American Republicans: “I Do Want to Turn Back the Clock”
Over the weekend, a New York Times editorial properly accused the GOP of waging a “War on Women.” The editors call a spate of bills that would limit funding for abortion, contraceptives, and maternal health initiatives “an assault on women’s health and freedom” and warn that “this is just the beginning” — which, of course, is true.
But at the staunchly conservative National Review, Kathryn Jean Lopez — entrapped by her own familial/cultural history and the confines of her dictatorial Catholicism — says conservatives aren’t waging a war on women, just a war on sex. She argues that most Americans are entirely too casual about copulating, and as a result…
“we’ve let Planned Parenthood step in as a mainstream band-aid, applying contraception and even abortion to problems that require much more fundamental solutions.”
While most likely a great deal of stress and potential, harmful sexual “acting-out” have been alleviated by movement toward wonderfully enjoyable consensual sex, Lopez would have us believe that because casual sex is inherently harmful… the best solution, then: to defund the organizations that make so much consequence-free hanky-panky possible.
Truth, though, is simply that many Planned Parenthood clients are married women trying to conserve the family’s resources for the children they already have. Conservatives love the unborn and love lots of procreation, but their interest wanes rapidly as the conditions of lives degrade by their own policies.
“I do want to turn back the clock,” she says. “To a time when we valued love and marriage and didn’t expect, support, and even encourage promiscuity.”
Oh my! Lions and tigers and bear! Get real!
The American Taliban Party contradiction: Interestingly, it seems to be Right-wing conservatives including Newt Gingrich, John McCain, and Guilianni who have had serial marriages, mistresses, and even discarded sick wives for hotter models, and yet are considered by conservatives to be presidential material.
This conservatism — this American Social Taliban — is inherently pathological… a disease of the mind and spirit… wielding tools of democracy destructively.
The truth of the matter, though, is that bills limiting funding for abortion, contraceptives, and maternal health initiatives are injurious to women. It is absolutely reprehensible that in our modern age we must revisit the conversation of maturing and progressing as a functional society:
- Yes, let’s go back to putting scarlet “A”‘s on women’s chests and stone a few more in public squares. The National Review was always backward looking, but this is astounding. The American Social Taliban is alive and well in the Republican Party and the hearts of most conservatives.
- Ah yes, if only we can turn back the clock to that magical, long ago time that never actually existed…
- Frankly, the new Republican/conservative movement is a regressive return to the social and legal inequalities commonly imposed upon women by a patriarchal culture.
John Stuart Mill — noted late-nineteenth-century British philosopher and author — argued correctly that inequality of women was a relic from the past, but it had no place in the modern world. Mill saw this subjugation of women as a hindrance to human development, since effectively half the human race were unable to contribute to society outside of the home confines.
“… [T]he legal subordination of one sex to another — is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a system of perfect equality, admitting no power and privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other.”