WASHINGTON, February 18, 2014 — Real Republicans need to stop letting the likes of Ted Nugent, Todd Akin and Stephen Freind camouflage the republican party.
Last year Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, uttered the ridiculous statement, “from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare … If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
In his defense of Akin, Rep. Stephen Freind added insult to injury. “It is almost but not quite impossible to become pregnant on the basis of rape. The odds are one in millions and millions and millions,” because “Rape, obviously, is a traumatic experience. When that traumatic experience is undergone, a woman secretes a certain secretion, which has a tendency to kill sperm.”
Now Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has Ted Nugent “helping” his campaign. Fresh from the Nuge is this statement:
“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised communist educated communist nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America. I am heartbroken but I am not giving up. I think America will be America again when Barack Obama, [Attorney General] Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Dick Durbin, [former New York City Mayor] Michael Bloomberg and all of the liberal Democrats are in jail facing the just due punishment that their treasonous acts are clearly apparent.
So a lot of people would call that inflammatory speech. Well I would call it inflammatory speech when it’s your job to protect Americans and you look into the television camera and say what difference does it make that I failed in my job to provide security and we have four dead Americans.”
Abbott should have quickly pushed Nugent off the stage. I like the Nuge. He has created some great music. But really, we don’t need his help.
Large mouthed Republicans do not seem to understand that words have meanings, and meanings can be harmful, and hurtful. They can also leave others shaking their heads over the uncaring, unfeeling, and disconnected 1 percent.
Nazis during WWII referred to Jews as “Untermenschen” — German for “under man,” or sub-human. The Nazis used it to describe all “inferior people”: Bolsheviks, homosexuals, Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Russians, blacks and so on. It was a word designed to strip away humanity, a prelude to the planned obliteration of Jews in the Holocaust and Slavs in Generalplan Ost. It was just a word, but what a toxic word.
Nugent is as offensive as kids who walk around with their pants down, or as the liberal, attack-dog media. They expose themselves in order to shock and declare a childish independence, and do it with with the self-conscious herd behavior of fascists. They use words not to communicate ideas, but to communicate raw emotion and incite hatred.
Republicans can take the high road. There are hot button issues they should ignore — not because they’re not important, but because they’ve been converted into flash bombs of hatred that can’t be handled in the soundbites of a campaign. These include women and women’s reproductive health. Where rational discussion is impossible, don’t discuss. Do. Republicans should do what they can do: fix the economy, create jobs and defend the Constitution.
If they don’t, they can go, as our friend Judson Phillips says, the way of the old Whig Party and slip into obscurity. We all make choices. Republicans should choose to shut up on stuff they need to shut up about.