The 2012 GOP Presidential race has seemed to me to be eerily similar to the 2010 Georgia GOP Gubernatorial run-off between Karen Handel and Nathan Deal. Despite the TEA Party trying to take the reigns of various races and actually introduce some accountability of elected officials to the constituents, it came back to abortion.
From my view, it just seemed like what Georgia Right to Life and die-hard Nathan Deal supporters were saying that droves of unborn children would be slaughtered by Planned Parenthood under a Karen Handel gubernatorial administration. (The irony is seeing many of the same people that were slamming Karen over abortion in 2010 are now praising her in 2012 for her stance with Susan G. Komen, but that’s another blog post.)
A rational person should have seen through that false arguement, but rather than talking about how we can bring jobs to Georgia, cutting the budget effectively while still being able to provide services to citizens, and reforming our education system, the GOP run-off instantly took a dive into the abortion debate.*
Fast forward to today and the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary. Rather than the TEA Party being able to flex their muscle and create awareness as they did in 2010, we’re now discussing a lot of social conservative issues. I do have similar beliefs in the social conservative area and not saying they’re not important issues, but I believe we need to ask ourselves on whether or not this should be a top priority.
We have a federal budget, or the lack thereof, that’s monstrous, a national debt that’s growing like bamboo, and federal powers that are continuing to expand all the time. Why are we more concerned about contraception (for the record, abortion isn’t contraception) than we are Cap, Cut, and Balance? I believe some in the media that are trying to get the Republicans off-message by using red meat social conservative issues as bait.
We shouldn’t fall into this trap no matter how many easy brownie points we can get. All four Republican candidates should focus on fiscal matters, discuss ways they would reduce the size of the federal government, and just point out the flaws and problems of the Obama administration. I believe that once we get our fiscal house in order, we can begin to look at tackling some of the social issues.
*Note: I don’t have anything against Governor Deal. I believe he’s done a pretty good job so far as governor.