Considering that the left are the folks who profess peace and love, they sound mighty militaristic these days, banging the drums in rhetorical combat.
Their battle is against conservatives who they claim have launched a War on Women (WOW); but let’s be clear, this isn’t a war on all women. The war they accuse traditionalists of waging is against pre-menopausal, sexually active, fertile, nonreligious, pro-abortion, Planned Parenthood loving, liberal women. Got it?
The rest of American women—which are most of us by the way—don’t matter in the eyes of the progressive foot soldiers. To them, we are invisible, often clueless and sometimes traitorous. Watching the recent Democratic National Convention, we got the message loud and clear. Over and over and over again.
In her DNC speech, Sandra Fluke (who can afford $57,000 for Georgetown Law but can’t cough up the cash for contraceptives) said she wants a place where “…we decide when to start our families.” (Translation: An America where the taxpayer subsidizes Planned Parenthood and government-funded, unrestricted abortions on demand).
There was more. Caroline Kennedy took a swipe at her faith, saying, “As a Catholic woman, I take reproductive health seriously, and today, it is under attack.” Actress Scarlett Johannson opined how her high school friends depended on government for their reproductive health services; yet my favorite over-the-top hysterical moment was when actress Kerry Washington said that the WOW warriors were going to take away a women’s right to vote! No joke.
The rhetoric was especially heated when the WOW opposition generals took the stage. “Mitt Romney is campaigning to get rid of Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe v. Wade,” ominously warned Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Cecile Richards. NARAL’s Nancy Keegan echoed the same threat, saying that Romney would “…take away our power to make decisions about our lives and our futures.”
Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Nancy Pelosi, Carolyn Maloney and others throughout the week joined in the raucous demagoguery: The Republicans are coming, the Republicans are coming!
Beyond the Convention, the usual suspects—People for the American Way, The ACLU, The Daily Kos and similar progressive organizations are rallying their minions; in April a group called UniteWomen.org sponsored a nationwide WOW protest. Didn’t hear about it? You weren’t alone.
None of this would matter much if it didn’t matter a whole lot to the left-wing elite in this country. Truth is, only three in 10 women recently polled by the Kaiser Foundation believes such a war even exists; moreover a CNN poll found that 62 percent of Americans want abortions illegal in all cases or legal with restrictions.
The speakers at the Democratic Convention and their interest groups hardly represent the majority of women. When it comes to our concerns, frankly my dear, they don’t give a damn. Most of us, thankfully, are not nearly so self-involved; the hopes and dreams we hold for our daughters, sisters and mothers also include our fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons.
The left’s bellicose battle cry is a reactionary response to a shopworn dictum: “Our bodies, ourselves” is yesterday’s news. Our families, our future—that is the real issue today on the minds of American women.