Equality Feminism and Contraception
Equality Feminism and Contraception
“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means as De Tocqueville describes it, ‘a new form of servitude.'” –economist Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)
Some Americans are old enough (like me) to remember when going on the dole was something only done when every other option had been tried. Even then, some lingering shame accompanied that choice, along with determination to get off the dole and return to being self-sufficient and productive as soon as possible. Such ideas must seem really strange to current generations, many of whom (particularly the government schooled) have been inundated with the idea someone owes them something — for nothing, no less; work isn’t necessary, retirement doesn’t need to be earned, health care should be free, as well as housing, food, transportation, clothing, birth control! They don’t realize they are kept slaves since they don’t have to do anything.
It is amazing how many people are thoroughly convinced there are more than enough workers — who will go on working no matter how onerous it becomes to support the detritus — to underwrite all the slackers, ever-growing number of fence-sitters, and government employees on to the cost side of the ledger. I think it less remarkable we have a president who openly exploits such selfishness and ignorance by taking an American virtue (the free market) and turn it into a vice, which is what Obama does when he labels our alternative to his socialist/Marxist vision as an ‘on your own’ society.
Of course, “The Free Lunch” has bought many a vote, even if it is a myth. BO has launched a full-frontal assault on our national character. Or what used to be our national character until progressives (Socialist Democrats) convinced sufficient numbers of Americans that success is something that should elicit feelings of envy, rather than admiration and a sense of aspiration. “Tax the Rich!” The rest of you just sit on your baracksides.
The vaunted literacy of liberal socialist feminists has once again been on display as they claim rights to have Government pay for their contraception. Legally, our rights are enumerated in our Constitution which guarantees them from exclusion from the federal government, nothing more. Factually, the Constitution is entirely silent on reproduction, contraception, fetuses, pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, morning sickness — much less abortion. Something else it did not do was give Congress the right to take my monies (nor yours) to give to anyone so they could have their tubes tied at our expense or avoid paying $20.00 a month for contraceptive pills.
Many saw the recent heart rending testimony of Ms. Sandra Fluke a law student at Georgetown University, before a Congressional Committee. She lamented no one would subsidize her birth control expenses, which she claimed would amount to $3000 during her three years in law school. After watching Ms. Fluke describe her desperate plight, I set to thinking of ways to help her out. First, of course I had to take time to grieve after hearing of her inhumane treatment by the Georgetown administration and our Government – what cruelty lurks in the heart of men that they would leave this poor woman to fend for herself, even at $20.00 or less per month.
However, our constitution does expressly grant to the states all powers not reserved to the people (such as the right to bear arms – see The Bill of Rights) or explicitly given to Congress (such as the right to regulate commerce with foreign nations, among the several states and with the Indian tribes). The Constitution obviously implicitly entrusted anything else including abortion and contraceptive laws to the states. Despite proven tendencies of Congressmen, I think Ms. Fluke addressed the wrong group.
Now if a woman wishes to avoid pregnancy, that is her privilege and I certainly would not wish to restrict the mentally ill from avoiding birth. In fact, if they cannot afford the $20.00 month, I suggest they consider the Aspirin method (one of a $2.50 bottle held firmly between the knees.) It worked very well for the last 75 years and it is a lot cheaper. But don’t ask me nor Congress to interfere in the obvious privacy of feminists by buying them contraceptives; they’d say we were taking advantage of them.
PL Booth, The BLue Eye View of MO, 4/23/12
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