The Senate’s Weapons of Mass Distraction
By Tony Perkins
There are just three weeks on the legislative calendar before November, and Democrats plan to spend all of them fixing the nonexistent “crisis of contraception.” The world is literally falling to pieces, along with the U.S. economy, and liberals think we’re obsessed with social issues? Democratic liberals think the future of the free world hinges on employers being forced — under the threat of crippling fines — to provide drugs that can end a pregnancy.
Days after a new report showed that free birth control is being covered in record numbers, liberals are complaining that the Supreme Court won’t trample the First Amendment to deliver even more. Tossing aside tax, diplomatic, ObamaCare, military, and other reforms, Senate liberals are plowing ahead with their ridiculous agenda to overrule the Supreme Court.
Under a new bill from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), liberals want to re-impose the ObamaCare mandate on the same family businesses the justices just exempted. Murray’s cleverly named Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act would make companies the ideological hostages of the federal government, ordering them to ignore their deeply held religious beliefs on contraception and abortifacients or pay crippling fines. And they’ll resort to outright lies to do it. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed shades of desperation when she wrongly implied that the justices had outlawed birth control altogether.
“Really, we should be afraid of this court,” she insisted. “The five guys who start determining what contraception are legal.” It was the kind of whopper that makes Pinocchio look honest. At the prompting of Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, even PolitiFact wouldn’t let Pelosi off the hook. Using its truth-o-meter, the media’s referee called the California Democrat’s statement patently “false.”
And of course the irony, as Megyn points out, is that Pelosi is guilty of the same sexism she accused the Court of. “Does Ms. Pelosi think those justices were ill-equipped to fairly decide that case? Or is it only when a judge disagrees with Ms. Pelosi that his gender is an issue?” Pelosi’s office, which was on clean-up duty after PolitiFact’s reading, insisted the Minority Leader “misspoke.” Of course, had a conservative male “misspoken” like Pelosi, we all know how that story would have ended.
In the meantime, birth control won’t solve the problems in the Middle East, grow the GDP, or create jobs. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to matter to the President’s party, who seems content to chuck the country’s real priorities for its own political gain. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) knows a little something about election smokescreens, having just squeezed his First Amendment rewrite out of the Judiciary Committee.
On Thursday, liberals tried to camouflage their failures by fast-tracking a bill that would make them more bulletproof in the midterms. A summer away from a reelection bloodbath, Democrats know they can’t hide from their records — but they can try to silence the people talking about them. That’s the aim of S.J. Res. 19, which would essentially strip political speech out of the First Amendment and put it in a separate legislative box where Congress (the targets of that speech) can regulate it.
Under Udall’s bill, Congress would have the “power to regulate the raising and spending of money” on campaigns and candidates, undermining voters and minimizing the influence of their opponents. It could limit everything from “how many billboards a candidate can buy,” Luke Wachob explains, “to how many hours [they] can spend going door-to-door.” “A lot has changed over the years,” Wachob writes for the Washington Examiner. “Instead of trying to change the culture by speaking out and organizing, now 43 Senators are trying to change the Constitution to prevent people from speaking out and organizing.”
After passing out of Committee, Udall’s amendment is postmarked for the Senate floor, where it will have a difficult time finding the two-thirds majority it needs to pass. Ultimately, however, the only approval that matters is voters’ — and Harry Reid will have a tough getting it for an agenda like his.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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