With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democrats?
by Steve Deace
This article was originally published at Townhall.com.
Contrary to what you’ve heard from the liberal media and the Republican Party establishment, which are becoming virtually indistinguishable these days if you ask me, the Todd Akin saga isn’t about his much-maligned mangled comments.
In politics there’s often the right reason people do things, and then there is the real reason they do things. Sure, the Republican Party establishment that funds the Obama Regime’s unconstitutional schemes (including Obamacare), and mostly sits on its hands while our freedoms and liberties are being lost, will sanctimoniously tell us Akin has to go because he could cost Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.
But if that’s the standard now, then maybe it’s Mitt Romney who should go, since there are currently better odds on Intrade the Republicans will capture the Senate than Romney will capture the White House.
No, that may be their “right” reason for aiding and abetting the liberal media’s attempt to marginalize a man with a 100% pro-life voting record as a Congressman. But that’s not the “real” reason.
The existence of pro-life champions like Akin exposes the fact that the Republican nominee for president is not pro-life but really pro-choice. It’s just that he wants far fewer options for killing children than an open infanticidist like President Obama does. Akin would look at women like Michigan attorney and pro-life warrior Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in a rape and is now a pro-life warrior, and say her life is just as precious and valuable as is a child conceived within the joys of holy matrimony.
Candidates like Akin won’t be content with settling for fewer innocent deaths while in office, but instead will push to protect every person’s right to life as the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution commands (and as Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan has done as a U.S. Congressman). On the other hand, Romney cynically looks at a woman like Kiessling and says winning the election is more important than your life, and all the lives your life would impact.
Candidates of conviction like Akin believe they have a moral obligation to persuade others to their principles to win the election. Politicians of position like Romney will just adopt whatever principles the polls tell them they need to have to win. And an increasingly cynical American electorate is tired of it, as is the conservative grassroots rallying behind Akin as we speak. Groups like Family Research Council, American Family Association, and Personhood USA have come to Akin’s aid. Nationally-known names like Mike Huckabee have come to Akin’s defense while other so-called conservative icons and heroes have either run for cover or piled on to assist the liberal lynch mob.
Shame on them.
While Romney was for healthcare mandates, abortion, pro-homosexual policies that infringe on religious liberty, gun control, and global warming, Rep. Akin was one of the most reliable conservative votes (96%) in the U.S. Congress according to the American Conservative Union. But now it’s suddenly Akin who is the goat and Romney is the hero? Apparently when Romney said the important issues at play during the Chick-fil-a controversy “weren’t a part of my campaign” he really meant it.
Don’t get me wrong, Akin’s comments were an unforced error, because there’s no need to even circle the rhetorical drain he was circling to win the point he was trying to make. But the man has since apologized. Has Romney ever apologized for Romneycare, let alone the taxpayer-funded abortions for just $50 that was a part of it?
So many Romney supporters over the years have urged me to forgive his many transgressions against conservative orthodoxy. Where is their forgiveness for Akin?
Should one mangled statement overshadow a man’s entire career? Especially when it’s been as principled as Mr. Akin’s? The grassroots supporters who helped Akin raise $100,000 in 24 hours last week obviously think not. Those who care more about what the liberal media thinks than what the Constitution says sadly do.
If only the “architects” in the Republican Party establishment were as tough on President Obama as they have been on Rep. Akin recently. Who knows, the government might be smaller, the economy might be better, and the Congress where Republican John Boehner is Speaker of the House might not have a paltry 13.8% approval rating.
Whenever a Republican whose only difference with the Democrat is that he’s not one wins the primary, the Republican Party establishment likes to piously remind disappointed conservatives of Ronald Reagan’s famous 11th Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of thy fellow Republican.”
Apparently that doesn’t apply to Akin.
Even the chairman of the Republican National Committee said Akin was not welcome at the convention. Yet the little ball of hate John McCain, who has betrayed the principles in the party platform that define what it means to be a Republican countless times, was given a primetime speaking slot.
With “friends” like these, who needs Democrats?
Scores of ruling class Republicans have lost primaries to grassroots conservatives the past two election cycles. Based on what we’ve seen from the ruling class Republicans recently, there’s still plenty more that need to go. And their “architect” with his white board should be shown the door with them.