The Centrist Majority has been silent for too long. We’ve allowed both extremes to gain too much power to the point where we are beginning to suffer for it. Lately that has changed.
With the uproar over Susan G Komen’s dissing of Planned Parenthood, the CM has managed to change the governance of a charitable organization. It has gone from one that would have heavily politicized the foundation to one that is more dedicated to the charitable cause.
The most recent uproar was over a talk show host who pandered to the “dregs of society”. Instead of acting to educate them, he told them what he thought they wanted to hear. He felt safe feeding their prejudices because he believed that they represented not only his audience, but most of America.
Rush Limbaugh now knows he’s wrong. He is losing advertisers because of it, and it is hurting him enough that he proffered an apology. Unfortunately, his apology was all show and for his advertisers. He still doesn’t get it.
Limbaugh equates birth control with a license to have “free sex”. He doesn’t seem to realize that birth control is used as part of family planning by married women who don’t want to spend the entirety of their lives changing diapers. And that this is encouraged by their husbands who realize that they can’t really afford another child in the current economy.
Rush accuses the Democrats of wanting to exert control over a woman’s womb, when it is the Republican Party that has launched such an offensive. In many states, Republican lawmakers have proposed an invasive procedure, internal ultrasound, to shame women into not having an abortion. They believe that by forcing women to view a small dot on a screen, they will miraculously see a tiny baby and have a change of heart.
The choices women make about their own bodies are theirs to make. No decision is made without good reason, whether financial, physical, or psychological. And no one should be presuming otherwise.