Are the Republicans “legitimate”?
On this Tuesday in late August, on the eve of Labor Day, the Republican brain trust is preparing to offer up solutions to the country’s woes.
The venue, of course, is the Republican National Convention. And the brain trust in question is a gaggle of GOP leaders and deep thinkers. The fact that these visionaries planned a national convention in coastal Florida at the height of hurricane season — on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina no less — inspires confidence in their steadfast resolve, if not their knowledge of meteorology or history.
Doubtless the Republicans will address the issues of global warming, endless war(s), foreclosures, homelessness, and of course, unemployment and what none dare call Depression. Doubtless they will, with great passion, urge the country to endorse the very same policies that created these ills, policies now recast as cures: deregulation, tax breaks for the rich, new and improved wars (perhaps Iran?), and of course, “pro-life” legislation (albeit with a disclaimer: their legislation protects the sanctity of life from conception until birth — after that all bets are off). Some Republicans are so “pro-life” they believe that even women who are raped should not have access to abortion. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri has argued that, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
On the eve of this momentous event, one question, above all others, occupies this observer’s mind:
I find myself wondering if what the Republicans are doing to the country qualifies as “legitimate rape” — I’d hate to think they are illegitimate.