I’ve read Thomas Friedman and I like him. His bestselling book, The World is Flat, was groundbreaking in understanding our modern economy. However, when it comes to domestic matters, he is often foolish.
Take his newest article on Pro-Life. http://nyti.ms/PYlkUI
His point is that Republicans are not pro-life because they don’t support strict enough gun control, global warming laws, and federal early childhood education. Not to mention the stupid things a few Republican representatives have been spouting about abortion and rape. They were indeed reprehensible quotes.
But while the recent Republican comments are largely irrelevant while Roe v. Wade sits in place, Friedman’s libelous statements is the most recent attack on the character of Republican citizens. And a silly attack at that.
Let’s take his points one by one.
Republicans don’t care much about banning assault rifles.
Yeah, that’s true. But it has little do with gun control or with the protection of life. Assault rifles are just showy versions of legal wooden guns that fire the same exact ammunition. Growing up, my family owned a semi-automatic rifle (unbeknownst to me) that shot 223 ammunition — which is “assault grade” ammunition. But it’s completely legal because it doesn’t look so dangerous.
But I suppose looks are more important than facts in this case.
The second charge is that Republicans don’t support climate change legislation. Well, since President Obama used his political capital on health insurance instead of saving us from drowning in glacier run off, and rarely mentions it anymore, I’ll just turn it around and assert that the President doesn’t really care about saving the earth either. Besides — at this point, talking about climate change is just beating a dead polar bear.
His final accusation? Conservatives don’t like educating and taking care of children because they don’t support the federal Head Start preschool program. But this is unforgivably misleading, as it’s not preschool and nutrition Republicans oppose — It’s the solution of top-down federal intervention. Republican’s believe that America’s children can be handled on a local level by private and public preschools, church day care, employer programs, and stay at home mothers. It’s not Head Start or bust. It’s Head Start or non-federal alternatives. But maybe that distinction is a bit too nuanced for Friedman’s purposes.
I also would like to point out that Friedman’s whole rant is supposedly about how Republicans have hijacked the term Pro-Life in unfair ways. Well, what’s the big deal anyway? Pro-Choice isn’t horrible sounding. It’s not Pro-Lifers or Pro-Murder of pre-born babies. But if you think it’s unfair, let’s examine the flip side. What words do Liberals have a monopoly over?
Racist, Feminist, Sexist, Heterosexist, Homophobe, Islamaphobe
These terms are all defined and used in way liberals find convenient. There is only white on others racism. All women are supportive feminists and think that society oppresses women, even if they don’t know it. Male-Female date auctions are heterosexist. If you support the traditional definition of marriage, you hate all gays. And if you are worried about radical Islam, you hate all Muslims.
The power of the term ‘Pro-Life’? That’s nothing. You have it made.
Finally, Friedman concludes with the following :
For me, the most “pro-life” politician in America is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While he supports a woman’s right to choose, he has also used his position to promote a whole set of policies that enhance everyone’s quality of life — from his ban on smoking in bars and city parks to reduce cancer, to his ban on the sale in New York City of giant sugary drinks to combat obesity and diabetes, to his requirement for posting calorie counts on menus in chain restaurants, to his push to reinstate the expired federal ban on assault weapons and other forms of common-sense gun control, to his support for early childhood education, to his support for mitigating disruptive climate change.
Now that is what I call “pro-life.” Says Friedman.
Conpost Daily has a different view. That’s what we call mild totalitarianism.
Technical Note: Next Time We’ll Use A Pop-Filter