You've heard about this Richard Mourdock fella? Well, I kind of like him.
He's the chap from Indiana running for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket after he beat longtime Sen. Dick Lugar in the primary.
He's also the guy who has become a lightning rod in his party after he recently made some comments about abortion, rape and God.
Boy, that's a trifecta of doom that would find most pols running for the nearest fallout shelter.
Not Mourdock. He rushed in where angels fear to tread — but is he a fool? I don't think so.
I think he is honestly telling us what he thinks, rather than sugar-coating the nasty subject of abortion with high-sounding words and soothing pabulum.
"I came to realize life is that gift from God," Mourdock said. "And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
Here, we must part company. This is a fatalistic, deterministic view of life that negates any free will on the part of mankind."
Some, like Dr. Albert Schweitzer, will use free will for good. Others, like Adolf Hitler, will use it for evil.
Someone who believes God has "intended" conception to result from a rape must also, by logical extension, have God determining whether you should have toast or a bagel for breakfast and whether to go to Office Depot, Office Max or Staples.
Who wins the lottery? Who ends up in the pediatric cancer ward? Who gets the gold mine, and who gets the shaft? You get the idea.
The deniers of free will range from militant atheists to true believers. Please leave your tracts in the rack; I have seen your arguments, and have found them wanting.
But back to Mourdock specifically.
I said at the outset that I like him, and I do. It is a welcome change not to have to take your political machete and hack through the forest of obfuscation so many candidates plant to avoid having to expose their real selves.
It doesn't mean I care for his ideas, or endorse them, because I do not.
But what Mourdock has done is what everyone promises but few deliver: The unvarnished truth, like it or not, which gives us the ability to choose a candidate based on his or her merits or lack thereof.
It's sort of ironic that by coming out with his true feelings, he has given us back what he apparently does not believe in.
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