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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Obama Starts A New War Against Women

Barack Obama has suddenly made himself the leader of a new war on women. In a Rhode Island pre-election campaign speech, he trashed the principle of giving career choices to women. His exact words were emphatic: "Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make."

Who gave Obama the right to decide what career choice women will be allowed to make? What kind of country do we live in? The evidence is abundant that Obama meant exactly what he said. This statement confirms so much about Obama: he is a committed, doctrinaire feminist, and he claims the right to use the iron hand of government to force us to conform to that warped ideology.

Obama is not the first to proclaim a denial of career choices to women. The French woman who is recognized as the founder of the feminist movement, Simone de Beauvoir, with her book called The Second Sex, famously said, "No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children . . . precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one. . . . We don’t believe that any woman should have this choice." Simone de Beauvior insulted women who make that choice by calling them a "parasite." But many women do voluntarily make that choice because they want to be with their children during some or many of those precious years when they are growing up. That choice is why President Richard Nixon’s famous 1971 veto of the Mondale-Brademus Child Development Bill was generally popular despite yelps from the feminists. Nixon wrote in his veto message, "Good public policy requires that we enhance rather than diminish both parental authority and parental involvement with children.”

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