Message to GOP: Ban the Term “Legitimate Rape”
Published in The Florida Voices on 01/14/2013
“It’s time for some tough love to cure the social conservative diarrhea of the mouth ailment that is too common in GOP ranks. A good start is that the words “legitimate rape” should cease to be heard from any Republican politician.”
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It’s time for fringe GOP figures like Todd Akin to just shut up
by Steven Kurlander
Like a painful canker sore that never seems to go away, thoughtless political dialogue continues to fester and foil rational discourse of important issues of the day.
For Republicans, a prime example is the perfunctory use of the idiotic term “legitimate rape” in the abortion debate by some zealous social conservative candidates and officeholders in their religious quest to outlaw abortions.
The continued backlash that results from the candidates and office holders using it is destructive to the GOP’s viability and credibility as a political party, particularly with women. Beyond that, it makes Republicans seem as though they are devolving into an off-base, regional party that has deviated from moderate and conservative ideals and philosophies.
To win future elections, including the race for the White House in 2016, and to rebuild the party, national and state officials must bring this irrational discourse under control…Continue Reading | Feedback or Contact Steven Kurlander
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