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Breast-feeding "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness'

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Will the rabid right ever run out of sacred cows to gore?  Or, for that matter, progressive Gores to cow?  What's next for rightwing cheap shots, having last week's bushwhacked Michelle Obama's radical support for motherhood, breast-feeding, infant nutrition, and against childhood obesity? Talk about an immoral minority that needs to suckle the milk of human kindness.


Castigating programs to educate new, needy mothers about the immense virtues of breast milk only reinforces my growing fear there is no pale beyond which extremists may go so repulsive their base turns away in horror.   The Tea Party House coalition takes no prisoners, meaning no sacred cows or safe infants or government by and for the people.   Charity for all?   Gone, forgotten, kaput. 


Yet monumental contradictions persist, like tectonic cracks.   All fetuses (who survive conception) must be born, the Biblical right demands, but that doesn't mean public support for the health or prosperity, even life of preterms and newborns.  Let them eat cake if babies can't get mother's milk.  Getting born is what God dictates, with notably empty mandates for what happens later.   Nice.


Strange how anti-abortionists worship any stranger's unborn fetus (the virulent approving murder of abortion doctors), but accept no social or political obligation to nurture even the neediest youngsters actually born.  Life is apparently only holy until you actually start breathing, then it gets hard.  What about widespread hunger already afflicting older children, as millions in our country go to bed unfed, a situation that will worsen as government aid evaporates.  But for the hard-hearted, life is a condition, a vale of tears, not an entitlement.


Baby "life panels," anyone?

And yet, pro-lifers who reject government intervention for newborns want laws banning abortion, thus awarding the same suspect, formerly hated government crushing power to thwart historic parental rights. Government overreach ain't bad when serving your ideology. Further, the same "pregnancy mandates birth" crowd unabashedly supports the conscious killing of adult prisoners -- capital punishment.  Nor, considering the chatter about fetal life, do rightwingers hesitate to own guns, not only for killing unarmed animals but facilitating gun accidents by their own unmonitored children.   


Nor does this rabid right even question when our leaders concoct unwarranted wars against a variety of evil-doers, real or perceived. Where was the pro-life outrage when nine innocent Afghan children were mistakenly killed a week ago by American drones fighting an endless, unwinnable war?  What about accused adulterers stoned to death in countries flush with our own military?


When ideologues abandon even pretend solutions to anything real (where're the jobs, Speaker Boehner?), the fallback entails belligerent provocation, exaggerated contempt, indirection, and buffoonery.  And so we come to rightwing attacks on the First Lady's modest proposals to advance breast-feeding, granting babies immunity against childhood infections (now producing 900 avoidable infant deaths a year) plus reducing later issues with obesity, diabetes, and food addictions. 


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