Ah, Cher, we thought we knew you. I never thought of her as a gypsy, tramp, or thief, but rather as a gifted artist. But something happens to some folks when they become successful, I guess. The wires cross, and they imagine all sorts of nefarious designs and intentions where none exist, while remaining cheerfully impervious to the truly dangerous mischief right under their reconstructed nose. On Twitter, Cher launched into a first class rant, to wit:
"Don't believe in the Right wing's effort to Subjugate women! WHO R THESE MEN WHO THINK THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE WOMEN BACK TO THE STONE" (end of 140 character limit)
(resumed) "AGE ! We talk about how radical Muslims take away the Rights of their woman, but HOW CAN WE LET These RW Misogynistic Cretins take away" (there goes the limit again)
(picking up where we left off) "Our BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS ! IF THIS Was Happening in another Country Woman Across The USA Would B outraged ! Well Girls wake up & Smell the" (stunted development due to character limit)
(continuing) "Coffee,you're in another Country! U young women don't realize what NO FREEDOM FEELS LIKE! WITHOUT FREEDOM YOU HAVE NOTHING !"
She goes on to explain that she's furious, hurt, and outraged, just in case we didn't quite catch on. Oh yes, and she tells us that North Koreans are evidently better off, or so she fancies.
Normally, this would be something to laugh at. Normally, the semi-coherent rantings of a celebrity would induce little more than a yawn. These are not normal times, however, and statements that religious institutions ought not (as a matter of conscience and Constitutional law) to be required to violate their own faith do not qualify as a war against women in any rational vocabulary.
If Cher is in the least bit curious what would take women back to the stone age, perhaps she could look to the FDA, which in 2010 disapproved the medication Avastin for treatment of advanced breast cancer. Maybe she could consult with the Obama Administration's task force that recommended that most women should begin receiving mammograms at age 50 instead of age 40, prompting cancer survivor Nancy Gual to observe, “I am shocked by these guidelines because if I had not had a mammogram at age 40, I would not be here today.” If I'm not mistaken, being stone cold dead because of treatments or tests withheld is about as "stone age" as it gets. The award winning star might consider whether Jane Sturm's mother felt particularly liberated or free when she heard President Obama suggest that maybe she should not have that life saving pace maker after all, and should instead settle for pain killers.
Instead of railing against people she calls, "RW Misogynistic Cretins," who are actually the good people fighting these ghastly initiatives that fly under the Orwellian banner of "health care," perhaps Cher could spend a little time looking at the real misogynists who would leave no woman under taxed, under managed, or under molested by Democrat politicians. Or perhaps she could survey the carnage of millions of little girls dismembered in the womb. Contrast the culture of life with the culture of death, Cher, and tell me which takes you closer to the stone age. If you insist that enlightenment demands a body count, that's your call. But stop insisting that you have a constitutional right to force someone else to pay for it.