Regrettably, my soft spot for keeping in touch with my distant friends and family is keeping me on Facebook, means I am periodically exposed to news articles detailing ridiculous controversies invented by leftists and the media (but I repeat myself). I regard these with the same level of vague distaste I would experience while watching two scrappy stray dogs fight and growl over the remains of a half-eaten pork chop, so I typically ignore them. But every once in a while they happen to offer insights into the way the leftist mind works. The peculiar case of Lisa Brown, some kind of low-level leftist political nobody in Michigan recently elevated to sainthood, is one such story, and too illustrative of the interpretative processes of the modern mind to let pass without comment.
No links here; you can find one yourself (though I caution readers to avoid exposing themselves to mainstream media accounts of anything for any longer than is necessary to parse relevant information from them). The gist is that Lisa Brown, a Democrat in the Michigan House of Representatives, was reprimanded when, during a debate on an abortion bill (my favorite part of which is its regulation of the disposition of fetal remains, which the bill forbids treating as medical waste), she said, “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”
This gelled into the standard fare leftist patriarchal oppression narrative with such rapidity that I can consider it nothing but a case of the wonderful (in the literal sense that it inspires wonder) leftist hivemind in action. Let’s unpack that narrative.
1. “No means no.” Get it? If you exhibit even so much as a glimmer of awareness that maybe it’s not cool to dump the remains of aborted babies down the storm drain in the floor of the janitor’s closet, you’re basically a rapist. Make no mistake, this is how our enemies actually think of us.
2. There’s a veiled conceit at work here, that the only reason a person could object to the use of the word “vagina” on the floor of the legislature during a scheduled debate is that one is offended by it. I suppose this relates to the fact that hurt feelings are pretty much the only thing leftists still recognize as sins, and, if it can’t be made sense of in their manner of viewing things, it simply must not make sense. So why was she censored? Because the Republican majority thinks vaginas are gross (cause they’re secretly gay, don’t'cha know); duh. It’s sophistry in defense of crudity.
There are ways of viewing the world that can’t be crammed into thoughtless, dichotomous attitudes like “if it doesn’t offend someone, it’s A-OK!”, but this possibility sails whistling over everyone’s heads. I guarantee that anyone who buys into the narrative mentioned in the above paragraph finds the world insufferably complicated and is probably being medicated for something (and it’s not helping).
In fact, “legislator shut down for mouthing off” is utterly routine for people whose exposure to conventional politics goes beyond what they read on Huffington Post on their iPhone on the drive to work in the morning. In high school, I spent a week or two as a page in the Maryland State Senate, during which time one fellow was reprimanded for repeatedly referencing ignorant “country doctors” (I can’t remember the exact context, but it was clearly a dig at the Minority Leader, a physician from the state’s rural Eastern Shore area). “Reprimanded,” in this case, meant losing speaking privileges for some period of time. The rules were even stricter on the House side, which was three times the size but dealt with the same number of bills in the same amount of time. The reason is simple: there’s lots of work to do, so speaking is a privilege (and one rarely employed, since most bills that make it through the committee system wind up passed by acclamation). If you decide to tard out on the floor of the House, you lose that privilege. I’m given to understand things work the same way at the Congressional level, so they probably don’t work any differently in Michigan.
So, again, utterly routine; but I suppose no one can accuse our enemies of possessing a sense of proportion.
3. When I heard of this originally, my initial instinct was, “Wait, does she really think the main concern of pro-lifers is literally her vagina (or even anyone else’s)? Is she an idiot?” I had to look up her biography to find out, and came to the conclusion that Lisa Brown is not, in fact, an idiot. She has a doctorate in law. And she’s run (at least) two successful campaigns for public office, which requires a minimum of competence and cunning. She’s clearly a smart cookie. So I really doubt she would be surprised if someone informed her that her privates are pretty far down people’s list of concerns regarding abortion. She knows what we believe, she just doesn’t care, and is willing to lie about it to get her way. Which means she’s not an idiot. She’s evil.
4. Most of the above should be immediately obvious to anyone with minimally-functioning frontal lobes. Which means those (non-lemming) leftists lionizing Lisa Brown are, also, evil.
5. The bill passed, in case you were wondering, not that anyone else noticed. Eat it!