Barack Obama spent Wednesday bestowing a ceremonial honor upon several high-profile American figures. In addition to former president Bill Clinton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Obama gave the Medal of Honor to stars like singer Loretta Lynn and Chicago natives including former Cubs infielder Ernie Banks.
While it makes sense that a leftist president would recognize fellow leftists, one of the recipients has struck many as an outrageous choice. Gloria Steinem, a militant feminist and founder of Ms. Magazine, was in large part responsible for destroying the traditional family unit.
She has spent much of her life advocating the end of marriage, claiming that a woman becomes a “semi non-person” upon finding a husband. Her famous observation that a “woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle” largely defined the feminist movement in the U.S.
Furthermore, she is an outspoken supporter of abortion and indiscriminant promiscuous behavior.
“A liberated woman,” she once opined, “is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”
Steinem has practically campaigned for the destruction of the family at every turn, naturally earning her distinction among leftists. Obama fawned over Steinem’s ostensible contribution to society as he presented her with the medal.
In addition to changing “how women thought about themselves,” Obama said that Steinem is “alert to all the ways … that women had been and, in some cases, continue to be treated unfairly just because they’re women.”
While the left is quick to acknowledge the changes Steinem helped bring about, they are silent when it comes to the disastrous consequences of those changes.
Millions of Americans never got the right to even be born, thanks to the feminist push for convenience abortions. The family structure has been dismantled, with single-parent households outnumbering complete families in countless communities.
Feminism has left behind a legacy of poverty, crime, and immorality. As Obama sees it, that qualifies one of the movement’s most visible leaders for the nation’s highest civilian honor.
–B. Christopher Agee
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