Robert Knight

Liberals love coercion. And they think they’re smarter than the rest of us. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t expend so much effort inventing new rules and laws for our betterment.

Just this past week, liberal Democrats imposed the counterfeit of gay “marriage” on the people of Maryland, shot down expanded gun rights in Iowa and defeated an amendment in the U.S. Senate restoring conscience protections against the Obama Administration’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate to Catholic hospitals.

They were joined in the latter by “moderate” Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME), whose announced departure at the end of her term has generated crocodile tears among those whose favorite “moderates” are Republicans who cave on cue.

In Virginia, liberal Democrats voted to continue to bar home school families from sports teams in public schools that they support with their taxes, and halted a bill to ease the mandated anti-HPV inoculation of young girls. These are the same Democrats who screamed “keep your hands off our bodies” over a Republican-sponsored law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound before letting the abortionist kill the baby.

Suddenly, liberals who want to get around parents to inject young girls with drugs and to coerce Catholics into funding abortion pills find government coercion, well, a terrible thing. When it comes to abortion, liberals oppose any speed bumps whatsoever, including minimal health regulations imposed on all other medical clinics, and procedures aimed at providing more information to mothers about something as consequential as the gestation of a new human being.

But abortion – and let’s add the proliferation of obscenity – are the grand exceptions. In most other matters, liberals drink liberally from the tap labeled “Coercion.” They want to regulate everything under the sun and they’d regulate the sun if they could get their hands on it. Sadly, conservatives who are tempted to use government as a vehicle for “compassion” sometimes get addicted to the same elixir.

Frustrated by Americans’ continued resistance to their benevolent control, liberals a few years ago hit on their Grand Idea: man-made global warming. It’s the ultimate excuse for regulating every human activity and expanding government. And it’s another great excuse for promoting abortion and non-procreative “alternative lifestyles,” since the birth of each human baby is a terrible threat to the environment.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.