Well, looks like voters in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado have said "not so fast" to Mitt Romney. And Rick Santorum, campaigning on his "I'm the best of what's left" ticket, has suddenly vaulted in front.
Interesting. In a bid to find an alternative to Romney, conservatives just keep going from bad to worse. Don't rule out a late-entry to this race right before Super Tuesday. If they'll vote for Ol' Ass-Juice, they'll vote for anybody.
The only reason I'm writing about that stuff is to grouse about what he and Romney have decided to fight over lately, and that's the recent rules that would force all hospitals, including those run by religious institutions such as the Catholic Church, to provide workers health insurance that covers contraception, including sterilization.
Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich are all calling this a violation of religious freedom, and there I have to fight back. Religious hospitals do not force employees to attend Mass, nor do they refuse to hire Muslim or Hindu staff members. That's because they recognize that their hospitals are about healthcare, not religion. By the same token, the health insurance they provide to such employees must be equally secular.
If the Catholics don't like it, they can damned well get out of the hospital business!
What cracks me up is that these birth control methods are practiced by 98% of so-called Catholics, proving once again that the Catholic Church in the U.S. really exists in name-only. What doubly cracks me up is that anyone, anyone at all, bothers to continue identifying themselves as Catholic in light of the Church not representing one damned thing they believe in, least of all Jesus' own principals.
This is why every Catholic who does not renounce his or her religion is a hypocrite. Oh, wait, TWO candidates are just such people! Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich!
And Newt Gingrich feels it's okay for religions to force people to follow the religious principles he has outright rebelled against through three marriages and numerous affairs. You just can't make this shit up.
So what's really at stake here? Is it a violation of religious freedom to keep religions from oppressing personal liberties? All the Republican front-runners say that it is. They're all wrong. But damn it all, a whole lot of people are infected with the same delusion that they are.
Gingrich did raise one legitimate point where he pointed out how secularists have been consistently restricting religious liberties over the years. This, of course, is because religion has been left to assume unlawful favoritisms throughout most of America's past, and now such illegal perquisites are being taken away. Well, religionists can complain all they want to about that, but it simply isn't a violation of religious freedom to take away a religion's ability to continue to steal undeserved privileges. So there.
It seems there are political social diseases just as there are sexual ones. If we can practice safe sex, can we not also practice safe politics? Especially since so many politicians suffer from mental gonorrhea?
Let's just hope that when these guys decide to fuck us regarding contraception, they'll have the good sense to use one of the condoms they don't believe in!