With one of the most divisive elections in history won and an innauguration for the record books behind him, President Bush escapes to Camp David
today for the annual Pro-Life March on Washington...and equally timely distancing from the social issues that got him elected.
The Presidential play is as old as the Republican party itself. Run on deeply felt emotionally divisive issues that half your base would walk through
fire to support hoping this time
you're the candidate that really means it, and the other half is willing to ignore (for presumed fiscal gain)
since none of your predecessors ever did anything but talk social regress.
To date, Bush's record remains a bag of mexed missages on the social front.
Assault Weapons ban? Bush is all for it! But the powerful President with full support of his controlling party refused to push it and let it lapse.
Well played Sir.
Gay Marriage? Against it! So much so a Constitutional amendment to defend marriage
was the talk of the hit parade. Until after the election, of
course, when he said he would not seek such an amendment despite his "mandate" and political capital, though he's still all for the amendment.
Confused yet? Or is it just now becoming clear?
Welfare? So adamantly against it he raised it to record spending and added immigrants to the ranks on the dole. Um, yea.
On to the stickiest issue of all...abortion! Any poll will tell you, the best stand on abortion is not to have one. Or better yet, have them all.
Said the right way, a President can make seriously bold moves to appease most everyone while actually saying nothing at all.
Bush Declares 29th Anniversary of Roe "National Sanctity of Life Day"
Bush declared January 22, 2002, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, "National Sanctity of Human Life Day" in a proclamation that not-so-subtly likened
abortion to terrorism. The proclamation stated: "On September 11, we saw clearly that evil exists in this world, and that it does not value life ...
Now we are engaged in a fight against evil and tyranny to preserve and protect life
Source: The White House, "National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2002," Jan. 18, 2002
Said to just the right people, a President can further say about anything he wants (and the "wrong" people can be safely presumed to ignore it).
Bush Addresses Anti-Abortion Protestors
On the 29th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Bush addressed anti-abortion rights marchers via cell phone
, saying: "Everyone there believes, as I
do, that every life is valuable; that our society has a responsibility to defend the vulnerable and weak, the imperfect and even the unwanted; and
that our nation should set a great goal that unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected in law
Source: The White House, "President's Phone Call to March for Life Participants," Jan. 22, 2002
And here we are again. Today's Anti-Abortion march on Washington culminates the 32nd anniversary of the historic
Roe v. Wade
decision that made abortion legal, following a full weekend of
emotionally charged events all over the country celebrating or maligning that Supreme Court ruling. Emboldened evangelicals convinced "they won" the
Presidency and are finally due their authoritarian rule this time
are expected in record numbers to "collect" payment.
Yet according to CNN, their newly heralded values champion and re-elected President laden with all that "political capital" will be phoning in his
"pro-life" support once again
from vacation, far from Washington and even further from the issue.
Question: How many Republican administrations does it take to fulfill a promise?
Answer: As many as you're willing to elect.
[edit on 24-1-2005 by RANT]