Politics & Law

The irony of Todd Akin

Dan Farber

Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s views about rape and pregnancy are crazy, and he deserves his current political plight.  The irony is that Akin is by no means the most extreme of the current crop of Senate candidates. In fact, in a recent blog post, I decided not to lump him with the other tea party candidates because his environmental views were more mainstream. For instance, he gives EPA credit for helping to clean up the environment, and he favors some limited actions to address possible climate change.

In contrast, consider the crazy views espoused by some of his fellow tea-partiers:

Richard Mourdock (Indiana): “We are basing our energy policy on the greatest hoax of all time, which is that mankind is changing the climate.”

Ted Cruz (Texas): Agenda 21 (a/k/a the Rio Declaration) “establishes a regime of rules that attempt to bypass Congress and the American people, handing over power over vast areas of the US economy to unelected UN bureaucrats.”

These views are just as crazy as Todd Akin’s.  Mourdock’s fantasy of a worldwide conspiracy of thousands of scientists is laughable, but such theories of mass conspiracies have an ugly history. Cruz’s fantasies about Agenda 21 are equally nutty. Agenda 21 is a well-intentioned but completely toothless endorsement of sustainable development. One commenter on my previous post assured us that Cruz is too smart to believe these things and is simply pandering — but this “defense” seems equally damning to me.

Akin is getting the treatment he deserves.  But why are Mourdock, Cruz, and their ilk getting a free ride from the press and the public?

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Comments to "The irony of Todd Akin":
    • Anthony St. John

      P.S. Most importantly, how we vote during this 2012 election year shall determine whether the window of opportunity closes this year or not.

      If you folks don’t educate the electorate on this paramount fact of life for protecting long-term quality of life for future generations before We The People vote in 2012, then the current cycle of drought-famine-epidemic shall accelerate the decline of our civilization beyond our control within a years.

      However, we must also do something to overcome the paramount fact that we are living with the consequences of our failure to heed President Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell Address warning:

      “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.”

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    • Joy

      I think this man should withdraw, but I think it is total hypocrisy that the Democrats are being so critical, after all President Clinton was carrying on an affair in the White House and was accused of many incidents of sexual misconduct against women, and he is the keynote speaker?? Double STANDARD

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    • Anthony St. John

      Prof. Farber, posts by you and your colleagues on Berkeley Blog keep proving beyond all doubt that republican politicians’ paramount goal is to maximize avarice for themselves and the special interests that own them, regardless of consequences they are producing to destroy long-term quality of life for future generations. That explains deranged rant rhetorical style that Akin, Mourdock, Cruz, Romney et al. Unfortunately, lies work or the Tea Party wouldn’t control the GOP and congress today.

      Norman Myers’ 1990 “The Gaia Atlas of Future Worlds” should have resulted in the same success as “Silent Spring” but has instead been marginalized by special interests with the power of money to control far too many of our institutions that increasingly threaten long-term quality of life for future generations.

      As you have proven in other posts, the window of opportunity is closing, if the GOP hasn’t closed the window already.

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