How not to cultivate pro life leadership
November 16, 2012 § 25 Comments
I’m pretty cynical, but watching how pro-lifers have handled the Todd Akin hubbub has made it very clear to me exactly why the pro life movement as presently constituted is a lost cause.
There is absolutely nothing wrong or insensitive about what Todd Akin said. Nothing. The more times I read his actual words, the less I have to criticize about them:
It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.
Fact: Pregnancy from legitimate rape is very rare.
Fact: Lots of acts that are called “rape” these days aren’t actual rape. “Legitimate rape” is a perfectly reasonable term to use, and it isn’t Akin’s fault that one has to say “legitimate rape” to distinguish actual forcible rape from drunken hookups: it is feminist’s fault.
Fact: Trauma and anxiety are known to suppress ovulation, and the bulk of a woman’s fertile time is prior to ovulation. This of course is only pertinent to legitimate rape, not to the drunken hookups that feminists claim are rape.
Clearly Akin is simply establishing the fact that pregnancy from legitimate rape is very rare – a lot like “ticking time bomb and we’ve captured the terrorist who knows just where it is and how to defuse it” scenarios.
Fact: In the very rare case of a pregnancy from legitimate rape, it still isn’t justifiable to murder the child.
The way ostensible pro lifers have treated his off the cuff remarks as beyond the pale, and have committed calumny against him by pretending he said things he didn’t say, is absolutely vile and despicable in my view. They bring to mind a narcissistic teenager who spits on his own friends to try (vainly) to curry favor with the “in” crowd.
What this whole sordid affair shows is that pro lifers have allowed the entire discussion to be framed by feminists: they have conceded defeat before the conversation even starts. Pro lifers have permitted leftist and PC idiots to frame a bunch of true statements as a “gaffe”. Pro lifers have allowed the Left to frame as “incompetent” any statement from any pro lifer that is not prepared marketing copy, even though it is perfectly true. Pro lifers have allowed the Left to frame true, qualified statements as “insensitive”.
Leftists don’t do this. A leftist leader can commit sodomy in the oval office with an intern and the Left will still rally around him.
Why on earth would any self-respecting man with genuine leadership capacity want to lead such a bunch of yellow bellied ninnies, who will throw him under a bus at the slightest possibility that the cool kids might make fun of them for their beliefs?
John McG in the comments below says of Todd Akin, “We have a right to demand better.”
No you don’t. Good leadership requires good followers. You get the lack of leadership you deserve.