Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Out of Touch and Out of Step

What more can be said about Mr. Limbaugh.
It's sad that many people listen to this creature.
It's impossible to believe that contraception has become a political and campaign issue in 2012. The Republicans claim that this is about religious freedom, as in "Why should the government force religious organizations to provide their employees with health insurance coverage that includes contraception?" Yet, isn't it odd that these religious organizations never seem to complain about the tax breaks and other benefits they obtain from this same "obtrusive" government. 

It's demagogues like Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum, and to a lesser extent, Mitt Romney that have made this an issue. For the vast majority of Americans, contraception is a routine fact of life, not a political issue. Virtually all American women (more than 99 percent) aged 15-44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method. This percentage even includes American Catholics. This is just another example of how the current Republican party is out of step.

The Republicans better watch out. Remember their stance on Terri Schiavo. In that case, a husband made the decision to stop life-support for his brain dead wife, and the Republicans intervened making it a national political issue. A special session of Congress was convened to protect the "sanctity of life" and "save" Ms. Schiavo. There was even talk of having the Florida National Guard "rescue" Ms. Schiavo from her nursing home to prevent her "murder." When the Republicans realized they had gone too far (that is when their polls numbers started to plummet), they immediately back pedaled and forgot the issue. 

Will there be a backlash this time, and will voters react negatively against a party that wants to get between them and the pill, condom, or the diaphragm? I hope so!

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