Thursday, January 30, 2014

The So-called War on Women

I disagree with nothing that Krauthammer said in this article:
What is it about women that causes leading Republicans to grow clumsy, if not stupid? When even savvy, fluent, attractively populist Mike Huckabee stumbles, you know you’ve got trouble. Having already thrown away eminently winnable Senate seats in Missouri and Indiana because of moronic talk about rape, the GOP might have learned. You’d think...

In any case, why go wandering into the psychology of female sexuality in the first place? It’s ridiculous. This is politics. Stick to policy. And there’s a good policy question to be asked about the contraceptive mandate (even apart from its challenge to religious freedom). It’s about priorities. By what moral logic does the state provide one woman with co-pay-free contraceptives while denying the same subvention to another woman when she urgently needs antibiotics for her sick child?

The same principle of sticking to policy and forswearing amateur psychology should apply to every so-called women’s issue. Take abortion, which is the subtext of about 90 percent of the alleged “war on women,” the charge being that those terrible conservative men are denying women control of their reproductive health...

Yet there is a very simple, straightforward strategy for seizing the high ground on abortion in a way that transcends the normal divisions and commands wide popular support: Focus on the horror of late-term abortion — and get it banned...

Conservatives need to accept that no such consensus exists regarding early abortions. Unlike late-term abortions, where there are clearly two human beings involved, there is no such agreement regarding, say, a six-week-old embryo...

This doesn’t mean that abortion opponents should give up. But regarding early abortions, the objective should be persuasion — creating some future majority — rather than legislative coercion in the absence of a current majority. These are the constraints of a democratic system.  (boldface mine--Darren)

Not so regarding a third- or late-second-trimester abortion. Here we are dealing with a child that could potentially live on its own — if not killed first. And killing it, for any reason other than to save the mother’s life, is an abomination. Outlawing that — state by state and nationally, as was done with partial birth abortion in 2003 — should be the focus of any Republican’s position on abortion.
Regarding the lying Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis:
Talk policy — specifically, the issue that brought Davis to national prominence.
What was her 11-hour filibuster about? Blocking a state law whose major feature was outlawing abortions beyond 20 weeks. Make that the battlefield. Make Davis explain why she chose not just to support late-term abortion but to make it her great cause.

Stay away from the minefield of gender politics. Challenge the other side on substance. And watch them lose.
Krauthammer is suggesting a way to win politically.  Therein lies compromise, sometimes with principles, and I understand that there are those who will never compromise on principles.  Krauthammer isn't suggesting giving up principles, he's suggesting settling for one piece of pie rather than trying for the whole pie and getting none of it.  In that regard I'm reminded of one of the quotes on my "favorite quotes" list (although the link doesn't work anymore):
“To draw an analogy from metallurgy and apply it to morality--pure morals may be more valuable, but alloys are more useful.”


PeggyU said...

Is disagreeing with nothing someone said the same thing as not disagreeing with anything they said?

maxutils said...

Personally ... I enjoy when elected officials whom I didn't vote for prove themselves to be idiots. As did the aforementioned Republicans ... and did you see Nancy Pelosi on the Daily show last night? She admitted to being completely clueless as to the way the Obamacare website was funded, after admitting to not having read the bill that set it into motion. Yet, we keep voting for Ds and Rs. I just hope, at some point, we can start voting for candidates with good ideas, not just the popular ones.