Tactics: Cancer vs Abortion vs broader ideologies

US News has 2 items that illustrate just how deep and dishonest the ‘end justifies the means’ can be. The stimulus occurred when a foundation for finding a cure to breast cancer decided to focus its efforts and withdraw funds from Planned Parenthood that were not being used for cancer screening. The Left Smells Blood in the Susan G. Komen Fight describes the firestorm.

Prolife groups hailed the move while supporters of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, began an attack on Komen that ultimately proved effective … The folks at Komen probably thought that would be the end of things, but they underestimated the avaricious nature of Planned Parenthood’s supporters, who clearly are not satisfied with what most commentators consider a “win” for their side … It’s not enough for them that Komen has returned to the status quo ante position; they must now make an act of contrition, to promise to keep the money flowing no matter what and, apparently, to fire the employee the feminocracy has fingered as the person responsible for the policy change.

If this is about women’s health it is only tangentially so. It’s really about the requirement for orthodoxy where abortion is concerned. The feminocracy cannot allow any organization involved in the women’s health issue to be seen to be breaking ranks on the issue of legal abortion. They cannot allow for freedom of thought or freedom of conscience lest the hegemony of their position among the cultural elites be jeopardized.

There are several items to note. One is that the issue was elevated from the focus and purpose of the nonprofit organization to a broader “women’s rights” theme. Second is that the response to any threat was met with an aggressive defence. Third is that a win was not enough as a lesson had to be taught.

An example of the attitude involved is the other item in US News: Susan G. Komen’s Good Girl Image and Hardball Abortion Politics.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation had better clean house, starting with the resignation of one Karen Handel, a vice president of public policy. The militantly antichoice Handel and her job should part ways

Note, the assault is personal and seeks retribution because of a position not related to the goals of the employer. Also of interest is that the mandate is not to just correct a particular decision but rather to “clean house” and purge all possible sources not in agreement with the mandate. Then there is the ridicule and related dismissive rhetoric (“The Komen breast cancer charity has cultivated a good girl image and aura, hasn’t it?”) and also the taint of money

The spirit of the Komen style is to smile and raise money in a voluntary way on a mass scale—like a bake scale writ large. Sorry, but women’s activism lately is a bit goody-goody, remembering to say please and thank you, ma’am. Y’all come down to the race Saturday morning, hear?

The money part is interesting because that is what the ruckus is all about. Money is bad when the other guy gets it but good when your cause gets it?

The lesson is about tactics: about scorched earth methods, dishonesty, arrogance, and ideology taken to extremes. That set of tactics usually results in tragedy.

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