Saturday, February 04, 2012
Komen Delenda Est
The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the corporation behind the pink ribbons and the annual events supporting research into a cure to breast cancer (to which Ms. Komen succumbed in 1980), cut off its funds to Planned Parenthood and all hell broke out. Planned Parenthood doesn't actually provide mammogram screening (despite the testimony to the contrary of its president before Congress last year); it just refers women out to those who do. Komen thought its money might be better directed to the the organizations receiving the referrals rather than giving them. Apostasy! Komen is perceived to have blinked and backed down. (It may have just doubled down in much more politically correct language). The shrieking and gnashing of teeth by the left is a tell, however. The left is like the ideological Roach Motel--you can join, but you can't leave. The left celebrates diversity as long as everyone conforms. Completely. Forever.
...the more I think about it, the more I realize this is a clarifying moment. Think of it! Three decades of service to women fighting breast cancer, and having raised and distributed
hundreds of millions of dollarsnearly $2 billion towards that goal, means absolutely nothing to these people now trying to destroy Komen. They could have denounced Komen’s decision, but in light of all Komen has done, and still does for women, turned their ire on the Republicans, the Religious Right, and so forth. But no, Komen broke ranks, and it must be dealt with harshly. And the sympathetic mainstream media is helping them do the job.
Rod Dreher at The American Conservative.
Yeah, what he said.
It's interesting watching the grass-roots internet, twitter, facebook, et al., explore its power. On the one hand, you get anti-tyrant popular uprisings in the ME, on the other hand, you get intimidation of a private charity in the U.S., the beacon of democracy.
I wondered if, perhaps, it's possible that Komen was swayed by big donors who did not want to experience a public backlash like Target did over one of its donations. Which is why I admire the unabashed conservative politicism of the Koch Bros. Of course, their business customers are not retail; however, I suspect they wouldn't cave even if....