Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Women, Feminism, Abortion and the Politics of Terror
For the last five years Democrats have been accusing Republicans of 'terrifying' Americans with the threat of terrorism to win support for their agenda. Democrats ought to know because terrifying Americans has been the basis of their own power base.
The Democrats have used the Federal government to build up programs and legislation and departments doled out to specific groups and then threaten them with the prospect of having it taken away should the Republicans get in. Like drug dealers, they've made people dependent and then undermined their self-esteem to the point that they're no longer able to make any decision without their approval.
Modern Democrats have built their power base by peddling fears to niche demographics, to Blacks and Hispanics, to Women and Liberal Jews and Gays. If Republicans have spent the past decades repeating, "Vote For Us To Keep Communism and Islamic Terrorism Away," Democrats have spent it saying "Vote For Us To Keep Republicans Away."
Where Republicans warn about the threat of attacks, Democrats frighten entire minority groups with the prospect of virtual slavery. Blacks are frightened with the prospect of rule by racists determined to stamp out their rights. Jews are frightened with the prospect of a Christian America. Gays are frightened with the prospect they'll be locked up when the Republicans get in. Women are frightened with the prospect of banning abortion.
No other issue seems to dominate talk about women's rights as much as abortion. At some point toward the end of the 20th century, access to abortion had become the sum total of feminism, the golden ball always precarious teetering over an abyss and endangered which had to be protected above all else. Every other issue took a back seat to this one.
Politicians love to reduce an entire demographic to one single issue they can manipulate. For Jews that's Israel and Democrats and Republicans make heartfelt pledges to protect and support Israel, only to betray them as soon as they win elected office. For Feminists abortion is their Israel. That single 'do or die' issue around which everything comes to revolve.
Of course Democrats are as solidly behind abortion as they are behind gay marriage or Israel or any of the other single issues they use to manipulate minority demographics. They make great campaign slogans to reel in millions but the moment a stand has to be taken that could actually cost them votes, you quickly find the Democrats hiding behind the rubber tree plant.
The secret is that the Democratic Party needs things to be just as they are. They need their pet populations to stay on the plantation and cast their votes for the jackass each and every time out of fear. They need to constantly terrify women with the prospect that abortion will be banned any day now and millions of women will be dying from illegal abortions. They need to terrify blacks with Klansmen dancing around a burning cross on the White House lawn. They need to terrify Jews with A Handmaid's Tale going from fiction to fact. They need to terrify period and they do it by working as partners with the opposite side to make sure key issues remain in play.
After 8 years of a Republican President and a Republican Congress, abortion is still legal, gays haven't been rounded up, civil rights are where they were all along and America hasn't been declared a Christian Republic. The bogeymen of the Democratic party were proven to be just that bogeymen but that doesn't really matter. Fear has its own logic.
The Democratic Party has enslaved millions by repeatedly threatening them with single issues that bring out a gut reaction, that make them feel threatened and on the verge of being reduced to second class citizens, deprived, enslaved. In doing so they've reduced those very minorities to permanent second class citizen status and enslaved them. They've made them permanently afraid from thinking and voting for themselves. They've chained them down and patted them on the heads and told them when to bark and when to sit. While the rest of the country chooses between two parties, they have no choices left.
The particularly sad spectacle is the extent to which women have been co-opted by it and women's rights into an adjunct of the Democratic Party to be sacrificed whenever something more important comes up. Now as Islam's expansionism brings growing attacks and abuse of women, instead of standing up for themselves, feminists welcome it and pretend that the real threat comes from Idaho rather than Riyadh.
Even long before women could vote, there were women's movements that spoke out and fought for issues particular to women in a voice particular to women. They were often ridiculed and assaulted but they persevered. Today when women have long had the vote, women's movements wind up being reduced to being adjuncts of the usual political factions.
It's striking to note that early women's struggles whether it was in England over the Contagious Diseases Act that treated women as prostitutes for the Empire's Armies or in America over Prohibition; women confronted injustices and problems that threatened women and spoke out over male ridicule to change the way things were done. It's also striking to note that many of those women were deeply religious and identified themselves as such. It's fashionable today to condescend to those times but the reality is women's movements accomplished more then with a lot less to work with and far more to threaten them, than they have now.
From the causes they pursue it seems as if modern day feminist heroes are sexual predators like President Clinton or the Islamic terrorists in Guantanamo Bay. Rather than defending or protecting women, feminist do more to enslave them than anything else.