The GOP's Desperation, Distraction and Long Rope

I knew the birth control-religious liberty issue was a GOP manufactured controversy when Kelly Ayotte, Republican Senator from New Hampshire, appeared in a press conference on February 9th and proclaimed, “This is not a women's rights issue. This is a religious liberty issue. And it can apply to all faiths.”

First of all, the announcement wasn’t made by the usual Republican camera-hogs, but a female claiming it wasn’t a women’s rights issue. I have to admit that was a pretty clever move by the GOP; having a woman saying it’s not about women. For those of you who don’t see through this carefully orchestrated political theatre, it was supposed to make the claim more believable.

When I received Randy Neugebauer’s email asking for constituents’ opinions on Obama’s war against religious liberty (his wording, not mine); I knew the GOP was working overtime to create an artificial controversy.

And then of course, we’ve had the Ayatollah Santorum spouting all of his hateful religious rubbish and then, his subsequent “back pedaling” on Face the Nation on Sunday.

Lately, that’s their prevailing strategy; using all manner of outlandish accusations that will stick in the minds of voters; somewhat like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it’s “done”. Most of my moderate Republican friends are pretty incensed about all of this. As one man said to me, “Do they think we’re that stupid?”

I would have to say “yes”. Clearly the extreme-right faction of the GOP tries to appeal to the more dogmatic and uninformed voters.  

Cornell University’s Suzanne Mettler reports that Americans who are beneficiaries of government programs don't think they are utilizing any Government programs. In her study, 44% of Social Security recipients, 43% of those receiving unemployment, and 40% of those on Medicare say that they “have not used a government program.” (and Mettler’s study cites other programs also--Lifetime Learning Credit, Federal student loans, the Child Care tax credit, tax-exempt college savings programs) The sad part? These same individuals will be the ones screaming the loudest when the GOP politicians they’ve voted for actually follow through with their “small-government” agenda. Sadder still is that these individuals can only blame themselves. They voted against their own self-interest by not knowing the facts and remaining blind to political manipulations.

The GOP is fully aware that religious issues create contentiousness and fear; that was their covert plan: Fabricate a noisy and poisonous distraction from the GOP’s unsatisfactory record on the real issues of the economy and employment. Banana republics and third-world regimes use this strategy with great regularity to distract the citizenry from leadership corruption and performance ineptitude. They deflect the blame onto others in a way that divides common man from common man; effectively preventing their ouster from power.

What has the GOP done to solve the economy and employment?

  1. Birth control legislation
  2. Tired worn-out attempts about the President’s birth certificate
  3. Extend the Bush tax cuts
  4. Create a fictitious “war on religion” to stonewall Obama’s Healthcare efforts
  5. Destroy the unions by using overworked GOP catchphrases: Socialism, Marxism, Saul Alinsky
  6. Destroy the environment by using the “job creation” smokescreen
  7. Try to repeal Affordable Health Care so it doesn’t cut into their insurance company cronies’ profits
  8. Punish women for being raped
  9. Attempt to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act so Wall Street can steal from the American people again
  10. Take away food stamps from the elderly and poor

If the Obama haters would spend more time looking for solutions, than trying to create false controversies to gain back power, the Congress might actually accomplish something. People are slowly awakening from this soporific slumber. They are beginning to see the light. That’s why Congress’ approval rating is at 10%.

We can learn a lot about life and politics from the game of chess. That game demonstrates the importance of position and strategy; the impact of a player’s next move, cause and effect; and most of all, short-term gains verses long-term penalties.

The GOP, clearly, failed to anticipate their next “move”. They didn’t consider the ramifications of their manufactured controversies and the future effects it would have upon them.

I think perhaps Democrats and Progressives need to emulate the President. We need to stay cool, calm, collected, repeat facts (minus the explosive emotions), then sit back and watch the GOP hang themselves with their own rope. And it will happen, because individuals who create monsters are ultimately destroyed by their own creation.

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Carol Morgan is a career counselor, writer, speaker, former political candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. Follow her on Twitter @CounselorCarol1, on Facebook:CarolMorgan1 and her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org   

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Speaking of Santorum....

At the rate Mr. Sphinctorum is going, he's going to run out of ammo to shoot himself in the foot with long before the primary season is over.

During remarks made at the First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia, he compared the 2012 Presidential election to the run-up to the U.S. entry into WW2:

"And America sat from 1940 when France fell to December of ’41 and did almost nothing,” he explained. “Why? Because we’re a hopeful people. We think, ‘You know it will get better. Yeah, I mean, he’s a nice guy. It won’t be near as bad as what we think. You know, this will be OK. You know, maybe he’s not the best guy.’ After a while, you found out some things about this guy over in Europe and maybe he’s not so good of a guy after all. But you know what? ‘Why do we need to be involved? We’ll just take care of our own problems, just get our families off to work and our kids off to school and we’ll be OK.’ ”

The candidate added: “Sometimes, sometimes it’s not OK.” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/20/santorum-uses-hitler-analogy-to-describe-obama/

Elsewhere, Santorum claims that in the Netherlands 50% of all euthanizations are forced and that elderly people flee the country in fear of being euthanized. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yn-eejMcmuA#!

And Americans wonder why foreigners think we're idiots?

Lastly, Sphinctorum shares this little pearl of whiz-dumb:

“I believe that life begins at conception. And that that life should be guaranteed under the constitution… I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so.”

http://www.thejanedough.com/rick-santorum-criminally-charge-abortion-doctors/

Oh, yeah, let's hurry up and elect this guy President.

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Great post, Bob

Scarier still...there really are people who want him to win.

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Fearful elderly people carry

Fearful elderly people carry 'anti-euthanasia cards'
Elderly people in the Netherlands are so fearful of being killed by doctors that they carry cards saying they do not want euthanasia, according to a campaigner who says allowing assistant suicide in Britain would put the vulnerable at risk.
By Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent
11:30PM BST 21 Apr 2011

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@Carol

First of all, good column, right on the money.

I grew up around blue collar Catholics and some were like Santorum in their views, but the vast majority were moderate and didn't listen to any of the tripe about birth control. The vast majority wouldn't expect a woman to avoid amniocentesis for fear that it is a threshold to abortion. The vast majority would sympathize with a rape victim and want her (or him) to have proper medical care. The vast majority supported unions. The vast majority (some of whom lived through the depression or were children during the depression) understood the importance of social programs and the safety net.

So I don't know what the GOP is going to do about Santorum, because if he is their candidate, it is going to be a disasterous election for Republicans. Maybe at last the moderates will have to get their hands dirty and throw out the extremists.

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Religous Freedom begins to equal religous tyranny

I understand the argument the put forth by the religous zealots, who find it abhorrent that tax dollars (using the argument that money is fungible) find their way to clinics that provide that service as part of many services they offer. I understand the argument that a church should not be forced to pay for services that go against their doctrine

What I don't understand, is the objections that the insurance companies offer the services to employees of church sponsored charities, hospitals or any other institution. To deny an employee of a different faith or no faith at all for that matter the same opportunities as the public at large smacks of theocratic totalitarianism.

I have no animus towards religion in general except when it is used as means of shaping public policy. Whether it be the koran, the bible, book of the dead or any other tome that believers mantain as "holy script" ; the idea that the belief in some non existent being gives some miscreant huckster the right to control my behaviour or prevent woman from using modern science to better their lives and the lives of their families is as repugnant to me as I'm sure others find gambling, pornogrophy and recreational drug use repugnant.

What I find most puzzling is the improbable idea that the right does not see it's own schizophrenia when legislating. Requiring a woman to undergo an invasive form of sonogram ( let's leave out the the argument for small goverment for now) before being "allowed" to have a medical proceedure, but to oppose amniocentious in the same breath is nothing short of psychopathic ....unless your objective is to deny women the right to choose.

That is naked truth. After the G.O.P. sweep in '10 in the house and the historical take over on the down ballot, state legislators in state after state began their assault on the right to choose. A dozen states H.B. 1 was some bill designed to chip away at Roe v Wade.

Desguised as "health issues" or "necessary medical information" or any number of bogus claims the underlying and true agenda was and is to roll back a womans right to choose. Onerous an impossible regulations (right down to the size of the janitors closet) aimed at making it impossible for clinics to comply and therefore closing their doors are the tactics of today's anti-choice crowd.

Unspoken in the legislation but evident in stump speeches is the belief that these legislators are "doing gods' work".

Abortion is a terrible thing, it should be a last resort, it should not be the primary form of birth control. But to go back to the days of no contraception except the approved method from the church is sheer lunacy. To discard science in favor of "aspirin between your knees" is the height of big goverment. It is an attempt to enforce a moral code from and organization that was ( an may still be) rife with gangs of pedophiles protecting one another.

It should be insulting to every woman that middle aged men have decided in Texas and other states that women are incapable of making their own decisions and that they must be "further informed" by way of a medically unecessary and intrusive ( to say the least) proceedure before they are allowed end a pregnancy that most if not all have agonized over before ever entering the doctors' office.

Cloaking this abomination in the artifice of "religous freedom" ignores the fact that is religous oppression and an attempt to control women once again by state sponsored religion.

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What concerns me is this:

What concerns me is this: "44% of Social Security recipients, 43% of those receiving unemployment, and 40% of those on Medicare say that they “have not used a government program.”

I'm 65, on SSI and still pay out of my monthly SSI a hefty premium for Medicare. Yes, I worked since I was 15, that is 50 years paying into the system and I will never understand why I am considered on a government program as I am still paying for Medicare and certainly made a huge contribution (no accrued interest) to Social Security in my 50-year payroll deductions. It is quite maddening there is the perception I haven't given to the government's administration of MY money!

Is my thinking wrong?

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Well done

Carol, I think you have explained the situation well.

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@ Jezbuzz

"Yes, I worked since I was 15, that is 50 years paying into the system and I will never understand why I am considered on a government program as I am still paying for Medicare and certainly made a huge contribution (no accrued interest) to Social Security in my 50-year payroll deductions."

You have an interesting perspective. You have paid into government programs for over 50 years and now you are reaping the benefits of those government programs. True, though, there are many politicians out there bad mouthing people who are now receiving benefits they paid for in an effort to confuse people so that they can get backing for taking the huge available funds for these programs into their own hands and recklessly invest them on Wall Street for their own benefit. In the process they will take what has been quite successful programs and destroy them so that the American people will be even more desperate and easily confused. They are forgetting that eventually desperate people take matters into their own hands. Don't believe what you see on mainstream media!

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Excellent!

I like your bringing this info to the attention of us all!

"And it will happen, because individuals who create monsters are ultimately destroyed by their own creation."

Thanks!

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@eleyballel

Thank you so much, for your response!

I have been concerned and as you could probably tell, a bit miffed, regarding the perception that I am somehow a charity case. My daughter has the perception she is paying SS for naught and that we Babyboomers are getting their dividends. The politicians forget to say who "broke" the system.

Thanks again - JEZ

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:-)

Your most welcome, Jez. I'm glad I could be of help even with that especially long sentence I put in there.

eley

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Excellent...

Dead on Carol. Nice writing.

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number 8?

Really? That one just makes you sound spiteful and uninformed.

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