Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Woman vs. Feminists

By overthrowing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, President Bush freed millions of women from the tyranny of burqas and beatings. Yet he gets scant credit, as Katherine Mangu-Ward details in the current Weekly Standard. Her article begins by comparing two paragraphs, one from President Bush's standard stump speech:
Think about what happened in Afghanistan. It wasn't all that long ago that the Taliban ran that country. Young girls couldn't even go to school. They were not only harboring terrorists, they had this dark ideology of hate. And people showed up in droves to vote. Freedom is powerful. People have gone from darkness to light because of liberty. The first voter in the Afghan presidential election was a 19-year-old woman.
The second a release by Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women:
In only three-and-a-half years, George W. Bush and the right-wing leadership in Congress have undermined and eroded more than four decades of advancements for women. . . . We are declaring a State of Emergency for women's rights and calling upon all of our allies and supporters to get involved in the election process to put an end to the relentless attacks on women.
So, despite the tangible success, NOW still claims President Bush "sidelines women."

Feminist political organizations have no principles, as shown by their steadfast commitment to serial womanizer/rapist Bill Clinton. They shutter their eyes conveniently to plug the far left every time. Indeed, Mangu-Ward tellingly observes that NOW's web-page on Afghanistan is replete with horror stories of life under the Taliban, but hasn't been updated in over 2 years!

Don't confuse the rights of women with the righteousness of liberals. Back in February, I wrote:
In the second week of April, 2003, Martha Burk and about 50 supporters fought for a women's right to be a snob. That same week, halfway across the world, US and British forces toppled Hussein's dictatorship, freeing Iraq--and millions of Iraqi women. Liberals "opposed;" Bush acted. Which prompts a question: Comparing the chatter of liberals like Burk with the achievements of the United States Marines, which did more for women?
Women voters should appreciate and reward Bush's achievement, despite the snub by professional feminists.

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