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OneSTDV posts on the latest bit of injustice which requires good citizens to fix their full attention. One calls Sandra Fluke’s (pronounced ‘fluck’) testimony another example of liberal mental illness.
I disagree with One only in his characterization that liberalism is a type of mental illness. I actually think it is much worse. Liberalism – at least the part that coerces other people to provide others with positive rights – stems from a disordered mind, a mind which conceives of health care as a human right because, hey, why not? If this thinking were merely an illness, it could be fixed. But it can’t be fixed because the argument rests on top of a faulty premise. It’s like trying to build a cathedral on a beach. Illness can emerge from a normal state. But disorder is something else entirely different. Disorder can seem like illness, but that characterization is relative. To liberals, what could be called illness looks normal. And that’s worse than anything.
So Fluke sits in front of a House panel to provide testimony on the issue of the mandate of Catholic institutions to provide birth control as part of their insurance plans. Speaker Nancy Pelosi chaired the farce and thanked Fluke for her courage. This provides another look into the disordered liberal mind. Liberals actually think that getting up in front of a group of like-minded politicians and doing something that will merely further a career in reproductive justice activism is courageous. This is actually the opposite of courageous. Courage requires possible blowback – a possible loss of something of substance. It doesn’t take a great imagination to understand that Fluke was one among many activists chomping at the bit to sit in front of this panel because such an act is a resume-builder. So when they characterize this charade as courage we can see that they’re trying to beef themselves up. If they think they’re being fired upon, that they are the ones who are having rights stripped from them, if they think of themselves as martyrs for the cause of justice rather than mercenaries on behalf of socialism and coercion, then their perception becomes their reality.
Fluke makes a couple of wild arguments. Her testimony is filled with anecdotal horror stories about women she knows who’ve suffered medical problems through not having access to birth control through Georgetown and other Catholic/Jesuit institutions. Which provides room for an argument for specific treatment of things like endometriosis or chronic cysts – maladies which may be addressed by using birth control-type medicines. But that’s a different argument. As the Catholic institutions understand it, birth control pills are mainly used to prevent birth. Whether loony or not, to Catholics, this is on the same spectrum as mandating murder. So the side show arguments merely avoid the issue, which Fluke exaggerates:
“Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown student insurance not covering contraception),” Fluke reported.
It costs a female student $3,000 to have protected sex over the course of her three-year stint in law school, according to her calculations.
“Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” Fluke told the hearing.
As The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack points out, the Target near Georgetown sells birth control pills for $9 without insurance.
We all need lots of things to survive. I need food. I eat at least $400 worth of food a month. Does Fluke et al suggest that someone should pay for everyone’s food? That might be a bad question to ask since Fluke might argue that food should be provided pro bono by the government (taxpayers). But to those in the middle who are sifting through the rhetoric, the absurdity of the idea that someone should pay my monthly food bill should add perspective to the argument that someone should pay for her birth control tab. And that’s even stretching it because birth control is not required for survival!