Sandra Fluke and Our Broketastically Brokey-Broke Nation

At his best, there’s simply no one who writes like Mark Steyn.

So this is America’s best and brightest – or, at any rate, most expensively credentialed. Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education, and, on the evidence of Wednesday night, is entirely incapable of making a coherent argument. She has enjoyed the leisurely decade-long varsity once reserved for the minor sons of Mitteleuropean grand dukes, and she has concluded that the most urgent need facing the Brokest Nation in History is for someone else to pay for the contraception of 30-year-old children. She says the choice facing America is whether to be “a country where we mean it when we talk about personal freedom, or one where that freedom doesn’t apply to our bodies and our voices” – and, even as the words fall leaden from her lips, she doesn’t seem to comprehend that Catholic institutions think their “voices” ought to have freedom, too, or that Obamacare seizes jurisdiction over “our bodies” and has 16,000 new IRS agents ready to fine us for not making arrangements for “our” pancreases and “our” bladders that meet the approval of the commissars. Sexual liberty, even as every other liberty withers, is all that matters: A middle-school girl is free to get an abortion without parental consent, but if she puts a lemonade stand on her lawn she’ll be fined. What a bleak and reductive concept of “personal freedom.”

America is so broketastically brokey-broke that one day, in the grim future that could be, society may even be forced to consider whether there is any meaningful return on investment for paying a quarter-million bucks to send the scions of wealth and privilege to school till early middle-age to study Reproductive Justice. But, as it stands right now, a Cornell and Georgetown graduate doesn’t understand the central reality of the future her elders have bequeathed her. There’s no “choice” in the matter. It’s showing up whatever happens in November. All the election will decide is whether America wants to address that reality, or continue to live in delusion – like a nation staggering around with a giant condom rolled over its collective head.

As funny as it is, it almost makes one want to weep.

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14 Responses to Sandra Fluke and Our Broketastically Brokey-Broke Nation

  • One of the most dismaying features of contemporary liberalism is how it infantilizes its adherents. Sandra Fluke is a first rate example of this process of transforming adults into perpetual wards of the State. That the Democrat powers that be thought that parading this embodiment of “gimme gimme” liberalism would sway sane voters is a testament that the epithet socialist that is tossed at them vastly understates the religious devotion to Holy Mother the State that is obviously now the guiding belief of the party of Jackson.

  • Mark is wonderful. Contrasting the naive nature of Sandra Fluk with our elders and anscestors that made societal advances one painful and slow step at a time is wonderful. In ages past, someone like Sandra would have been dragged out of the gathering. She would not have been given the privelage to banter after the first few minutes. Today, she is the darling of the liberal left. I say, let her speak. She may do more good for conservative growth than you think.

  • stuff like this is why i appreciated Cardinal Dolan’s use of the phrase “ordered liberty” in his benedictions — i think he’s the only prominent figure i’ve ever heard use a phrase like that recently. Republicans like to invoke how we’re a nation of liberty, and they obviously see it in different terms than the personal libertinism of the Left, but because neither side does a ton of in-depth discussion in politics about what exactly our conceptions of liberty are, Democrats inevitably go “you say you’re for liberty, well why don’t you support [insert Democratic proposal here]“

  • Even the grand pooh bah of world socialism H G Wells was deathly afraid that socialism would degenerate into a society of slackers and infantile wants. His book The Time Machine was intended as a stark warning of that with its pretty but feeble ELOI. Even the degenerate Morlocks who worked in a lowbrow way were too much for the Eloi to fight against.

    It’s ironic the Sandra advances a position that is almost identical with the old male chauvinist idea of the available woman who could be used without consequence and attachment. Her boyfriends (she has never indicated that she was in a monogamous relationship) apparently have no responsibility to her. She is smart enough to realize though that she could never make it as a conventional lawyer; her only hope is as a politico in some blue state.

  • Good post, Paul Z. Aside comment: for the life of me, I can’t understand why any red-blooded American male would even be able to muster the physical straightness (as it were) required to necessitate Sandra Fluke’s need for contraceptive. Looking at her face and appearance, one’s ability for reproductive activity would surely shrivel up in disgust and revulsion for nothing attractive therein resides.

  • “It’s ironic the Sandra advances a position that is almost identical with the old male chauvinist idea of the available woman who could be used without consequence and attachment.”

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I don’t know how many times I have tried to explain to my fellow women that contraceptives and “consequence free” sex turn a great many of us into mere receptacles. It drives me up a wall to see how so many women blatantly advertise their sexual availability, in some cases literally trolling for sex, and in the next breath (or post if they’re on the interwebs) will complain about being lonely and not being able to find a good man who loves her for who she is. And if you suggest that maybe these ladies should keep their lady bits to themselves for a while, you’re a “hater” and a prude. It boggles the mind!

  • Rozin: ” She is smart enough to realize though that she could never make it as a conventional lawyer; her only hope is as a politico in some blue state.”

    Because unless Fluke’s life is gounded in TRUTH, Fluke and her overlords and minions, and everything they touch, will fail.

    This one requires three (3) Hail Marys

  • If I were Sandra Fluke’s father I would be so heart sick with shame, I would have an emotional breakdown.

  • etcera, etcera, and so forth: Twenty three million people, unemployed, and Sandra Fluke tells us that the people owe her birth control; speaking of being “out of touch”. The War on Women is nothing more than a war on reality. The human being must take back his dignity and his taxes.

  • “… What a fabulously confident and ingenuous-seeming political narcissist Ms. Fluke is. She really does think—and her party apparently thinks—that in a spending crisis with trillions in debt and many in need, in a nation in existential doubt as to its standing and purpose, in a time when parents struggle to buy the good sneakers for the kids so they’re not embarrassed at school . . . that in that nation the great issue of the day, and the appropriate focus of our concern, is making other people pay for her birth-control pills. That’s not a stand, it’s a non sequitur. She is not, as Rush Limbaugh oafishly, bullyingly said, a slut. She is a ninny, a narcissist and a fool…”

    ~ Peggy Noonan
    http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html

  • Yeah Greg, I know I would be pretty heartbroken and feeling dishonored if she were my daughter too. When I read your comment, my mind immediately jumped to some lyrics by my favorite band, Marillion, and I wonder if they would apply.

    She was a wallflower at sixteen
    She’ll be a wallflower at thirty-four
    Her mother called her beautiful
    Her daddy said a whore

  • JA: I may start to read Peggy Noonan. I stopped reading in 2008 when she went “all in” against Governor Palin and McCain.

    Greg: If that was me, I’d say, “I always thought she looked a lot like the mailman.”

  • RL says: “some lyrics by my favorite band, Marillion, and I wonder if they would apply.’

    She was a wallflower at sixteen
    She’ll be a wallflower at thirty-four
    Her mother called her beautiful
    Her daddy said a whore.

    At sixteen, the child is an un-emancipated person, a minor in a court of law, and daddy don’t do nutthin but pray for her. Maybe, “her daddy” needs the prayers more. Pornified culture be damned. RL, don’t go there.

    Mary

  • Thanks for the advice Mary. But since the subject wasn’t a sixteen year old’s sexual escapades (“was” is past tense, and the reference was to a particular man’s actions), and the subject matter of the album is the very fallen state of a man who realized that his life of licentiousness not only failed to bring happiness, but destruction and despair. He ended up finding that the goodness contained in his childhood was the answer to his happiness. But again, thanks for the warning. I’ll be more careful about my consumption of the pornified culture in the future.

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