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Inventing (for political purposes*) a Republican War on Women

As gay conservatives, we know all too well about many liberals’ ignorance of (or is it willful blindness to) the basic tenets of modern conservative and the underlying philosophy of Reagan Republicanism. All too many lefties (but fortunately not all and maybe not even most) seem to believe that the essence of conservative ideology involves suppressing the “Other,” you know, people who differ from the norm because of their race, religion, “gender” or sexuality.

So many of these folks, many with college educations, indeed, a good number on college faculties, have a prejudiced view of conservatives in general and Republicans in particular. Yesterday, Sarah Hoyt offered an extended rant on a recent manifestation of a related ignorance, something many of us have witnessed as well:

Over the last few days it’s been impossible for me to log on to Face Book without being assaulted by postings on the “Republicans War On Women” from my female Face Book Friends most of whom are educated and many of whom work in a profession that, at least in broad theory, requires them to have the capacity for original or individual thought.
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But no one is discussing banning contraceptives or even abortion. The contraceptive issue was introduced in a Republican debate by George “Supine” Stephanopoulos as a means of painting Republicans as being against contraceptives.

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What kind of enormous, unyielding, painful daddy issues have you got to have to think that Uncle Sam has to force a CHURCH to pay for your contraception?
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A war on women – a war on everyone – means forcing people to pay for things they believe are a sin, and which they think will cost them eternal torment.

Via Glenn Reynolds who quips, “Democrats are worried, so they’re playing the Republicans Will Steal Your Ladyparts!!!! card. And the knees are jerking as hoped. Women, you’re being played. Again.

Why do some very intelligent people spend so much time venting against idea, policies and arguments they just don’t understand — or deliberately misrepresent?

*or due to willful blindness.

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15 Comments

  1. remember, if you are against the Gov’t giving it away for free you are obviously against it in every way shape manner or form thereof. There is absolutely no middle ground with these morons.

    Comment by JP — February 20, 2012 @ 3:08 am - February 20, 2012

  2. Hoyt’s indignation might have more traction if she didn’t solemnly regurgitate some of the blatant flasehoods beloved by the anti-abortion crowd, such as the debunked abortion-causes-cancer and the 90%-female-fetus BS.

    The Obama admin is indeed being disingenuous on the issue, with their BS ranting about “free” birth control (SOMEONE has to pay for it) but the so-cons are indeed pushing forward in many places with legislation that bans abortion and many forms of contraception. Oklahoma passed a “personhood” law last week that would make every ovum ever approached by a sperm a full legal person. Several states have mandatory ultrasound laws that add an extra (and completely unneccessary) medical procedure to the bill for an abortion, while also constituting state-mandated vaginal probing as a preliminary for first trimester procedures.

    I wish both of them would get the hell out of our bedrooms and wallets. Pay for your own contraception. And quit the every-sperm-is-sacred religious pandering.

    Comment by spinalfusion — February 20, 2012 @ 4:45 am - February 20, 2012

  3. Intelligence has little to do with it. I recently read some of Kenneth Minogue’s work on ideology, as well as an extraordinarily helpful review of James Burnham, back in 1964…shows how little has changed on the Left. Ideology is a trance, a secular revelation with the force of a faith, a Manichean “second world” of magical ideas, explanations, grand narratives, etc. And as for education, most of our humanities especially are ideological factories. And as with most revealed religions, if you step outside the True Faith, you fall into the pit with the Damned.

    Take Jews, for example. Ashkenazi Jews have perhaps the highest IQ averages in the world. But most of them are bewitched by the Leftist ideology. How many of them, in the face of Obama’s antiIsrael policies, refuse to see him for what he is? Magical thinking is stronger than mere intellect.

    Comment by EssEm — February 20, 2012 @ 10:50 am - February 20, 2012

  4. The Republican candidates’ response to the contraception question should have uniformly been “Are you f-ing kidding? We’re at war, insolvent, heading to war with Iran… Insert looming crisis and you’re asking about rubbers?!.”

    It strikes me as, well, odd that there’s so much attention being paid to reproductive issues when 1) the birth rate for whites in this country is below replacement now, 2) abortions rates are anything but uniform among racial groups (make from that what you will), 3) yet we’re actively importing poor people from third world countries. There may be some brilliance here but I’m not seeing it.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — February 20, 2012 @ 12:18 pm - February 20, 2012

  5. Just because a leftie possesses a college or university degree does not necessarily mean that the holder is well educated. It could mean that he or she has been properly brainwashed by radical leftist professors.

    Comment by Roberto — February 20, 2012 @ 1:04 pm - February 20, 2012

  6. Dan writes:

    (liberals) …. seem to believe that the essence of conservative ideology involves suppressing the “Other,” you know, people who differ from the norm because of their race, religion, “gender” or sexuality.

    The trick is centered around differ from the norm” :

    I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the state of Science, whatever the matter may be.

    - Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin • Lecture on “Electrical Units of Measurement” (3 May 1883)

    The shorter Kelvin is:

    “If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.”

    Ergo, liberals must measure everything, settle on what constitutes the “norm” and then set out to improve it.

    This is their never changing game plan: Frame the argument by dictating the “norms” and then demonize the right for creating and holding down the “victims” who do not rise above the “norm.”

    The truth is not the issue. The issue is to make the numbers fit the agenda. Because, to paraphrase Kelvin, “If you can measure it, you can improve it.” So, everything must be measured in advance of community organizing. Everything is given a number. (The 99% against the 1%.)

    Like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, the Democrats frame the issue with their phony numbers and leave the Republicans run around in circles trying to defend themselves.

    The one Republican who recently stopped this game at the outset was Paul Ryan facing Turbo Timmy Geithner. (Go down 6 posts and look at the exchange.)

    Look for the numbers in the War on Women. Planned Parenthood spends only 3% of its budget on abortions. 98% of Catholic women favor contraception. Blah, blah, blah….

    We need to remember Reagan and look at the number quoter(s) and say “there you go again.” We need to confront these phony numbers people turn them into the clowns in public that they are.

    Comment by Heliotrope — February 20, 2012 @ 1:14 pm - February 20, 2012

  7. The media is desperate to re-elect Obama, and will push whatever stories they have to, to make that happen.

    If 51% Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, they will deserve what they get. (Chiefly the ever-declining living standards that go with Obammunism.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 20, 2012 @ 2:41 pm - February 20, 2012

  8. The thing being: the talking points were out well in advance, if Stephanopolous’s questions in the NH debate are any indicator. I know that in OKC the feminazis had all the same talking points as spinalfusion.

    90% of aborted fetuses are female. Where’d they get that statistic? That’s a good question, and it’s not BS. Abortion causes cancer. Well, not directly, but the damage caused in the procedure seems to have a correlation to cervical cancer. Correlation isn’t causation, but the studies are still ongoing. Not BS.

    Comment by DaveO — February 20, 2012 @ 4:38 pm - February 20, 2012

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  10. Several states have mandatory ultrasound laws that add an extra (and completely unneccessary) medical procedure to the bill for an abortion,

    Imagine the savings if you could get an appendix removed without a CT. Hell, we could toss out ultrasound and radiology altogether. It’s just an unnecessary cost. Thousands unemployed, millions slaughtered. It’s a win-win.

    Comment by TGC — February 20, 2012 @ 9:45 pm - February 20, 2012

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  12. the birth rate for whites in this country is below replacement now

    If so, it is because white people do not care enough. For if they did care, they would let their teenage daughters attend unchaperoned coed slumber parties, from which there would be some new parents in nine months.

    Comment by Michael Ejercito — February 21, 2012 @ 11:27 am - February 21, 2012

  13. I assume that’s sarcasm Michael.

    Fortunately for my childless* self, my little brother has gifted me with 5 wonderful nieces and nephews, to pick up the slack.

    *No, Rocky does not count as a child, no matter how much the chihuahua thinks he does.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 21, 2012 @ 3:49 pm - February 21, 2012

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