"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mark Steyn Nails It... Again... and Again

Here's Mark Steyn on the Obama Administration's decision that Catholic institutions (other than churches) must provide health insurance including payment for abortifacients, contraception and sterilization, all contrary to their long-held, widely-known beliefs:

Modern “liberalism” is strikingly illiberal; the high priests of “tolerance” are increasingly intolerant of even the mildest dissent; and those who profess to “celebrate diversity” coerce ever more ruthlessly a narrow homogeneity. Thus, the Obama administration’s insistence that Catholic institutions must be compelled to provide free contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.  This has less to do with any utilitarian benefit a condomless janitor at a Catholic school might derive from Obamacare, and more to do with the liberal muscle of Big Tolerance enforcing one-size-fits-all diversity.

And here's Steyn on the rapid walk-back of the Komen Foundation's decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood:

In America today, few activities are as profitable as a “non-profit.” Planned Parenthood receives almost half a billion dollars — or about 50 percent of its revenues — in taxpayer funding.

A billion dollars seems a lot, even for 322,000 abortions a year. But it enables Planned Parenthood to function as a political heavyweight. Ms. Richards’s business is an upscale progressives’ ideological protection racket, for whom the “poor women”’s abortion mill is a mere pretext. The Komen Foundation will not be the last to learn that you can “race for the cure,” but you can’t hide. Celebrate conformity — or else.

All the good political writing is on the right these days, because to believe in modern liberalism is like believing in 1950s vintage Soviet communism -- after you digest the conformist "truth" of Pravda, there's not much room left for real thought, real diversity, real dissent.    

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