A fluke is a one time thing, a bizarre coming together of circumstances that cannot be relied upon to occur on a regular basis. We’ll hope that Sandra Fluke falls into this category, because she’s been a headache. (Although, I suspect, for many outside of New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, her arguments, and the defenses the MSM offers on her behalf, have been enlightening to say the least.)
I realized this morning that Fluke’s name is even more apt than being a reminder that she represents a peculiar moment in history. This gal is advancing a form of parasitism — she wants to live off of insurance companies. She doesn’t just want insurance for the actual flukes in her life — the unexpected moments that are impossible to plan — but, instead, wants permanent lifestyle maintenance from a third party.
Sandra Fluke, may I introduce you to the Liver Fluke, another parasite?
Are these names a coincidence? I think not.
By the way, you might have noticed that I don’t often link to Mark Steyn anymore. It’s not because he is less brilliant than he used to be. He’s just as brilliant as ever. It’s just that his articles really depress me. Today, however, his article was so brilliant on the flukiness of American politics that I got past my depression, and really have to share it with you:
As I said, I’m on the other side of the planet, so maybe I’m not getting this. But I’d say the core issue here is not religious liberty — which in these Godless times the careless swing voter now understands as a code phrase meaning that uptight Republicans who can’t get any action want to stop you getting any, too.
Nor is the core issue liberty in its more basic sense — although it would certainly surprise America’s founders that their republic of limited government is now the first nation in the developed world to compel private employers to fully fund the sex lives of their employees.
Nor is it even the distinctively American wrinkle the Republic of Paperwork has given to governmentalized health care, under which the “right to privacy” the Supreme Court claimed to have discovered in Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade will now lead to thousands and thousands of self-insuring employers keeping computer records of the morning-after pills and herpes medication racked up by Miss Jones on reception.
Read the rest here.