On the first of this month a congressman from Pennsylvania compared a new regulation requiring insurers to provide women birth control without a copay to September 11th or Pearl Harbor.
In 1941, President Franklin D.Roosevelt in the opening lines of his speech said on December 7, 1941, “a date that will live in infamy.” When Roosevelt spoke in front of Congress requesting a declaration of war against Japan, it was a grave and serious matter. Let us not forget that over two thousand brave sailors perished at Pearl Harbor.
On September 11, 2001 on a very horrific day, nearly three thousand innocent people lost their lives through several terrorist acts on American soil. This terrible day was not long ago. People who lost loved ones are still feeling the pain and anguish of that infamous day.
Now this congressman wants to compare those two horrific days to a new regulation requiring insurers to provide birth control without copay that went into effect August 1, 2012. Are you kidding me? Brave and innocent people died on those two terrible days. Why would he trivialize these days to make a point.
The Congressman of Pennsylvania wants us to remember August 1, 2012 as an attack on our religious freedom. This Republican wants to use God and country against women trying to get affordable healthcare. He is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the insurance corporations trying to protect their profits from the sick and dying.
There is a date in infamy, and it happened in the very same state this congressman is from. August 15, 2012 when a state judge upheld a voters suppression law taking away voting rights from maybe a million people. What if small portion of those people being robbed of their rights to vote are veterans who served in War World II. A few of them may have been there at Pearl Harbor.
The congressman says an attack on our religious freedom. OK, let’s play religion card. In the Ten Commandments, does not it say in the 8th commandment “Thou Shall Not Steal”. Yet the “Party of No” in various states across the nation is doing just that. Implementing laws denying citizens their right to vote.
Isn’t it ironic that Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party’s first president was responsible for saving and preserving this great nation. Now a 147 years later, this same political party is on the verge of destroying this nation.