Where would we be without the Sinisterhood?
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Actually, Ms. Fluke merits greater disdain, because her education places her and her fellow one percenter classmates in a position of privilege and it’s ridiculous for them to freeload on someone else for the cost of their prescription drugs, in an era of economic hardship. They are attending a fine university which provides healthcare services, unlike many deserving young people who aren’t able to attend university right now due to the cost. When the American people think about helping unfortunate people with their health care expenses, they aren’t thinking about the needs of Georgetown students who need their pills. They’re thinking about someone like my sainted widowed friend who worked in the warehouse of a drugstore chain in order to provide health insurance for her and her four children.
A Real Woman, if she is so concerned about these little pill-less foundlings and their plight, would form a non-profit and provide contraceptives at low or no cost… they could call it Planned Parenthood! They wouldn’t demand a religious institution give up it’s own right to choose. There are hundreds of universities they could have chosen to attend where contraceptives are provided, if this was such a serious issue for them. They would be strong, pro-active problem-solving women, not victims, so please, enough! You’re making us all look bad.
And On And On
I was minding my own business, reading the August issue of Elle magazine, and there was an article by Rebecca Traister, seemly insinuating that the underlying motivation for the GOP War on Women is a fear of single women. To quote from Ms. Traister, as painful as it is:
For a clutch of influential conservatives, a woman who lives, learns, works, earns, socializes, has sex, reproduces-or doesn’t reproduce-without a legal tie to a husband represents the larger disruption of male power by women. So terrifying is this figure that those endeavoring to convey the monstrosity of a powerful woman who happens to be married will talk about her as if she’s not…
Conservatives often portray single women in ways that betray exactly what they fear: loss of control.
Where to begin? First, I’m really annoyed that the magazine I read to find out about the latest beauty creams for wrinkles is giving me wrinkles! Okay, Sinisterhood, does the name “Condoleezza Rice” or maybe “Condi Rice” mean anything to you? Yes, yes, those “wascally wepublicans” are weally scared of single women. That’s why Dubya Bush appointed a single woman as his National Security Advisor. Further, who first started appointing women to serious positions? Reagan, with the appointment of Jeane Kirkpatrick as our UN Ambassador.
Conservatives aren’t concerned about single women, nor are we afraid of them. Prepare yourself for a shock, Sinisterhood, but many of us conservatives are single women, like a dear friend, who tests missile systems for the military and defines gun control as “hitting your target.” What does concern us is single parenthood, for the reasons cited by, among others, Kay Hymowitz of the Manhattan Institute, who writes:
The single-mother revolution has been an economic catastrophe for women. Poverty remains relatively rare among married couples with children; the U.S. census puts only 8.8% of them in that category, up from 6.7% since the start of the Great Recession. But more than 40% of single-mother families are poor, up from 37% before the downturn. In the bottom quintile of earnings, most households are single people, many of them elderly. But of the two-fifths of bottom-quintile households that are families, 83% are headed by single mothers. The Brookings Institution’s Isabel Sawhill calculates that virtually all the increase in child poverty in the United States since the 1970s would vanish if parents still married at 1970 rates.
Back in the day, I came up with what I thought was a catchy question when we women would have our left-right debates over tax issues, “If I have control over my womb, but not my wallet, do I really have control?” It has never caught on, I hate to report.
The Sinisterhood conjure up the boogey man of Todd Akin, Senate candidate, standing between them and their right to control their bodies. I, on the other hand, think of that GSA guy in the bathtub, with the fruity cocktails and a bad hairdo, when I think of the Commissars who will dictate my access to healthcare under Obamacare.
Yes, it may be designed by a thoughtful, knowledgeable bioethicist like Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who has served as Obama’s special health care advisor, and I’ll even give the Sinisterhood their claim that he’s been taken out of context, and is really not recommending rationing for seniors. However, once the Affordable Health Care Act kicks in and the budgetary realities of the cost of Obamacare come home to roost, there will be a whole lot of denying of coverage for certain procedures, because it will be implemented by the no-name, faceless bureaucratic, non-elected/non-accountable men in the bathtub! Witness the peremptory move by the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force to increase the age at which women received mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer, as reported by Danielle Dellorto in a Nov. 16, 2009 story for CNN. As Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, quipped:
“With its new recommendations, the [task force] is essentially telling women that mammography at age 40 to 49 saves lives; just not enough of them…”
The backlash to this recommendation resulted in an about face… this time. I am also reminded of a conversation I had with a surgical nurse whose Canadian mother was denied a knee replacement surgery by their National Health Service simply due to her age, even though she had a bone on bone condition, hugely painful, and therefore was becoming incapacitated. She was in great health but for this one ailment; however, from a demographic standpoint, the government didn’t view someone of her advanced years as a “good investment” for this type of service.
The thinking behind this is described clearly by Dr. Emanuel, who with his co-authors in a Lancet, January 31, 2009 article stated:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?