Opinion

Mike Huckabee is right, and that’s why progressives are angry

Liberal journalists are very, very offended right now. No, they didn’t finally start paying attention to what led to four deaths at Benghazi or discover the monstrosity that is Obamacare. What has the media up in arms is something much worse: a conservative said something that they disagree with. The horror!

The travesty started at the Republican National Convention’s winter meeting. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was speaking about the so-called “war on women” that Democrats claim is being waged by Republicans. What, exactly, did Huckabee say that was so offensive? You can read the entire quote here, but this was the money quote:

And if 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 the government, then so be it.

CNN’s Dana Bash started the brouhaha by tweeting that, At Rnc meeting @MikeHuckabee just said fed govt shouldn’t help women w who can’t control their libido w birth control,” which — as anyone with a third grade reading level could comprehend — couldn’t be further from the truth. But no matter.  When has anyone in today’s mainstream media ever been concerned with accuracy in reporting? They took it and ran with it, because somehow a statement about how Democrats don’t empower women by making them reliant on the government is actually a slam against women. Liberals everywhere are outrageously outraged — how dare someone suggest that women can do anything without the help of Uncle Sam?

Interestingly, not too long ago, liberals were applauding someone who was fighting for the exact thing that Mike Huckabee is deriding: Sandra Fluke.  Remember her? She got a special phone call from President Obama himself and was nominated for Time magazine’s Person of the Year. And why? Because she stood up in front of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and begged for the government to pay for college students’ birth control. According to her, female students have to pay $3,000 a year in order to have safe sex, and that’s too much money, so obviously, the government has to come in and take care of that, stat.

The idea of women paying for their own birth control was never suggested, and the unthinkable idea that if they don’t want a baby and can’t afford birth control they should perhaps refrain from sex, was especially not mentioned. And it won’t be, either, because to today’s pseudo-feminists, sex is like food or air. You can’t survive without it, and don’t you dare suggest the idea of abstinence. We’re basically animals, as we’re evidently complete slaves to our physical urges. Everyone has the right to have sex, as much as they want, without having to take any responsibility for themselves or facing any consequences.

Women are told today, by these so-called feminists, that they should be having lots and lots of casual sex. There have been books written about it, columns published declaring that casual sex is empowering and a great way to earn respect. And meanwhile, women are also told that we have the right to have their birth control subsidized by taxpayers. It isn’t good enough that birth control is legal and readily available. It must be subsidized, too.

Some of us are unconvinced that empowerment means having tons of casual sex and begging for handouts from the government.

So how exactly was anything that Mike Huckabee said incorrect? What he described is exactly what liberals and pseudo-feminists are doing. It isn’t empowering to women to tell them that they’re nothing more than the sum of their reproductive organs. It isn’t empowering to tell women that they’re not strong and capable enough to either pay for their own birth control or abstain from sex if they can’t. In fact, it’s harmful. And it doesn’t make women equal to men — it makes them objects to be used and thrown away. Telling women that they can be better than that, that’s true empowerment.

When it comes down to it, Mike Huckabee was right. Why else would the liberals in the media be so offended?