The liberal narrative has always been that Republicans hate women. I don’t think they actually believe it. It just helps them get more voters.
Since the Hobby Lobby ruling, liberals have been saying that the GOP hates birth control. Apparently, Senate Republicans are working on some bill that will make it illegal for an employer to prevent its employees from obtaining contraception, which actually has nothing to do with the Hobby Lobby ruling, but whatever. And of course, liberals are now saying that this is the GOP’s way of trying to convince everyone that they don’t actually hate women.
It’s obviously a political move on the part of the Republicans. But this “war on women” thing is just plain silly. What I found interesting was a Gallup poll that found that the vast majority of those Republicans polled said they had no moral problem with contraception. W. James Antle III of the Daily Caller wrote:
According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 87 percent of Republicans believe the use of birth control is “morally acceptable.” The percentage of Republicans who think it should be legal is certainly higher.
This compares to 90 percent of Democrats and 89 percent of independents who believe birth control is okay. Given the poll’s margin of error, however, it’s possible there is no difference at all.
There are statistically significant differences of opinion between the two major parties on abortion, the death penalty, even wearing fur coats. But there isn’t on birth control.
So if Republican leaders say they want birth control to be legal and rank-and-file Republicans say they have no moral qualms about its use, why does there need to be a plot to convince people to believe what is clearly true? Republicans support birth control.
I have no problem with contraception, if that’s all it is. That’s never really been the issue here. The issue is whether the government can force you and me to pay for other people’s contraception. But not only contraception.
Should the government be able to force us to pay for other people’s health insurance at all? If so, then where does it stop? We already have to pay for other people’s food stamps, housing, schooling, welfare, etc. Should we also be forced to pay for other people’s cars, computers, TVs, prostitutes, vacations, you-name-it? When liberals declare those things to be “rights,” we’ll absolutely be required to pay for them.
And liberals think this is about contraception. It’s not about that. It’s about the government being able to force us and businesses to pay for other people’s things. It’s the principle.
I don’t even think employers should be forced by the government to provide health insurance to their employees. That’s something that should be determined by the free market. Government mandates like that always drive the cost of a particular product up. If we’re required by law to buy a certain product, those product manufacturers will of course increase their costs.
Just think if we had a truly free market. Some employers would provide health insurance, and others wouldn’t. Those that didn’t would perhaps be able to pay their employees more, since they wouldn’t be paying hefty insurance premiums. That would allow individual employees to purchase policies of their own choosing if they wanted them. And since there wouldn’t be a government mandate requiring that everyone be some insurance company’s customer, costs would be lower. They’d be lower, because each insurance company would be competing for business.
What we have had for decades is pretty much the opposite of a free market. And whenever our current crony capitalistic/socialistic system encounters problems, liberals are quick to blame them on the “free market” and the GOP’s “war on women.”