by Jeff Wright, Jr.
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
The Left runs a propaganda campaign to smear their enemies and confuse the public every election cycle, and today the election cycle never ends. These individual campaigns are part of a broader, long-term effort to divide the country according to race, gender, age, income, religion, and culture and then pit these groups against one another for political gain.
Notice, for instance, how the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial has been exploited to foment racial hatred. Some in the media have even gone so far as to apply the label “White Hispanic” to Zimmerman in order to create a black vs. white angle. Meanwhile, actual race-based violence across America continues to be ignored since it does not fit the political narrative of the Left.
While the race card is played unceasingly, Democrats came up with another major strategy for the 2012 election cycle: the “War on Women.” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, could scarcely get through an interview without mentioning the phrase at least a dozen times. Slate‘s David Weigel explained the creation of the War on Women talking point this way:
The war on women line was born during the debate over the long-forgotten No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The midwife was a man: Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York. “This legislation,” he said on Feb. 9, 2011, “represents an entirely new front in the war on women and their families.” … The newborn talking point rolled off the tongue and straight into press releases: The Center for American Progress described the bill as “the Right’s War on Women.” Planned Parenthood protested the doomed bill with pre-printed “War on Women’ signs.”
Weigel describes the birth, awkward childhood, respectable adulthood, old age, and eventual death of the talking point when “Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen laughed at Mitt Romney’s claim that he stayed in touch with the economy through his wife, Ann. ‘His wife has never actually worked a day in her life,’ said Rosen.”
The “War on Women” may have ceased to be an effective tool for the Democrats during the 2012 election cycle but it certainly isn’t dead. The War on Women, so the fundraising efforts claim, has simply moved to the states.
Enter new hero of the Left, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. Davis skyrocketed to “heroic” status after an 11-hour filibuster of Texas Senate Bill 5, preventing a vote on the bill during a first special session. The leftist pressure group, People for the American Way, has a page where supporters can “Thank TX State Sen. Wendy Davis for her Heroic Filibuster Against the War on Women!” Texas SB 5 would have, among other things, amended Texas’s current ban on abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. Davis felt so strongly that women should have these four additional weeks to end the life of their child that she actually inserted a urinary catheter so she could pee in a bag under her dress rather than cut her filibuster short.
Davis has absurdly called the Texas measure “inhumane.” “It’s an inhumane thing to do, to force women into a situation where they literally have no control over their own bodies, over their destinies. It’s big government at its worst.” Let’s explore what’s “inhumane” about abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization.