I notice the main stream media has been reporting the fact that The Barack didn't get to force the Catholic Church to directly pay for birth control as a "win" for the right, or conservatism. In fact, most of the people on the right are also calling that small victory a win.
As much as I like taking down progressivism a notch, I've got to say that when you look at the overall picture of the upcoming Obamacare, saving the Catholic Church from having to buy cases of condoms seems like a pretty small win. In fact, it makes me wonder if this isn't one we were "allowed" to win just to distract us from the bigger picture of Obamacare and other creeping socialist programs.
Just to make my point, a real win would be totally doing away with Obamacare. Instead what we have and are treating as a victory (on both sides), is the minor defeat where now insurance companies may have to have to pay for contraceptive services instead of the Catholic Church.
As an aside, let's clear the results of this "victory" up a little bit. As I understand it, because of the resistance (who could have seen that one coming) from the Catholics, now the left (Obama) plans to have (force) insurance companies to "give" birth control as a matter of course to their customers. Sounds good, until you realize that there is absolutely no way that any kind of business, can just give anybody anything. Somewhere along the line, someone has to pay for everything a business distributes. Before the Department of Education came along, most Americans with any schooling, or just some common sense, understood this. For the insurance companies to add contraception to their menu of services, they are going to have to raise prices enough to cover the costs of providing it. Since the people who insurance companies have to get their income from are the insured themselves (you), guess who is going to be digging deeper in their wallets/purses to fund this newly mandated service? If The Barack gets his way, this isn't much of a win.
What's going on here is the result of years and years of progressives redefining the struggle between right and left to suit their agenda. Where people on the right often seem to think in the arena of wins and losses, the left has apparently adopted a much longer view.
Just as a good (or bad, depending on your point of view) example, let's take the Obamacare (I call it Obamacare because it takes less time to write that than the real description which is job killing, people killing, economy killing, freedom killing..., you get the point) program. Where what we on the right should be talking about, writing about, and working for night and day is a total repeal of Obamacare (for starters), at the moment we seem to be reduced to arguing over who is and who isn't going to pay for, or furnish birth control for the employees of Catholic institutions. That seems like a bit of a distraction when you think of it that way.
The left has long had a policy of trying for large advances to their programs, but taking what they can get when they meet resistance to these large forward steps. Since you don't have to look very hard to find even supposed conservatives in Congress (can you say rino?) who are talking about "fixing" the Obamacare law, it seems that their strategy has been pretty effective. This is the same way that they handle tax and spending increases. For instance, something as simple as calling our present tax rates the "Bush tax rates" helps them to convince people that these rates are artificially lower than they should be, and that at some point they will (naturally) need to be increased. Sure does help to take the focus away from overspending doesn't it?
Since we are going to have a Presidential election in a few months, it's possible (I hope, I hope, I hope) that Obamacare may be completely done away with. So let's think about that a minute as it pertains to the left's slow takeover of every facet of our economy and private life.
The worst result for us (America, not just conservatives, but the left refuses to see this) would be the re-election of Obama and the full implementation of Obamacare (there's a lot more to his programs than that, but for this column, I'm just sticking to Obamacare and creeping progressivism). In my opinion, if that happens the first result will be the slow destruction of the best health care system in the world, followed by the more rapid decline of our economy and our way of life.
However; what if The Obama is reelected but loses support in the House and Senate, which then greatly waters down the Obamacare program, but still allows some of it to be implemented? What we get then is a partial victory for progressives, which by the way is known as a victory, and the left regroups to fight another day on the parts that they didn't get this time. Except now, when they go for the rest of Obamacare later, they won't have to stretch so far to get it. By the way, this same thing could easily happen even under a new Republican President if whoever is elected is either not totally committed to killing Obamacare, or can't find the support in Congress to repeal it.
Okay, that's a couple of scenarios, and I must admit, they look pretty grim. But what if we get what we (conservatives) want, and in the coming election we vote in a determined Republican who will make it his personal mission to totally and completely do away with Obamacare? Not only that, but enough true conservatives are swept in with the new President to give him the support to accomplish that goal? Well, what will probably happen then will be the repeal of Obamacare, and that would be a great day wouldn't it? I know I look forward to it.
As nice as that last scenario looks, and trust me I really want it to go that way, here's the problem. If we were to get a complete repeal of Obamacare, victory or not, all we will have attained is something of a return to exactly where we were (on this particular issue) approximately four years ago. Additionally, the thought of totally revamping our health care system to put it under government control will still be out there.
We certainly need small victories like not forcing Catholics to pay for something that has been anathema to them for a couple of thousand years, and we need to follow those small wins up with big wins. However; fighting progressivism like we have been doing isn’t going to fix our problems. Winning small isolated victories here and there is exactly what has put us in the fix we are in. What is needed to “right” our ship of state is a thorough rolling back of progressivism, statism, and socialism and a return to the ethics, morals, and Constitutional law that our founding fathers based this great nation on to start with.
Defeating the recent liberal policies is a necessary first step in that long journey, but it is only the first step.
Bruce Kreitler is the author of Obamageddon (the Culmination of the Progressive Looting of America) and posts this and other articles at BruceKreitler.com.