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GOP takes a Griswold Vacation

Updated on March 7, 2012

Just when you think the GOP couldn’t possibly continue on its self destructive journey, it appears their bound and determined to revisit the 1960’s. The Republicans ill fated trip toward Election Day is reminiscent of the Griswold’s family account personified by the concept of Strange being truer than fiction.

What started off as a seemingly disadvantageous misstep by President Obama has paid enormous dividends toward his bid for reelection. The GOP has gone way around the bend in their effort to make the President’s healthcare decision about the protection of religious liberty.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was willing to accommodate the Republicans allowing the Blunt- Rubio Amendment up for Senate vote. Essentially the bill would permit employers the right to take issue with items morally objectionable regarding Health insurance coverage. The bill was voted down by a 51-48 margin despite three Democratic Senators crossing the party lines.

The failed bill is viewed as another attempt by Republicans to wage war against women. The spotlight has shifted away from the economy towards a number of privacy issues with respect to women’s health; Susan G Komen, Planned Parenthood, Anti-Abortion and Contraception legislation has gained National prominence in the media.

The Contraception debate has evolved toward particular fallout regarding the politics of unintended consequences. The brain trust of the GOP has initiated damage control fearing a replay of the 1964 election results. Interestingly enough, Rick Santorum fueled the argument of separation between Church and State citing JFK’s 1960 position made him want to puke.

Mr. Santorum is opposed to the 1965 Supreme Court landmark ruling of Griswold v. Connecticut. This case invalidatedthe law prohibiting the use of contraceptives on the grounds that it violated the Constitutional "right to privacy". Recent State and Federal Congressional legislature appears to legitimize concerns of the current Republican agenda.


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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I thank you for your comments as always Cred2. I'm looking forward to how this plays out in the south. The delegate math can make this most interesting.

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      6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Santorums disdain of Kennedy's historic comment reassuring the American people of his allegience to them and not the Pope was great and noteworthy. For Santorum to denigrate it cut into his following and may have well been responsible for a loss in Ohio that he need not of suffered.

      The man is a dangerous rightwing ideologue who I wish the GOP will carry to the nomination so that we can smash the GOP flat this November a la 1964. Great article.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      The GOP has not handled this well from the outset. Ironically, in the context of religious freedom; They continue to show a lack of respect, compassion and empathy... vailed under the transparent guise of religion for political gain.

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      6 years ago from Northern California

      Republicans are going to have a difficult time discrediting the attacks against women claim when their long standing voice puppet Rush Limbaugh keeps opening his mouth. He just made a comment, about a women discussing birth control, by describing her using a less than flattering word that starts with the letter S. The word did not rhyme with hit or bit but it did rhyme with mutt and rut.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thx.4Sharing Ms.Valerie. Your kind words are most appreciated. Indeed, 99% agree with the Griswolds,eh?

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      Valerie Berry 

      6 years ago

      Fabulously written article! I shared this on Facebook!

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Thanks for checking in. The situation is getting pretty dicey. It doesn't appear to be improving either. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the information. It helps us stay aware of what is happening out there and to make an informed decision. Good coverage!

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I honestly believe I could write a 'Vacation' sequel using the facts of the 2012 political Griswolds. The only problem being it would be too unbelievable.Thanks for your comments charmike4.

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      Michael Kromwyk 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Great analogy gjfalcone, Griswolds = gold! Cheers Michael

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      On that note...

      Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.

      Thanks for checking in Michele. Hope to hear all is well.

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      What is interesting to me, and what a lot of people are not talking about is that insurance companies will pay for viagra but not birth control pills. This is true. It seems like we are reversing women's rights. Why is that? Things are getting stranger and stranger.

      Very good hub.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for your comments veritorogue. Well said.

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      6 years ago from Arizona

      I'm not impressed with the republican field by any stretch of the imagination but I also believe that President Obama has earned his gold watch and unlimited golf starting on the 20th of January, 2013. As far as the contraception issue I don't understand why anyone is entitled to anything for free. Employers should only be obligated to pay their employees what they have earned and provide reasonable measures for their safety. This issue gets at the heart of the conservative/liberal divide. Conservatives and libertarians believe that the individual is ultimately responsible and accountable for his or her own welfare. Liberals believe that we all have a collective responsibility to each other that requires a comprehensive system of entitlements that absolves the individual of personal responsibility. The conservative version of society is cold-hearted and the liberal version is unsustainable and fosters dependency, they both breed animosity.


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