by: the Common Constitutionalist
The definition of the prefix pro-: indicating favor for party, system, idea, etc.
The definition of choice: the act of selection, the right, power, or opportunity to choose; option.
The left is said to be all about Pro-Choice. Unfortunately the choice must always agree with their set of beliefs. Choice to the left is also quite myopic. The only choice for the left, is in fact, no choice at all.
I’m speaking of course, of the only pro-choice stance that liberals insist upon, and of course, it is not a choice. The correct terms are, or should be, pro-life and pro-abortion and for the left, the choice must always be abortion.
Let’s take a look at just how pro-choice the left is regarding a couple other hot topics.
The right to work issue has been news for quite a while, but has bolted to the front page with the recent Michigan vote. Unions came out in droves and were bused in by the thousands to rally unsuccessfully against “Right to Work”.
Is “Right to Work” not just pro-choice? One may “choose” in favor of joining a union, or “choose” not to join. That seems pretty pro-choice to me.
What about the issue of school choice? Liberals are all about the children, or so they say. However, when the matter of parents choosing which school they may send their children to, choice is not an option. Sure the left will argue that there is only so much money to go around and school choice would just further drain funding, but of course that’s a bogus argument that can easily be countered with a voucher system or tax credits. Parents receive their standard per-student funding via a voucher and are then free to “choose” the school of their “choice”. That’s pro-choice, is it not?
Now that I think of it, I guess the left is pro-choice regarding schools. They just happened to choose the teachers unions over the children, 100% of the time.
There are any number of things I would regard myself as being pro-choice, if I had the choice. Here are just a few.
- I would choose not to fund PBS (kudos to Mitt)
- I would choose to close the border
- I would choose to bring our troops home
- I would choose to allow Israel to defend itself by any means necessary
- I would choose to drill for oil and gas everywhere there might be some
- And coming soon, I would choose to opt out of Obamacare, where soon enough, I will not be able to “choose” my own doctor nor make my own health care decisions.
So you see, for the left, being pro-choice isn’t really about choice. It’s just repackaging and marketing. It is a lot more palatable to say one is pro-choice than pro-abortion. It’s like being gay instead of the proper term, homosexual, just as blacks are now all African-Americans, even though most of them are no more African than I am European.
Progressives are good at this sleight-of-hand. If some word, phrase, or thought falls out of favor or develops a negative connotation, they simply change the name and voilà, it’s magically acceptable and supposed to be somehow, different. The name progressive actually fell out of favor long ago and was changed to liberal, and now we’re back to progressive. Funny the way that works.
These names are just that; names. The ideas or ideals behind them never change. Don’t be fooled by a name.
Whether it be liberal, gay, African-American or pro-choice; with the left it is all about the packaging. What’s inside the package is immaterial.