Today's snippet: I never realized that there were Catholics out there who seriously claim that the advent of evil into society came because of--wait for it--the dreadful and shameful practice known as women's suffrage.
Here's Dale Ahlquist of the American Chesterton Society:
So...giving women the right to vote led to abortion being imposed by judicial fiat (that is: not initiated by voting) upon a nation that at the time was not at all inclined to think abortion was a good idea, except for a few liberal looney states which had decided to aid men's sexual access to the kind of women both cheap enough and stupid enough to fall for the sexual revolution's myths by making sure the women could easily kill off any of the men's unwanted offspring...um...wait...
Chesterton explained that the main weakness of the feminists was that they believed all the silly claims that men made about the importance of politics. Most women were smart enough to let their husbands go off to argue in pubs and the clubs, since it accomplished very little and generally didn’t interfere with the real business of life, the drama of the home and the family. Men claimed politics was important; women knew better. They knew what was really important: shaping the minds and souls of their children in the ideal and independent setting of the home. But there were a few women, usually those whose upper class privilege had already separated them from their children, who fell for the male bombast and got political. Chesterton warned that if women got involved in politics it would have the dreaded result of making politics look more legitimate than it was. It would give cause for the government to grow in its reach and influence and eventually impose itself on every aspect of our lives. The result would be the weakening of the authority of the family and the strengthening of the authority of the state. History has shown that his warnings were justified.
Some may consider women getting the right to vote to be the triumph of feminism. But since feminists were a minority, the vote actually did not give them much of a voice. The real triumph of feminism was the legalization of abortion. The argument that women have the right to kill their own babies is not based on any known legal precedent, any traditional understanding of human rights, or any classic, civilized moral teaching. It turned the family violently inside out, making the very heart of the family its lethal enemy. But the feminist argument won…because a few men fell for it.
And here's another blogger on the subject:
The family is destabilized by this equality granted to both husband and wife. The man no longer represents his family in society, and his unique role is denied. Can we deny that this has had negative effects on the family? This equality has entered into the family itself, and thence we hear of novel ideas such a “mutual submission” between spouses. The revolution in the state has infected its very foundation. The virtue of submission and beauty of femininity has been rejected, and a strange thing has occurred; as woman become more like men, the men become more like woman. The inversion is diabolical. Dead beat, effeminate fathers, and pants wearing feminists would be difficult to imagine without this development.Message to all of us evil pants-wearing feminists (even the ones of us who are totally pro-life): don't bother your pretty little heads with voting and politics! Leave it to the men! Because true femininity is apparently completely incompatible with the concept of taking an intelligent interest in the world that lies beyond one's front door and picket fence.
The result being that the peace of the home has been shattered. The natural complementary natures of man and woman are placed at odds with each other. On a personal note, growing up in a family divided by political parties, I can attest to the disorder which divisive republican politics can have on a family. I remember my father complaining about my mother canceling his vote. At the time his complaint seemed foolish to my ears. Now, I understand the truth of his words. Thankfully, my own wife refuses to vote. She says it is not her place, and resents any suggestion that she should take on a responsibility that is not properly hers. She has enough responsibilities within her duty of state. I could say the same for most husbands.