Monday, February 6, 2012

Presidential Elections 2012 - #3633 - Peggy Noonan - A Battle the President Can't Win - Wall Street Journal (2) VIDEO: Ronald Reagan: Happy 101st Birthday, Mr. President, Hot Air

But the big political news of the week isn't Mr. Romney's gaffe, or even his victory in Florida. The big story took place in Washington. That's where a bomb went off that not many in the political class heard, or understood. But President Obama just may have lost the election. The president signed off on a Health and Human Services ruling that says that under ObamaCare, Catholic institutions—including charities, hospitals and schools—will be required by law, for the first time ever, to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. If they do not, they will face ruinous fines in the millions of dollars. Or they can always go out of business. In other words, the Catholic Church was told this week that its institutions can't be Catholic anymore. I invite you to imagine the moment we are living in without the church's charities, hospitals and schools. And if you know anything about those organizations, you know it is a fantasy that they can afford millions in fines. There was no reason to make this ruling—none. Except ideology. The conscience clause, which keeps the church itself from having to bow to such decisions, has always been assumed to cover the church's institutions.........

If they stay strong and fight, they will win. This is in fact a potentially unifying moment for American Catholics, long split left, right and center. Catholic conservatives will immediately and fully oppose the administration's decision. But Catholic liberals, who feel embarrassed and undercut, have also come out in opposition.  The church is split on many things. But do Catholics in the pews want the government telling their church to contravene its beliefs? A president affronting the leadership of the church, and blithely threatening its great institutions? No, they don't want that. They will unite against that. The smallest part of this story is political. There are 77.7 million Catholics in the United States. In 2008 they made up 27% of the electorate, about 35 million people. Mr. Obama carried the Catholic vote, 54% to 45%. They helped him win. They won't this year. And guess where a lot of Catholics live? In the battleground states. 


Ronald Reagan: Happy 101st Birthday, Mr. President - Hot Air - Americans for Prosperity has a new one-minute advertisement reminding us that today is the 101st birthday of Ronald Reagan — and that we face a crucial question of vision in this nation. One vision sees America as a place of dependence, of static class divisions, where economic mobility is a thing of the past. The other sees America as a land of opportunity, where government’s role is only to ensure fair markets and fair access to them, and where success and economic mobility is available to anyone willing to work to achieve them.  Put another way, the question for 2012 is this: Will we have morning in America once again, or mourning for America? That choice is ours.

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