Ken Connor

Okay, so maybe Democrats aren't in favor of "choice" when it comes to work, but what about education? Surely they should be in favor of a system that allows parents the right to choose the best education for their children. Unfortunately, no. It turns out that Democrats care more about currying favor with the NEA than they do about ensuring access to quality schools for those children most in need of educational opportunity. Take the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, for example. This program enables inner-city children to use vouchers to escape the District's failing schools and attend quality institutions like Sidwell Friends, where – incidentally – the Obama daughters go to school. Sadly, however, what's good for the presidential goose is not so good for the inner city gander: President Obama and his cohorts in Congress have worked to kill this program since he took office. When it comes to education, the president and Democrats prefer to make the decisions for the children of the hoi polloi than have parents to make the decisions for themselves. Uncle Sam and the teachers' union have it all under control, thank you very much.

What about religious liberty then? Do liberals support the freedom to choose how you practice your religion in the health care arena? Again, the answer is no. President Obama and his Secretary of Health and Human Services see nothing wrong with limiting religious and economic liberty in the name of mandated free birth control and abortifacients for all.

Which brings us full circle to the one "choice" that is truly sacrosanct to the Left: abortion. Tread on this sacred freedom and you might as well break into the National Archives and light the Declaration of Independence on fire. Suggest that the government might have a legitimate role in safeguarding the God-given liberties of unborn children and you'll be labeled a hateful misogynist who wants to "dictate to women what they do with their own bodies." Never mind the fact that Big Brother feels perfectly justified in telling us how big our drinks can be, what kind of light bulbs we can buy, where we can and can't smoke a cigarette, etc... Heaven forbid we use the force of law to protect the lives of innocents who can't make choices for themselves. That would be crossing the line.

It's true that choice is under attack in America, but not from whom the media and other mainstream formers-of-opinion would have you think. If you want to know who the real enemies of free choice and free thought are in America, look no further than the nearest liberal Democratic representative or Left-leaning think tank.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.