Local politicians keep me scratching my head. I've written about a number of them recently. For awhile, State Senator Jane Cunningham wanted to . Then there was the and $1,000 campaign contributions to our suburban state reps and senators from a Virginia pork producer that was backing a bill that would hurt Missouri farmers. Now it’s .
What I don’t understand is what Congressman Akin defines as liberal. During a recent radio interview, Akin said, "at the heart of liberalism, really, is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God."
But for a number of years, Akin liked to dress up like a colonial patriot and throw a big July Fourth bash at what was left of his family farm off Conway Road. He would encourage supporters to show up in period costumes.
What were the colonists if not a hotbed of liberal radicals? They wanted to overthrow the government of British colonies. They held unlawful protests and performed acts of civil disobedience, such as illegally boarding ships and destroying tea shipments. In the 1770s, they came up with protest slogans such as “No Taxation without Representation,” Don’t Tread on Me” or “United or Die” that were every bit as liberal as the “We Shall Overcome,” “Hell No I Won’t Go” or “Give Peace a Chance” of the 1960s and '70s.
When Akin put on his 1776 wardrobe and read the Declaration of Independence, whom did he think he was portraying but a liberal? All men being created equal…this was nothing but liberalism 1776 style! The conservatives in 1776 were called Loyalists.
I don’t really think conservatives have cornered the market on loving God. All the ministers of black congregations who marched and conducted civil disobedience in the 1960s were likely religious people. Those ministers were quietly arrested on buses and at lunch counters to make the same point that Akin’s heroes of 1776 made.
Jesuits of the Catholic Church are certainly considered liberals by many, but l don’t doubt their love of God. I don’t think those liberal pastors of Episcopal and United Methodist churches are suddenly going to tell their congregations that Madalyn Murray O’Hara was right.
It was interesting that Akin was happy to do a radio interview discussing how NBC edited the Pledge of Allegiance to cut out "under God" in a broadcast of the U.S. Open—words that weren't even in the original pledge but were added by Congress in 1954. But now he is refusing to do interviews with local television stations and newspapers about his comments.
So, I'd like to know which it is with Congressman Akin: Did those liberals from 1776 who he so admires hate God, or is it just the liberals of 2011?