Posted on | March 24, 2014 | 36 Comments
Donald Douglas points out that everyone’s favorite baby-killing enthusiast has found a new focus for her feminist lunatic rage, namely a pending Supreme Court case about the ObamaCare mandate that insurers must provide free contraceptive coverage.
Before addressing Amanda Marcotte’s irrational claims directly, let me ask: Does anyone else remember the Iraq War military draft conspiracy theories spread by the Left during the Bush administration?
One of the dirty little secrets of the Bush-era antiwar movement was how the Left cynically exploited the vast ignorance of American youth to foment antiwar sentiment on college campuses: The 9/11 “Truthers” were the most gaudy example of this, but there was also the claim that the Iraq invasion was a “War for Oil” conspiracy to enrich Halliburton and fatten U.S. oil company profits, and arguably the antiwar Left’s most blatant lie was that neocons in the Bush administration were secretly plotting to reinstitute the military draft. It wasn’t just crackpots at the Daily Kos promoting this, either. Howard Dean said it in a 2004 speech at Brown University: “I think that George Bush is certainly going to have a draft if he goes into a second term, and any young person who doesn’t want to go to Iraq might think twice about voting for him.”
This kind of irresponsible fear-mongering builds on the mythmaking success of the academic Left and the liberal media. Nobody under age 50 remembers that it was a Republican, Richard Nixon, who ended the military draft on the advice of free-market economist Milton Friedman, nor have the young ever been told how Democrats branded Ronald Reagan a warmonger who would lead us to nuclear Armageddon, when in point of fact, it was Reagan who successfully negotiated the elimination of nuclear weapons and ultimately ended the Cold War.
Because young people are not taught about the long and sordid history of Democrat dishonesty, each new liberal lie is enthusiastically embraced by college kids who think it is always the “smart” thing to believe the worst about Republicans.
Thus we return to Amanda Marcotte, who sees the Hobby Lobby case as the first step toward a theocratic “breeder” dystopia:
Well, I have a theory and it’s that this case is about more than just getting the contraception mandate overturned or giving your boss rights to force you to abide by his religious dogma by manipulating your compensation package, though those are also important agenda items for the right. This case is also about manipulating the media, specifically to warm the mainstream media up to the idea that contraception is “controversial” . . . The idea is to get the mainstream media sources to say, “One side says birth control is abortion” over and over and over and over again, until the idea “birth control=abortion” is considered a normal one in American culture. And since abortion is controversial, then, they hope, they can make contraception controversial, too. Once contraception is “controversial” like abortion is, then it’s a hop, skip and a jump away to convincing Republicans it’s politically safe now to start passing laws restricting access to it.
This is one of those ideas that are so crazy only a feminist could possibly believe it. Not even the most devout Catholic or fervent evangelical “Dominionist” can really envision a scenario whereby laws “restricting access” to contraception would be enacted by Republicans or anyone else, even in the most conservative states. Like the deliberately false fearmongering about a return to the military draft 10 years ago, Marcotte and others on the Left are now trying to confuse women, to make them believe that if they vote Republican, the Pill and condoms will soon be outlawed. Witness how Amanda Marcotte begins her discussion of the pending Supreme Court case:
Arguments start this week for Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court case that will determine the fate of the contraception mandate put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services after the Affordable Care Act was passed into law. The contraception mandate is part of a larger mandate by the ACA to classify dozens of medical services, like wellness checks and vaccinations, as “preventive” care, which would then require insurance plans to cover them without a copay. The idea is that this will both make health insurance work better for enrollees and save money overall by encouraging prevention. Contraception was included after the Institute of Medicine recommended it for its well-known effects of preventing unwanted pregnancy, and thereby preventing unplanned child-bearing and abortion.
What this case is actually about (no matter what Amanda Marcotte or anyone else tries to tell you) is the attempt by Democrats to dictate the type of health insurance employers must provide. Everyone who isn’t on the payroll of the White House or the DNC agrees by now that ObamaCare is an unworkable scheme, a policy catastrophe that proves the truth of every criticism of central government planning ever made by Mises, Hayek, Friedman and Sowell.
Marcotte refuses to admit that ObamaCare is actually anti-choice, in the economic sense, as the various mandates limit the options of workers and employers in terms of the health insurance options available to them. ObamaCare requires employers to provide comprehensive coverage of contraception with no copay, that is to say, health insurance must cover 100% of the cost of contraceptives.
Marcotte and other Democrats endeavor to frame the argument in the euphemistic language of “women’s health,” but as always, it’s about the money, specifically about using the force of federal law to fund Planned Parenthood and to expand the influence of the radical population-control movement. It’s not about “health” (some forms of contraception involve serious health risks), and it’s not about “choice” (Hobby Lobby isn’t trying to prohibit contraception), it’s about control.
Amanda Marcotte wants Democrats in control of the federal government, and she wants the government in charge of everything.
Her ridiculous fear-mongering, which presents the Hobby Lobby case as the first stealthy step down a slippery slope to theocracy, is in fact the exact opposite of truth: Amanda Marcotte is an outspoken proponent of taxpayer-funded abortion, and one might more accurately see ObamaCare as moving in the direction of making “free” abortion a matter of compulsory federal law.
“Sex is about reproduction. This is the natural function of sex, biologically speaking, and it’s odd how the same liberal fanatics who enjoy endlessly lecturing us about Darwinism and global warming — ‘The science is settled!’ — are so unscientific about sex.”
– Robert Stacy McCain, Oct. 23, 2013
Neither facts nor logic support Amanda Marcotte’s claims, which are actually rooted in emotional abnormality on her part, representing her bizarre pathological fear and hatred of babies: “I don’t want a baby. . . . Nothing will make me want a baby. . . . This is why, if my birth control fails, I am totally having an abortion.”