Hardball or Hardheadedness?
Posted by bsflag2007 on Monday, November 20, 2006
I like true leadership in an elected official – and I don’t believe in pure “majority rule”. In theory, the proclamations made by our fearless leaders – who vow to stand on principle, popular opinion notwithstanding – fit my view of the role of a good leader.
However …. there is steadfast, then there is stubborn.
There is leadership that persuades through sheer force of logic, reason and passion. Then there is stomping your feet and holding your breath till you turn blue…
Then there is the current republican leadership in Washington that continues to stain all who identify themselves with the party with the splatter as they continue to stomp their bloody stumps.
Apparently the recent election results were not a referendum on policy, philosophy, or direction…. they were a challenge to find ways to jam the ideological agenda down the throats of the infidels at a more desperate pace and with less concern for even a veneer of finesse.
Local politicians will continue to bear the brunt of the backlash as frustration with the inability of the electorate to make their voices heard – and responded to – on a national level.
A previous post pointed out the extraordinarily tone deaf elections of the same old same old blundering …… leaders …. for the now minority republican leadership in the congress —- but take a good look at the in your face, bird flipping that the white house has given women of reproductive age in recent days.
” The Bush administration, to the consternation of its critics, has picked the medical director of an organization that opposes premarital sex, contraception and abortion to lead the office that oversees federally funded teen pregnancy, family planning and abstinence programs.”
This guy, Keroack, is the medical director of A Woman’s Concern, a Christian nonprofit based in Dorchester, Massachusetts which “runs six centers in the state that offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and counseling.” However, the more telling mission is found in its “statement of faith” where it claims to “help women escape the temptation and violence of abortion.”
It opposes contraception, saying its use increases out-of-wedlock pregnancy and abortion rates. “A Woman’s Concern is persuaded that the crass commercialization and distribution of birth control is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality and adverse to human health and happiness,” its contraception policy reads in part.
“Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said “common sense” initiatives might include requiring health insurance companies to cover birth control, requiring that emergency contraception be available at hospitals for rape victims, and ensuring that sex education for young people includes accurate information about contraceptives.” OMG, heresy!
“The appointment of anti-birth control, anti-sex education advocate Dr. Eric Keroack to oversee the nation’s family planning program is striking proof that the Bush administration remains dramatically out of step with the nation’s priorities,” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.
These lunatic democrats were hoping that the new congress would be able to advance programs proved to reduce unwanted pregnancies and premature sexual activity among teenagers – like education, accurate contraception information, and programs that encourage hope for brighter futures.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins sums up the desperate view “… anticipate the fiercest assault of our time against abstinence, marriage, life, good judges, and religious freedom,” Perkins wrote this week in the National Review.
The rightwingnuts are so frightened by that prospect they are determined to pre-emptively strike to cripple teen programs before the dems can turn all teens into hormone driven sex maniacs ….. wait, didn’t God make them hormone driven sex maniacs? Seems reasonable to me to arm them with birth control and high school diplomas.
But then, I’m not the President of the United States — and he “ain’t listening to nobody” — especially the ignorant voters.