In other words, someone other than Sandra Fluke has to fork over cash for her extracurricular activities.
When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you’re pretty much done for.
……She’s had the courage to stand up in public and demand that someone else (and this is where one is obliged to tiptoe cautiously, lest offense is given to gallant defenders of the good name of American maidenhood such as the many prestigious soon-to-be-former sponsors of this column who’ve booked Bill Maher for their corporate retreat with his amusing “Sarah Palin is a c***” routine …)
Where was I? Oh, yes. The brave middle-age schoolgirl had the courage to stand up in public and demand that someone else pay for her sex life.
Well, as noted above, she’s attending Georgetown, a nominally Catholic seat of learning, so how expensive can that be? Alas, Georgetown is so nominally Catholic that the cost of her sex life runs to three grand – and, according to the star witness, 40 percent of female students “struggle financially” because of the heavy burden of maintaining a respectable level of pre-marital sex at a Jesuit institution.
……But I’d say the core issue here is not religious liberty, which in these godless times the careless swing voter now understands as a code phrase meaning that uptight Republicans who can’t get any action want to stop you getting any, too.
Nor is the core issue liberty in its more basic sense – although it would certainly surprise America’s founders that their republic of limited government is now the first nation in the developed world to compel private employers to fully fund the sex lives of their employees.
……All of us are born with the unalienable right to life, liberty and a lifetime supply of premium ribbed silky-smooth, ultrasensitive, spermicidal, lubricant condoms. No taxation without rubberization, as the Minutemen said. The shot heard round the world and all that.
Nor is the core issue that, whatever the merits of government contraception, America is the brokest nation in history – although the Fluke story is a useful reminder that the distinction between fiscal and social conservatism is generally false.
As almost all those fashionable split-the-difference fiscally conservative/socially liberal governors from George Pataki to California’s pathetically terminated Terminator eventually discover, their social liberalism comes with a hell of a price tag. Ask the Greeks how easy it is for insolvent nations to wean the populace off unaffordable nanny-state lollipops: When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you’re pretty much done for.
No, the most basic issue here is not religious morality, individual liberty or fiscal responsibility. It’s that a society in which middle-age children of privilege testify before the most powerful figures in the land to demand state-enforced funding for their sex lives at a time when their government owes more money than anyone has ever owed in the history of the planet is quite simply nuts.
Fluke is one of those entitlement culture kids. She’s well-off enough financially, in spite of the fact that her $3000 contraception habit puts a dent in her wallet. She willingly attends Georgetown with the explicit intent to use it as a venue for her activism, knowing damned well that this particular religious institution has never advocated contraception. It doesn’t, and indeed cannot, prevent people from using them, it just won’t pay for it. Fluke’s publicity stunt is a push for ObamaCare and big government intrusion into a private university.
- The Real Problem with Sandra Fluke (Hint: It has Nothing to Do with her Sex Life) (thedailybeast.com)
- (“When the left savages the right, it’s OK. When America’s top conservative questions why taxpayers must subsidize the sex life of a coed, the sky falls in”) Hypocritical Criticism Of Rush Limbaugh Is No Fluke (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Sandra Fluke Does Not Speak for Me (thecollegeconservative.com)