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There Ain’t No ‘Busses Runnin’ From the Bank to Mandalay

Over the weekend, America’s secretary of state spoke in New York at the Women in the World summit:

Clinton specifically mentioned Georgetown contraception activist Sandra Fluke while praising women “who are assuming the risks that come with sticking your neck out, whether you are a democracy activist in Burma or a Georgetown law student in the United States.”

I wonder if Mrs. Clinton gave a moment’s thought to how revoltingly insulting that comparison is to “democracy activists in Burma.” On the one hand, Zin Mar Aung, who spent eleven years in jail for writing a letter. On the other, one of the eternal children of American entitlement, attending an elite law school whose graduates proceed smoothly to jobs with a starting salary of $160,000 yet demanding the government pick up the tab for her birth control — which, even if one accepts her absurd figure of $3,000, amounts to less than the first week’s salary of that first job.

John J. Miller below quotes Steven Landsburg saying Miss Fluke’s position “deserves only to be ridiculed, mocked and jeered.” We should save some of that ridicule, mockery, and jeering for the hideous parochial decadence of Mrs. Clinton’s ludicrous equation — and the audience that applauded it.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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