The latest mandate from Washington ordering religious charities to offer free contraceptive services (1); the cancelling of the Keystone XL Pipeline (2); the bypass of Congressional approval for appointments to the NLRB and the CFPB (3); and most recent the semi-reversal on the contraceptive issue which included a new dictate to insurance companies (4) to take up the cost of free contraceptive services. The incumbent in the White House has made several significant political blunders for apparent political motives and gains.
Special Interest Groups
(1) Women’s Rights lobby and minorities
(3) Labor unions and the anti-big bank lobby
(4) Anti-insurance company lobby (almost everyone)
While one can simply call these political maneuvers to secure the votes of specific groups of special interest, the lack of concern over constitutional freedoms is alarming. But, let’s not make this a Democrat versus Republican thing. Let’s try an experiment and look at this situation as if George Bush did similar things and the potential political backlash one would expect.
To make this little experiment credible, one cannot simply say Bush would have ordered all religious organizations to provide free contraceptive services to their employees. Everyone knows he would never do that. So, we need to get to the essence of the backlash Obama is feeling on this issue. And, that issue is; “Does the U.S. Government have the right to demand that religious organizations take actions that would be in absolute opposition to their beliefs?” So, what if Bush took an equally aggressive step and required a national non-denominational prayer each morning in all public and private schools across the country (special interest – 78.4% of all Americans who belong to a religion in the U.S.). After all, in the Muslim world morning prayers and prayers at four other times a day is part of their society’s routine, why not ours? Now, to avoid Establishment Clause issues in the Constitution the prayer would not be specific to any religious group’s belief, but a prayer to “God” in general. And, the prayer would be for the betterment of the nation and its people to avoid any specific favoritism of a particular group.
On one hand, our pretend dictate from Bush is a bit watered down from our President’s recent dictate on many fronts. However, just for a moment, imagine the stories on the nightly news on all major networks, think of the speeches from left leaning politicians, and the marches of 1,000 or so (made to look like 10,000 or more on the news) in multiple cities and state capitals against having every kid in school in the country praying for a stronger nation and a better life for everyone. The noise would be deafening – even though nearly 80% of the country say they belong to one religion or another. It would truly seem like more than 20% of the population had a problem with Bush’s pretend dictate.
Maybe this experiment is for not. Bush would have never demanded all school kids say a prayer each morning even if it was focused on building a stronger country and help your fellow citizens. However, if our little experiment sharpens, even in the smallest way, our desires to defend our liberties and rights, it will have been worth the time to write and for you to read.