Listening to NPR this morning, two stories came one right after the other. Eric and I have had these conversations about the underlying thread connecting the two stories, but we pointed out that someone- anyone, preferably a politician- needs to peice together the (not-so-far) right narrative on family values. The goal: to expose the hypocrisy of the right’s positions on issues that all fall under the rubric of “family values” in very concrete examples. I realized this was, as most things that get me writing here on the blog, a paper in the making so I’m going to begin sketching out some thoughts and some information I need to find in order to connect the dots and stitch the map together of how, I would argue, the Right does not stand for family values at all.
The two stories in question with NPR links to the transcripts:
Story 1: A blurb on the move in Congress to give four weeks paid time off to federal employees with a new child. This is great news and, as the story points out, might set the tone for private industry to follow suit. The eye (or ear) catcher in regards to the right: a Republican congressman, using their famous slippery slope argument, asks something to the effect of, “What’s next? Why don’t we just give them the first 16 years off?” and rails that “We’re in a recession, people!”
Story 2: NPR asks if a 1993 law to protect medical clinics that perform abortions from violence, such as the flurry of murders and clinic bombings that occurred in the early 1990s. The assassination of Dr. Tiller this week brings these questions back to the fore. Notably, the story features a group of anti-choice activists standing outside a clinic, one of which questions a woman walking into the clinic. The woman states that she already has two boys and that she can’t afford another child; the protester responds, “What if it’s a girl! She’ll be the joy of your life!”
Our comments after these stories: Something to the effect of, yes, we (as in, the Right) want you to have this child and we believe the child should be born…but not in supporting you with paid time off after it’s born!
I’m sleepy again, so I’ll have to write more later. Except I’ll add this, which is utterly abhorent.