From Everest to the Dead Sea: how the personal became crucial

Is there an odder time to live in, when such small issues assume such strangely huge importance? Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” was certainly not the comment of an old-style gentleman, but did it really deserve the attention it received? There is something pretty strange about a healthy young woman demanding free tax-payer-funded contraceptives and pelvic exams as her god-given right, and it does tend to make one wonder what kind of life she leads to require such large-scale subsidization of her sex-life. The Democrats are even planning on having her talk at their Convention, so crucial is the issue most dear to her heart. We can only hope that she does not spend a great deal of time comparing the virtues of Ortho-Cyclin and Yasmin to Lybrel and Seasonique,

Then of course came the “War on Women”, a Democratic meme that seems, as far as I can see, to be an attempt to elevate hysterical politics (yes, I know, but I love the pun) into the central theme of this election. Senator Barbara Boxer stated at a Planned Parenthood meeting, in her usual low-key fashion, that “There is a war against women, and Romney and Ryan — if they are elected — would become its top generals.” It’s hard to see what exactly the Republicans could do to women, given that the Supreme Court has found in its intuitive wisdom that the framers intended their 18th century constitution to include 20th century mores, and there is very little Congress can do to overcome this. But no matter. The idea is much more important than its content, and it scarcely matters that this fear only has reality in the minds of those of the more liberal bent..

In the face of such Republican evil, it doesn’t appear to matter that Obama seems to have a kamikaze kind of attitude towards things economic: the Democrats clearly feel that the Divine Wind of Obama’s words is all the economy needs to thrive. It doesn’t matter that the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Egypt, and is busily turning it into an Islamic paradise of the kind we know so well in Iran. The fact that these people are our sworn enemies seems to be no reason to stop giving them the one and a half billion dollars of foreign aid we’ve been giving them. If we just keep paying them, there’s surely no doubt that they’ll realize that we’re great people, and stop hating us quite as much as they seem to. They even suggest they not might attack Israel if we do.

No, all those things are unimportant, in the face of the Republican threat to women. Everyone knows the horrible things they’d surely do. We know it from their past actions. They might try to force women into the trauma of reading a pamphlet on the development of a fetus. They might force them to view an ultrasound of the baby. Worst of all, they might even change the wording of literature and imply that a new human being was developing in a woman’s uterus!

Now we’re talking. This is the kind of thing that a superpower should be most concerned with! These are issues worth voting for!

It’s interesting to consider what happened in the West to make us feel such small things were so important. But that’s for another post.

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