ALLEN WEST: The Left’s unapologetic war on (Conservative) women

Life of Julia / Barack Obama website
Life of Julia / Barack Obama website

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, January 27, 2014  – This past week, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was pilloried by the Left, falsely of course, for comments he made at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington DC. The comments made by Governor Huckabee were consistent with comments he made during a monologue on his Saturday evening Fox News show.

Governor Huckabee articulated that he promotes strong women based upon their talents and the opportunities afforded to women in America. 

He contrasted that with the manner in which Democrats only talk to women — as they do every other collective group — based on government dependency.

Case in point: the Obama campaign 2012 slideshow, “The Life of Julia.” You might recall the story of a fictional character named Julia and her life from about age 3 to 67. Throughout her life, the federal government, i.e. President Barack Obama’s liberal progressive policies, help Julia, from Headstart, her public school education, college student loans, small business loans, wonderful “free” health care, and upon retirement, social security and Medicare.

As Governor Huckabee suggested, the progressive socialists of the Democrat party see Julia as helpless, unable to help herself, and it becomes the government’s de facto responsibility to help her. In essence, Julia surrenders her unalienable individual rights to the central government and sacrifices her pursuit of happiness for the government guarantee of happiness.

However, it seems there are some integral things missing in this “Life of Julia” like parents, husbands, or for that matter, any men. Julia has a child, but there is no father to be seen; but then again Julia doesn’t really need a man: Big Government has become her man. Her Uncle Sugar, as Governor Huckabee called him.

And the truth of the matter is it was President Lyndon Johnson’s inane policy to provide women who had children out of wedlock (and kept the father away) a check from the government. Even a Democrat Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, disagreed and believed this would lead to the breakdown of the family — quite prescient indeed. Since President Johnson instituted that “Uncle Sugar” policy, out-of-wedlock births in America have grown from six percent to 42 percent — to an astonishing 72 percent in the black community.

The liberal media establishment also went apoplectic over Governor Huckabee’s use of the word “libido.”

But consider the example of Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University Law School student who was elevated to fame by the Democrat party for one really puzzling reason. She wanted government to provide her birth control, as she claimed it was a right. And anyone opposing this position was part of the right-wing “War on Women.” Let me get this straight, a young woman in law school wants the American taxpayer to provide her birth control? And the Democrats made this a topic and gave her a prime time speaking role at their 2012 National Convention?

The laughable hypocrisy about all this is Ms. Fluke spoke about women’s rights and this faux confrontation against women – only to be followed on the stage by former President William Jefferson Clinton.

Liberal progressives like to elevate women as role models who fit their ideological agenda. Consider in Texas, Democrat gubernatorial candidate State Senator Wendy Davis. Senator Davis seems to have some issues with the embellishment of her “log cabin” story. It doesn’t concern me she was divorced at 21 as opposed to 19, after all, anyone could get such a traumatic event in their young life wrong by two years.

What does matter is that Sen. Davis tried to portray a story of being a poor destitute woman who struggled to take care of her children, alone, and found the means by which to graduate college and Harvard Law School. However, as NFL officials say, “upon further review, the call on the field is reversed.”

It seems Sen. Davis had her personal “Uncle Sugar” who took care and custody of her children, provided the funding from her education, and as soon as final payments were made, well, she filed for divorce. Not exactly the story of female empowerment.

Katrina Pierson for Congress / Texas - Campaign image
Katrina Pierson for Congress / Texas – Campaign image

But what has really enabled State Senator Wendy Davis’ ascent? She filibustered to kill babies. You can argue all you wish but that is exactly what it boils down to and not the example I want to provide my two daughters.

I would prefer to give them the example of someone else in Texas, who liberal progressives would shudder if she was allowed to surface: Katrina Pierson. Why? Ms. Pierson is a black female conservative. She is a single mother to a 17-year-old son. She is the founder of the Garland Tea Party – even though Senator Schumer told us the Tea Party was full of racists last week.

And yes, Ms. Pierson is running for US Congress.

My own wife, Dr. Angela Graham-West is another example. A daughter of Jamaican immigrants, her accomplishments are astounding — certainly not the “Life of Julia.” Or consider Mia Love, a black conservative woman of Haitian descent, former Mayor of Saratoga Springs and a candidate for US Congress. And finally, how about Condoleeza Rice and her inspirational story of rising up to greatness from humble beginnings in Birmingham, Alabama?

These are just a few examples that will never be touted on the covers of Time, Newsweek, or sadly enough, Ebony or Essence magazine. Why? Because the real “War on Women” is against those who do not typify the liberal progressive ideal of Julia. Instead we are bombarded by images of women who promote characterless behavior.

Is there a “War on Women?” There surely is, but America needs to be honest as to which women are under assault.


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  • Champ

    Superb article! I’ve argued this for quite some time with brainless hacks. As well as with wannabe feminsists who at the ripe ages of 18-24 seem to think their college education has taught them a thing or two about life and the struggles of women!

  • Diyogee

    Condoleezza Rice was on the cover of the April 5, 2004 edition of Time magazine and Mia Love was interviewed by Jet magazine in September 2013. It is no surprise that Katrina Pierson, someone no one outside of North Texas has heard of, and your wife, someone who doesn’t have a national presence, has not been.

  • Doris Savage

    Why are women my the liberal classification have to be weak? Mindless followers? It blows my mind. I’m a strong woman in a man’s job. Think for myself and have taught my daughter the same. Depend on no one except yourself. A sense of accomplishment fills the heart with hope for tomorrow. Uncertainty and threats of removing benefits the government hands you in return for obedience and votes doesn’t.
    I just shake my head at these women. Mice on a treadmill running to nowhere

  • turbomama