We are approaching the most consequential election of our lifetimes – an election that is certain to decide what sort of nation we are going to be – and we are being diverted by trivialities and, what is worse, trivialities that have been ginned up for the express purpose of diverting us.
I grant that the question of religious freedom is important, but the context in which it has been raised is artificial and inane, and even that has been shifted to become an argument about who pays for contraception.
There may indeed be a right to birth control, but no one can assert legitimately a “right” that places an obligation on other people to pay for it, whether that is a church, those who pay insurance premiums or the taxpayers.
No one had mentioned contraception before George Stephanopoulos, former Bill Clinton staffer, broached the topic during the Jan. 8 Republican debate and insisted on forcing a bemused Mitt Romney to discuss it a painful length. Since then it has been Topic A for Democrats and their allies.
I don’t believe any of this is coincidental, and we shouldn’t let it remove our focus from what is truly important: the future of our nation and how it is being stolen by massive debt, crushing regulation and a metastasizing federal government.
We are about to choose a course for ourselves, and we need to talk about what that will be: restored freedom and opportunity or lives of ever more regimented dependency.
No more diversions.