- The Washington Times - Monday, February 20, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If Republicans win in November and take the presidency and/or the Senate, it will be an amazing feat. The GOP epitomizes the famous words of Will Rogers, who said, “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” This time, though, it’s the Republicans who are so unorganized and dysfunctional in their efforts.

Forget the fact that the candidates are tearing each other apart rather than focusing on the absolutely awful job President Obama has done in so many areas. More importantly, they are allowing the left and the complicit media to define the issues. Using Mr. Obama’s own words and comparing his promises to what has actually happened would be a powerful enough weapon in our efforts to save our country from a progressive train wreck.

Allowing the unemployment issue to rest at the 8.3 percent figure just isn’t realistic. The real unemployment percentage is at least 15 percent. Why don’t the Republicans use the real numbers, rather than fall into line with the left’s Pollyannaish numbers?

The latest issue about religious freedom and contraceptives is another example of letting the left define the issue. The real issue is the First Amendment and religious freedom. After that, the language should focus on the more serious elements of the Obama mandate requiring insurance coverage for sterilization and abortions. True, many Catholics don’t want to pay for contraceptives, and that should be their right, but the left has defined the issue to focus on contraception instead of the more serious issues of abortion and sterilization. Framing the issues allows the left to dupe a naive public into not recognizing the real issues and how serious they are.

It’s frightening how uninformed and gullible our voting public is today. Blind allegiance to party without measuring the issues from both sides is a formula for disaster. The political right needs to do a better job of focusing on the language being used in defining the issues and making sure the images presented are realistic.

CHRISTOPHER S. MOODY

Gaithersburg


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