Akin: firs everyone backs away from the smell of the feces he threw, but they come back in the room, getting used to the odor, and continue to fund his campaign again.
There are a few more weeks left in this election cycle, so it may seem inevitable that even these callous folks will get their funding money, and they may win for all I know. And that scares me. Add to that the anti-science of the party, and a sense of doom crawls up my spine.