Sunday, February 27, 2011

War on Babies/Women

I'm seeing a lot of chatter on facebook from people who are questioning the GOP-proposed cuts in child-care funding and their move to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood (and doing so in very inflammatory terms, as in this post title). My response can be succinctly provided by the wonderful Frederic Bastiat (substitute "liberal" for "socialist" and the shoe fits in this case - it was written in the 19th century):
Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.

We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.
The only reason that this appears to conflict with a pro-life position (e.g. the argument that Republicans are pro-life but anti-baby/woman) is that you do not share my priors. Not wanting the state to do something does not mean disapproval of the thing being done by someone else.


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