If you believe what you read in The New York Times or hear debated on CNN and the rest of the big media, the following is probably your reality of the dynamics of the 2012 election cycle: Republicans are having a problem connecting with voters because some conservatives are obsessed with "social issues" such as abortion and same-sex marriage and even something as widely accepted as contraception.
But who is really obsessed with abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception in 2012? Can we take a reality check here? Who actually made contraception an issue in the 2012 campaign?
To my knowledge, Republicans and conservatives across the nation were shocked and appalled when George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton apparatchik who now plays a TV newsman for ABC, out of the blue asked inane questions of the Republican presidential candidates about their views on contraception.
I think everyone was stunned. I was. Contraceptive devices of every imaginable kind are freely accessible across the U.S. They are cheap. They are legal. And, to my knowledge, no one was threatening that availability.
Dick Morris accurately characterized Stephanopoulos as a "paid Democratic hit man." He was so clearly using his role at ABC News to float a trial balloon — clumsily, I might add — for Barack Obama's re-election effort. If the Federal Elections Commission had any integrity, it would investigate collusion between the Obama campaign and ABC.
The tipoff came a few days later, when Obama announced his decision to force all employers providing health insurance to include free contraceptives, abortions and sterilizations as part of their benefits.
Anyone with political awareness immediately smacked himself in the forehead and said, "Aha! So that's why Stephanopoulos was asking those out-in-left-field questions about contraception!"
Stephanopoulos and ABC were purposely firing a shot across the bow to immunize Obama's imminent announcement about forcing Catholics to get into the contraception business and forcing pro-lifers to get into the abortion and sterilization business.
You see, it's not people who are morally opposed to using contraception that have made this an issue. As usual, those who want to dictate their own sense of morality and impose it on the entire nation are the Democrats — Obama and his friends who live in that revolving-door world between the media and left-wing politics.
If you missed Aaron Klein's connecting-the-dots report on this issue, be sure to review it and distribute it widely to your friends.
What about same-sex marriage? Is it the opponents of same-sex marriage who are obsessed to the point of mania? No, once again, it's the folks who are trying to redefine marriage.
Every time the issue has been placed before voters, same-sex marriage has been rejected. That has only infuriated the radicals promoting this idea. So, once again, the strategy has become to force it down the throats of the people — to mandate the minority's view of morality on the majority.
They've done this through judicial activism. They've done it through Democratic-controlled state legislatures. And they've used the media to batter Americans over the head as backward bigots for not getting on board.
Ten years ago, there wasn't anyone in mainstream politics advocating such an idea. Four years ago, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama said they opposed same-sex marriage.
Today, Republican politicians are already going wobbly in their opposition to redefining a 6,000-year-old religious and cultural institution that formed the basis of Western civilization.
What about abortion? Abortion has been widely available at practically every stage of fetal development and for just about any reason nationwide since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. But that's not enough for the real abortion zealots.
No, they use the power of government to mandate that abortion pills be available in every drug and grocery store in the country — over-the-counter and without prescription — to anyone, including children without parental approval.
That's what I call obsessed!
And why do they do it? The Stephanopoulos example is illustrative. They do it to tweak and poke their opposition. They do it to set themselves up as more hip, more open, less hung-up. They do it to cover their own obsession, their zealotry, their radicalism, their extremism.
That's how it works.
As Dick Morris says, they recognize the "pro-choice" mantra doesn't work so well any more. It's gotten old. Americans have figured out the people who claim that descriptive detest, hate and despise "choice" when they don't approve of other people's choices. They want to dictate everyone's choices — from health care to light bulbs. So they are moving on to the next charade — and that happens to be the charade of contraception.
They only get away with it is because the big media act as their unofficial echo chamber.
Open your eyes, Americans. You are being played.
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