The radical left is at it again, bringing their extremist agenda against women, and this time it’s coming to one of my local fights. I wrote a while back about how the left thinks that spreading disease among women and increasing their dependence on government equates empowerment, and how leftists think that women lack the intelligence to care about issues beyond those that those same sexist leftists use to define them by thier anotomical parts. For this post I want to first look at not so much at how Democrats vote or the policies that they endorse, but rather how they actually view women based on how they personally treat them. I doubt you need any introduction to the leftist rogues’ gallery of misogyny – Clinton, Weiner, Spitzer, Ted Kennedy, etc. How is it that one can act in a manner that is so disrespectful toward the women in one’s life and still be considered to be somehow “pro-women”? National Review’s Rich Lowry breaks down the line of thought:
However, modern liberalism usually defines the world in terms of groups and group rights. The rights of the individual are much less important (see how often the Left criticizes our society as too individualistic or “go it alone”) and their vision of a wise redistribution of money, power, authority, rights, etc. often requires the correct person or group to be in charge. Having the Left’s preferred people in charge is, in fact, the preeminent value on the Left, and any other “rule” can be broken in its name — i.e., it’s okay to serve on corporate boards and make lots of money, as long as you donate to the party, etc.
We see the insanity of the notion of collective rights taken to a bizarre extreme in the treatment of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of celibate nuns being forced to pay for the contraception mandate:
The contraception mandate has always had a strong ideological impetus. Opponents of the mandate “want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notoriously declared in 2011. “We’ve come a long way in women’s health over the last few decades, but we are in a war.” By this bizarre way of thinking, a small congregation of nuns that cares for the most vulnerable is somehow complicit in a war on women’s health.
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Let’s look at part of Lowry’s earlier quote again. To paraphrase something I remember hearing a while back from either Scott Ott or Bill Whittle (can’t remember which) saying, the left is only interested in collective rights, where the right of the individual does not matter. This is how leftist men can abuse the women in their lives however much they want and as long as they are sufficiently powerful and have the “correct” opinions the radicals of the feminist movement will leave them alone. Heck, they’ll even defend their behavior based on what they do for the Greater Good. The NY Post’s Michael E. Bongiorno rips into this line of thought:
In the dogmatic world of progressive ideology, a liberal politician can be forgiven for the serial abuse of women as long as he pays homage to a virtually unfettered “right” to an abortion, preferably paid for with taxpayer dollars. As a result, the Democrats’ War on Women continues, with Generals Weiner, Lopez, Silver, Clinton and Spitzer leading the way.
This also brings us to the uncomfortable question that no leftist wants asked about Hillary Clinton: How does any self respecting woman put up with a man who has so little respect for her that he continuously humiliates her publicly? In my opinion, I’ve always seen their marriage as a power relationship, nothing more. If Bill had any respect for his wife he wouldn’t chase every skirt that walked in front of him (whether willing or unwilling) , and if Hillary had any respect for herself she would have gone Lorena Bobbitt on Bill or left him long ago. I don’t think she’s stupid enough to not have known about all of his cheating on her, nor does Hillary strike me as the battered wife too afraid to leave. But however convenient for her career goals, how can the treatment that she allows from her husband be seen as any kind of role model for women?
For that matter, if you’re still giving these guys an excuse based on their good works how would you feel if your wife/sister/daughter was married to a man who treated her the way Clinton or Spitzer did? How about Ted Kennedy? Somehow if she responded “It’s OK, he fully supports my reproductive rights” you’d be calling friends and family for an intervention. So where are the feminists, whose silence in failure to condemn these men, speaks so much louder than words?
Folks reading this also probably remember the name of Republican Todd Akin, who bought that memorable term “legitimate rape” to the 2012 election cycle. Was this an idiotic thing to say? Absolutely. And yet for some reason Evie Hudak of Colorodo has not become a household name:
Rape survivor Amanda Collins bravely spoke about her horrific attack during a Monday legislative hearing concerning Colorado’s proposed ban on concealed firearms on college campuses. She explained how she wished she would’ve had a firearm to defend herself from her rapist, which could have possibly prevented the attack from occurring.
After calling her story “unsettling,” Democratic state Sen. Evie Hudak quickly went after Collins, saying “actually, statistics are not on your side, even if you had a gun.”
“You said that you were a martial arts student, I mean person, experienced in Tae Kwon Do, and yet because this individual was so large, was able to overcome you even with your skills, and chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you,” she added.
Hudak claimed that for every one woman who used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were murdered by them.
“Respectfully senator, you weren’t there,” Collins said before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. “Had I been carrying concealed, he wouldn’t have known I had my weapon; and I was there. I know without a doubt in my mind at some point I would’ve been able to stop my attack by using my firearm.”
The fact that Hudak has not been placed front and center on the national stage is no surprise, despite her suggestion that being raped is preferable to relinquishing final control over one’s safety to the state. The reasons for the different treatment between the two examples is too much of a tangent to cover here1
And all of this bridges us to where the issue has come local to Brother Bobville, in Northern Virginia’s 33rd District and Jennifer Wexton’s War on Women. To make a long story short, she has run a campaign ad comparing her fight against rapists in court to fighting the Tea Party. Yes, comparing the Tea Party to rapists is what passes for intelligence from the left these days. Let’s look past the stupidity for a minute. Let’s also look past her insensitivity toward rape victims. Let’s also look past how putting Tea Party activities on the same level as rape belittles what rape victims have to suffer though. Let’s also forget that her radical leftist brethren’s views on rape when it comes to individual action – unlike the Occupy Wall Street camps, nobody ever needed to set up a “Rape Free Zone” at a Tea Party rally.
One would think that leftists would at least be embarrassed by these antics, but sadly this is not the Democratic Party of the (John F.) Kennedy or even Clinton years – this is the party that’s been hijacked by the Obama-Reid-Pelosi extremist wing. The Daily Kos had no problem with Wexton, of course. Granted, using the Kossacks as an example of leftist extremism (but I repeat myself) is like shooting fish in a barrel. How about a mainstream leftist voice like The Washington Post? Of course they reported this story with the nonpartisan, unbiased headline of “Va. GOP takes offense at Wexton’s state Senate campaign ad”, and follows with the nonpartisan lead of:
A campaign ad released this week by Democratic Virginia state Senate candidate Jennifer Wexton has sparked sharp criticism among Republican officials, who claim Wexton’s message in the video compares her political opponents to rapists.
“Claim it compares?” Seriously? Read the whole thing if you care to, and of course when The Post goes on to later endorse Wexton, they make no mention of this ad, and naturally gloss over this or anything else of substance on Wexton to devote print to the important task of trashing her Republican opponent.
I wrote not too long ago how the barricading of the National Parks during the federal government shutdown showed us how the left has completely lost all perspective of wrong from right. The left has also shown us how they regard women – worthless as individuals, and only there to serve the greater good of the leftist state. But take heart women, any “discomofort” you may feel is a sacrifice for the Greater Good, as decided by your moral and intellectual superiors. This is what “Empowerment” has become to the left.
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Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog
1 The short answer is that leftists don’t have standards when it comes to their own, and they can use offensive comments by the right better because they are far more adept at anointing themselves as victims than conservatives ever could be. But that’s a separate post. Possibly two.