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WE FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.

Posted by pocochina on July 4, 2008

“I hate to say I told you so” is, of course, a polite social fiction. Nobody hates to say I told you so, and if someone did actually hate to say I told you so, they’d keep their fucking mouth shut. I, personally, love being right.

But even I wish I wasn’t right about this.

This, in a nutshell, is everything frustrating about Barack Obama.

This is why Roe is not a threat anyone gets to make in this presidential election. This is a dangerous position to take. If I need to explain to someone that abortion is a constitutional right, and one as inviolable and necessary as any and all others, that someone is on the wrong fucking blog. I do not need to explain that nobody, and especially not some smarmy law professor, can always distinguish between mental and physical health. I do not need to explain that all Barack Obama needed to do was stay away from the subject, or tell the fucking truth and say that he’s not anyone’s fucking doctor, he could have actually done what the fauxgressive blogosphere swore up down and all around he was going to do and TAKE A STAND FOR SOMETHING, but instead he chose to announce to the AP that he literally does not give a damn if we live or die. Which – make no fucking mistake – is exactly what this statement is. A restriction on abortion is not just a statement that you think women are not human enough to be more than breeding vessels, it means that you think that women’s health and lives are an acceptable price for your comfortable knowledge that no one in the country is doing anything that makes you feel icky.

It’s not just that this statement buys into right wing frames about abortion. All that does is place reproductive justice in the realm of church and state, the Fourth Amendment, and liberalism itself – causes in which Obama does not believe, but the fauxgressive “left” has deluded itself into thinking that he does.

It’s that there is no position, no matter how extreme, towards which Senator Obama will not eagerly run, seeking a “middle ground.” He looks at politics not as a complex, multifaceted interplay of cultural mores, economic and geopolitical security needs, and social goals, but as a flat, one dimensional continuum that no matter how far or long he must run, no matter what he must sacrifice along the way, he must find the mythical center. Nothing is worth taking a stand for, not even the basic human rights of his children.

And it’s another way in which we can see that one of the OFB’s major charges against Senator Clinton – that she would do anything, no matter what principal it violated, to win – was merely a projection of Obama himself. This is not a burning statement of principle. This is a political ploy in order to continue the battle of the primaries. By the vaginal transitive property,* HRC=all women, and so any whining+by feminists (even feminists who support Obama, and folks, I really hope y’all stretched tonight, because you will be doing some backbends tomorrow) can safely be portrayed as sour grapes by Clinton supporters, thus keeping Senator Clinton in the equation and allowing Obama to continue in his role of Long-Suffering Male Beset by That Bitch Who Won’t Die. This allows him to continue to navigate the gender issue as being “man versus evil woman” rather than “man versus manlier man.” Buying into the tattered, ancient idea of “leadership=masculinity” is, my friends, the very definition of politics as usual, as it has been throughout what we now recognize as the canon of Western history.

Cue the asshole Obama supporters. Oooooh, he’s better than McCain, you know Clinton would be worse, plus you irrational bitches just need to learn that abortion rights aren’t just about you, you selfish bitch, wanting to live and shit, it’s about the BAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Allow me to explain this in terms you will understand: shut the fuck up. You get to make this decision for me when I get to decide whether or not to spend the next ten months hacking off your shriveled sac with a dirty plastic knife.

Oh. And nice work, NARAL, you fuckers.

We fucking told you so.

*A complicated sociological theorum, in which one woman = all women, except in case of a positive trait.

+Technical term for pointing out the imminent violation of one’s own human rights, especially if one happens to be female.

Via.

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