The outrage industry is at it again. This time, it's about libido.
As much of the nation knows, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee called out the Democratic Party last week for promoting policies and strategies that reduce women to helpless dependents of government. He did this at the RNC's Winter Meeting, and received applause.
Huckabee's statement was accurate, well-articulated, and on point. But that didn't stop the outrage industry from jumping into action. Within hours, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney slammed Huckabee, reporters Dana Bash of CNN and Kasie Hunt of NBC took what he said out of context before offering clarifications, and Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post wrote a blog post mocking Huckabee as representative of the GOP being behind the times. Planned Parenthood Action Fund also jumped into the fray, and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards published an op-ed on CNN.com in which she said Huckabee is fighting a “battle” against women.
Unfortunately, as it typically does, the outrage industry ignored one key point: Huckabee was right. His full comments can be seen here, but all Huckabee did was embody the resolution the RNC passed 24 hours after he spoke. Consider the following.
First, Huckabee noted that Republicans want women “to be empowered, to be something other than victims of their own gender.” He contrasted this with how Democrats “think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have a government provide for them birth control medication.”
While the statement about Democratic groupthink is exaggerated, the rest is right on. Through their policies, Democrats do appear to think that women require government assistance because they are unable to take care of themselves.
The most prominent of these policies is President Obama's mandate of coverage of abortion drugs and contraception. However, there are others, such as federal funding of contraception programs and “comprehensive” sexual education. The ridiculous epitome of this mindset is “Life of Julia,” the much-ridiculed attempt by President Obama in 2012 to show how his policies will provide cradle-to-grave government “help” for an invented woman.
Contrast this with how conservatives and Republicans prefer to see women as able to stand on their own two feet and accomplish their own goals. There is a belief in certain principles, such as abstinence until marriage. The policy goal, however, is to limit or stop existing incentives that harm the American people – including but not limited to funding of contraception, abortions, and other policies that devastate families.
Huckabee also said the GOP “stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women,” in “a war FOR [women].”
Exactly. The party does far more for the benefit of women than the Democratic Party. One way is to help women fight against the true war being waged on women by the abortion industry and its media and political allies in the Democratic Party.
Finally, Huckabee said Democrats “insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government…”
This is exactly what the HHS mandate does – it tells women they are nothing more than helpless beings when it comes to sex. Rather than encourage women to be all they can be, Democratic policies on abortion and contraception degrade women, encourage men to use women for sexual pleasure before abandoning them, and act as though women cannot independently make intelligent, sound decisions without liberal paternalism.
In 2012, the outrage industry had the GOP's power players looking for cover with the “war on women” attack. And while RNC Chairman Reince Priebus appeared to throw Huckabee under the bus last week, he defended Huckabee on “Morning Joe” on Thursday, noting that Huckabee's point was accurate but not spoken as well as Priebus preferred. This defense of Huckabee came days after the RNC passed a resolution the same day to fight against the “deceptive” war on women strategy, and barely a week after dozens of members of the RNC stood with tens of thousands of pro-life activists at the annual March for Life in Washington.
It looks like the RNC is finally recognizing the outrage industry is going to shriek regardless of what is said or done by Republicans and conservatives. Kudos to Huckabee for saying it like it is, and to Priebus for standing against the “war on women” deception. Let's hope more Republicans and conservatives do this as the 2014 campaign season ramps up.