In 2006, Congressman Todd Akin stood on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to beg Congress “to preserve our civilization” by voting for a ban on same-sex marriage.
Towleroad smartly reposted this anti-gay marriage video of Akin’s this morning, but the original comes via Right Wing Watch, and just three weeks ago — way before Congressman Akin’s “legitimate” rape comments — RWW’s Brian Tashman, who’s done some excellent research, noted:
Akin is more than just a dogmatic conservative– he’s a darling of the Religious Right, earning perfect 100% ratings from theÂ Family Research Council,Â National Right to LifeÂ andÂ Concerned Women for AmericaÂ . Akin has also worked Religious Right with activistsÂ Tony Perkins,Â Janet Porter,Â Rick Scarborough,Â Tom DeLayÂ andÂ David Barton, who evenÂ recorded an ad on his behalf.
Akin gained notoriety after he told Perkins on his radio show that â€œat the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God,â€ a remark heÂ refusedÂ toÂ apologizeÂ for.
The congressman is also a virulent opponent of LGBT rights,Â pushing a ban on same-sex unionsÂ of any form in the military and asÂ Think ProgressÂ noted, has co-sponsored nearly every piece of anti-gay legislation in the current House session. He thinks that â€œthe liberal agenda has infiltrated our militaryâ€ due to the repeal of Donâ€™t Ask Donâ€™t Tell and tried toÂ overturn Washington, D.C.â€™s marriage equality law.
He took to the House Floor in 2006 with aÂ warningÂ that â€œanybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived.â€
In a documentary for Truth in Action Ministries, he claimed that the left â€œwill snuff out the light of freedomâ€ by â€œrewriting the history of America,â€ and warned that the health care reform law is â€œan unbiblical threatâ€ that violated the Ten Commandments. Akin even believes thatÂ Medicare is unconstitutional, wants toÂ eliminateÂ the Departments of Education and Energy and the Environmental Protect Agency, wants to impeach judges for â€œmaking decisions not based on the U.S. Constitution,â€ and likens student loan reform to â€œstage three cancer.â€
Akin said that Thanksgiving should beÂ remembered as a day to renounce â€œunbiblicalâ€ socialismÂ and that the U.S. shouldÂ use the Pilgrim society as a modelÂ because the Pilgrims used the Bible as a â€œblueprintâ€ for economic, education and government policies.
He consistently pushesÂ anti-choice legislationÂ and even said thatÂ legal abortion is the reason for illegal immigration: â€œIf you think about it weâ€™ve aborted however many â€“ 40 million â€“ Americans through abortion. If those Americans had not been aborted, we might have more laborers here. Consequently, America is not reproducing itself in terms of our own internal repopulation of having a bunch of kids.â€
That last part should really scare you. Why? Akin is clearly a follower of the radical right wing religious theocrats and dominionists (just ask Andrew Sullivan,) who believe in “demographic winter.” What’sÂ “demographic winter”? The totally xenophobic idea that Muslims are producing more children than whites, and the idea that France, for instnce, will no longer have French people.
Don’t believe me? Read this piece I wrote back in 2009, quoting Maggie Gallagher:
And watch the video in it to really understand…
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‘Oddest’: Legal Experts Mock Trump’s ‘Nutty’ and ‘Doomed to Fail’ Emergency Supreme Court Motion
It weighs in at 240 pages but legal experts are still mocking Donald Trump’s emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court ruling and allow the special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents retrieved from him Mar-a-Lago home.
“Oddest SCOTUS petition. Very technical and not terribly logical,” observed Andrew Weissmann, an NYU School of Law law professor and former DOJ official who served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The motion was addressed to Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees the 11th Circuit courts. His wife, Ginni Thomas, is an avowed supporter of Trump and his “Big Lie” claims he won the 2020 election.
“SCOTUS should send him packing,” tweets former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. “No surprise here, this was why he paid former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise $3 million to sign on, no one else on his team could handle this.”
“Just watch SCOTUS turn Trump down 9-0. (Or 8-1 if Thomas dissents . . . ),” writes retired Harvard professor of law Laurence Tribe. “Will The Donald start calling ‘his’ three justices traitors? Will he say they have a ‘death wish’ as he did with McConnell?”
Weissmann took another hit at Trump’s Lawsuit, declaring it “nutty.”
“Trump argument to SCOTUS: 11th circuit had power to stay Cannon decision BUT it [could] not take the classified docs away from SM Dearie review. Nutty and if he won Dearie wd just say he won’t review the docs bc they are not Trump’s.”
University of Texas School of Law professor of law Steve Vladeck says that while the lawsuit is “not *entirely* laughable,” but he thinks “it’s both (1) doomed to fail; and (2) unlikely to accomplish much even if it succeeds.”
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says, “I would not be surprised if the Supreme Court decides not to hear it.”
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case
Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.
Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.
The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”
The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.
“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
Biden Will Include DeSantis in His Visit to Support Florida Hurricane Victims
President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.
Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”
President Biden on whether he plans to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) when he goes to Florida:
“I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.” pic.twitter.com/nJvW9kKH7T
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.
President Biden says he’s had good conversations with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) about Hurricane Ian aid:
“He complimented me, he thanked me for the immediate response we had, he told me how much he appreciated it … This is not about … our disagreements politically.” pic.twitter.com/SymBlqG75X
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.
President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.
But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”
“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”
Over the weekend DeSantis was blasted by volunteer relief aid workers who were delayed for hours in distributing “food, water, medicine, diapers, and anything else people needed” so Gov. DeSantis could get a photo-op.
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