Thanks for clearing that up, Al. Bring back the Phrygian Caps, BTW. Stylin’.
Good ol’ boy, J.D.
Should we disenfranchise the childfree? If you’re wondering what kind of stupid question that is, the answer is: it’s the sort of stupid question that Fox News hosts and Republicans deem worthy of serious discussion. Last week the intellectuals at Fox News took some time out from vilifying immigrants and inventing things to get outraged about in order to debate whether the “childless left” deserve a vote. After some careful consideration they decided that while it probably wasn’t “feasible” to ban childfree people from participating in society, the idea did have merit.
The catalyst for this mind-bogglingly asinine discussion, by the way, was a recent speech made by the Ohio Senate candidate JDVance to a conservative thinktank. Vance chastised four prominent Democrat leaders – Vice-President Kamala Harris, transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – for not reproducing, suggesting that not having biological kids made them bad leaders.
Being childfree, per Vance, means you don’t have a “physical commitment to the future of [the US]” thus shouldn’t have as much say in the direction of the country as parents.
Nowadays, I barely get a murmur of surprise from anyone – and I mean truly anyone regardless of education, class or age – when conversation approaches the topic of parenting. Though I don’t tramp around on archaic religious doctrine or the essential right to choose to give birth versus deciding to terminate the process of gestation, good, bad or indifferent, I rarely get more than a blink when my response includes that “I decided to have a vasectomy – at the age of 22.”
Never looked back. Never felt the need. Certainly never agreed with any imperative, religious, biological or otherwise, that I was missing out. Though rarely surprised by anachronistic proposals from the Right…especially when buried in the belly of a stupid beast like today’s Republican Party…I have to admit this one takes the cake. Chemically-bleached flour, sugar-enhanced flavoring, cheap bourbon-laced frosting and all.