It’s all of a piece with the Obama-Stephanopoulos practice of Calculated Deception.
I have frequently discussed in this column the concept of Calculated Deception. That is President Obama’s practice of taking advantage of what he calculates average people don’t know, and what the Democratic Party-controlled media won’t tell them, to mislead them into thinking and believing what will most benefit him politically. That practice is now spreading across the entire Democrat party.
We are seeing this play out now in particularly ugly fashion in regard to the fabricated issue of contraception. President Obama, the Democrats, and their party-controlled press are play-acting as if the Republicans are campaigning to ban contraception. That is their interpretation of Republican opposition to President Obama’s mandate forcing Catholic institutions to provide for their employees free contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization.
It is not just the Catholic Church. We will all now be forced to pay for free contraceptives for everybody — and abortion, sterilization, and anything else Il Duce decides we must pay for — through the individual and employer mandates of Obamacare. Prepare to dig into your pocket to pay for partial-birth abortions in a second Obama term. This fascist authoritarianism is what the Democrat party has given us in the Obamacare legislation they undemocratically crammed down our throats, when they temporarily held the last Congressional Democrat majorities in U.S. history.
The Supreme Court Has Already Ruled
As Dick Morris, Rush Limbaugh, and others have already pointed out, the game began with George Stephanopoulos, a political activist who plays a journalist on TV for the political activist organization ABC News. During a Republican presidential debate Jan. 7, Stephie stunned the candidates by asking whether they thought states had the power to ban contraceptives.
Mitt Romney rightly replied that it was a silly question. That was the correct answer, because the Supreme Court ruled on it almost 50 years ago.
In the case of Griswold v. Connecticut 381 U.S. 479 (1965), the Supreme Court struck down an 1879 Connecticut law that prohibited the use of “any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.” The Supreme Court struck down the statute as unconstitutional precisely on the grounds that states do not have the power to ban contraception.
Seven years later, in Eisenstadt v. Baird 404 U.S. 438 (1972), the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a Massachusetts law that prohibited the distribution of contraceptives to unmarried persons. The court ruled that states do not have the power to prohibit contraceptives for unmarried people, as well as for married people, as at issue in Griswold.
So the answer to the question asked by Stephanopoulos is No! States do not have the power to ban contraceptives, under long-established law. But Stephanopoulos already knew that. This is where Calculated Deception comes in.
Stephanopoulos and his Obama administration overlords also understand that the average person has no knowledge about the legal history of Griswold v. Connecticut or Eisenstadt v. Baird. And Stephie and his Obama pals also know their politics. They know that no political party can viably campaign on banning contraceptives in modern America today. The Republican Party would be better off disbanding than doing that.
So what better way to deflect criticism of the Obama mandate that the Catholic Church pay for contraceptives and abortion drugs contrary to their religion, than to turn it into a charge that the Republicans are standing with the Catholic Church on this because they want to ban contraceptives. After all, why is the Catholic Church holding to this outdated view on contraceptives unless they and their Republican allies really do want to ban them?
As Glenn Reynolds has explained, this makes as much sense as claiming that those who would oppose on religious liberty grounds a law requiring mosques to sell bacon really are out to ban bacon. But this is not about sense or logic. It is about politics, and manipulating the gullible into changing the subject.
So this comes down to an even more fundamental assault on the Catholic Church than the mandate. The Obama administration, the Democrats, and their media allies are really attacking the Church as an outdated institution with retrograde beliefs unacceptable in modern society. And they are doing so to sacrifice the Church to their political interests in misleading the voters as to what the Republicans believe. And because they literally hate the Catholic Church, for its very beliefs.
The bottom line is that there is no Republican anywhere in America campaigning on banning contraceptives. There are no proposals in state legislatures anywhere to ban contraceptives, even though Republicans now control a majority of state legislatures. But this is not about a debate on the issues. It is about dishonorable Calculated Deception to mislead voters about what Republicans stand for, in an extreme, fundamental way completely unrelated to reality.
Of course, many conservatives disagree with the reasoning behind the decisions in Griswold and Baird. That would be an interesting issue for a legal seminar on constitutional law. But it has no place in politics today, unless you want to be Exhibit A for the Marxist Left running today’s Democrat Party, and unless you want to be an instrument for the reelection of Che Guevara as president. Note that even those conservative legal philosophers who disagree with the reasoning of Griswold and Baird are not advocating laws to ban contraception.
The Crisis in American Media
To further extend a theme from last week, it is dishonorable for those in the media to pose with the Democrats as if they are raising a legitimate issue here. That only reflects a fundamental crisis in American media.
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