We are approaching the election and here come the “issues”. No, not the real ones, like the economy, the wars, healthcare, etc. Instead we see the issues like abortion, gun control, gay marriage and various other social issues. These are wedge issues intended to make people forget the real problems.
Abortion is probably the most dominant. It became legal in 1973 and since then every presidential election has been all about this. In that time we have had four Republican administrations (Ford, Reagan and the two Bushes)and three of them ran as pro life candidates (Ford did not and admitted he was not opposed to abortion). Interestingly the Republican first ladies have all stated they were pro choice. Here’s the thing though, none of the Republican candidates really cared enough about the issue, just pandering to the religious right. Here’s the reality though, a president can’t overturn it, it would have to go to the Supreme Court and then it would become a state issue. In the blue states it would likely stay legal and the red it would depend. Most people support abortion rights according to various sources. In fact it is interesting to note that Reagan and Bush 1 both appointed Supreme Court Justices who upheld Roe. I consider myself prochoice though I would likely not have an abortion myself unless I was raped or my health. I also don’t think Romney is obsessed with abortion. Yet I am seeing on this religious site people only voting for Romney because “he’s prolife”. Really? then why did he say he was prochoice to run for governor? Because he’s pandering to the religious wackos who have overtaken the Republicans.
Gay marriage and gun control are both wedge issues to rile people. I don’t know the stats but I’m willing to bet most people don’t care if gays are allowed to marry. I certainly don’t, and in fact figure they can’t ruin marriage anymore than straight people. With gun control I support the rights to have guns, but also have no issue with the Brady Bill, because there are many people who shouldn’t own guns due to mental issues or violent behavior.
It all boils down to this: both parties are playing a game with people. The Republicans know if they outlaw Roe V Wade they will lose most women and will never be elected. The Democrats know if they outlaw guns they will lose the rural conservative Democrats. Ironically my representative is a prolife, NRA endorsed, union endorsed Democrat woman. How weird is that? She would never get elected in Cook County. Meanwhile we have several Republicans in office who support gun control, gay rights, and abortion. See, this is why you can’t always look at these issues, look at what they bring to the table.