Skip to comments.Mrs. Clinton Can't Defend Patron Saint of Planned Parenthood
Posted on 04/27/2009 12:34:50 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
Appearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was confronted in a way she probably wasn't expecting. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., asked the secretary to account for her comments the previous month, when she accepted the Margaret Sanger Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "I admire Margaret Sanger enormously," Clinton had said in March, "her courage, her tenacity, her vision ... And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her."
I'm not sure what it means to "take on archetypes" (American Heritage Dictionary: "An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype"). Perhaps she meant stereotypes. But it is worth pausing to consider, as Congressman Smith did, that the Planned Parenthood organization (of which Sanger's American Birth Control League was the predecessor) and the secretary of state continue to regard Margaret Sanger as an, if you will, archetypal modern feminist.
Mrs. Sanger was certainly a birth control pioneer. But when you examine the totality of Sanger's views, you'd think modern feminists would blanche -- at least a little. Sanger was a most thoroughgoing racist. "Eugenics," she wrote, "is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems."
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This I find thought provoking. How did Planned Parenthood come to become so pro-abortion, and why? Was Sanger's legacy "co-opted?" And how could a eugenicist oppose what to her must have been a useful procedure?Anyone for a small irony? Margaret Sanger hated abortion
O'Sullivan's First Law:All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing.
O'Sullivan was right, but his article announcing his law lamely cited a few examples and just left it. The reason his law is true lies in the Newspeak definitions of ideological labels:
Notice that "objective," "moderate," and "centrist" are classical virtues and are positive labels; likewise "liberal" and "progressive" are American virtues and are positive labels - at least to the extent that their Newspeak definitions have not been realized by the public. OTOH "conservatism" is not an American virtue - drilling for oil or developing genetically modified corn, IOW progress, is something American "conservatives" favor.
- objective: reliably promoting the interests of Big Journalism. (usage: always applied to journalists who are members in good standing; never applied to anyone but a journalist)
- liberal: see "objective," except that the usage is reversed: (usage: never applied to journalists; always applied to anyone but a journalist)
- progressive: see "liberal." (usage: same as for "liberal."
- moderate: see "liberal." (usage: same as for "liberal."
- centrist: see "liberal." (usage: same as for "liberal."
- conservative: rejecting the idea that journalism is a higher calling than providing food, shelter, clothing, fuel, and security; adhering to the dictum of Theodore Roosevelt that:"It is not the critic who counts . . . the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena(usage: applies to people who - unlike those labeled liberal/progressive/moderate/centrist, cannot become "objective" by getting a job as a journalist, and probably cannot even get a job as a journalist.)(antonym:"objective")
- "right-wing": see, "conservative."
When you found a radical agency, you cannot expect it to retain a conservative policy preference just because it was yours. That would be doubly conservative, and therefore completely out of character.
OK, I appreciate your thesis and your work, and not leaste, your formatting, but I was wondering if there was anything in the way of documented positions.
I really want proof of this.Clinton then, in good Obamanista fashion, offered a gratuitous swipe at the Bush administration. During my time as First Lady I helped to create the Campaign Against Teenage Pregnancy ... and ... the rate of teen pregnancy went down. Im sad to report that after an administration of eight years that undid so much of the good work, the rate of teenage pregnancy is going up.
Your skepticism is well-founded, but your concentration apparently lapsed before you got to the succeeding paragraph:Politicians always simplify, but this is truly ludicrous. Teen pregnancy down under the Clintons but then up under Bush? Sorry, the statistics do not reflect that. According to the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood), teen pregnancy reached an all-time high in 1988 and 1989 and began trending down thereafter, reaching its lowest recent point in 2005 -- past the midpoint of the Bush years. It has been going up since then.However, from those statistics I could make the case that Reagan may have done something right to get that statistic heading in the right direction - and that something happened later to reverse that trend. And the timing would suggest that that change happened - or at least continued - during the Bush Administration.
Hilary the commie says it all.