To paraphrase Neal Boortz, "The Democrats threw down a steaming pile of dog doo and sat around waiting for the Republicans to step in it". True to form the Republicans rushed to see who could get more crap on their shoes.
Two facts jumped up and slapped me in the face this past two weeks. First, on social issues Liberals will always win as this is their bailiwick. Conservatives try, and fail at, taking what they think is the high ground. The high ground most of the time places conservatives on the wrong side of an issue. The wrong side being opposite the thinking of the American public. The moral side of an issue is a wonderful place to be in normal times. We are not living in normal times.
Secondly, Liberals are the masters of 'distraction' and conservatives love to be distracted. The waters get muddied and conservatives run in all directions looking for the shore while liberals stay on message whether that message is fact or fallacy.
Enter President Obama's attempt to force all employers to provide 'contraception' as part of Obamacare. Going in the President had to know that this was a divisive issue. It steps on the religious rights of many individuals and attempts to control sexual behavior by giving a get out of jail free card for promiscuity.
Those who take the Catholic Church's stance on birth control lightly will tell you that 98% of all catholic women use birth control so why does the church care who pays for it. Church doctrine is a fact whether it is being followed by the rank and file or not and the government has no business trying to stand on the pulpit and influence church doctrine.
The government also has no business in regulating our behavior in our own bedrooms. If a woman or a man wants to behave a particular way it is their personal right to do so. It is not their right to expect the rest of us to pay for that behavior. I will happily stay out of your bedroom so please stay out of my wallet.
The Republicans looked down at their dog doo covered shoes and decided to hold hearings to discuss the contraceptive issue. What was happening here was the Republicans taking the distraction laid down by the Democrats and distracting themselves even further away from what we should be talking about; the economy, jobs and world threats.
Republicans hold hearings on contraceptives and invite distinguished leaders from religious organizations and insurance companies. But wait! A hearing full of testosterone's and not a lick of progesterone in the house. Their stupidity here was glaring.
The Democrats hold their own hearing and invite, Sandra Fluke who is originally described as an innocent 23 year old coed, to testify. She testifies about her belief that contraception should be provided free of charge to all women. She gives her now well documented reasons for this opinion.
The next day Rush Limbaugh decided to stick his formerly nicotined stained fingers into the steaming pile of dog doo and check the temperature. The Democrats could not be happier. Rush, through the use of the words 'slut' and 'prostitute' made a sacrificial lamb out of Ms Fluke. Rush adds his own distraction to that produced by the Republican hearings. I am not sure that at this point any one remembers that it was Democrats who laid out the original distraction.
Contraceptive issues now had legs of their own.
Sandra Fluke a 23 year old innocent coed? I think not. Ms Fluke is a 30 year old Feminist Activist who chose to attend Georgetown University, s Catholic university, to help change the contraceptive attitudes of that university by attempting to make changes in its student insurance program.
A post at Jammie Wearing Fools notes: For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving “coed”. I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student. It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women’s right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.
You can read more about this here http://www.jammiewf.com/2012/sandra-flukes-appearance-is-no-fluke/
More from Jammie Wearing Fools: Fluke attended Cornell University from 1999-2003, where she received a B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. While at Cornell, Fluke’s organized activities centered on the far-left feminist and gender equity movements. Fluke participated in rallies supporting abortion, protests against war in Iraq and efforts to recruit other womens’ rights activists to campus.
During that period, she gained experience engaging in disputes concerning abortion with religious organizations.
It seems that Ms Fluke was held for just such an occasion as she fits the Liberals view perfectly and adds to the distraction. Of course Republicans have only themselves to blame for her being an issue and Rush Limbaugh is personally responsible for making what should have been a far left insignificant attack into a larger than life gorilla in the room.
In a nut shell; no one in the drive by media asks any hard questions and the Republicans mishandling of this is glaringly pathetic.
In his article titled 'Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke and Why is Contraception Part of Health Insurance Anyway? (http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/03/03/rush-limbaugh-sandra-fluke-and-why-is-contraception-part-of-health-insurance-anyway/) Tim Worstall lays out the case for not having contraception as part of the over all health plan. It is an important read to understand this issue.
After all this distraction where does that leave the Republicans on their Presidential election bid?
Remember that shit creek and the paddle thing. That is pretty much where Republicans should be finding themselves this morning.
We will continue this tomorrow with a discussion of how ineptly the Republicams have handled the Presidential campaign and more importantly how their incompetence has put the future of the nation in jeopardy.