If a leftist expressed new-age spirituality and uttered the Zen idea that he was one with the Universe, I’d certainly believe him. What else could explain liberals’ seeming inability to know where their body ends and someone else’s begins?
For instance, while abortion is justified with the battle cry “My body, my choice!” it is in reality a matter of what will happen to a body within the chooser’s body. Yet another example of this leftist tendency to confuse bodies as much as choices is the ObamaCare contraception mandate.
Liberals will often justify the mandate by saying that employers have no right to tell an employee what to do with his body. Of course, this is ridiculous on the face of it because it confuses the right to do a certain thing with one’s body with the non-existent right to have someone else pay for it. Why, we might as well say that in states where marijuana is legal, an employer is dictating what people must do with their bodies if he doesn’t buy a toking hire a bong. (If the rationale can be applied to recreational sex, why not recreational drugs?) Yet the contraception controversy does involve the matter of telling people what to do with their bodies. But those put-upon citizens aren’t employees. They’re employers.
After all, a business is built through work; money derived from a business is made through work. And work is something you do with your body. Thus, if the government tells a business owner what he must provide through his business and money, isn’t it, in a sense, telling him what he must do with his body?
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