Jewish World Review March 7, 2012/ 13 Adar, 5772
Birth control agitprop
By Jonah Goldberg
Ever since, this convenient locution has become a staple for countless Democratic politicians, particularly Catholic ones. It is Vice President
Cuomo's argument was a mess. For instance, in order to buttress his argument he touted the (alleged) refusal of
I bring this up because according to the logic of Democrats these days, all of these politicians want to ban abortion. It doesn't matter that they support abortion rights, in word and deed. It doesn't matter that they're willing to forgive tolerance for slavery to defend the distinction. They are personally opposed to abortion, usually as a matter of faith, and so they must favor banning it.
That's the upshot of the shockingly dishonest propaganda being peddled by leading Democrats and media outlets about the Republican push to "ban" contraception.
Part of the problem is simply psychological projection. Since many liberals believe there's no valid limiting principle on government's ability to do "good," they assume that conservatives believe there's no valid limiting principle to do "bad."
But don't tell that to the Democrats who are desperate to accuse the Republicans of Comstockery.
"Let's admit what this debate is really and what Republicans really want to take away from American women. It is contraception," Sen.
The Obama campaign insists that "if
It's all so breathtakingly dishonest. Rather than transport us to President
To be sure, Republicans invited some of this madness upon themselves. But it was
The lying demonization of Republicans isn't nearly so offensive, or at least surprising, as the extremist policy assumptions liberals are now using to defend Obama's "accommodation" of religious institutions. They argue, in short, that if employers and the government -- using taxpayer money -- do not provide birth control (and some abortifacients), for "free," then they are banning birth control. Taking them seriously -- no easy task -- Democrats are saying that there's no legitimate realm outside of government.
In other words, there's no room for anybody to be personally opposed to paying for someone else's birth control. That means the people who want birth control to be a personal matter and no one else's business are demagogically fighting for a policy in which your birth control is in fact everyone's business, starting with the government's.
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