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admit it. I was skeptical about George W. at first. As
someone who calls herself conservative-and worked for the opposition
during the primaries-I thought that the now-President Bush was a
wishy-washy moderate, ill equipped to really enact meaningful change
in America. For almost two weeks now, President Bush has been
proving me wrong.
And how! In the first few days of the Bush-Cheney
administration, powerful moves were made toward true reform in key
areas vitiated by Bill Clinton and his associates. Foremost of
those reforms was the overturning of Clinton's 1993 order overturning
Ronald Reagan's order to withhold funding from international groups
providing abortions (did you follow that?). That particular
decision, accompanied by a simultaneous announcement that the
controversial RU-486 drug would be sent back to the FDA for review,
has pro-abortion activists up in arms over what they think was a
deception on Bush's part in the 2000 campaign.
Hard-line feminist groups like NOW and NARAL like to think that Bush
ran as a moderate who was pro-choice, if not pro-abortion.
Actually, Bush ran as a 'compassionate conservative' who did not think
the country was 'ready to overturn Roe vs. Wade.' As ambiguous
and infuriating as those phrases were to me during the campaign, it's
not hard to see where the confusion came into play. Many
pro-abortion activists claimed throughout 2000 that Bush was lying to
seem more moderate than his record would indicate, while less
media-savvy conservative contenders maintained he was trying to
sugarcoat his pro-choice views.
Luckily (at least for the unborn), neither group was really correct.
What Bush is proving to be is exactly what he always claimed to be and
what no one ever believed--someone who will work amicably on both
sides of the aisle and make compromises in order to get his
conservative agenda passed. While radical women's groups may be
very angry about the recent announcements (made on the anniversary of
Roe vs. Wade, no less), all reports from the Hill are that lawmakers
from both parties are making agreements and working together to
advance their separate causes. The first weeks of the Bush
Presidency seem remarkably peaceful, given the circumstances.
For the next few weeks, as the NARAL and NOW ladies seethe and plot
the political destruction of all men named Bush, I will be busy
showing readers why feminism in its current form is not only a joke,
but frankly harmful and offensive to the majority of women. You
will see that what was once a valid movement aimed toward equality and
justice is now a campaign for the very tyranny and oppression women
once faced. A victim of a different gender does not make the
offense any less heinous.
Please keep reading as I make the case for women everywhere who do not
fit in with the NOW ideal: Women who choose to mother their
children at home...women who take responsibility for their own success
or failure instead of attributing it to society...women who believe
that life begins at conception and should not be snuffed out for
convenience sake...these women and more have been disenfranchised by
the current culture, yet they are the majority. It is time for
them to have their say.
Next week: Part One of 'The Case Against Feminism'
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© Kirsten Andersen, 2001
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