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Jammie Wearing Fools reports that Sandra Fluke, who after being called a slut and prostitute by Rush Limbaugh received a phone call from Barack Obama (though right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham points out she didn’t receive a call from the President when Ed Schultz called her a slut last year), is not a 23 year-old co-ed as has been reported. She’s 30, and she’s a feminist activist. Does this mean anything? Yes, it means that Fluke wasn’t thrown into advocacy; she isn’t brave or courageous. She’s an opportunist. Part of her desired job’s title is to draw the ire of the Right. She gets paid, or hopes to some day, for pushing the envelope, drawing a reaction, and moving the chains forward. She’s been readying herself for primetime, and now she’s doing the dog and pony show gathering sympathy and Twitter followers along the way. To pander to her is akin to coddling a boxer who gets roughed up in the ring. If you want to really give liberals a fistula, ask them why Fluke is regarded as heroic and receives a call from Obama while Bradley Manning sits in a jail cell.
So now this isn’t about women pulling a Trick or Treat routine – give us our sugar pill packs or else! – it’s about how Rush Limbaugh is leading the cavalry in the War on Women.
As they’re adept at doing, Democrats are playing on emotions and have blurred the lines separating the issue of people pushing back against the idea of free candy and that of Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut.
Granted, Rush Limbaugh gave the Left something meatier to chew on. Sitting in a vacuum, it was pretty clear that Fluke was a non-entity – her Congressional sideshow was boring and full of lies, and her reported rejection by Congressional Republican committee members is wholly overblown. Republicans’ best strategy would have been to not try to get too cute. Refute her inane arguments down the list. But, someone was inevitably going to let their personality get in the way which is why Nancy Pelosi wanted to get Fluke on TV in the first place. In this debate, the Democrats don’t care about substance; they care about the reaction of Republicans. And Limbaugh just happened to be the guy who took the bait in the grand liberal scheme which started when Obama singled out birth control for special mandate.
Of course, despite what David Frum says, liberals didn’t have to follow Rush Limbaugh over the synthesis and through the woods. Rush Limbaugh calls someone a slut – so what? That looks bad on Rush Limbaugh, but what does that have to do with the price of the Pill in Philly? It’s just that now we have two debates going on, not one new debate about a monolithic War on Women as the liberals would have it.
Anyway, the birth control ruse is merely the KY Jelly to ease us into the giant butt-fucking that is nationalized health care. If conservatives buy into the frame that liberals are trying to push birth control on us – and, as a commenter pointed out, if we start talking dollars and cents – we’ve lost the game. The response should always be that any sort of government mandate – whether that be for individuals to buy health care or companies to provide certain pre-approved plans – is unconstitutional and coercive. To get sidetracked by birth control or morality plays is to let mandated health care become the norm. To let mandated health care become the norm is to set the table for a debate on nationalized health care. And who do you think will win that debate?
As Michael Tanner, senior fellow at Cato Institute, wrote:
The problem with the contraceptive mandate is not the contraceptive part — it’s the mandate. The new health-care law requires every employer with 50 or more employees to provide their workers with health insurance. It also requires every American who doesn’t receive health insurance through work or a government program to buy insurance themselves or face a fine.
But simply providing or buying insurance is not enough to fulfill the mandate. The insurance must satisfy the government’s definition of what qualifies as proper insurance, including a long list of benefits that the government thinks you should have.
And also from Cato, John Cochrane points out how religious conservatives have let the debate be hijacked by pushing the agenda into the liberal frame:
The critics fell for a trap. By focusing on an exemption for church-related institutions, critics effectively admit that it is right for the rest of us to be subjected to this sort of mandate. They accept the horribly misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and they resign themselves to chipping away at its edges. No, we should throw it out, and fix the terrible distortions in the health-insurance and health-care markets.
Sure, churches should be exempt. We should all be exempt.
And now the Democrats are rolling up Limbaugh’s words and other on-going abortion debates into the health care discussion and are presenting this as a “War on Women”. They use such martial language – “assault”, “attack” – in order to create the image of a rapacious conservative cohort pulling health out of women’s bodies like the Dementors in Harry Potter.
You see how nefarious this is when you consider the big stink liberals created after Jared Loughner shot Gabby Giffords. It was all about the toxic culture that Republicans had created with their ads with crosshairs and their muscular ideology. Those extreme words created an environment which greased the wheels for extreme acts of political aggression.
“The Republicans want to take us forward to the Dark Ages again. . .when women were property that you could easily control, even trade if you wanted to,” he said. “It’s appalling we are even having this debate in the 21st century.”
Yes, it is appalling that these women can’t put on their big girl panties and make their own life decisions. Woman up ladies!