Right-wing flim-flam (Abortion edition)

I know that readers of this site care about abortion rights, but I don’t think most Americans still do.

The fight over abortion has been turned ugly (deliberately in my view) so that reasonable people will walk away from both participants, and it. That leaves the playing field open to the most politically adept — the sex-obsessed abortion-haters.

(By the way, if you don’t think all those fetuses-as-meat posters aren’t designed to disgust the reasonable, to make them leave the discussion, you don’t know how advertisers think — which is probably true, since most people don’t know how advertisers think.)

The sad fact is that gay rights weren’t the canary in the coal mine after all; abortion rights were. And that fight, like so many others, is in the third quarter with the home team losing. (The good news is that gays are fighting back much more effectively than women were able to; and gay rights are advancing while women’s rights recede.)

With this in mind, here’s Rachel on the Flim-Flam right (people like the sex-averse sex-focused Handmaiden) and its rebranding. The whole segment is here, about 13 minutes long. I want to focus, however, on just the part that deals with abortion rights.

Rachel begins by discussing the re-marketing of the Religiousy Teabaggy Right as something more palatable, then follows with this:


“The culture war is back.” Gen–Xers don’t have the leisure to be complacent; nor does Gen Y or Z. Sadly, I think they are just that: complacent.

Side note — One of the real triumphs of the 2008 Yes We Can campaign is that it turned the switch on for a whole generation the way the Kennedy campaign did. And one of the great tragedies of No We Can’t governance is that it seems to have turned that generational switch back off.

What a gift to the nation that was, the next generation’s engagement. You can engineer the event, the campaign, the sell; but you can’t engineer the result. Responses like 2008 are just handed to you, if you’re very lucky.

It follows, therefore, that if fears about the current administration are true (I won’t say they are until after the lame-duck session), discarding that generational gift may be the admin’s greatest legacy. And an inverse one — a crime greater even than enshrining the practice of summary execution. That generation’s involvement is probably our last great hope.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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