The record of demagoguery and lunacy from the right wing continues. The CDC is considering — just considering, mind you — adopting a policy to encourage — just encouraging, mind you — people to have their children circumcised on the grounds that it reduces the risk of disease. Run that through the silly straw prism of right wing spin and it magically becomes “Obama is going to force us all to cut off our genitals!”
Ed Morrissey of the conservative blog Hot Air writes, “If the CDC — which is part of the same government that will control health care — decides that circumcision is beneficial and cost-efficient in the long term, that same mechanism would create pressure on doctors and patients to perform them.”
More pointless fear-mongering, as the author notes:
Morrissey’s argument has the same basic flaw that animated the “death panel” fears: an inability to distinguish between advice and force. If this CDC proposal goes into effect, it, like the now-dead end-of-life counseling proposal, would make available some valuable medical advice. There’s nothing on the table to penalize doctors who don’t circumcise newborns, or parents who decline the procedure. To have a “mechanism [that] would create pressure on doctors and patients,” you need, well, a mechanism. Morrissey can’t come up with one.
Rush Limbaugh ups the ante on this stupidity:
But when was the last time that stopped these guys? Two days ago, Rush Limbaugh claimed, “It is President Obama who wants [to] mandate circumcision … And that means, if we need to save our penises from anybody, it’s Obama.”
The black man wants to take away our penises! Run away, run away! They’ll get my penis when they pry it out of my cold, dead hand. I think the source of Limbaugh’s fear is that he understands that if the government starts destroying dicks, he’d be on the top of the list. If you gave Limbaugh viagra, he’d just get taller.