I’m pro-choice. This weekend’s antics didn’t help the cause.
If you wonder why the Democratic brand is so tarnished look no further than this paragraph from a story in yesterday’s Wisconsin State Journal:
The day before the Bans Off Our Bodies march, UW-Madison’s BIPOC Coalition, originally a co-sponsor of the event, published a statement rescinding their co-sponsorship and endorsement. The statement said Indivisible organizers “repeatedly failed to recognize their privilege, be inclusive of all folks with uteri, and understand that BIPOC, queer, disabled and/or low-income folks do not owe cis-gender, middle-class white women their support, nor labor in a movement that white women co-opted.”
The story was about pro-abortion marches that took place Sunday all across the country. As is too often the case, here in Madison the left split with the left. It is in the DNA of the hard-left to be over-sensitive, to seek out offense wherever it might be found, and to compete in a sort of victimhood Olympics. It’s also their way to use language that is befuddling, if not incomprehensible, to the general public. A public which is, after all, both “privileged” and “cisgendered,” though no doubt in denial about the first and oblivious about the second since few average people know what “cisgendered” means.
The Indivisible organizations sprung up after the shock of Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016. They were the project of progressive Democratic staffers on the Hill. But, reading between the lines, somebody at an Indivisible organizing meeting said something on the eve of the Madison march, somebody took offense and, bam, the left looks goofy yet again. This same kind of thing happened around the women’s marches when they started in 2017.
Look, I’m pro-choice. I really am concerned about what might happen at the Supreme Court between now (the first day of the court’s new term is today) and June, when the court wraps up for the summer. It’s possible that Roe v. Wade could be overturned and likely that it will at least be weakened. For lots of reasons I think that would be a bad thing for the country.
But “organizing” (disorganizing might be a better description) on the pro-choice side that splits hairs over who is more victimized among people on the same side of the issue is worse than useless. I mean, how many people who needed to be rallied or persuaded on this issue were inspired or convinced by these kinds of antics? How much good did these protests do?
Instead of focussing on the issue, these groups are obsessing about themselves. This just underscores how identity politics has taken over the left. Identity even overshadows the issue of reproductive rights. It’s come to that.
Indivisible turns out to be divided.
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