I think I talked about this before but it keeps coming back to me. I find it amazing how we have this disconnect between right and left regarding ends and means.
This latest kerfuffle from Obama about birth control requirements is as classic as it gets. First they defined that every employer (including religious institutions) would need to provide birth control to all employees. Why? Well, because it is all about human rights and ‘women’s health’. Once they realized the huge backlash from the Catholic Church (who employs a very large number of people) their main response was that the Church and all Catholics were being hypocrites because the majority of Catholic women use birth control! Seriously, it doesn’t get more clueless than that.
Now they finally decided to cave in and changed their policy to an even more comical version: Religious institutions don’t need to pay for birth control… but their health insurance provider does!
This only shows you how powerful this ideological harness really is. Obama and his buddies really do believe they are dodging a political disaster by doing this! They still don’t understand that the point here is that religious institutions don’t want to provide birth control. That is their principle. The problem is not who pays the bill or if Catholic women follow their advice or not! The problem is whether the government can force the Church to do something that they simply don’t agree with.
Yes, Catholic women will still have access to birth control. It is not the goal of the church (or even within their power) to outlaw it. They just want to be free to do what they think is right. You want birth control? Go get it for yourself.
This really goes all the way down to the very core argument about the power of government. The left believes that the government should use all the tools (euphemism for force) to accomplish certain goals. The right believes that we should focus on setting a very strict, well defined set of rights and rules for government so people can accomplish whatever they want (i.e., the pursuit of happiness).
That is why conservatives love the US constitution and liberals not so much. You cannot have economic or social freedom if you are not willing to accept the fact that end results are not always exactly what *you* think is right.