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You Know I'm Right | Commentary by Betty Arenson
| Friday, May 9, 2014

bettyarensonLiberals proudly choose to be known for feel-good things like global warming, ecology, “green,” a host of topics under the umbrella of “women’s rights” and so on.

Presently there is one item in the news that marries two liberal talking points, and that is the kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian girls from a school dorm in mid-April.

This event comes on the heels of the recently revived War on Women (in America). And of course that war, liberals would have you believe, is being waged by none other than all of those nasty Republicans.

This is an election year, you know.

With this resuscitated topic, liberals get to exercise their “recycling” pronouncments and speak to women’s rights.

The latter is nearly tongue-in-cheek, because for all the feminist activists who are in our faces on American soil at every political opportunity – where are they on the kidnapping issue?

They are in the comfort of their own warm and fuzzy environments, exercising their “activism” and their heartfelt horrors by tweeting. And they do it via #BringBackOurGirls.

It’s popular – Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington – the usual crowd. As an aside, it was rather eye-catching to note that rapper Chris Brown is in on the cause. It’s a bit of a gasp, considering his continuing legal and anger management issues for punching people out, including ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

With regard to the mass kidnapping, the radical militant Islamic group called Boko Haram (aka “Nigerian Taliban”) has taken credit for the deed. Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden.” It is the group’s mindset that educating girls is a sin.

Its leader, Abubakar Shekau, made a nearly hour-long video announcing, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.” The girls, reportedly 15-18 years old, are to be wives for as little as $15 each. Reportedly 53 have escaped, but 276 are still missing.

The point of this horror story is that America gets short-changed and branded by our own set of “radicals” who marinate in all of their luxuries with their “let them eat cake” attitudes while they bash this great country in general and conservatives specifically, for being assailants of women on all fronts – be it medical care, health insurance, education, pay, birth control, abortion-on-demand … pick a subject.

The observation is clear. These weeping hearts are prominent in our free and civilized society with its built-in protections.

They do not venture to where they truly need to be.

These phonies well know how long they would last tweeting, marching, physically protesting or performing any form of activism in any Islam-dominant territory or China or – you get the message.

As for Hillary Clinton, America’s recent Secretary of State: She had a lot of opportunity to carry the example of America’s positive prominence on women’s rights all over the world but did not.

However, the terrorized girls can rest a little easier. Days ago, Secretary of State John Kerry gave one of his usual “let me be clear” speeches, promising that Washington will do “everything possible” to help the Nigerian government find and rescue these girls.

That might be a bit tricky. The wife of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with a female leader of in an anti-kidnapping protest and then had the woman arrested.

There you are: Women’s rights outside of America.


Betty Arenson has lived in the SCV since 1968 and describes herself as a conservative who’s concerned about progressives’ politics and their impacts on the country, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She says she is unashamed to own a gun or a Bible, couldn’t care less about the color of the president’s skin, and demands that he uphold his oath to protect and follow the Constitution of the United States in its entirety. Her commentary publishes Fridays.



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  1. Patrick says:

    Let me see if I can summarize this: Liberals who criticize conservatives with respect to women’s rights are hypocrites because they will not fly over to Africa and personally free these kidnapped girls. Hey, here’s an idea: Conservative American women form an army and fly over themselves to free these girls, thereby proving to the rest of America that they are the true feminists. We’ll have your graves ready when you’re flown back in body bags.

  2. Mandy says:

    You go girl..Tell it like it is.

  3. Bill says:

    Fact: Global Warming isn’t a liberal “feel good thing”. A major report was released this very week…oh, I forgot science is no longer accurate in “never never repub-land”.

    Fact: They aren’t bashing…this “great country” is no longer #1 when compared to the rest of the world by ANY measurement…medical care (great if you’re wealthy) education (25th in math, 12th in reading, 20th in science below Poland and Iceland), pay (real wages have been dropping for years). They aren’t bashing asking for equal pay, quality medical care for all, better education for all and control over their own bodies (instead of repub wing nuts) regarding birth control.

    I love your conclusion…”there you are: women’s rights outside of America”. Yeah, we’re better than Nigeria…gee, I guess you could say comparing the 2…we are #1 (in something).

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