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Rape Analogy: The “Health Care Is Date Rape” Theory

Here on the Sexist, our Rape Analogy series generally focuses on false comparisons employed in order to explain away sexual assault. You know: "rape is like a hurricane"; "rape is like taking a stroll in the jungle"; "rape is like walking in a bad neighborhood."

This time around, let's flip the script to examine what other terrible, no good, very bad things are just like rape. Like health care! The health-care-is-rape argument comes courtesy of WorldNetDaily managing editor David Kupelian. In a piece entitled "Barack Obama and the date-rape of America," he writes:

Good Americans from sea to shining sea are grappling right now with how to mentally process what they're witnessing in Washington, D.C.

The spectacle of a far leftist president literally forcing socialized medicine down the throat of an unwilling center-right America is reminiscent, perhaps more than any other contemporary metaphor, of date rape.

A man determined to have his way with a woman may start off seducing her with lies, flattery and the usual pretense of caring about her. But at a critical moment, when she says, "Stop, I'm not comfortable with this and don't want to go any further," he has a choice: Either do the right thing and back off, or abandon all prior pretensions and take her by force.

As president, Barack Obama courted us with sweet talk, but America grew increasingly uncomfortable with his advances and firmly said, "Stop"—in fact, screamed bloody murder for months. Yet Obama remains obsessed with forcing himself on America.

Kupelian goes on to explain how Obama, much like your undetected date rapist, appears to be an otherwise great guy, until he unsuspectingly rapes America:

How can an apparently decent man like Barack Obama—who undoubtedly loves his daughters and probably reads them bedtime stories, has a good sense of humor, and is highly intelligent and likeable—justify lying and deceiving all the time, pretending to care about Republican input, about transparency, about controlling costs, and so on? Further, how can he justify using such dishonest means to force his will on an unwilling American public? In other words, how can he countenance, in effect, date-raping America?

. . . and how, just like in many date rape scenarios, alcohol is involved:

What we need to understand is that, between his hate-based ideology (Winston Churchill called socialism the "gospel of envy"), extreme narcissism and long-internalized political corruption, Obama and others like him, literally drunk on power, live essentially in a state of delusion: Down is up, truth is cruel and impractical, corruption is just "conducting business," morality is repression, lying is a creative force.

But Kupelian's analogy falls apart when he presents date rape as something that Republicans should actually give a shit about, because for the most part, they really, really don't. If you Google "Republicans date rape," you'll get a lot of hits about Republicans reiterating the idea that bipartisanship amounts to date rape. And Rush Limbaugh equating date rape to extramarital affairs. And Republican Senators refusing to support the right of rape victims to sue their employers. And joking that date rape is like being robbed of expensive jewelry by a beautiful and mysterious woman. Double rape analogy bonus!

Isn't it strange how Republicans seem to only invoke the problem of date rape when they need to use it as a rhetorical tool to transfer sympathy away from real victims of rape and onto themselves? And isn't it odd that when presented with legislation meant to aid real victims of rape, the party refuses to support it? The fact is, Kupelian and his party are far more likely to direct their righteous indignation at people who want everyone to have access to medical care than they are to condemn rapists for raping. So if Kupelian wants us to truly understand how terrible Obama's pursuit of health care is for Republicans, perhaps he should draw comparisons to something that Republicans actually detest. He should also refrain from misusing the term "literally." Twice.

Thankfully for Kupelian, the piece floats several alternate analogies through which Republicans may illustrate their strife. According to Kupelian, Barack Obama is Captain Ahab, and Obamacare is Moby Dick; Barack Obama is a dictator, and America is Zimbabwe; Republicans are "German undercover operatives in the Nazi army plotting to kill Hitler," and Obama is . . . Hitler, presumably.

  • Shinobi

    Wait, we're supposed to take the word of republicans that they didn't want his? I mean, if republicans didn't want health care reform than what were they doing insisting on all that "bipartisanship" and why did they show up to that big summit with the prez?

    If republicans really didn't want health care reform they would have tried actually winning some elections or something. But they didn't, did they. They were just asking for it.

  • m

    How can the president of America force himself on America?

  • Jess

    Right, if anything it's like masturbation.

  • Lashof

    @Shinobi

    It's true. If they didn't want health care, they shouldn't have gone to Blair House, in the bright daylight, wearing those suits.

    Those suits; really just scream 'wants health care' to me.

  • http://lawyerworldland.blogspot.com archer

    Yeah, I agree. All that "compassionate conservatism" was just ass-wiggling in a short skirt.

  • je di

    It's pornographic. They get off on the rape analogy. You should read the majority of comments on Walton & Johnson's, a shock joc duo, FB page. They are sexist, racist, violent & misinformed; eg., that Pelosi should be "tar & feathered," "raped in the ass by budweiser horses," that "dark people" will get free healthcare, & that they'll have to wait in line behind "tran, nyugen and enrique," "so maybe we should all become illegal immigrants."They claim America has been raped & they want *their* country back.They express hate for Pelosi & Obama but never a word about Reid or Biden. They also keep commenting about some code word "wolverine" which often precedes a "lock & load" comment. These are the ppl that think we need to stop listening to experts & that educated ppl are evil. They are ignorant & angry. If this boiling pot of filth that is being stirred w/ incitement by Conservative Radio, & Cable News hosts & even current GOP leadership erupts in acts of violence they'll all have blood on their hands. -j

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  • http://www.thesecondawakening.com C.L. Minou

    I do not have the iron stomach required to visit that page, je di--props to you for surviving it--but Wolverine is almost certainly a reference to the movie Red Dawn, about a group of high school students (including Patrick Swayze!) who form a resistance group opposing a Soviet invasion of the United States. (It makes less sense than that, actually.) Coupled with the "lock and load" comment, it would seem that those guys are advocating armed resistance against an evil socialist aggressor. Fun.

    About the most interesting thing about the movie is that the director, John Milius, was an archconservative and survivalist who served as the inspiration behind John Goodman's character in "The Big Lebowski."

  • je di

    Thank you, C.L., I've googled "wolverine" every which way but could never come up with an answer that made since to me. Some comments did have "Red Dawn", so I'm certain you're right. The reason "wolverine" concerns me is because they say things like, "just tell us when just say wolverine" or "code word wolve..." and then yeah, often someone else will comment "lock and load." I don't think the hosts are stupid enough to promote violence but they certainly aren't condeming it. -j

  • je di

    *sense

  • sad

    I am so applauded by the fact that anyone would have the nerve to use the word "RAPE". I feel like America is on the brink of a civil war if this type of behavior is kept up in the media. I don't understand how people can complain when we had 8 years of BS thrown at us on a daily basis. WAKE UP PEOPLE....CATCH A CLUE TO SQUEEZE A GRAPE FOR WELCH'S

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