ok, well that isn't the official platform, but it might as well be. (quick aside, i love love love the Airplane movies - the 2nd may be better than the first!) the Republican Party, or as I like to call them, the Grand Theocratic Party, has made official their stance that Abortion should be illegal in all cases, even in the event of rape or incest.
yesterday's hysteria over Rep. Todd Akin's remarks have couldn't have been timed better. Republicans are outraged by his words, but in complete agreement on his policies. Maddow did a great piece on this yesterday that is worth watching:
what is apparent is an underlying belief that rape victims are mostly liars. either that or "they're asking for it, they're all asking for it all the time" as that Dad in Airplane II so artfully depicted. this is deep seeded misogyny, and it is at the heart of the Republican base. it's even on the Presidential ticket, as Mr. Romney's running mate holds identical policy views on abortion and rape as Rep. Akin.
as Maddow points out, just 2 years ago this was a very fringe element in the Republican Party. sure, some extremists held these views but were mostly unelectable (Sen. Rand Paul being the exception). now it's part of the Official Party Platform. extremism is the new norm for the GTP. one can only hope that these socially unacceptable policies make them all unelectable in 2012.
who said cults could not be corporations? hrmmm?