Abortion and the entitlement society: Are they related?
We are sometimes criticized for writing about the economy, freedom, etc., on these pages. Best to focus on pro-life issues, they say.
There is some merit in that assertion. In our Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA), we teach pro-life activists how to convince even atheists and communists that abortion is wrong. Even if they believe we are wrong about politics, economics, etc., that does not justify killing a child.
But it’s important for us to understand how saving children is related to saving the economy.
Over the past 50 years, a deadly idea has been growing in the collective American psyche: the notion that all of us are “entitled” to whatever we need, and sometimes even what we want, and we have no responsibility to work for it or pay for it. The list of “entitlements” includes food, shelter, health care, a college education, etc., … and the list is growing.
Entitlement, along with its twin monster Dependency, are cultivated and used by political charlatans as tools for obtaining and consolidating political power. They make outrageous promises, but of course, those promises must be kept by somebody else (i.e., the productive class), if they can be kept at all. But it really doesn’t matter if they can be kept or not, because the people on the receiving end are “entitled.”
As to paying for the promises? Well, somebody else can worry about that tomorrow.
Couple that general sense of entitlement with the non-stop portrayal of free sex on TV, in movies, at school, etc. Everybody is having sex, nobody gets pregnant, and nobody gets STDs. In the popular culture, sex is just an expected part of teenage life. So it’s easy to see how young males would think sex without responsibility is just one more item on their long list of “entitlements.” All a boy has to do is get a girl to give in to his “request,” and when she does, it’s all good.
Since contraception so often fails or is simply forgotten (source), recourse to abortion is necessary for having sex without responsibility, so abortion must be a “right” as well. They will even say it, “But if I agree with you about abortion, I’ll have to give up sex!” Not necessarily, but they might have to accept responsibility, and of course, responsibility is antithetical to entitlement.
Some are more callous than others, “Yep, my girlfriend has the right to kill my child, and I’ll do anything in my power to make sure she does, but the ultimate guilt … er, decision … is hers!”
The more we promote the entitlement philosophy, the more abortions we will have. The politicians who work hardest to cultivate entitlement/dependency also promote the most extreme child-killing policies, because responsibility and entitlement are incompatible values.
Conversely, although the 2010 elections were not a pro-life mandate, per se, but rather a mandate to roll back entitlements gone wild, the result was a record number of pro-life laws passed at the state level in 2011. Many of the newly-elected lawmakers who promised fiscal sanity also worked to protect children and moms from abortion.
Furthermore, we must always remind ourselves that the first order of business for the political class is to stay in power. That means paying off powerful political allies like Planned Parenthood. They tell us our money will go for food, shelter, education, health care, etc., for people who need it. But in reality, they take money from the productive class and use much of it to grow the bureacracy and pay off their political friends.
You know about Solyndra, but the half-billion they got is chump change. Planned Parenthood stands to take in billions of dollars (that’s “billions” with a “b”) annually from ObamaCare (source). (Annually means every year, for all you people in Rio Linda.) The more we feed the beast that is our federal government, the more entitlement, dependency, and abortions we will have.
What do you think? Please comment!
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