I couldn’t let this one go.
Jesse Ventura made a Facebook post today. Here you go:
I am totally for a woman’s right to choose. Every woman has a right to her body & a right to choose what she wants to do with her body.
I find it interesting that the hardcore right-to-lifers want to bring all of these children into the world & yet they provide no safety net for them.
They cut welfare & food stamps. So you’re bringing them into the world but if you’re poor, tough luck. You’re on your own.
As former Minnesota Governor Elmer Anderson said, “Abortion is religion’s failure to persuade. So now they must legislate.”
Okay, I’m not even going to touch on the issue of abortion. That’s largely irrelevant to the severe lack of logic that Ventura displays here. What I’m more concerned about is how he accuses people who want to do away with welfare and food stamp programs of not caring if the poor suffer.
To be blunt, I really do not like Jesse Ventura, but I’m surprised that even he would make a comment this bad. This is the textbook Progressive strawman used against anyone who wants to do away with any sort of government subsidy for the poor, which is “Why do you not care about the poor?”
No, Jesse, it’s not that we don’t care about the poor; it’s that we don’t think that these programs actually work. And yes, while a common argument coming from the deontological school of thought says that it is wrong to steal from one group of people to give to another does not directly touch on the effect of being with or without the handouts, I’m pretty sure that all of those people also agree that these government programs simply aren’t as good as voluntary trade and actual charity.
If you want to present an argument, please do so, but don’t rely on a cheap strawman to push your own agenda.