"But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part, and so am I." - Bill O'ReillyFor Conservatives everything boils down to Control; controlling women, controlling who votes, controlling workers, controlling sex, controlling the media, controlling government. Control is so important to Conservatives because Right-Wingers are Authoritarians who can not handle freedom and hate individualism.
Once Right-Wingers have control they turn to punishment. The Conservative elections in 2010 showed Right-Wingers don't actually want to help America they want to harm people whom the hate and distrust. Matthew Vadum at The American Thinker clearly enunciated the conservative view of Control and Punishment in his article, Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American.
Registering them [the Poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American...Every policy decision and proposed law or amendment was designed to subjugate women, eliminate rights, punish the poor, destroy Unions, harm Americans.
The "debate" over contraception and birth control is nothing less than wanting to control women and punish those who somehow elude Right-Wing Control.
“Do you want [farming retailer] Tractor Supply to open stores or would you rather they take their capital and do what Obamacare and its 2,700 pages dictates – which is to open a lactation chamber at every single store that they have?” - Tom Stemberg Co-Founder of Staples.Oh Blessed Authoritarian thank you for the Insightful Business Acumen about Women! You, a Supreme Member of the 1%, have such august wisdom!
Now, Republicans while being abject evil and irredeemable slime are still crafty and shrewd so they will not acknowledge their fight is for totalitarian control but, instead will engage in a propaganda war. Thus we have Right-Wing Wailing Campaign, wherein they pound their breasts, pull their hair and are reduced to blubbering, about President Obama's War on Religion.
This could be an argument about Positive Liberty and Negative Liberty but, that would require an honest debate partner and Regressive Republicans are never, ever honest. Regressives aren't actually worried about the moral implications since all Americans engage in birth control techniques and use contraceptives. Nor are they worried about Government mandating to religious affiliated institutions healthcare coverage since 28 States currently have provisions mandating religious affliated healthcare insurance providers cover contraception.
What this is about is controlling sex. Pre-occupation with sex, (i.e. the easier access for woman and the acceptance of homosexuality) has always been a prime occupation of Authoritarians. All Republicans are Authoritarians and once a society embraces human rights, Authoritarians lose power.
Once women are no longer tied to the pregnancy/birth cycle they can exercise power in society and that is something the Catholic Church and Conservative Authoritarians have always loathed/feared. Because more people involved lessens their control. More voters lessens their chances of controlling government.
So, the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Catholic Church has declared War on President Obama. Catholic ass Cardinal Francis George weighed in using his religious authority,
“We cannot — and will not — comply with this unjust law,” states the cardinal, who is vehemently opposed to the new Obama administration rule requiring religious organizations to include contraceptive health insurance coverage.This is the same man who declared, "You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism."
It's well past the time when religious figures should be openly mocked for their false authority and the millions of wasted hours ruminating about a how many angels can dance on the head of a molested child. An individual working for a Jewish-affiliated Hospital can't be docked pay because he eats pork outside work, and a Catholic affiliated Hospital can't give less healthcare benefits to an individual who breaks one of their silly precepts.
The easiest answer is if you don't like rubbers and birth control pills then don't buy them, but that's not good enough for the Regressive Conservative Authoritarians. They don't want anyone to have access. Because, women's access to contraception is a threat.
What would solve this is a Single-Payer Plan and Medicare for all, and President Obama is shrewd enough to be setting up the battle of his second term to implement them.
This is the right thing to do but, I always wish the White House would be ahead of the message instead of letting evil Republican scum and wacky religious weirdos control the message. But, if Liberals can not get behind the President on this issue, then I'm not sure why they call themselves Liberals? Because, why call yourself Liberal if you are siding with the Regressive, the Authoritarian, the Conservative, with those who have consistently sided with rolling back hard fought rights won over the last century.