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ELECTION: Let’s not be diverted from real issues

Letter by Richard M. Radford, Steilacoom on March 6, 2012 at 11:19 am with 5 Comments »
March 6, 2012 12:17 pm

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.

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  1. Pacman33 says:

    Think about it. Out of all the possible noble causes Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, etc.; the 0bama Administration chooses “Free Contraceptives”? A service that is already free at Planned Parenthood?

    This concocted charade is nothing but a distraction to change the conversation away from 0bama’s record and 0bama’s “plan”. An energy policy of high energy prices and a job’s plan that merely consists of class war. Can you really blame them?

  2. One of the issues that the far right keeps trying to insert into politics to cover their failed economic plans and generate controversy is government control and intrusion into people’s private lives, especially health care.

    Right wing evangelicals want the government to probe women’s vagina’s. They want to mandate health procedures that no doctor has called for and make a woman pay for them. They want to mandate their own religious beliefs on all citizens about when a cell becomes a person against all known scientific evidence.

    They make contraception a big issue in an election year as a ploy to attack Obama. it is interesting that the Republican-led House passed health care legislation and debated on the House floor with Republicans in support of mandating contraception care in all Federal employees insurance and in Medicaid provision. They said it was an important issue for the nation to care for women’s health as much as we do in paying for sexual activity for men with Viagra.

    If Republicans and the far right evangelicals would stay out of our bedrooms and out of our healthcare, and quit mandating that big government intrude into private issues, maybe we could get something else done.

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  4. I feel the Public paying for birth control would be a lot cheaper than the public paying for Welfare, Medicade and Food Stamps.

  5. sumyungboi says:

    Good letter. That the Obama campaign feels that they must distract from Obama’s record is telling.

    Tuddo: “One of the issues that the far right keeps trying to insert into politics to cover their failed economic plans”

    Really. Apparently you didn’t know that, for the first two years of his presidency, Obama enjoyed the luxury of democrat control in both houses of congress. You’re also seemingly unaware that The Senate is still controlled by democrats, and has refused time and time again to vote on bills sent by The House.

    It’s always a pleasure to educate someone who is ignorant of current events. You’re welcome.

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