In their desperate attempt at controlling all aspects of government and society in recent decades, mainstream Republican leaders at first embraced the most radical elements of their following, from religious fundamentalists to, more recently, tea party moderates and extremists.
Perhaps unwittingly, mainstream Republican leaders entered into a Faustian bargain. They are now reaping a bitter harvest that threatens, like so many out-of-control weeds in an otherwise well-maintained garden, their fundamental credibility as a party run by adults.
They sold their souls for the promise of power. What they are about to lose are both their souls and the power they so desperately seek.
Party leaders have gerrymandered congressional districts (ensuring that political compromise will be systematically and severely punished), systematically denied voters’ rights in many states, shut down everyday government functions and committed serious damage to the national economy and our once-respected international image as leader of the free world.
The very “exceptionalism” that conservatives are so fond of touting is being undermined through their extremist and uncompromising agenda. What good can come from their ideas and goals if in the meantime they destroy the government or the national economy?
The damage that they have done to their “brand” by entering into this Faustian bargain is yet to be seen in all its ugly aspects.
Let people keep their coverage
President Obama’s long-ago pledge that anyone liking their health-care coverage will be allowed to keep it under the nation’s controversial new law is not true. He has lied to all of the America people because American people are getting their health-care coverage canceled.
President Obama also said that his health-care bill was a work in progress. Well, when is he going to step up to the plate and hit a home run for the American people who want to keep their health-care coverage?
Will President Obama fight for the American people who want to keep their current health care?
Mandate violates religious liberty
In the Nov. 2 article “Insurance mandate hits snag in court,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown was correct when she noted the Health and Human Services mandate on contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization presents defendants with a “Hobson’s choice: They can either abide by the sacred tenets of their faith, pay a penalty [crippling] the companies they have spent a lifetime building, or … become complicit in a grave moral wrong.”
In contrast, dissenting Judge Harry T. Edwards missed the point when he said, “The mandate does not require the [defendants] to encourage [their] employees to use contraceptives. …” True, it requires them to do even more — pay for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilizations through their insurance programs.
Barry W. Lynn of Americans United undermined his support for the mandate when he said, “Religious liberty means the right to make decisions for yourself, not other people.” This is exactly what the Obama administration did. It decided that contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization are goods that all must pay for, even in violation of their consciences.
Over 200 plaintiffs of several different faiths have filed 75 cases against the mandate. They are not trying to prevent anyone from using contraceptives, abortifacients or sterilization, but only ask that others pay for these “services” themselves.
Raymond J. Adamek