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March 3, 2012

“Access”, Yet One More Word Corrupted by the Left

The most recent English word to be corrupted by the left is “access”. We might normally say “This drugstore is locked so the owners have denied ‘access’ to it.”

Now we are being taught to say, “My employer won’t buy stuff in the drugstore that I want and give it to me for free. Therefore he is denying me ‘access’ to health care.”

Add since medicines that cause abortion are now called “contraceptives” and categorized under “health care”, we have perfectly a Orwellian state of affairs. Not paying for a woman’s abortificient is “denying her access to health care.”

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Nothing new…Frederick Bastiat noticed this more than 150 years ago:

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.

We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

Obviously, this is back when the socialists weren’t godless Church-haters.

[1] Posted by Jeffersonian on 3-3-2012 at 10:06 AM · [top]


You write:

…this is back when the socialists weren’t godless Church-haters.

Pray tell when that condition ever obtained. And, yes, I am aware that Bastiat lived from 1801-1850. But, insofar as I am able to ascertain, anyone who believes that socialism (which is defined as the expropriation and redistribution of private property, most particularly of the means of production, i.e., capital and capital goods, by society) is, always and everywhere contrary to God’s commandment that we shall not steal.

But, perhaps, you simply forgot to add to that comment either a pair of sarcasm tags or a winkie.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

[2] Posted by Militaris Artifex on 3-3-2012 at 10:19 AM · [top]

Yes, I noticed this and did the eye roll.

But the scary thing is that some idiot(s) somewhere must be falling for this rhetoric, otherwise they would not be repeating it so often.

[3] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 3-3-2012 at 10:20 AM · [top]

Great videos of a liberal congresswoman nailed.  The Catholics in this audience get it.

[4] Posted by Br. Michael on 3-3-2012 at 10:45 AM · [top]

Here is a good analysis by the Catholic Bishops:

However NPR and the rest of the liberal media for the Democrats are reporting this based on liberal/progressive talking points, they absolutely refuse to go beyond the White House spin.

[5] Posted by Br. Michael on 3-3-2012 at 11:02 AM · [top]

That video of Rep. Hochul is really scary. Either the woman is a complete idiot (which is possible, given her performance) or she buys into the idea that the Constitution doesn’t matter and that the Obama people are the final authority. Even if the latter is the case, it’s clear that she never learned how to think.

[6] Posted by Nellie on 3-3-2012 at 12:00 PM · [top]

What is discouraging is the fact that reporters treat the so called “accommodation” as actually having substance instead of the smokescreen that it is.

[7] Posted by Br. Michael on 3-3-2012 at 12:06 PM · [top]

But, perhaps, you simply forgot to add to that comment either a pair of sarcasm tags or a winkie.

No, I meant what I said, though I’ll admit it’s a bit of a broad brush.

[8] Posted by Jeffersonian on 3-3-2012 at 12:12 PM · [top]

Yes, I found this very annoying: access should not be confused with “free access”.  Indeed, contraceptives aren’t actually very expensive, and some forms can be bought over-the-counter in any drug store.

Furthermore if Sibelius etc were right that an insurance company would find it cheaper to provide contraceptives than pregnancy support, then such insurance companies can decide on their own to provide free contraceptive care to their customers who want it without the government needing to mandate it.

[9] Posted by John Boyland on 3-3-2012 at 03:43 PM · [top]

Also, pregnancy is a health issue and avoiding it insures reproductive health. I would have thought that getting pregnant was the result of reproductive health.

[10] Posted by Pb on 3-3-2012 at 03:56 PM · [top]

Obviously, people who hold the time-honoured ethic that there is something terribly wrong about taking an innocent human life should also have access to a means of work in which they are not working to kill fellow human beings.  This is already a request that’s a good bit below access to dignity or to basic health care.

Perhaps such access requires persons who hold to this ethic should be exempt from taxation, since all institutions which are supported by tax dollars must in some way require a form of support of the killing of human beings.  And one must in some manner find one’s life without relying on public institutions if one believes it’s important to avoid killing innocent human beings.

[11] Posted by j.m.c. on 3-3-2012 at 04:38 PM · [top]

On a related note, it was good to hear Cardinal Dolan speak out strongly again today.  He described the Obama contraception mandate as an “unwarranted, unprecedented, radical intrusion.”

Sounds like he’s in for the long fight on the side of the Constitution.  He understands this is not about “access to women’s health.”

[12] Posted by hanks on 3-3-2012 at 07:51 PM · [top]

I guess I am being denied access to fine wines. I cannot afford them and the government will not provide them. I have learned a new word.

[13] Posted by Pb on 3-4-2012 at 02:56 PM · [top]

[12]hanks, Cardinal DOlan does indeed understnad the real issue here. I just read the article in the N.Y> Post about Dolan’s speech at a Catholic High School in Queens, NY. Not only was I really pleased to read his remarks, which were really blunt and forceful; I was also encouraged by the article’s reference to the cheers and applause of the audience of roughly 1,000 people. Some highlights of the article: The cardinal said that President Johnson said, “As an american, I look to the church - I look to religion as a beehive. If you leave them alone, they’re going to give you tons of their honey. But if you stick your head int here, you’re going to get stung bad.” Dolan also said he’d recommend starting voter registration drives in parishes. He brought up the hypothetical case of a doctor prescribing a visit to a prostitute for a man suffering from some sort of sexual dysfunction in the hope that the government would pay. Good point!

[14] Posted by Nellie on 3-4-2012 at 04:22 PM · [top]

I read this and am disheartened, the majority of comments are as narrow as the comment ‘However NPR and the rest of the liberal media for the Democrats are reporting this based on liberal/progressive talking points, they absolutely refuse to go beyond the White House spin.”

This is not Rush Limbaugh, but it follow down the same trail. 

Not all of NPR or it’s listeners are LIBERAL, however we do like to hear both sides of an issue. 

The focus on only women, not on the responsibility of men in this issue is troublesome.

[15] Posted by sings4joy on 3-4-2012 at 05:43 PM · [top]

@Sings4Joy - I’m pretty sure the comment was directed at NPR’s reporting and editorial decisions, not the listeners.  If you are a regular NPR listener (as I am) then I’m sure you take the reporting with a grain of salt - or a perhaps a whole block of salt.  Their reporting is obviously liberal-biased, and you don’t have to listen hard to “hear” it.
What other problems did you have with the comments, and what did you expect on an orthodox Christian blog?
BTW - where are all the mainstream media reports about the Federal lawsuit against Planned Parenthood in the Gulf states?  I haven’t heard a peep other than a local paper and a local TV station (Fox - what a shock).  This is a million-dollar plus suit, and after all the fuss with the Komen foundation pulling their measly $600K, you would think that SOMEONE would notice.
...cue the crickets…

[16] Posted by GillianC on 3-4-2012 at 07:14 PM · [top]

The focus on only women, not on the responsibility of men in this issue is troublesome.

Tell it to the Left, S4J, they’re the ones gnashing their teeth and rending their garments that the failure to pass out free birth control is somehow “denying women their right to healthcare.”  You won’t find an XY unit anywhere near their argument, mostly because Obama’s been tracking poorly among women and needs to manufacture a wedge issue for the election.

And anyway, what does the prevention of a natural human function have to do with health care?  And why should anyone but the particpants in the act pay for it?

[17] Posted by Jeffersonian on 3-4-2012 at 08:07 PM · [top]

Yes, it’s fun spending my days denying woman “access” to “reproductive health care”.  What could be more fun??  wink

NOTHING is free.  You and me pay for everything.  If not through taxes then through higher insurance rates.  The scary thing is the number of people who just don’t get this! 

Frankly, I resent that my tax dollars fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of $350,000,000 PER YEAR, and since Obama has been president a host of other similar international initiatives as well.

[18] Posted by B. Hunter on 3-5-2012 at 06:50 PM · [top]

Cardinal Dolan has continued in his firm advocacy for the preservation of religious freedom.

Here   you can find his very interesting discussion of the issue and see his firm resolve.

We all need to stand together on this critical issue.

[19] Posted by hanks on 3-6-2012 at 10:44 AM · [top]

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