Speaking of Rape and the War on Women - Democrats Oppose Mandatory Sentences for Child Rapists
Even though almost every major figure in the Republican party and the conservative movement has condemned him and called for him to leave the race, Democrats are now accusing Republicans of condoning rape and a "war on women" because of Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin's clueless comments on the subject.
So it's worth looking at how many Democrats treat the crime of rape in the real world.
As anyone with direct experience knows, whenever you find a politician, judge, or lawyer raging about the harshness of the criminal justice system, pushing rehabilitation and parole programs for child-molesters and sex offenders, rallying behind cop killers, or working to disarm or prosecute people who seek to defend themselves from becoming potential victims, it's almost always a Democrat.
A case in point is the stance Virginia Democrats have taken against a popular state law providing for mandatory sentencing of child rapists.
In March, the Virginia state legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that imposed automatic life sentences for any adult convicted of raping a child under the age of 13. It was in response to an appalling statistic -- more than half of all rapes in Virginia are committed against children under 13.
According to the bill's sponsor, Delegate Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), "[i]n the past two years we had 228 offenders; only 10 got life sentences. They were appallingly short."
The figures on recidivism for this type of crime vary between 52% and 88%, depending on how the figures are calculated.
The bill passed by a large majority. Twenty-one state senators and delegates, all of them Democrats, voted no on the bill.
Included among them were Obama surrogates and supporters State Senator Louise Lucas; Delegate Mamye BaCote, a leading member of VA Women for Obama; and Delegate Scott Surovell, a member of the Obama campaign's Truth Team. All of them are prominent in the Obama campaign's efforts to carry Virginia, and unlike what has happened regarding the treatment of Todd Akin by Republicans, none of them has been disavowed by the campaign, much less by President Obama.
Ask yourself this question: who's really more involved in the war on women and condoning rape? Is it Democrats who want rapists freed and women disarmed, or Republicans who want women to be able to defend themselves and want convicted rapists off the streets and in jail, where they belong?
The hypocrisy is mind-numbing.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His work has appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace, and other publications.