Mike Huckabee is taking all kinds of heat for his remarks to RNC members this week. Via The Other McCain and Yahoo News, here is the direct quote:
“I think it’s time for Republicans to no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a war on women. Because the fact is, the Republicans don’t have a war on women. They have a war for women. For them to be empowered; to be something other than victims of their gender.
“Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have a government provide for them birth control medication.
“Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything anyone else can do. Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a waron women, it’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government, then so be it — let’s take that discussion all across America, because women are far more than Democrats have made them to be. And women across America have to stand up and say, enough of that nonsense.”
He didn’t insult women, he insulted Democrats. Actually, he pointed out the Democrats’ evil MO. As a woman, I’m offended every day by the disgusting identity politics the Democrats have turned into a macabre art form. But here’s the headline at the LA Times:
Mike Huckabee mansplains women’s libidos and contraception at RNC
Oh, isn’t that clever?
Then the guy who wrote the piece brought up stupid things some Republicans have said, and Sandra Fluke. Um, excuse me, but Sandra Fluke was trotted out by the Democrats to testify about her desire for free birth control.
Do you remember that debate in 2012 when Mitt Romney was asked about birth control? I think it was George Stephanopoulos, but anyway, Romney was taken by surprise. I paraphrase, but his answer was along the lines of “Birth control? Why are we talking about birth control?” Then the Democrats turned birth control into an issue. Suddenly birth control had to be paid for by others. And those who objected were labeled as anti-woman, and accused of denying women health care.
I get the frustration expressed by Ace of Spades over all of this nonsense political talk about sex.
The elevation of strictly personal decisions — and this is strictly personal; abortion doesn’t enter into it, so this is entirely about a woman’s decision with no reference to a third party’s rights — into a major political issue is childish and tribalist.
Yes we all have a preferred mode of living. News at 11. The law is not about preferred modes of living, and neither should we make “political issues” about it.
The other day I read that some GOP congressman I’ve never heard of wrote a memoir that included the words ”The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.” He’s free to write about whatever he wants, but did he even stop to think that maybe, just maybe, his words might give some ammunition to the Democrats to use against his fellow Republicans? I’m not saying it should, but this is the world we live in today.
But back to Huckabee’s comments, he was only reacting to this bogus “war on women” meme the Democrats have made up. Look, I don’t care about the marital philosophy of some congressman, and I don’t care if Mike Huckabee used the word ‘libido.” What offends me is that the United States is $17 trillion in debt and counting, the Democrats are destroying the health insurance market, and the economy stinks, but all the Democrats want to talk about is sex, gender, race and income inequality.
The Other McCain made some good points in the post linked above:
The problem, of course, is that it was feminists and their Democrat allies who decided that “the personal is political,” so that radical messages about How We Should Live are the constant theme of propaganda from the news media, Hollywood and academia.
Children are being indoctrinated in public schools, at taxpayer expense, about How We Should Live. If you are a parent who doesn’t want your daughters living the Disney Starlet Lifestyle — or if you don’t want your sons performing in “bareback orgy” videos — who is on your side?
Well, certainly not the Republican Party, I guess, because if any Republican so much as mentions the Culture War nowadays, he or she will be denounced not only by the Left, but also by conservative pundits who insist that the GOP must cede the field to Democrats on social issues and never say a word about how The Pervert Party benefits from America’s descent into decadence.
This position of pre-emptive surrender in the Culture War seems to have begun in 1992, when the GOP ran for cover rather than to defend Dan Quayle’s critique of “Murphy Brown.” It seems to have escaped the notice of most Republicans when, a year after that controversy, Dr. Barbara Dafoe Whitehead declared in the pages of The Atlantic Monthly,“Dan Quayle Was Right.”
Whitehead developed that article into a fascinating book, The Divorce Culture, but apparently I’m the only conservative blogger who read that book, because I never see Ace or Allah or anyone else acknowledge Whitehead’s critique of the “Love Family” ideology which “liberates sexual, compassionate, and parental love from its institutional and cultural moorings in marriage.” For that matter, have you ever seen any conservative blogger mention Carolyn Graglia’s Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism or Dana Mack’s The Assault on Parenthood? (Read More)
Well, there, now I’ve mentioned those books, sort of. Maybe I’ll read them. But still, this is the sad political reality we’re dealing with. The Democrats make up all of this crap, and the Republicans respond and are pilloried for it. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Update: Oh, and here’s the latest: Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts. Really, did Mike Huckabee call anyone a slut? Ack!