Jun 5, 2013

Another Republican Excuses Rape; What's Wrong with These People?

Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss blames "hormones"
and "nature" for rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military
Will Republican Scott Walker meet with a rape victim, and explain why the government should force her to carry her rapist's fetus? He should, because the GOP has gone crazy.

"Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types [rape and sexual assault] of things to occur. So we’ve got to be very careful how we address it on our side," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Monday, addressing the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in all the military branches of the United States.

What is it about the Republican and Tea Party and their aversion to stopping rape? Consider the Party of Scott Walker and Paul Ryan and its misogyny:

  • Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" craziness (in U.S Senate campaign, 2012)
  • Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga) defended Akin's comments
  • Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Il) stated that abortion is no longer needed, hence should be outlawed
  • Rep. Steve King (R-Ia) supported Akin's comments
  • Richard Mourdock (R-In) says rape is God's will
But as William Saletan wrote last October, these people represent the mainstream of the Republican and Tea Parties.

As do Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, and other anti-choice Republicans who—like the majority in Republican world—call for instituting the government forcing rape victims to bear their rapists' children.

In fact, this is the GOP's official position on rape and abortion.

And no Republican can be elected GOP nominee for the presidency with a pro-choice position.

President Obama won the women's vote by 12 percent in 2012.

Here's what Chambliss said:  "The young folks who are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So we've got to be very careful how we address it on our side."

Men don't rape women, Nature does, in the Republican world view.

I guess we should not be surprised when the likes of Richard Mourdock call rapists impregnating their victims "something that God intended."

Mourdock, and his supporters like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for example, sounds like he walked out of an episode of Criminal Minds in which a serial rapist confronted by a FBI profiler tells the agent his rape victims should be grateful, just before the enraged FBI agent shoots him to death. (Criminal Minds; Season 5, "The Aftermath")

In the political realm, reasonable people have profound differences of opinion, but when politicians would force rape victims to carry rapists' children, there is something wrong with these people. It's called Misogyny.

On one positive note, Amanda Terkel reports, "Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called military sexual assaults a 'scourge' and promised to make addressing them a top priority. A recent Pentagon report estimated that as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted in 2012."

From a political perspective, if the Republican Party ever wishes to narrow the gender gap, it must abandon the lunacy that women ever bear any responsibility for rape and sexual assault, and it must refrain from placing the blame on God's will or nature's plan.

Defending a women's right choose is also a good place to start for the White, Over-60 Male Party (aka GOP) that only gets elected outside of Appalachia and the south by appealing to misogyny and racism, gerrymandering political districts, and obstructing the right to vote through GOP-crafted voter IDs.

From the Rachel Maddow Show:

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