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Hot Air in a Vacuum

August 28, 2012 - Joselyn King
The strong winds affecting this political convention season aren't coming from Hurricane Isaac. Instead, we're likely to soon witness a full-force maelstrom -- the result of the collective hot air and spit spewing forth from politicos whose brain processes don't match their mouth speeds.

Democratic vice president Joe Biden and Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri are the most recent examples of candidates who should keep their tongues tied in a neat Windsor knot. I'm sure you've heard their comments by now, which will probably go down as words defining the 2012 election.

Let's start with Biden: "They're going to put y'all back in chains," he told a crowd of mostly African-Americans during a campaign stop in Virginia earlier this month.

He was apparently talking about Republican efforts to derail Wall Street reform, or "unchain Wall Street" from government-imposed financial rules. Biden apparently believes abolishing the new finance laws will hurt the poor, but his choice of wording was dangerous.

The Obama administration has had the wonderful pulpit -- even the responsiblity -- to take the lead in improving race relations. Biden's poorly-chosen words only seek to divide more.

And then there's Akin -- who should probably sit in on a women's biology seminar while at the GOP convention in Tampa (though I'm guessing such education isn't on the agenda.)

Let me get this straight. . .a woman who is raped can't get pregnant because her body automatically rejects the attempt????

I'm also guessing sex education isn't taught in Missouri.

Since Akin now has brought the issue to the forefront, maybe better biological education for all should be on the agenda for discussion for discussion for both party's platforms?

It'll never happen.


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