Recently a liberal activist and blogger, Mike Tipping, dug up some of the most vile comments that I’ve ever read, coming from Maine State Representative Lawrence Lockman.
And when I say “vile,” I mean it in every sense of the word. They’re absolutely disgusting, and quite frankly borderline criminal.
Tipping found a statement from a 1995 press release where Lockman said:
“If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”
Yes, that’s a currently elected state representative who once said that if women are to be given the right to have an abortion (a Constitutionally protected right, by the way) then why can’t a man use his “superior strength” to force himself on a woman, because at least in the man’s “pursuit of sexual freedom” – in most cases – nobody dies.
Honestly, the part where he compares having an abortion to to a man forcing himself on a woman isn’t what disturbs me the most. It’s the fact that he calls a man forcing himself on a woman a “pursuit of sexual freedom.”
Don’t get me wrong, it’s all disgusting. But you don’t use terminology such as that unless you’re willing to make excuses for such a vile act.
And it doesn’t stop there. In 1987, he said about AIDS:
“In the overwhelming majority of cases, people are dying because of their addiction to sodomy. They are dying because progressive, enlightened, tolerant people in politics and in medicine have assured the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted, depraved crime against humanity.”
These comments coming to light have prompted Ben Grant, the state’s Democratic Party chairman, to call for Lockman’s resignation. Grant said Lockman is a, “disturbed individual who holds some of the most abhorrent beliefs ever heard from a public official in Maine.”
I would completely agree.
Lockman did respond to the controversy, saying, “I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret. I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation, and today I am focused on ensuring freedom and economic prosperity for all Mainers.”
I’m sorry, but you don’t make those types of remarks, at any point in your life, without being severely mentally depraved.
For a Republican to make some asinine comparison to abortion is nothing new. Like I said, that doesn’t bother me near as much as the fact that he called a man sexually forcing himself on a woman as him simply engaging in a “pursuit of sexual freedom.”
It’s disturbing on a level I can’t even put into words.
And no, I don’t care that he said these things 15 or more years ago. Like I said, you don’t make comments such as these without being deeply mentally disturbed. The kind of mental instability that doesn’t just “go away.”
I think it’s clear that Lockman resigning is the only possible solution to this scandal. A man who’s said things such as he did in the past has no business serving in public office.