Friday, August 31, 2012

Sometimes you have to infer

There were a series of comments on this youtube video.
One commenter in particular decried what he/she deemed as people 'deciding for themselves what Ryan meant', and of taking his words out of context. He/she often mentioned the word 'implied'.
The problem is, most of the time we, the people, are forced to decide for ourselves what a politician actually means. We are forced to look at his or her words based on the context of what they have said or done in the past. Because the frakking politicians refuse to give a straight answer to a straight question. Look at Ryan's evasiveness, after the Akin affair. Ryan co-sponsored, with Akin, an attempt to change the wording in a bill from 'rape' to 'forcible rape'.  When reporters asked him if he still believed that there were degrees of rape, he dismissed the question. Rape is rape, he says.
And when, in this interview, he is asked about exceptions for women who have been raped, he dodges the question. He doesn't say, "yes, I think the woman should be forced to carry her rapist's child to term and then either give it up for adoption or spend the rest of her life caring for it", he side-steps into "the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life." Well, perhaps it doesn't, but that wasn't the question. It sounds much nicer though, doesn't it. "I am such a caring person, so dedicated to life", instead of "Sorry, no pass for you, woman. You should have stayed at home, under the protection of your menfolk, so this wouldn't have happened. Now that it has, you're stuck with it"

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