Let's grow out of this parochial mentality
The Kansas City Star
When the country urgently needs to deal with our messy health care system, when we should focus our minds on serious issues of economic crisis, like how to shrink the threatening deficit or how to reform entitlement programs or how to create jobs, it is sad to see a politician like Todd Akin divert our attention with his totally unintelligent remark on a “bigger issue” like abortion and “legitimate rape.”
Can’t our politicians have a larger vision of the country instead of fixing their eyes on a woman’s uterus? Can’t politicians rise above their own personal preferences and follow the golden rule of live-and-let-live? Can’t they stop trivializing politics?
If we expect to climb out of this prolonged economic downturn, we must first grow out of this parochial mentality.