Since the Republican Party can't find a suitable candidate to nominate for the Presidential election, they have jumped at any issue they can to try and get some traction for their party until a rescuer arrives. And the weak, stumbling GOP presidential hopefuls have argued against things that they were for just recently.
The latest wobbly vehicle they are riding is their criticism of the Obama administration's attempt to require Catholic hospitals and universities to offer their employees contraceptive health care benefits. The Republicans have rushed to shout that this is an attack on their religious freedom. Hmmm.
Here is how Republican leaders supported programs very similar to the Obama proposal before they became desperate and jumped on any issue that would camouflage their weak list of candidates. Former Governor Mike Huckabee has been a loud accuser against Obama. A few years back Republican lawmakers and governors throughout the U.S., including Huckabee, supported similar mandates.
No fewer than 22 states have very similar laws to the Obama proposal. Additional regulations are also similar. Over one-third had Republican support. Specific mandates for contraceptives were signed by GOP governors. Mitt Romney signed a contraceptive mandate when he was Governor of Massachusetts, as did his predecessor there, also a Republican governor.
No less than President George W. Bush never uttered any complaint about a federal mandate of 2000.
Similar Republican support of contraceptive mandates and laws were everywhere, including in Iowa, Maine, New York, Arizona, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, etc. Even cuckoo Attorney General John Ashcroft, at his Senate Judiciary Committe hearings in 2001, strongly stated that he would "defend the rule" put forward by the EEOC to have a federal mandate for contraception coverage.
Unless the Republican Party finds a more suitable candidate to run for President than the pathetic cast of characters now attacking each other, we will be forced to see and listen to the same lies, deceptions, distortions, charges, religious mumbo jumbo, etc. from the likes of inept people such as Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, etc. There are issues that the Republicans could put forth to legitimately challenge Obama, but they need a more adept leader. Who will come to the rescue? Save us!