The Republican mantra for 2012 has become "Anyone but Obama."
Why? Because Republicans are fighting against the type of healthcare reform that was first proffered by the conservative Heritage Foundation, and has been implemented in Massachusetts by one of their current candidates. The thrust of their claims about an overreaching federal government rest on the healthcare bill, which they have named “Obamacare” to disguise their kinship to its essential goals.
They isolate gas prices as a sign that the economy is doomed. Why? Because the overall economy is now growing stronger under Obama; and because the Clinton tax hikes lead to economic prosperity, while under the Bush tax cuts, only the wealthy prospered. Lest we forget, gas prices tripled under Bush.
They label Obama as a “snob” for encouraging every American to obtain education, or proper job training. Why? Because this president did just that. He went to the Ivy League because he belonged there. He scaled academic potential to the acme of educational success in this country. The last Republican president went to the Ivy League because his family’s oil money purchased Yale’s buffoon exception: extremely well-connected legacy applicants.
Now Republicans have turned their sights towards women. They resort to attacking their mothers and daughters from unbridled fear that they will vote for the incumbent who champions their success. Obama has called for equal pay for women through the Lilly Ledbetter Act, as women currently make $.75 to every $1.00 a man makes for doing the same work. This bill was originally blocked by Republicans in 2007.
Republicans want to scare us into thinking that Obama generally hates religion. WHY? Because his administration ensured that female employees of religious institutions were not without proper health care coverage. Nothing about the coverage forced anyone to personally engage in any activity that went against their personal religious beliefs. It turns out that most women use contraception and half cannot afford it. Unbeknownst to the average male Republican, women use contraception as an essential element of their health and well-being – it’s not just for fornication anymore.
Recently, Republicans launched a bill seeking to give corporations the power to deny women basic healthcare, under the guise of protecting religious freedom. Republicans seem to misunderstand the religious freedom clause. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Congress may not prohibit the free exercise of religion. Yet no one is prohibiting the pious from abstaining from contraceptive use. Rather, Republicans seek to respect the religious institution over the individual’s right to have their health needs covered by insurance.
Why has the Republican mantra become “Anyone but Obama”? Because Republicans have nothing to offer.