Everybody’s going on about Sandra Fluke’s “testimony” before Congress (and let’s be honest: it was a Democrat press conference, of which the sole purpose was to change the narrative in Washington from “Obama violates the First Amendment” to “Republicans hate women.”), and, of course, about Rush Limbaugh’s apology for calling her a bad name.
Aside from the whole question of Rush questioning her questionable sexual mores (why again does she need all those contraceptives?), I want to point out a flaw in Fluke’s logic:
Fluke believes that Georgetown University (a private, Catholic institution) should be required to pay for her contraceptives. The Obama Administration agrees with her, which is what the law purports to do, in violation of the Catholic Church’s doctrinal stance on contraceptives.
The goal behind all this is not to ensure that everyone gets health care, but to ensure that everyone gets government provided healthcare. This is about the government takeover of the healthcare industry, which is why so many on the left have advocated for a single-payer system (“Like what they have in Europe!” – ie: government mandated and provided healthcare at taxpayer expense).
But this is where things get a little murky, and where the flaw in Fluke’s logic lies: What the government pays for, the government controls. Either by restricting it or regulating it, the government dictates behavior based on the simple fact that the government is paying for it. Now we could divert into an argument of Who the government is (We the People), but for now, let’s accept the fact that some bureaucrat in Washington gets to set the policies that dictate the behavior for those who are on the government’s dole.
We’ve seen it with Welfare and Food stamps (can’t buy beer or cigarettes with Food Stamps), Section 8 housing, and more recently with the lunch menu at the schools in Los Angeles (courtesy of Michelle Obama’s crusade against other people’s bad habits. She, of course, can indulge in all the barbecue ribs she likes while her husband sneaks away for a cigarette break).
What the government funds, the government controls.
Do you want the government controlling your sexual activity? If the government has to pay for it, vis a vis “free (ie: taxpayer funded) contraceptives,” then the government has the right to control how it’s money (our money) is being spent.
Oh it won’t happen right away. Liberals are masters of incrementalism, after all. But every time I think about tax-payer funded contraceptives, I’m reminded of the red sash in the Anti-Sex League of Orwell’s 1984. And this is the great irony, because it will be Liberals who will bring an end to sexual liberation precisely when they figure out how expensive all this fornication really is. It won’t just be childcare that we’ll be paying for, but also protection against STD’s and everything else.
Those who throw off the fetters of God put on the shackles of men.
Whatever happened to “Get the government out of my bedroom?”