Give me a freaking break

Compare and contrast the following real things that really happened, and tell me what the difference is between them:

  • A West Virginia Senate candidate compares having to put ‘smoke-free’ signs on public buildings to Nazi-era Jews being forced to wear the Star of David.
  • The Governor of Mississippi says of the Democratic Party: “their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb”. Their one mission.
  • The executive vice president of the NRA believes that, by not making any attempt at introducing gun control laws, the president of the United States is secretly trying to lull gun owners into letting him win a second term, wherein he will immediately introduce a raft of gun-control laws.
  • A plurality of Republican voters still believe that the President was not born in the United States. Despite all evidence to the contrary, and despite him being the most scrutinized political figure in the history of the world.
  • Here in New Zealand, a proposal to offer free long-term birth-control to welfare beneficiaries is being met with howls of consternation and cries of ‘eugenics!’.

Which one of these is the odd one out?

There is no odd one out, all of them are bugfuck insane.

The common thread between them is a political position so blinded by hatred that it sees every single action of the “other side” as an evil conspiracy, and a contrariness so ingrained that you’ve started to define your position as “the opposite of the other guy”.

Look, I’m not a fan of National. I didn’t vote for them, I don’t want them in government, I think they’re selling us out on a grand scale for short term gain and I think the Prime Minister is probably a slimeball.

There’s a lot of stupid shit going on in the world. In the United States, women are having to re-fight a battle over their own bodies that was won and over in the 60s. Caused by the dying convulsions of a conservative movement that’s being demographically wiped out through aging populations, immigration, and education.

Women’s choices are being restricted all over the place. So when the fuck did offering more choice to women become evil?

Eugenics has a horrid, ugly history. Every once in a while it rears its head. In developed and undeveloped countries.

Do you know what the difference is between offering contraception; and coercing or forcing sterilization?

Fucking everything.

Some people are saying that the policy is deliberately targeting the poor. They’re not wrong, and admittedly that could sound suspicious if you choose to ignore the fact that that’s what benefits are for. Benefits are for the people who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

I can’t believe I have to do this, but I beg you to have the intellectual honesty to think it through: It would be great if our healthcare provided free, fully-paid for contraception to everybody. Sounds great, but let’s say it’s too expensive, and you can only offer it to some people. Do you offer it to the people who could afford it anyway, or the people who otherwise couldn’t? Does that mean you’re targeting them? Yes! You are! Because they’re poor! That’s the point.

One more time, very slowly: there is no world in which giving women more control and choice over their bodies is a bad thing. If you want to fight, fight the parts that are reducing choices, like the punitive measures against women if they don’t go back to work while their baby is still completely helpless. Fight that stuff. Fight for choice, not against it.

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