I had an interesting conversation with my mother, who may be 90, but is still sharper than most people you’ll meet. We got to talking about the Gosnell abortion/murder trial, which came as something of a surprise to her. Despite the fact that she watches the news and reads the newspaper, she hadn’t heard a thing about it. That wasn’t a surprise to me.
From there, the conversation wandered to the moral merits of abortion. My Mom came of age in a time and place when abortion was neither approved of nor frowned upon. It just existed. In the turmoil after the war, when people were starving in cities decimated by fighting, having a baby seemed like an impossibility — and it could be a death sentence for both mother and child. Nobody approved of abortion in war-torn streets, but they didn’t stop it either.
For that reason, it’s always been hard for my mother to understand the fervor Americans feel about abortion. To her, it just . . . is. (That’s probably the case for a lot of people who aren’t committed to one side or another of the abortion debate, which is why the media couldn’t risk the Gosnell trial coming into the open, in case it swayed indecisive people into the pro-Life column.)
While Mom couldn’t quite get the morality of abortion, I was able to get her to understand that the modern American state uses abortion to separate children from their families. We’ve talked before here about the fact that, in California, youngsters under 16 or 18 can’t play paintball, get their ears pierced, or get a fake tan without a parents’ permission. They can, however, get birth control, get abortions, and get treated for sexually transmitted diseases, all without a parents’ knowledge. Putting aside the invitation to the worst kinds of child sex abuse, what’s happening here is that the state promises children the keys to the kingdom of pleasure.
Food and shelter are necessities. Good food and good shelter are pleasures. But sex . . . there’s the ultimate endorphin rush. Mom and Dad, being mean, spiteful people, won’t let you have it, and they’ll give you Hell if there are consequences because you ignored their strictures. The state, though, it puts no obstacles in your path. Indeed, it helps you along with condoms, birth control pills, patches, and morning after pills. If you get pregnant, you get the Morning After pill or an abortion, and if you get an STD, it gives you antibiotics — all without the knowledge or consent of the people who, in 90% of all cases care about you most in the world.
The Left claims that this legislated immorality is to protect young girls from abusive parents who will leave them homeless or beat them if they come home pregnant. (Again, let’s ignore the fact that everything the Left does actually encourages the sexual abuse of children.) Using an argument that focuses on an extreme minority, the Left has put us in a position that sees all girls and boys in America get to have free sex courtesy of the State. The state has driven a wedge into the family unit, using the most potent endorphin driver available to motivate and reorient young people.
When I put it that way (as opposed to debating abortion’s morality), my mother suddenly sat up very straight, looked me straight in the eye, and said “But that’s socialism!” I practically jumped up and down applauding that she had realized what was going on. It turned out there was a reason for her insight.
I’ve mentioned before that my Dad came from a Communist milieu and, while he eventually voted for Reagan, his sister remained a devoted Communist until the day she died. Although she escaped Nazi Germany and eventually ended up in Palestine (and, after the War of Independence, in Israel), she decided that this young socialist state wasn’t properly committed to true Marxist socialism. She therefore returned to East Germany, where she lived out the remainder of her life.
She was still living in Israel, though, when my Mom and Dad got married. One day, when my Communist aunt was present, the subject of children came up. Mom said that she wanted to wait until she had a nice home of her own and some security before she had children, so that she could have the joy and comfort of really raising her own family. My aunt was shocked. “No. That’s wrong. The children belong to the State. You do not have the right to withhold them from the state, which should raise them.”
With this conversation living in her memory, my mother immediately understood the ramifications of a government severing the ties between parents and children. In some places, such as Mao’s China, it uses coercion. In America, it uses sex. No matter the method, the goal is socialist.
Keeping in mind the above, it’s understandable why people who fear socialism (as I do) greeted with howls of outrage the MSNBC contributor who said quite clearly, “All your children are belong to us.” Melissa Harris-Perry framed it cutely as it takes a village to raise a child, but that soft overlay covers pure, brute-force socialism. Villages are voluntary communities that share values. Homes are the ultimate refuge of the individual. Socialism holds that individuals have no value, except to the extent that they provide bodies to power the socialist state: