Shouldn't We Trust The Person?
Help me out here if you can. Shouldn’t a person running for office be a person in whom we can have confidence that his yes is yes and his no is no? Shouldn’t a person who is running for a political office, and asking us to trust them, be trustworthy? Shouldn’t they be willing to say what they believe and stand by it regardless of the consequences? In other words, shouldn’t a person running for office be veracious? Shouldn’t the voters have confidence that a politician says what he/she believes and that the politician will not succumb to saying anything just to get elected?
Recently, we witnessed leftist groups and homosexuals react with their typical knee-jerk apoplexy, when the owner of Chick-Fil-A spoke openly and honestly of his personal point of view. Now granted, this man is not a politician, but wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a politician stand by their convictions instead of making their convictions whatever will get them elected?
That is exactly what I would do if I were the Republican Senatorial candidate from Missouri Todd Akin. Akin has come under fire and pressure to abandon his race for the Senate because he gave an honest answer to a question about abortion. When asked if he opposed abortion even in the case of rape, he should have answered “yes” and moved on to the next question. Instead, he answered yes and then tried to legitimize his answer with medical evidence.
Truth be told, there is medical opinion that supports his answer: “From what I understand from doctors…if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut [the female reproduction ability down].” I recall reading the same thing going back to my early years of college. And more important, I can recall hearing adults saying the same thing when I was a child.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren can lie about her ethnicity in order to defraud and cheat the government to get student loans. Democrat Richard Blumenthal lied about his non-existent Vietnam War record all the way to reelection. Bill Clinton can lie about sexual relations. Obama can lie about his mother’s death; can lie about his father’s non-existent military record and can lie about his past (by keeping all documents pursuant to same sealed). Mitt Romney has flipped, flopped, and flipped again to the point that who knows what he really believes. But Akin speaks his mind and position truthfully and Karl Rove and Republican leadership throw him under the bus faster than they threw Trent Lott under the bus for making a jocund comment at the late Strom Thurmond’s birthday party.
Republicans need to figure out that standing up for what a person believes in shouldn’t disqualify a person from office. I would double down on Akin and tell the media we’ll stop supporting Akin when Obama stops supporting Eric Holder and Joe Biden. Go Akin.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here