An Interesting Compromise

An Interesting Compromise


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After a couple of weeks facing an angry backlash coming from the American Roman Catholic faith community, as well as from Americans of other faith, and even those Americans who do not have a faith background, President Barack Hussein Obama decided to back down and to offer a “compromise” on the mandatory birth control aspect of President Obama health care policy or “Obamacare.”

Today the President Obama White House came out with this compromise simply not only to quiet the heated response to the whole controversal mandatory birth control policy of Obamacare, but also to try to win back the Roman Catholic vote, which was one of the factors in why President Obama won the 2008 Presidential election.

From the KFMB-TV, CBS8.com Website:”WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fierce election-year fire, President Barack Obama on Friday abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations must pay for birth control for workers, scrambling to end a furor raging from the Catholic Church to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded that insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.

Obama’s compromise means ultimately that women would still get birth control without having to pay for it, no matter where they work. The president insisted he had stuck by that driving principle even in switching his approach, and the White House vehemently rejected any characterization that Obama had retreated under pressure.

Yet there was no doubt that Obama had found himself in an untenable position. He needed to walk back fast and find another route to his goal.

The controversy over contraception and religious liberty was overshadowing his agenda, threatening to alienate key voters and giving ammunition to the Republicans running for his job. It was a mess that knocked the White House off its message and vision for a second term.

Leaders from opposite sides of the divisive debate said they supported the outcome — or at least suggested they probably could live with it. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, the head of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops and a fierce critic of the original rule covering hospitals and other employers, said the bishops were reserving judgment but that Obama’s move was a good first step.”

Truly this a “very interesting compromise” indeed, not so much as to try to help President Obama in order to try to save his Catholic voting base, which going back to 2008 was just a little over 50%. The one question I do have is this, will this in the end help President Obama or did it open up more eyes to the reality of WHO Americans are dealing with?

What I am very concerned is that, if President Obama is re-elected in November, he could very well go after not only the Roman Catholic Church once again, but all other faith communities. This is why this year’s 2012 United States Presidential elections are SO VERY IMPORTANT.

Even one of the GOP/Republicans 2012 Presidential candidates, Newt Gingrich came out with this, from the same news site article:

“At least one Republican who is hoping to oust Obama from the White House was conceding nothing. Though not mentioning the birth control issue, Newt Gingrich assailed the president’s views of religious rights and said “I frankly don’t care what deal he tries to cut. … If he wins re-election, he will wage war on the Catholic Church the morning after he’s re-elected.”

What I have also have learned from this current event issue is the importance of not only standing up for the United States Constitution, and in a special way, in regards to Amendment 1, but to also take up reading and learning more about this great document. This may also encourage more Americans to do the same.

Also I sense, for the American Roman Catholic bishops, this may force them to begin to develop a “backbone” and work all the more to regain moral leadership standing.

Once again from the same article:”The debate within the White House was intense even before the Jan. 20 decision was announced to exempt only churches and other houses of worships from the requirement that employers must cover free contraception. Other religious organizations were given an extra year to comply, but that concession didn’t do enough.

First in a rumble, and then in a roar, critics formed a movement to overturn what they considered to be an egregious violation. Bishops assailed the policy in Sunday Masses and Republican leaders in Congress pledged to push a legislative repeal.

The White House seemed to be caught flat-footed.

“The past three weeks have witnessed a remarkable unity of Americans from all religions, or none at all, worried about the erosion of religious freedom and government intrusion into issues of faith and morals,” said Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

In the end, President Obama realized that there are still people who will stand up and DEFEND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

With MANY THANKS To The AP And To AP Writers Julie Pace, Erica Werner, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Jim Kuhnhenn, Laurie Kellman, Rachel Zoll and Jay Lindsay. Also With MANY THANKS To KFMB-TV, CBS8.com, San Diego,CA,USA. Read More Here:“Under Fire, Obama Adjusts His Birth Control Policy”

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