Skip to comments.How Barack Obama Created an Election-Winning Issue (Vanity)
Posted on 02/15/2012 12:52:03 PM PST by Lazamataz
On January 7th, at the Republican debate, George Stephanopoulos embarked on a sudden, unexpected, and bizarre series of questions about contraception and birth control. Most of the political pundits who watched this, were somewhat puzzled at the virtual harangue that Stephanopoulos went on, asking candidate after candidate to pin down their views -- even though birth control issues were decidedly not in the forefront.
Then, President Obama and his brain trust picked a fight with the Catholic Church, demanding that they fund birth control and abortion services. When the Church rose up in anger, they compromised -- they only needed to accept birth control and abortion services, the funding would come later.
Angered by the arrogance and the mandate to go against their conscience, soon a bill was proposed that would stop these unConstitutional mandates. Within hours, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) assembled on Capitol Hill to denounce 'Republicans who wanted to keep women barefoot and pregnant', who wanted 'to bring us back to the medical dark ages'.
This was the plan all along. Obama picked a fight, on purpose, to be able to have these sound bites uttered. The media, complicit in every effort to bring America farther to the left, knows the lie but will not explain: This has nothing to do with contraception. This has everything to do with mandating religious behaviors and belief. Contraception is the hill they are fighting on, but the war is over forcing the Church to do something they will not -- and they CANNOT.
The media will never explain the nuances of this, and Team Obama knows that. They wish to mobilize women by making them believe -- amazingly -- that somehow, Republicans intend to poke holes in condoms and substitute Tic-Tacs for Birth Control Pills.
The fact George Stephanopoulos asked this question, during the January 7th debate -- into a political vacuum as regards this issue -- tells even the casual observer that this plan of attack was well-premeditated, and directed from the White House. The immediacy of response from the most diligently liberal also implies preparation. We have, in front of us, what the Democrats wish to make the election about: Scaring women with outright lies. Apparently, scaring the elderly in the same way isn't working as well.
If the leadership of the GOP happens to see this, perhaps they will do something to counter the plan.
Please send this to your friends and ping people.
Millions of female voters getting something for free that they formerly had to pay for. It’s about that grotesque and that simple.
Oh, and Admin/JimRob, if this is a quality editorial, perhaps you might consider — for people who write well enough — to have a featured place for editorials.
Well done Laz!
I agree. For a slightly different reason. Given that Team 0bama is going after its opposition with the IRS—in political terms at this point—all 501(c)3 non-profits, including churches, are in the cross-hairs. I even read a story today that OWS types are protesting Catholic food banks. Can you imagine protesting a FOOD BANK?
The move is to make everything and every decision/policy come from an unelected, bureaucratic tyrant.
People don’t like the comparisons to the 1930s and so on, but if this isn’t it, I don’t know what is.
Recently, I was reading a UK blog. Someone posted that the US is a frightening place now and not worth going to anymore. How about that.
Remember, folks. Include a baby carrot and piece of lettuce in your child’s lunch. You could save the child from self-starvation while at school. Call it dictating while Child.
I think this analysis is sound. I can’t figure out any other reason for that strange preoccupation with birth control in the debate well before this controversy arose.
Laz...on the right track, but this statement is not true.
This has everything to do with political "optics" as they like to say. This has nothing to do with contraception, mandating religious behaviors or beliefs.
You overall take is correct. They simply tailored a provocation around what they knew would be a reflex response. And they executed it perfectly. And now they have their issue.
They win because they plan in the locker room and execute in public.
We lose because we argue in public and execute against each other.
You know, that Free Republic blog place....
Excellent observation and analysis.
Yes, but I am looking from our perspective. They can push this false-flag issue, but we need to dig JUST a touch deeper and counter on religion and free-speech issues.
David Gregory did the same thing to Santorum last week. The questions seemed crazy and ridiculously arbitrary.
This was the plan all along. Obama picked a fight, on purpose, to cause civil unrest and insurrection, so that he has an excuse to “postpone” November elections. Chaos is his friend and tool.
I actually don’t think this contraception issue will work too well for Obama.
People who would vote for our candidate aren’t dumb enough to vote for Obama because they think the GOP will outlaw contraceptives. Many people already get them free of charge. Most people who would believe this nonsense wouldn’t vote for anyone from the GOP anyway.
The candidates themselves, can make it clear they have no desire to ban contraceptives and that this is an Obama scare tactic.
This tack was tried, tested and proved winnable by the 2010 California Governor's race and Senator Boxer's reelection.
Republicans (AKA THE STUPID PARTY) continually allow the dims to set the terms of the debate. Of course, they are aided by their friends in the MSM who wouldn't allow an honest debate - ever!
Laz... I agree with you about the premeditation of this issue. I think you’ve captured the essence of what it going on here.
However, let me add something else.
This is classic agitprop. That’s Lenin-speak for “agitation propaganda,” which is the creation or the use of an issue for the purpose of inflaming the emotions of the people so their anger can be misdirected while the state or the party does something else.
This issue is perfect at roiling emotions - the left will be enraged that the church is taking away their “rights,” the church will be enraged that they’re being forced to violate their tenets, the young will be lied to that their right to free sex is under assault, women’s groups will be whipped into a labial froth.
Meanwhile, the Democrats and the other statists are working on amassing control and power for themselves, not exactly hidden, but not the focus of attention, either. By the time this issue dies down, they will have gotten what they really wanted - more power.
God help us.
Obama is shepherding this family/church feud for the 'liberal' Catholics, that believe in 'universal' health care. Obama did not write the health care bill he outsourced this to the House of Representatives .. under the stewardship of Nanncy Pewlouise and Bart Stupak. What these liberals know is the church is divided and they intend on re-cutting Peter's keys once again.
George Snuffleuffagus works for the Democrats? Our free and unbiased press, freely, and without bias, shilling for the Democrats. Dear old media; where exactly will you draw the line when it comes to pandering and prostituting for the Democrats? Mike Wallace would let American Soldiers walk into an ambush. Will you let the Democrats loot the taxpayer’s money?
One of the Founders, I am not.
But, every now and again, I find an acorn.
I mean, Bog Plimp!
I mean...ah, hell with it!
“Obama and his henchmen cannot ignore the Catholic Church. Their goal is simple-eliminate the Churchs opposition by neutralizing the Church. Once you see things in this light, it all becomes brilliantly clear. This is why Obama surrounded himself with Catholic traitors during the campaign; this is why he set up an internal campaign commission to garner Catholic votes; this is why the Archbishop of Denver was not invited to the democratic convention; this is why no Catholic cleric was invited to the inauguration; this is why Obama has peppered his cabinet and filled other administration posts with pro abortion Catholics; this is why he continues to try and foist pro- abortion Catholics on the Vatican as ambassadors; this is why he wants to pigeonhole Catholic hospitals by getting rid of the conscience clause for healthcare workers; this is why he gives speeches at Georgetown; this is why he plans to go to Notre Dame and appear on the most famous Catholic stage in America ; this is why he has cozied up to renegade left-wing Catholic groups like Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and Catholics United, each financed by enemies of the Church like George Soros.”
(posted May 12, 2009!)
Pooky!!!! Thanks for the ping list.... :)
Very insightful, in any event.
Where else in Medicine do you pay ZERO? Kid has snotty nose, co-pay at the Dr's office, and co-pay if you need to take a trip to the pharmacy. Co-pay to see the GI Dr. every couple years for the scope. Co-pay to have a mammogram ordered and read.
Here we have a brand new gummint mandate not only for coverage of a procedure, but what the co-pay will be. I've never seen this before, even with Mediscare.
Hadn't heard about OWS, but Planned Parenthood is.
I asked for medium rare.
The MSM is setting the stage for a civil war.
I don’t think they realize it, they just think they’re advancing “the common good”,
but in making a peaceful, political redress of our grievances impossible,
they make another response inevitable.
Maybe Rush or one of the other talkers might see it. I'll go ahead and ping Levin, but I think he's on vacay.
You may be right.
I just feel like we’re being overrun and we’re just spraying lead everywhere inside the wire.
What we need is a FAST response, and consolidated. I don’t think the generals have a clue right now.
If our side doesn’t put together a Carville-style War Room, we are sunk already.
That dang Laz can't hardly get anything right.
I’ve seen several FReepers argue that Obama is throwing down a huge smoke-screen amongst conservatives with this Catholic Contraception brou-haha.
That Bammie is diverting attention away from the real economic issues and is laughing up his sleeves as FiCons and SoCons are arguing between ourselves on this issue.
Naturally the FiCons are going; “SEE! This is why we must focus mainly on fiscal issues.”
SoCons argue back that; “We can (and must) focus on the social issues as well as the economic ones.”
In any event, we must recognize these political games our enemies are playing.
re: Carville style War Room
Indeed. Except the only organization with that much muscle and money is the GOP-e. And the Tea Party is ready to lob a grenade into any smokey backrooms and ask questions later.
What a disaster. Sorry for all the rambo metaphors!
Someone should go on every show they can and tell the host what a POS Stephanopoulos is.
There is no leadership in the GOP. This party has no message in part because the moderates refuse to get behind anything remotely viewed as conservative. They will not do anything about this because they can't even agree on where to eat lunch.
In hindsight, this was a coordinated maneuver orchestrated from the White House.
ABC News was coordinating its debate questions directly with the Obamah administration.
“an election-winning issue”
Catholic union-democrats will have a hard time voting for a Catholic-hating democrat when the GOP offers up a union-friendly devout Catholic candidate (Santorum)
There is no leadership in the GOP. This party has no message in part because the moderates refuse...
Moderates? Gingrich and Santorum are moderates. And since these guys are moderates.... WHERE are our right wing conservatives candidates? (I know the answer to that. Bachmann, Palin, Cain, Perry...ALL GONE)
The real problem is that the GOP is overrun with liberals. Look at Romney and Paul as perfect examples.
How 0thugga Created an Election-Winning Issue (Vanity)
. . . . Article, and # 17 , # 37.
Thanks TOL, and Laz.
Have you tried to publish this in any papers’ editorial sections? It needs a wider audience!
Also, I need to be on your “I’d hit it” ping list!
NOT every Catholic female intends or will have more children than they decide to have. H E L L O!!!!
I think it just shows how desperate Barky is. People generally vote their pocketbook and most are worse off than they were in 2008. This is all the big eared idiot has to go with and I don’t think he can distract enough people with this to matter. His internal polls must be very bad.
My post on another thread today seems to be appropriate for this one also. Hope you will not object to having it appear here.
Poet Robert Frost once described a character which may bear a familiar resemblance to readers of this thread.
Now would be a good time for conservatives to read Dr. Russell Kirk's "The Conservative Mind, which can be read online, by the way.
In Kirk's last chapter he reviews the works of poets and writers, quoting lines which now seem to bear a strikinig resemblance to the players on the stage in American politics today.
For instance, in Robert Frost's "A Case for Jefferson," Frost writes of the character Harrison:
"Harrison loves my country too
But wants it all made over new.
. . . .
He dotes on Saturday pork and beans.
But his mind is hardly out of his teens.
With him the love of country means
Blowing it all to smithereens
And having it made over new."
The pseudointellectuals who occupy the White House, the media, and much of Congress fancy themselves "intellectuals."
By their words and actions, however, they display a provinciality reminiscent of that Dr. Kirk recalls from an essay by T.S. Eliot on Virgil:
"In our time, when men seem more than ever to confuse wisdom with knowledge and knowledge with information and to try to solve the problems of life in terms of engineering, there is coming into existence a new kind of provincialism which perhaps deserves a new name. It is a provincialism not of space but of time--one for which history is merely a chronicle of human devices which have served their turn and have been scrapped, one for which the world is the property solely of the living, a property in which the dead hold no share."(Bold added for emphasis)
In today's case, the "provinciality" seems to be limited to the "progressives'" dabbling in and discussing the ideas of Mao, Marx, and other theoreticians and believing they can impose those ideas on a free people.
America's written Constitution deserves protectors whose minds are out of "their teens" in terms of their understanding of civilization's long struggle for liberty.
It certainly deserves protectors who do not consider it a "flawed" document because it does not permit the government it structures to run rough shod over the rights of its "KEEPERS, the People" (Justice Story).
Blasting it "all to smithereens" seems to be the goal of the current Administration and so-called "progressives" who control the Executive and one-half of the Legislative branch of government.
The Founders' Constitution's strict limits on coercive power by elected representatives are being ignored and disavowed; the free enterprise system which allowed individual citizens to achieve and excel in their chosen pursuits is being co-opted by elected and unelected bureaucrats; and the rights of conscience, speech, and religion are being trampled as we post here.
"The People" should be debating great ideas such as how to preserve liberty, or, in economic matters, the wisdom of the great moral philosopher, Adam Smith's "Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations." Instead, they are being hoodwinked by a president who believes they are ignorant or foolish enough to believe that deficit spending, debt, and government control will lead to prosperity.
When, in 1776, our ancestors felt the heavy hand of the British government "taking" their earnings, regulating their lives, interfering with their beliefs, and asserting coercive control over their actions, they did not waste their time on such trivia.
They wrote great treatises such as "Thoughts on Government" and "Common Sense." They educated their young on the merits of liberty, as opposed to slavery to government, and they did the groundwork which allowed for a written Constitution for self-government to be ratified in the states only eleven years later.
America is about to be bankrupt, both financially and philosophically, and those who have benefited from the Founders' ideas, who call themselves "conservators" (conservatives) of those ideas, should come together to place those ideas before millions of young people who must participate in voting in November on whether they desire liberty or slavery. Women, youth, men, so-called "seniors"--all need to have the choice presented clearly that this election pits the ideas of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and America's other Founders against the ideas of Marx, Lenin, and Keynes.
There are always "useful idiots." That's what every oppressive regime has relied upon. A "useful idiot" with a big megaphone is more dangerous to liberty than millions of ordinary ones, because of the ability to lull more people into a sense of complacency.
America, awaken! This decades-long battle for your liberty has been engaged. But, for decades, you have allowed the ideas of your liberty to be censored from your nation's textbooks and public discourse.
Our best weapon is contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution which leaves all the power in "the People's" hands. Read them, amplify upon their principles and ideas by accessing the Founders' writings and speeches.
For a quick review of those principles and the nation's first 50 years under its Constitution, consult John Quincy Adams' "Jubilee" Address here, or a recent reprint of a 1987 Bicentennial collection of the Founders' principles, here.
James Madison stated: "Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorantthey have been cheated; asleepthey have been surprised; dividedthe yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson? ... the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government, they should watch over it ... It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free."
His poll numbers are up. Anything that distracts from the economy, deficit and jobs — anything — helps Obama. The MSM reports make-believe unemployment numbers and people buy it. Just so they don’t notice how really bad the economy still is the White House stirs up a well-planned controversy.
Any news broadcasts talking about the economy lately? Nope. They just report how women are mad they now have to pay for birth control — even if they have always paid for it and have never actually received this so-called free benefit before.
To see what the magician is doing you can’t be distracted by the woman on the stage.
That’s one branch of the thinking about what the Obots are really up to. I proposed my own earlier today at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2846822/posts?page=17#17 What it means to have the Obots pinging on the young ladies is that the YOUT VOTE IS IN PLAY and the Democrats are losing it. It’s that Greek level employment level!