It’s a lie, but in some ways understandable when, to gain political points, a politician twists the meaning of something his opponent says . . . but it’s tragic when other politicians validate that lie.
The perfect example of a lie that has been validated thru the media and by other politicians is the reaction to Indiana Senator Richard Mourdock’s uncalled for platitude in a televised speech last week:
“Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen.”
Granted that sentence was poorly worded and could be interpreted to mean that the rape itself was intended by God but who in their right mind would HONESTLY interpret it like that?
Which brings me to my point: A politician who uses a lame argument like that to support his own beliefs about the evils of abortion is probably NOT in his right mind. To take it a step farther, ANY politician (and it’s mostly the “Conservative” ones that do this) who even broaches either of the two most controversial social subjects: abortion and gay rights, is doing a grave injustice to the public, to his or her party and to the American political system.
At the Federal level, every Senator and Congressman swears an oath upon taking that office that he or she will “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter” and every one of the “duties” involved in that office is intended to serve the people of their state or district. Not just the people who share that politicians religious and social views but ALL the people. Religious and social issues should be “off the menu” in every election, in every political speech and in every piece of legislation. Elected officials are elected to serve the people, not to shamelessly promote their own social/religious beliefs.
Washington Post: “a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/richard-mourdocks-sick-and-twisted-critics/2012/10/25/3440966c-1eea-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html”> Richard Mourdocks ‘sick and twisted’ critics