Archives for category: Protecting the rights of others from oppression

From Obama for America, Joe Biden asked what was on my mind. He asked which policies were important to me as a voter. There were many to consider, like employment, voter registration freedom, women’s issues, gay and lesbian issues, or others. I chose other.

The real issue is perspective. Perspective leads to policies, which lead to politics. I said there were two perspectives. There was the reactionary perspective, and the progressive perspective.

The reactionary perspective leads to men deciding for women, bosses deciding for their workers, governments deciding for their citizens, and the rich deciding for the middle class and the poor. This leads to elitism, judging, and oppression. Conservative politics follow from this perspective.
So Republican policy is pushing for tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations, and the deregulation of Wall Street, financial institutions, and corporations. It is also pushing for the end of Medicare, Social Security, and health care reform. The Dodd Frank act aims at reforming Wall Street and protecting consumers. They want to overturn this act. The affordable care act aims at reforming health care. Sardonically, they call this Obamacare. They want to overturn this as well.
The Republican policy wants to decide on the definition of marriage. They want to determine what kind of healthcare a woman can have for herself. Suddenly, the issues of contraception and pornography are front and center in the discussion for the Republican candidacy for president of United States.
There is a second perspective, the progressive perspective. This second perspective leads to women deciding for themselves, Bosses supporting the needs of the workers, government supporting the needs of the citizens, and the rich helping the middle class and the poor with tax reform. Elitism is replaced by egalitarianism and a lack of oppression.

Imagine a basketball game with no rules, and no regulations. Of course there would be no need for any referees. The size of the court is not fixed, and the height and location of the basketball net is not set. At the beginning of the game both teams would be equal, both with scores of zero. But very soon, it would be obvious which team would be stronger and which would be weaker. When the stronger team finally calls the end of the game, it would be a rout!

Republicans want to impose this analogy upon society, while Democrats want the rules, the regulations, and the referee.

The first is unfair, and the second is fair. The first is wrong, and the second is right. This is why I am registered as a Democrat, and this is why I will vote for Obama and Biden in November 2012.

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Republican front runner, Mitt Romney, campaigning in Colorado, appealed to a Christian hot topic: Obama’s supposed infringing upon religious rights of Americans. At issue was the Obama administration’s actions requiring Catholic hospitals to provide reproductive services in their employee health benefits, particularly sterilization and contraception.
The Obama campaign pushed back, pointing out Romney’s hypocrisy: as Massachusetts governor, Romney provided rape victims in Catholic hospitals with emergency contraception…

But there is another question: which religious rights are being “infringed upon” by requiring Catholic hospitals to provide reproductive services to employees?
Is it a religious right to limit hospital employees’ choices in personal Health Care? You see, it is one thing to follow my own conscience in matters of faith for myself. It is not the same thing to use my position of authority as hospital administrator to force the dictates of my conscience upon the choices and needs of another who might not share my convictions.

If a hospital administrator is a Catholic, and follows the Pope in matters of reproduction, that is his or her choice. But if that same administrator arrogantly decides for his or her employees what kind of health coverage they may or may not have, then it is the administrator who is infringing upon the religious rights of his or her employees to follow the dictates of their own conscience. If an employee believes he or she needs a reproductive service, the right to that service should be protected.

That’s what President Obama achieved in his actions with Catholic hospital health coverage. It is the protection of religious rights for employees to get whatever kind of health service they believe is appropriate for themselves.

Romney got it backwards again.