By Dave Andrusko
While I was waiting to have coffee this morning with a missionary sponsored by our church, I read a couple of first-rate articles appearing in The New Yorker and The Atlantic about the insanity of PC gone berserk on campuses. One of the common denominators is that what passes for discourse on many elite college campuses is so bizarre, so untethered to the life the rest of us live as to be beyond caricature.
In other words, you can’t make this stuff up.
Those articles and that conclusion jumped to my mind when I sat down earlier today and read the latest from Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. It begins with this ghastly pun: “Deal Us In.”
Here’s the first paragraph (and folks, I am NOT making this up).
NARAL is excited to announce our new line of “Gender Card” playing cards. Reserve yours today and join us in celebrating the trailblazing women who make America great.
Remembering that “2016 might be the year that our country sees its first female President,” a couple of quick points.
First, Hillary Clinton never tires of complaining when someone talks of making America great again. (Future tense.) So, evidently, NARAL is tossing kisses to the women who helped give us today the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (but not Bernie Sanders).
Second, Hogue tells us
2016 is shaping up to be a monumental year for women in American history
I knew it when I heard that Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill, reminding people of her incredible story every time they see her face on the currency.
Well, as many people have pointed out–and we won’t rehearse it at length here–Harriet Tubman does not exactly fit the secular, out-to-lunch pro-abortion mold. As Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist wrote
She was a devout Christian whose faith informed her belief that all humans, regardless of color, creed, or age, had a right to life and the freedom to live it as they chose. That Christian faith formed the foundation of the abolition movement of which she was a significant part.
Near the conclusion, after listing some of the names Hogue offers another groan-inducing pun:
These women never let institutional sexism—or accusations of playing the “gender card”—get in their way.
This, of course, is a shot across the bow of critics who point out how lame it is in 2016 for America to insist (as did former Secretary of State Madeline Albright) “[T]here’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
Is it a coincidence that Clinton has trouble motivating women? That she is being crushed in all polls that ask White men how they view her? That , according to the Associated Press
Clinton has stopped explicitly mentioning her role in history and joking about being the “youngest woman president.” That’s by design: Those kinds of direct appeals weren’t working with voters.
“De-emphasize the ‘first’ talk,” advised a research report done by Emily’s List. “They already know she’d be the first woman president,” the report said of donors, “but we don’t get anything by reminding them.”
Final thought? How about among the gender cards, who would be the joker?