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Abortion debate reveals the Left’s insecurity in democracy

By Matthew Delaney

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The left doesn’t believe in themselves or the persuasive capacity of their ideas in an actual democracy, so why should you? 

That’s the gist of our Commander-in-Sleep Joe Biden’s response to a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue of abortion back to the state level.  

While addressing a press gaggle last week, Biden said, “There are so many fundamental rights that are affected by [the Roe v. Wade] decision, and I’m not prepared to leave that to the whims of the public at the moment.” (Emphasis added). 

Translation: You can’t be trusted to determine what’s best for you, so just let Uncle Sam take this one. Scratch that — you can’t be trusted to do what Democrats think is best for you, so they’re going to do everything they can to make sure you don’t have a choice on abortion and simply delegate your judgment to them. 

It’s that very reason why the leak happened anyways. With the nation’s highest court set to overturn what is arguably our most divisive and sacred “right,” it opens the likelihood that lawmakers who actually support abortion would have to craft legislation that respects the boundaries that their constituents are comfortable with. 

No longer would shrieking activists get to say they speak for everyone, and politicians get to pretend that they do. Instead, abortion laws would moderate — likely in line with the very moderate views people have on abortion nationwide — and the man-your-battle-stations polarization in this country would actually calm down.  

Now we can’t have that, can we? 

Not a chance. 

Democrats handle the polarization much better because the extreme behavior of their supporters is seen as justified, while any extreme right-wing behavior (I use that term as loosely as they do) is seen as immensely dangerous to democracy. That’s the perk of having a monopoly on the culture that you can use to spin your anger as response to an ethereal, immoral pathogen in the air. For many of these people, the only way to rid the country of it is to allow a destructive tantrum to run through cities, institutions, or social etiquette. 

However, liberals in the media are aware that their sway in the culture is fading. Elon Musk buying Twitter — and getting cheered for it — set off alarm bells in blue America. Michelle Goldberg wrote a column last week acknowledging how uncool “woke” America is, and the appeal that’s lending to the semi-underground, reactionary right segments of our society. She finished off her piece by asking “The one thing the left could count on in recent years is its cultural capital. What happens if that is squandered?” 

The leak is an attempt to remind us that they haven’t liquidated all their capital just yet. The draft getting out is clearly an intimidation tactic — one that intends to show the judges the kind of hell that awaits them if they do summon the testicles to overturn Roe, as is already seen in protests in Los Angeles and at rallies outside of justices’ homes. 

Ironically, this is literally the opposite of democracy. Progressives don’t want people to have an opinion on abortion because, in their mind, it’s such a core right that to even debate its legitimacy is inhumane, especially to women and their “reproductive freedom.” 

Well, we don’t buy that.  

Considering that their soon-to-be Supreme Court justice can’t even define what a woman is, and that women who had miscarriages and funky cycles from the Covid-19 vaccines were brushed off, and the women who wanted to be homemakers are constantly told they have “internalized misogyny,” I, like many of you, find it hard to take their stumping for women as authentic. Just like with all the identity groups that Democrats take for granted, they throw out their advocacy for black people or LGBT people or whomever like a banana peel in Mario Kart, hoping to make their opponents spin out and fall off the track. 

In truth, there is a deep insecurity among Democrats and the progressive activists that lead them around by the nose. They don’t have the slightest faith that their hardline ideas will withstand public input. That’s why they use the executive branch to enact policy, the judicial system to protect it, and their control of institutions to frame the latest left-wing talking point as coming from a place of moral certainty. Any argument raised against it is motivated by both an incurable wickedness and a stubborn resistance to human progress.  

Returning the abortion question to the states — and watching anti-abortionists do better than pro-abortionists legislatively on aggregate — would make even the most blue-pilled person realize they aren’t God’s gift to the world. All their self-hype about winning the popular vote in national elections and the polls showing a majority of Americans supporting their policy positions would be rendered moot. The bubble they have built with their cultural capital would burst and the cold wasteland of reality would welcome them — finally.  

There are few things an insecure person handles worse than having the cause for their insecurity verified by the world around them. For the left that constructed its fragile brand around being the voice of the masses, they’re afraid of finding out that the masses were merely hostages, not supporters, all along.

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Matthew Delaney


Matthew Delaney is a local journalist based in Washington, D.C. When he’s not questioning why he joined the media, he’s doing his part to restore some of its credibility with quality work

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