Republicans are weenies
Speaking for myself, I've never had an abortion and am glad my mother didn't.
Nevertheless, I resent politicians trying to turn (what should be) a tremendously personal life-changing (and life-ending) decision into a political football. Government has no business in private citizens' bedrooms and even less in their wombs.
Which brings up this subject: Republicans are weenies. Actually, so are Democrats. Come to think about it, so are all politicians but Republicans especially (this coming from a person who has voted Republican in every presidential election since I became eligible). I say this based upon the way the GOP candidates go out of their ways to appeal to members of their (narrower than Democratic) constituency, even when those members' views may be held by a minority within that constituency; they can't afford, it seems, to lose any of them.
In explanation: The GOP has traditionally ascribed to the philosophy that less government is good--unless of course, more government will cement votes or make them or their cronies some money. The DEMs, on the other hand, have generally accepted that more government is the solution to all problems--no conflict for them as it has permitted them to legally buy our votes (with our money) and make money for themselves and their pals.
But at least the DEMs have had dynamic goals and programs based upon positive action--usually built around the reduction of suffering of one sort or another. The fact that they couldn't deliver on these promises or couldn't afford to deliver on these promises (or that the suffering would have ended anyway without costly government intervention) didn't seem to be an impediment to their attempts to curry voter favor. A recent example of this, in a presidential election, would be President Obama's health care initiative. Promising to provide a high level of health care to all (irrespective of whether the country could afford it) was a Siren song to those who didn't want (or couldn't afford) to pay for it, or those who felt entitled to the best service available. The fact that his program was both unaffordable and unconstitutional did little to dissuade the President or those who supported him or the Democratic Congress who turned his program into the law of the land.
This proactive positive approach of the DEMs, despite the fact it was nothing but lip service to the electorate, won the White House for them. American voters seen to prefer the promise of positive action over negative inaction when it comes to election time. And a promise for game-changing legislation with a positive result is action at the highest level. Contrast this with GOP promises--they are going to eliminate assorted and sundry agencies; they are going to eliminate regulations; they are going to eliminate impediments to business; they are going to eliminate affirmative action; they are going to eliminate ABORTION. Republican promises seem to be of a negative persuasion.
As I firmly believe in small government and am, therefore, predisposed toward Republican tradition, may I suggest to the GOP that it mount a positive, action-oriented campaign aimed at real concerns of a wide spectrum of voters, without getting caught up in appealing to vocal fringes within its traditional base. And do this with the positive spin of reduced costs and increased benefits rather than the negative spin of elimination. Applying this to the four hot buttons of American politics:
And last but not least, ABORTION:
Simplistic? Probably. Immoral? Depends on who you ask. Offensive to some voters who Republicans generally count as part of their camp? Maybe.
But of this I have no doubt: continuing in the direction the GOP seems to be headed, they have lost my vote (even if no one else gets it).
If you agree with this, pass it on. If you don't, please let me know.