The first day of the CPAC whine-fest is over. The main speakers at this years conference all seem to have one major theme to spout to the audience: “Woe is us”! But, in all honesty, I do have to agree with one meme that has come up time-and-again. That meme is that “we are at a critical point where liberty is at risk”. That was first uttered by the Liberty Loving (as long as you are a white Christian) Ted Cruz.
Of course, I do not agree with their assessment of what constitutes “liberty”, but liberty is at risk. It is at risk every time a conservative legislature passes another anti-abortion law. It is at risk every time a conservative legislature passes “legal discrimination” laws in the name of freedom of religion. It is at risk every time a conservative business owner says he won’t provide contraception to employees because he is “religiously” against using contraceptives. It is at risk everytime a state passes a voter restriction law. It is at risk every time a legislature cuts funding for Public Education. It is at risk every time the Republicans try to defund the social safety nets and let the poor on their own to just die.
What the conservatives at CPAC are really saying is that they believe their “liberty” is at risk because the Federal Government, especially the Constitution, makes it illegal to discriminate against people. So, they callously shroud their discrimination is false claims that their “religion” says it is okay to discriminate against people, therefore, the government cannot tell them they cannot.
All the while the paranoid conservatives are meeting in Maryland, court briefs of friends of Hobby Lobby are proving that the mandate challenge of the ACA to provide contraception is not about religious freedom, but rather controlling women employees and their sexual activities. The façade of using religion against the ACA mandate is falling away very quickly if you take time to read the papers.
For example: the Beverly Lahaye Institute includes in its brief: “If the Government intends to broaden the definition of ‘women’s health and well-being,’ and thus the goal of the Mandate, to include non-health related concepts such as emotional well-being and economic prosperity, then it should likewise have considered the documented negative effects the widespread availability of contraceptives has on women’s ability to enter into and maintain desired marital relationships. This in turn leads to decreased emotional wellbeing and economic stability (out-of-wedlock childbearing being a chief predictor of female poverty), as well as deleterious physical health consequences arising from, inter alia, sexually transmitted infections and domestic violence.“
There you have it. Contraceptives are the root cause of domestic violence and the reason women don’t desire to enter into desired marital relationships. I wonder just what they mean by desired marital relationships.
The American Freedom Law Center says: “Thus, it has come to pass that the widespread use of contraceptives has indeed harmed women physically, emotionally, morally, and spiritually — and has, in many respects, reduced her to the “mere instrument for the satisfaction of [man’s] own desires.” Consequently, the promotion of contraceptive services — the very goal of the challenged mandate — harms not only women, but it harms society in general by ‘open[ing] wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards.’ Responsible men and women cannot deny this truth.
Sorry ladies, I didn’t realize that once you take contraceptives you lose all control of your sexual impulses. According the American Freedom Law Center, once you pop that pill into your mouth, you apparently just go around looking for a man to satisfy. Your choice of when you have sex is all lost to that little pill.
There are more examples, but I think you get the idea. These groups are not arguing against the mandate on religious grounds. They simply want to control the lives of women. According to them, taking contraceptives causes women to lose all self control and dooms them to a life of poverty. Who said there was a “war on women”?
With this in the background, the conservatives at CPAC are bemoaning the idea that “liberty” is under attack. In a sense they are correct. But it is they that are attacking liberty. It is they that are trying to establish a legal discriminatory government. It is they who simply wish all the poor people would simply die and leave them alone.
I am sure today we will hear more of the same. We will hear their weeping for quite a while, especially since this is an election year. But remember, they are the ones who are really attacking liberty. To be fair, they have gotten really good at it too! All in the name of hate!