From every corner of the left-wing establishment came accusations that Republicans had reopened their War Against Women. They clearly wished to deny women access to birth control and no doubt wanted them “barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.”
Hillary Clinton went so far as to declare that conservatives sought to treat women the same way as they are in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Republicans evidently wanted to deprive women of all rights and make them completely subservient to men.
This was total nonsense, but it did not stop the mainstream media from characterizing the Supreme Court as having outlawed birth control. Even though they knew Hobby Lobby only objected to four out of 20 forms of birth control and women were still free to obtain what they wished on the market, this was described as a complete ban.
So why did they do this? Why did the left so unanimously tell such a whopping lie? Media commentators had a ready answer: Liberals were ginning up their base. They were intent on getting young women so excited they would go to the polls in November to vote Democratic despite the president’s many blunders.
I am pretty sure this is true. But what does it imply? First, it assumes that young women are so dim — or at least so gullible — that they can be taken in by a transparent lie. All liberals have to do is say Republicans hate you, and they will reflexively turn to Democrats for protection.
Obama does the same with blacks. He tell audiences Republicans will not give him what he wants because they hate him for being African-American. This resonates because blacks were for centuries a despised minority. They know what it feels like to be detested for no other reason than one’s skin color.
Yet what of young women? Do conservatives really hate them? Don’t even they have wives and daughters? Do they actually want to harm their own kin?
In fact, if anyone is oblivious of the needs of young women, it is liberals. They know many of these women have kind hearts and hence they take advantage of their youth and generosity. Even if they have to deceive and injure them to solicit their support, they do so readily.
And make no mistake; Democrats are injuring women. Theirs is the real war against them. For a few dollars worth of government subsidies, they try to induce them to abandon their own interests. Like Tokyo Rose, they attempt seduce them to surrender for the sake of bogus benefits.
Think about this: When the economy goes sour, who gets hurt? Who cannot get a job and after graduation must go home to live with their parents? Young women; that’s who!
And who is going to have a harder time finding a suitable mate? With young men also having difficulty finding full time work, they are not prepared to shoulder the burden of a family. The best they offer is cohabitation.
But here is the biggest irony. With marriage more difficult, many more women are apt to become unwed mothers. Despite the free birth control, accidents will happen and mistakes will be made. And who will bear the load? Young women!
Yet I forget myself. The feminist core of the Democratic Party does not favor marriage. Men are brutes; hence it is best to stand clear of them. It is much better for women to wed the government. The federal bureaucracy is surely a more reliable provider than rascally males. Just ask Julia.
Oh, but isn’t this a war on families? Then again, who needs families with Obama to protect us? After all, he cares so much!
Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D. is a professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University.