By Tom Quiner
Prior to last week, this year’s presidential sweepstakes was going to pivot on two issues: the economy and fairness.
President Obama cannot run on his record, because the economy is not recovering from the recession in a normal way. Although the economy is growing, it is growing at a snail’s pace. And unemployment remains very high.
Some economists are concerned about a “double dip” recession.
To counteract the failure of his economic policies, the president must make the case that the root problem in our economy is the structural unfairness imbedded in our system. The solution is higher taxes on our most productive workers (aka “the rich”) and bigger government to “level the playing field” (more socialism).
These two issues must now share the spotlight with a third: “religious liberty.”
As Quiner’s Diner has reported, the Obama administration is mandating that faith-based organizations such as Catholic hospitals, Catholic charities, Lutheran Social Services, faith-based universities, etc., MUST provide FREE sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception to their employees in their health care coverage.
What a mistake.
A large number of Catholics are receptive to the Democratic Party’s desire to spread the social welfare state to more people, including the middle class. So many Catholics view the Democratic Party as the party of the little guy, that they are willing to look past the Dem’s promotion of abortion as a social good.
The president has now moved the policy beyond choice to mandate.
He has galvanized the Catholic community against this policy. Don’t get me wrong, there are Catholics who will always vote Democrat. But we are going to see Catholic swing voters moving into the Republican camp on this single issue.
Catholics are taught that life begins at conception.
Obama says it begins at birth. Not only is there nothing wrong ending fledgling life with abortifacients, goes the president’s thinking, it is actually a fundamental right to women to have it paid for by someone else.
The President of the United States has declared war on the First Amendment.
If Mr. Obama loses the election this November, this is the issue that does him in.