Wednesday, October 03, 2012


From the Huffington Post:

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), the Senate candidate that drew criticism in August after making the inaccurate claim that the victims of "legitimate rape" can force their bodies to avoid pregnancy, also believes it's fair for employers to pay women less than men.

"I believe in free enterprise. I don't think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don't pay," Akin said at a town hall meeting on Thursday. The comment came in response to a question about Akin's decision to vote against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which has made it it easier for women to challenge unequal pay.

More here.

As Rachel Maddow observed Monday night, this is along the lines of Rand Paul's "freedom" that would allow racist hotel and restaurant owners to deny service to black people.  That is, it's that weird libertarian "freedom" that's more oppression than anything else: it's my business, and I'm paying you with my money, so I can pay you whatever I damn well please.  Yeah, as I've observed before, libertarian "freedom" is philosophically supported by that truism well known to three-year-olds and assholes everywhere, the philosophy of "it's mine!"  Some philosophy.

Of course, when you put this stance together with Akin's "legitimate rape" point of view, it sure does make him out to be a major sexist piece of shit, libertarian views or not.  Actually, even if you don't consider his "legitimate rape" bullshit, it still makes him out to be a sexist piece of shit, just as Rand Paul's libertarian stance on race and public accommodations makes him out to be a racist piece of shit.  It doesn't matter how you get there.  In the end, sexism and racism are exactly that, sexism and racism.

On the other hand, you've got to give Akin credit for being forthright about his views.  Back in the day, conservatives would offer this crap wrapped up in vague rhetoric with a few code words such that they could plausibly deny their misogyny or racism while letting their intended constituencies understand exactly where they stood.  Indeed, this newly found Republican honesty may very well end up being the biggest factor in an Obama victory next month.

So keep talking, conservatives.  It's good for the country.