Listen to the clamor this year from the religious right and you would think that most people of faith reject family planning. Hardly. Public opinion polls have consistently shown that support for the use of contraceptives knows no religious bounds.
On Medicare, Ryan thundered, "We need this debate." But on the social values that Republicans claim stand at the core of their being, they want no debate, just underhanded cues to appease the social conservatives in their fragile coalition.
Felonius Ax of the Billionaires here, reporting from Tampa: So they're postponing the opening of the Republican Convention due to extreme weather. All of us big bundlers are hunkering down at the Weston Tampa Harbor Island Hotel.
Ryan will not only fatten the percentage of conservative voters for Romney, it will fatten their numbers as well. This is not speculation. He's already bumped up the Romney percentage in some polls by a notch. Romney had badly slipped in those polls before the Ryan pick.
Why not force gays and lesbians to watch heterosexual pornography before they get hitched in the handful of states where they can legally marry? Maybe by watching men and women having sex, gays and lesbians will realize the error of their sinful ways!
Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are not running for dog catcher. The dogs of the world will little note nor long remember who wins the presidency of the United States, let alone the GOP nomination. I am more interested to know what this election means for... people.
Every day people, like me, are banging their heads on their desks, asking "What is wrong with that woman?" "Why is she doing that?" "Doesn't she realize she's being used by a system that denigrates her?" Women in these positions clearly don't see it that way.
How's it possible that the more religious America becomes the more the institution of marriage crumbles? A huge part of the problem is that we are mired in religious distractions that take us away from focusing on core issues.
The economy is still by far the dominant issue with voters concerned about jobs, finances, and the federal deficit's impact on economic growth. So why, in the Republican presidential primary, are candidates talking more and more about social and cultural issues like contraception?
Republicans have to ask themselves: do they want a president who will waste valuable political capital and credibility fighting a losing issue? A president who will take his eye off the economic ball for every marriage vote?
The agenda of the Republican Party today is focusing heavily on issues that alienate critical Independent voters. This may be intentional, or just a collective stupidity on the part of Republican candidates.
Santorum represents a strain in American politics that believes preventing unintended and unwanted pregnancies is both a moral wrong and a social ill: women who engage in sexual intercourse -- voluntarily or not -- should have children by chance, not by choice.