Are leftists really pro-choice? They certainly tell us so often enough. (Methinks the lady doth protest too much…) But as soon as anybody else tries to make a choice they don’t like … Well, they immediately start laying down unilateral standards of conformity.
A case in point. The state of Indiana now has a state-wide voucher program in place. Legal challenges to the program have been shot down by the Indiana Supreme Court. So, for the time being, the Indiana voucher program is here to stay. And it’s actually working pretty well.
Leftists, of course, are outraged. How dare Indiana allow parents to spend taxpayer money on the school they think is best. Some of these schools teach the doctrine of creationism. What about separation of church and state? Blah, blah, blah. You’ve probably heard the rant.
The main issue here for leftists is that taxpayers are being forced to pay for something that they might not agree with. Fine. But where was this argument when leftists were fighting to protect taxpayer-funded contraception and abortion? They apparently forgot about it then. Or Obamacare?
And their argument doesn’t even make sense as far as the school vouchers go. Do school vouchers replace public schools? No. So if people want to send their kids to public school, they may. Are vouchers taking money away from public schools? Again, no. Voucher schools are all cheaper per child than public schools, meaning that the savings is spent on making public schools better for the kids that go there. I’m sorry that voucher schools provide a better education for cheaper. But they aren’t taking anything other than over-crowded classrooms away from public schools. Voucher schools just mean that each parent has more options for educating their children in the way they choose.
But leftists don’t like that. Because they aren’t really pro-choice. They don’t want parents to be able to choose where their kids go to school and what their children are taught. And they don’t want Christians to be able to exercise a choice in not supporting abortion. Apparently, we don’t get choices. When they say they are pro-choice, what they mean is that they will support you tooth and nail if you make their choice, and fight you tooth and nail if you don’t.
But I agree with them that taxpayer money should not go to private schools. I don’t think taxpayer money should go to any schools. The voucher program is a halfway measure toward a real solution. I think being really pro-choice is when the taxpayers aren’t paying any taxes for services they don’t want to use. If you choose to send your kids to the degrading cesspools of pedagogical incompetence that the government has set up to make obedient citizens, by all means do so. And pay your taxes for public schools. But if you want to send your kids to private schools or you want to keep them home to teach them yourself, do that. And you should not be forced to pay taxes for public schools.
When it has to do with a private choice, the public shouldn’t pay the price. That much should be obvious. There is a reason the US Constitution has a General Welfare clause, though it is ridiculously misinterpreted by revisionists. The General Welfare clause, basically, stipulates that the national civil government may not spend money, or levy taxes, for measures that benefit only one state, one constituency, or one group of people. Taxes are to be levied at the national level only for things that contribute to the general welfare of all the people in the Union. If they do not generally benefit the entire Union, they should be taken care of by the states, the county, the city, or the individual. And at every civil level, the general welfare principle applies. So the state should not levy taxes for things that do not benefit all the people of the state generally. The county should not levy taxes for special interests. And the city, etc.
Ironically then, the General Welfare clause would prohibit the modern federal practice of “welfare.” It would also forbid corporate bailouts, earmarks and pork, forcing taxpayers to pay for other perople’s health services, etc. It is unconstitutional and immoral to force the entire collective to pay to benefit only a select group within the collective.
If leftists were really pro-choice, they would recognize that. But they’re not. They want to force you to pay for their abortions, whether or not you believe abortion is moral. And they want to force you to pay for them to indoctrinate your kids. And they want you to pay for their life choices without question and publically legitimize their homosexual marriages and agree to their definitions and abide by their rules. And when you don’t, you’re intolerant and close-minded. You are clearly the one who doesn’t want people to be able to choose. Right.