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“Choice” is thrown around in a way that is simply manipulative.

Mitt and Ann Romney

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Kathryn Jean Lopez

‘Choice” is the word. It’s meant to stop all conversation and all debate. It’s designed to avoid directly addressing topics people don’t really want to talk about. Things such as life, death, children, balance; and the ultimate question: Who am I?

But we girls — and the men caught in the web of relational and political confusion — may just be fed up with such an insulting manipulation.

The “war on women” that the White House, Planned Parenthood, and the Democratic party — but I repeat myself —  insist is being waged by the Republican party or the Catholic Church or the Susan G. Komen Foundationwas exposed as phony when Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen decided to use Ann Romney’s stay-at-home motherhood against her.

Rosen caused a media storm when she suggested that Mrs. Romney “has never actually worked a day in her life.” But something else she said deserves more sunlight: Rosen asked, “Can we just get rid of this word, ‘war on women’?” She claimed that “the Obama campaign does not use it, President Obama does not use it — this is something that the Republicans are accusing people of using, but they’re actually the ones spreading it.”

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This is the height of audacity.

Claiming that there is a “war on women” is a favorite fallback strategy of the Left. Democrats bring up such things to scare women into voting for them. (At times, shamefully, it is also used in intra-Republican battles. It’s a cynical divider, so you’ll see it pulled in primaries.)

To pretend that Democrats do not engage in manipulative talk about a war on women is all but to admit that, in politics, words aren’t always meant to have meaning. Their value is in voter mobilization. In this case, the assumption behind the words is that women are wedded to legal abortion and to a government bureaucracy that mandates insurance coverage of contraception, sterilization, and even abortion-inducing drugs. The assumption is insulting, and it caught up to Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, when, for the first time since the metric has been tracked (1982), they failed to win a majority of women’s votes.

In a perverse way, Rosen’s ridiculous claim about the “war on women” being a GOP delusion gave some credence to her subsequent apology to Ann Romney for insulting not just the wife of the presumptive Republican nominee but all women who have ever chosen to work in the home, raising children.

She didn’t really mean it! It was just another tool to scare women into voting Democrat in November! Don’t hold me to my words. They are but a means to an end. As the president now infamously winked on the international stage: After the election, there will be more “flexibility,” words can have their meanings again, and they’ll let us know what the agenda really is.



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