After the candidates’ first round in tackling this question, Candy Crowley invites President Obama for a second intervention…
CROWLEY: Mr. President why don’t you get in on this quickly, please?
THE PRESIDENT: You know a major difference in this campaign is that Governor Romney feels comfortable having politicians in Washington decide the health care choices that women are making…. In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured…. Governor Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that in fact employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage…. When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings [sic]….
And… And… AND!!!
And I suppose the fact that Planned Parenthood’s being the world’s largest abortion provider, whereas they do not provide mammograms, wasn’t relevant to the woman’s original question.
What’s sad is not so much that the moderator insured that Obama had this timely moment to deliver his pitch or that she refused Romney the equal opportunity to defend his own position against the President’s unwarranted attack (although he did take part of the time allotted for answering the next question to point out that the president had distorted his position).
What’s sad is that the President basically informed the women of this country that he could ensure them equality in the work place if only he could be allowed to liberate them from the burden of being mothers to their potential children. Of course, men should also have an interest in their being released from this responsibility. After all, it’s sex without children. (Well, so much for Big Bird… So sad).
Sadder still, Romney’s best rebuttal was merely to contradict the president by insisting that he wasn’t against women’s access to contraception. But what else could he say at that point. It was a slam dunk at the buzzer for team Obama-Crowley; no illegal pick foul called by the referee (Oh, that would be Crowley, you know, the one who set the pick).
The take away from this debate is that women’s fiscal woes and societal oppression can be assuaged by giving people what they truly want and need: Big Bird and Planned Parenthood. The President invoked the abortion giant’s name no less that 5 times during the debate, without ever mentioning the word abortion.
In sum, government under Obama’s care can relieve you of the responsibility of having children attached to sex and free you to pursue happiness as you please, a happiness and freedom that State can ensure only if Obama is reelected.
If that happens, be prepared to live in a state where only our contraceptives are free.
Of course, not everyone is convinced by Obama’s Planned Parenthood appeal. If you are interested to see what several women who value human life have to say about paying for another woman’s abortion, you should check out this video: “Let’s Talk about Women,” over at The Rainey View.
The sexual revolutionaries’ equation of happiness with sterile, impersonal promiscuity and obsession with money is such a slap in the face to womanhood it makes me seethe when they try to speak for me.
There’s a good video by Concerned Women for America you might like. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro27bPKGttg (in hindsight, it would have been good to embed it in this post). I think it’s a good one to share.
The issue here is even beyond the current pro-life/pro-abortion divide, in two ways:
• Even people who think that contraceptives are permissible don’t necessarily feel that their beliefs should be forced upon others by government mandate. The Obama administration’s position is to the left of perhaps 70-70% of people.
• And even people who feel that morning-after pills and early abortions are acceptable would still be troubled by Obama’s arguing that children born accidentally (after an attempt at killing them in a partial-birth abortion) should be left to die. (At one point, this argument extended to children that had simply not yet been taken home from the hospital.) Obama’s position is to the left of more than 90% of Americans.
Romney is not pointing this out. I wrote about the Senate transcripts of Obama’s position on “pre-viable fetuses” four years ago. His position would appall voters on both sides.
Your larger social idea is also valid, it seems to me — and as our host pointed out, Romney was not well-prepared to deal with the issues raised in the debate, though he certainly should have been by now.
Reading and understanding leftist talking points should be second-nature for anyone serious about leading this country in a better direction, and this is especially true of a candidate who is required to debate the issues with millions watching and our future at stake.
Romney can’t just know the right positions — he must know and instantly respond to how and why Obama is wrong. He was only barely adequate (I hope) at this last night — and wasted time repeating talking points that had already been expressed.
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle
I believe you are right, Keith. I felt that Romney dropped the ball more than a couple of times last night and left too many open opportunities for his opponent(s) to get their jab in. Then again, he’s a businessman, not a sophist, ehem… I mean, lawyer. He may need to argue a little less like a businessman and polish up his dialectical skills, which might take some time in doing.
Thanks for sharing the link to your article. I look forward to reading it.
Obfuscate. Lie. Distort. Lie some more.
THIS is the Democratic party now: unfettered by any ethical obligation in pursuit of an electoral victory. Of course, what can you expect when half of its Delegates were against God’s name being included in the platform?
The mask is off; it’s obvious. Toto pulled the curtain back, & everyone can see Oz is just a small, powerless dude who (in this case) thinks abortion is simply awesome…
The only thing that was accomplished last night is the sheer disgust factor just bumped a few more “undecideds” off the fence over to Romney.
My favorite line from you post:
“What’s sad is that the President basically informed the women of this country that he could ensure them equality in the work place if only he could be allowed to liberate them from the burden of being mothers to their potential children”.
Depressing and accurate, but very well said.
“Unfettered of any ethical obligation in pursuit of an electoral victory.” To me, JTR, that nicely sums up their campaign slogans of Hope, Change, and now, Forward. Also as you pointed out, godlessness makes up another key component to their “unfettered” agenda.
Your reference to fence riders, after alluding to Oz, reminded me of the Scarecrow’s song: “If I only had a brain…” Maybe the problem is that some people only have a brain. Do they have a heart? I would like to think that enough people are concerned enough about outcome of this election to make a difference. Not to be pessimistic, but with many undecideds, it’s always hard to tell.
That said, I still think you’re right that there is hope. But I also think we need to pray about that. Thanks!
Praying every day, my friend.
Each and every day.
Thanks for all you’re doing over here, James.
I wonder when they’ll discover that is cheaper to sterilize female babies rather than pay for all the contraceptions and abortions. I don’t want to give anybody ideas but this does sound like the next step in “freeing up” our desire to pursue sexual indiscretions without worry. Maybe, to keep the planet going, they will let you pay a planned pregnancy tax and have the sterility measure removed from the body. Our society is looking more and more Orwellian all the time, not to mention, utterly Godless.
Actually it was Aldous Huxley, rather than Orwell who first came to my mind as I was reading your comment. Not much of a difference except that one of them tries to be a bit more optimistic I suppose. Either way, things do seem to be headed in that direction. Another reminder that we all need to be better Servi Fideles these days. God bless!
Exactly. Brave New World is unfolding (or closing in?) all around us. Sterile is the new healthy, old age is taboo, children are treated increasingly as the property of the megastate and technocrats clone people in labs to do with as they please. Brrr.