The Blue Elite and Female Lives
"I am pro-life," [Wendy Davis] said, borrowing from the label anti-abortion activists assign themselves. "I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children's future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else."
"I am pro-life," [Wendy Davis] said, borrowing from the label anti-abortion activists assign themselves.
"I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children's future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else."
A journalist at the Brownsville Herald in Texas wrote this jarring irony about the blue elite's new Texas darling, Wendy Davis. She is deemed a great hope for combatting the "Red Scare" in Texas. Davis is an adamant defender of legal late-term abortion. This rhetoric is symptomatic of the intellectual culture that engages the very same "newspeak" that George Orwell warned about in 1984. This type of rhetoric and continuous propaganda on behalf of blue political interests in Texas is essential to the larger moral crisis of America. The "war on women" replayed now again and again in political races across decades and the political precincts of the nation, alleges that the right seeks to ban birth control, deny women the right to vote, to rape them, and to essentially discriminate against women in any way humanly possible. Most recently in Virginia with Cuccinelli, but obvious in the re-election of President Obama, this moral crusade to eradicate the Red Scare is substantially premised on false allegations of a "war on women."
A Rasmussen survey of Democrats recently found that 25% of them believe that Tea Party members are a more violent threat to the United States than Al Qaeda. Such absurd slurs do not come about because of singular advocacy. These convictions are a growing intellectually orchestrated chorus from the culture wars of the early 1990s. The regular usage of terms such as "tea-hadist" are intentionally designed to meld the intuitive human fear and anger toward violent genocidal radical Islamic supremacists -- who are rarely identified or criticized for their actual misogyny by our Blue Elite -- with practical political disagreement. It is part of a growing strategy of deliberate incivility invoked by our Blue Elite toward conservatives. In fact, if conservatives criticize such true genocidal radicalism, they are denounced as "Islamophobic." It is the blue power of double-speak at work in our public sphere.
Wendy Davis and Ted Cruz are ostensibly two sides of the Texas political coin. They both are passionate political defenders. Both have engaged in filibusters to compel attention to their respective causes. But one is deemed by our Blue Elite to be a hero while the other is socially constructed as a demon. A member of the Blue Elite actually tweeted, "May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases," to a Cruz aide. Cruz was arguably more successful in his filibuster than Davis, but the intellectual culture of journalists, academics, and entertainers knows which one is a clear enemy worthy of limitless prompts to radical public contempt. Blue Congressional pollster Charlie Cook recently fantasized on TV about wanting to see Chris Christie "ripping the lungs out of a tea party member" for possibly opposing Christie in Iowa. Cook fawned that "Christie has testosterone oozing out of every pore," a perfect blue rhetorical concoction of masculine violence licensed and encouraged by his fellow MSNBC blue elite that chortled along with his hate.
The political suggestion of "care about the life of every child," is a transparent ever-flexible blue deception. It is offered by our intellectual culture to remind the public which party is allowed to engage in such flagrant deceptions. Whatever Reds or Blues think about abortion, it is unarguably the most successful form of violence against women in the world today. Every day thousands of women around the world are identified by technology for the threat that they are: female. Millions of women's lives have been lost in this supposed sacrament of feminism. Because there is so little defense of their worthy lives, and an active political support and incitement to its legality, the world is racing toward patriarchal domination at a rate unmatched in human history. The world has never been more male than it is today. In India, thousands of women go to public courts for the tedious tasks of changing their legal name from the one given by their parents -- "Nakusa," -- "Unwanted" in the Marathi Language, to an identity more self-affirming.
We all should pursue a similar form of self-liberation that these brave women in India do. Great Chinese women like Chai Ling have shown the way in her "All Girls Allowed" campaign. We must stop cooperating with our media, academic, and political masters who directly deceive us about the threats and dangers posed to women. We must take an honest stock of where women prosper and where they are marginalized and harmed. Conservatives are not the despicable slurs hurled at them by American political elite. And when our political masters and Blue Elite tag us as 'Unwanted' because they so cynically despise our politics, we can politely but firmly reply with our public refusal to accept this label and thereby redeem the accurate idea of being pro-life for all of humanity.
Ben Voth is the director of debate and associate professor of Communication at Southern Methodist University