….if you don’t re-elect President Obama in 2012.
Cue the violins (actually, it’s maudlin piano music in the video) and prepare your heartstrings to be painfully strummed:
Video content (as opposed to “substance”):
Dear President Obama,
I’m a mother of two young daughters: Daisy is six and Caroline is almost ten. My six-year-old would like to be a doctor for dolphins and my ten-year-old dreams of becoming a jet fighter pilot.
Caroline is so committed to her dream that she sets her alarm at 5:00 every morning so she’ll be prepared for her military service.
I love that my daughters dream so big and see no limits to their future. Watching their dreams unfold everyday is one of the unique pleasures of being a mom.
It is upsetting to me that in 2012 the use of birth control has become controversial.
See what they did there? Tied together the dreams and future of two young girls (are they both named Julia?) to federally-sponsored birth control. 2 + oranges = orangutans.
I’d love to see a GOP parody ad leading in with the same opener…but instead of “It is upsetting to me that in 2012 the use of birth control has become controversial“, put into place something along the lines of, “It is upsetting to me that in 2012 2nd Amendment rights have become controversial.“; or “It is upsetting to me that in 2012 the desire to keep the traditional definition of marriage is perceived as radically controversial.“; or, “It is upsetting to me that in 2012 being opposed to federally-funded abortion providers has become controversial.“; or…well, we all get the point of the non sequitur.
And what exactly is meant by “the use of birth control” becoming “controversial”?!?! Who is against birth control?
Birth control isn’t just for family planning, it’s preventative care and treatment, it’s medication that most women need and use at some point in their lives. And it is as common in a woman’s medicine cabinet as cough medicine.
Okay…so why can’t your birth control be paid for like everything else that’s common in your cabinet…like the cough medicine, tooth paste, Pepto bismol, alka seltzer, Q-tips, etc.?
Beyond that it’s a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body and her own life. This is just one reason I’m so passionate about getting you re-elected this year. We need a President who will stand up for women’s health and stay focused on jobs and economic recovery. The dreams of all our daughters are at stake. And they’re counting on us to fight for them.
Well, there ya go.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List (a woman herself and mother of young girls, no less):
was appalled by the Obama campaign’s implication that her daughters’ success depends on the president being involved in her sex life.
“What mother looks at what she wants for her daughter and think the best thing she can do is do guarantee that she can have a happy sex life and a protected sex life,” Dannenfelser said. “Providing contraception to underage girls arms them for a sex life that will destroy them.
“Men will take advantage of them. Contraception sets you up to be a sexual pawn. Most girls just do not know how men think.”
According to Dannenfelser, this factor is precisely why Susan B. Anthony and other early feminists objected to abortion because it allows a man to get away without having to face any consequences.
Why the heck would a woman want to be with someone who can’t shell out the small bucks to buy her female contraceptives? How expensive are condoms for the man, seriously?! How hard is it to find services that are more than happy to hand out free condoms?
“This is not the fundamental freedoms that women fought for, not even close,” Dannenfelser said.
Dannenfelser sees this ad as an effort by the Obama campaign to throw a red herring to distract attention from the president’s hostility to religious freedom and to the Catholic Church in particular.
It is also telling, she said, that the ad omits reference to sterilization and the coverage of abortion drugs.
So this is the Republican “war on women“, huh? Little girls won’t be able to succeed in life without Obama in 2012 and a Romney in 2012 will see women taken back to the 50s?
Next thing you know, liberals will be defining and (mis)characterizing conservative opposition to President Obama’s Health and Human Services mandate as a GOP BAN on contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs; and will claim Republicans not only want to control a woman’s body and right to choose, but also what she does in the bedroom.