By Leon H Wolf Posted in 2008 — Comments (21) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Full Disclosure: Leon Wolf is the E-Campaign Coordinator for the Sam Brownback for President Campaign.
Cross-posted at: The Daily Brownbacker.
Over the past several months that I've been working for the Brownback campaign, I've run into several conservatives who don't "get" Senator Brownback's emphasis on protecting and strengthening families as one of his top priorities. "Surely," they ask, "Isn't such a notion a little quaint?" I can only assume from the question that many conservatives have become desensitized to how serious the assault on the family has become. Then an article like this comes along, when a liberal speaks clearly about what they think and believe, and it becomes clear that Senator Brownback isn't engaging in hyperbole at all - the family really is under direct attack.
The article in question is an editorial about the movie "Knocked Up," which I haven't seen. Babysitters are hard to come by and expensive, so it's rare that the wife and I get to go see a movie all on our own, and this one didn't register enough interest for us to go through the headache. However, I understand two things about the movie: 1. It's about an odd couple consisting of a highly motivated career woman and a slacker guy who have a one night stand, from which a pregnancy ensues, and 2. Liberals hate this movie. Hate it. In addition to the above mentioned article, I offer this, this, and this for evidence of this fact.
Now, here is something to truly ponder. A movie whose entire premise is based around premarital sex is actually hated by the left. Why? Apparently because the movie isn't also centered around abortion. I kid you not. Observe, if you will, the following graf from the Washington Post piece:
Clearly, both women have their reasons for choosing to continue their pregnancies, and both "Knocked Up" and "Waitress" end on optimistic notes, with their formerly ambivalent moms basking in the glow of maternal devotion (also known as hormones). But in neither movie is the choice portrayed as just that, an explicit choice. Rather, Russell's and Heigl's characters approach impending motherhood with the sort of grim resignation that suggests they have no other options. It's a setup that has some viewers, especially women who came of age in a post- Roe v. Wade America, wondering just what world these movies are living in.
"I think it's shocking that the subject of abortion as a choice has been so eliminated from the discussion," says New York Press film writer Jennifer Merin, who is also president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. "It's not even on the table." The omission, she adds, "undermines anyone's claim that Hollywood has a liberal agenda."
Having never seen either of the movies in question, I cannot say what they do or do not ultimately undermine, but I can confidently say that the very existence of these two movies does not establish that Hollywood does not have a liberal agenda, QED. Only in a world which has completely lost its way could a movie *called* "Knocked Up" be criticized for not being liberal enough. Notice the article's commentary on the movie's moral qualities:
Indeed, it's passing strange that both films go to extreme lengths to avoid offending viewers who find abortion repugnant, but apparently think those same viewers won't be put off by Russell's character having an affair with a married man or, in "Knocked Up," protagonists who have sex outside marriage, regularly get high and use nearly every swear word in the book, from the garden-variety kind beginning with "f" to a noxious epithet for a woman's genitalia -- not to mention its male corollary, uttered by an 8-year-old.
Stunningly, the article claims that the fact that the female characters don't get abortions amounts to "moral hypocrisy" - as though anyone who has committed one moral error becomes a moral hypocrite by not summarily committing every other moral error that might be conceived of.
What we can confidently say is that the commentary about these movies - Knocked Up in particular - establishes that since Dan Quayle got shouted down for suggesting that two-parent families are the preferred way to go, that Hollywood and the people who write about Hollywood have now moved along to the point where they feel confident attempting to shout down anyone who doesn't think that abortion is the way to go.
It all leaves me moderately confused... I thought Dan Quayle was an idiot when he said that single parenthood was an undesirable situation? Apparently, liberals have come around to that belief after all this time - except that their solution, of course, is to just eliminate "parenthood" rather than eliminate "single."
Quite frankly, I have no idea how any conservative can miss the fact that the family is under direct, frontal assault these days; thankfully, every once in a while, those who are involved in the attack speak clearly, and remind us all of what they are all about.