The Republican Party has moved so far to the right —
How far to the right have they moved? —
They’ve moved soooo far to the right that a Republican governor can veto a birth control bill and still be labeled as a “moderate.” Moderate??! Compared to what?!?!
New York Governor George Pataki has vetoed a bill that would have made the morning-after pill available without a prescription. The morning-after pill (also known as emergency contraception) has a 90% success rate in preventing pregnancies.
George Pataki is considered a “moderate.” Fortunately he’s still pro-choice on abortion (unless that’s changed too).
Now, there’s a clear, simple connection between birth control and abortion. For people who are against abortion and birth control, let’s connect the dots: If birth control is made less available, there will be more abortions. OK? Nothing complicated here.
Pataki is hoping to gain favor with the Far Right and still be considered a moderate Republican. Good luck.
Similar birth control laws have been vetoed by the Governors of Colorado and Massachusetts. A line needs to be drawn in the sand — politicians will have to decide whether they want to reach out to moderate mainstream Americans, or the far right.
Or, maybe the Republicans have pushed the envelope so far to the right that the moderate position has moved to the right too. Everything’s relative. So now a Republican governor can veto a birth control bill and still be considered “moderate.” If this is the moderate position, what’s the extreme right position? How about sentencing women to Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib for trying to obtain birth control pills?
Now try this on: how much further to the right will the Republicans push the envelope before the next election rolls around? By then, maybe anti-abortion extremists who blow up abortion clinics will be “moderates” as long as not too many people were killed.
Perhaps “moderates” will try to raise the enlistment age to 70 and expand the Iraqi war to include Iran, Syria, Sudan, Chechnya, Pakistan… This will seem moderate compared to the Extreme Right position, which will be …(don’t even go there).
Presidential hopefuls like Pataki need to understand that they can either reach out to moderate voters or they can be painted into a corner with the Taliban wannabes. And Republican voters need to decide what they want for their party:
A) The traditional Republican philosophy of limited government, states’ rights, self-reliance; or
B) An expanding all-powerful unaccountable Christian theocracy.
You can’t have both.