Well, here we are in the middle of this huge financial disaster and guess what the Republicans are working on now? A brand new, spiffy WEDGE ISSUE for our future enjoyment!
This one has tons of potential, because it sounds so “logical”–but, of course, there’s a lot more churning beneath the surface.
Here’s the report, originally from Politico:
If there were a recipe for creating a new conservative culture-wars issue, it might look something like this: Start with the United Nations, fold in the prospect of an expanded role for government in children’s lives, add some unfortunate court decisions, then toss in Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton.
And indeed, when House Republicans recently found themselves with all these ingredients at hand, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) started pre-heating the oven.
Hoekstra last week introduced a bill in the House to amend the Minority Leader John A. Boehner.to permanently “enshrine” in American society an inviolable set of parents’ rights. The bill had 70 co-sponsors, all Republicans, including Minority Whip and
The bill, said Hoekstra, is intended to stem the “slow erosion” of parents’ rights and to circumvent the effects of a United Nations treaty he believes “clearly undermines parental rights in the United States.”
The story details the background on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child which was signed by Bill Clinton but never ratified. Barack Obama brought it up during the campaign.
The story continues:
Notes Baruch College political science professor Douglas Muzzio: “Nuance isn’t the culture warrior’s forte. And in fact, the lack of nuance is their major weapon.”
“It’s a no-win kind of debate for the advocates,” agrees Zelizer, who believes treaty supporters could find themselves caught off guard.
Conservatives, he notes, are “looking for issues. And if this looks like this is an issue they can hook onto, they’ll turn this into a bigger issue than human-rights advocates ever expected it would be.”
Sigh. You can imagine what THIS will turn into…We’ll hear about abortion and underage on teens for one thing, I’m sure. If there’s anyway to work in women’s bodies, I’m sure it will be there.
I still have my “Becky Bell” bracelet from the 80’s. You can review her story and the “parental rights” climate at the time…a nightmare.
Some people seem to miss the point, so I will clarify…as I commented:
It’s the making of a new WEDGE ISSUE which has caught my attention…and how it will be used to divert people’s attention…esp. to rally the hardcore base of the GOP.
It’s another thing to be used by BOTH the right and the left…like the abortion issue, etc.
The point is….SAME OLD, SAME OLD!
Meanwhile, everything else falls to pieces. But that’s probably what they ALL want…the blame for our mess lies with
Republican and Democrat…so, if anybody is thinking “conservatives” will help save the day if they take power again…BE WARNED!
The don’t give a shit, either!!!
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