February 25, 2012
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
It's Just The Way It Is
Remember the other week I wrote about how the progressives manage to accomplish their goals by reframing issues, changing the meaning of words and offering “compromises” to outrageous demands or bureaucratic rules? Well, we have been given an excellent display of some of their tactics in the so called “contraception issue”. It started with the totally unconstitutional action of the HHS Secretary Sebillius ordering private and religious organizations to provide and pay for contraception and abortions. The Executive branch reframed this Constitutional violation issue as “women's health care rights”. There was an uproar about this new order from the Executive branch of the Federal government. In response, the President offered his “accommodation” which was just as unconstitutional as the original order. This is an absolutely classic liberal pattern of behavior. Unfortunately, it doesn't
The progressives also use the liberal media to push their agenda.
We saw this in the reporting about a committee whose purpose was to determine if the Executive branch had overstepped it's Constitutional powers and violated the right of Freedom of Religion. Witnesses scheduled to appear at the hearing were all leaders of various religions. The Democrats asked to have a
third year law student, Ms. Fluke, give testimony about contraception. Rep. Issa, who was heading the committee, refused. Issa's staff told the Democrats
“As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration's actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate
Several of the Democrats walked out of the hearing and proceeded to complain to the media, of course twisting the facts and reframing the issues involved. That afternoon and evening the liberal media went bonkers reporting the mostly false story. According to the progressive Democrats and liberal media, this all male committee was denying women a voice in a hearing about
contraception, and Republicans were discriminating against women and women's health rights as well as being against contraception.
No matter what Representative Issa had decided, the Democrats/liberals/progressives were going to use it to their advantage. Had he decided to let her testify, the Democrats would have used her to try to derail the committee from
its purpose and pull it into a hearing about contraception and women's reproductive rights. It would have been a great opportunity for the progressives to try to get sound-bites to use against Republicans, especially if her testimony was interrupted and stopped because it would not have been germane to the actual purpose of the committee. Instead he refused, so they used that fact to demonize the allegedly anti-woman, anti-contraception, unfair Republicans.
Obama's recent polling among women has been low. Couldn't this all be a plan to increase his popularity among this group of voters? Why else pretend that Republicans want to ban contraception and play up the women's health rights angle?
This was all so predictable as to be ridiculous. This pattern of progressive behavior is repeated all the time. The real shame, in my opinion, is that so many people fall for this progressive propaganda over and over and over again.
Something that really bothers me about how political campaigns work in America is the use of “politics of personal destruction”. That is a phrase Bill Clinton originated and he practiced it well. Unfortunately he is far from the first, or the last, to use it. As John Adams noted, “Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be.” This is not the way to solve the state's or the nation's problems. Thomas Sowell described it accurately when he wrote that it “poisons the well of political discourse.”
At a time when we have serious problems that need to be addressed and fixed, it is not the time to be digging up “dirt” on candidates' personal lives. I don't care about a DWI decades ago, or unsubstantiated accusations of sexual harassment by women with easily seen political motives, or what an ex-wife says about the break-up, etc, etc, etc. Those are, at most, tertiary issues. It is the time to be looking at the politicians' ideas and ideology. Time to compare their actions in the political field with what they are saying on the campaign trail. It's time to figure out what you believe (if you don't already know) and look for the candidates that believe as closely to what you believe as possible. Then support them and vote for them. The time is long overdue for getting serious!
Remember the 2009 DHS report (since rescinded) on “Right-Wing Extremism”? You know, the one that claimed those who use terms including “patriot” or “constitutionalist,” and “link their beliefs to those commonly associated with the American Revolution,” are a threat and identified returning war veterans as “potential threats.” (In case you didn't realize it, this was another display of Progressive tactics.) Well, now the FBI has released
its counter-terrorism division report which concluded that those who believe that our government has exceeded its constitutional limits or are protesting for restoration of constitutional integrity might pose a threat. A sweeping, politically motivated report that, by it's own definition, indicates that everyone
who is a conservative or part of the Tea Party may pose a terrorist threat! This makes tens of millions of law-abiding Americans suspect. Good job Obama administration, Federal bureaucracy and Progressive movement! (That comment was pure sarcasm.) Ignore the anti-government anarchist and radicals among us. People like William Ayers, who led the Weathermen in the bombing of the Capitol, Pentagon, Dept. of State, federal courthouses, state and local government buildings and has never repented doing it. (In fact in an interview he once said he didn't go far enough.) Ignore the radical muslims like Major Nidal Malik Hasan who killed or injured almost
four dozen soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood. (It wasn't politically correct to report or do anything about his prior radical behaviors.) It's the people like me that the nation has to worry about posing a terrorist threat! Oy vey! God help America!