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The Republicans have announced they will not support American car companies, and taxpayers ultimately in some cases, providing cars free for all women in America as a right.
In this latest assault on women, they are taking away the rights of all women to own a car and to drive one.
No, not really. This headline is completely untrue as is the premise that anyone is proposing free cars for women as a right. It is as false as the manufactured GOP "War on Women" in fact.
Did this headline get your attention? Did it have you immediately thinking about those “crazy or evil” Republicans? Did you believe it was, well, at least possibly true somehow?
Did your mind go to, “Republicans hate all women and want to put them back in the days before women could drive, or vote.” even if just at first glance?
It is simply an illustration of the 2+2=5 logic being used in the 2012 election campaign strategy of manufacturing a Republican “War on Women.”
This “War on Women” mantra was the Democrat leadership’s reaction to Republicans not supporting health insurance buyers, and taxpayers ultimately in many cases, being mandated to provide for birth control and the morning-after pill in Obamacare at no co-pay or essentially free to all women.
If Republicans, and many Americans in general, do not fall in line with agreement of the government mandating free birth control coverage, even those that object on freedom of religion grounds, then this amounts to them wanting to take away “access to birth control of any kind for all women.”
The evil Republicans in fact want to take away “all health care access” and “all reproductive rights” for women.
How did women, any woman, have birth control services or any health care services prior to Obamacare at all?
Even those women that could not legitimately afford health care services apparently had no access to low cost or no cost clinics or Medicaid prior to Obamacare.
Democrats often use an all-or-nothing approach in their political rhetoric. They often “awfulize” to make their argument, thinking it makes their case stronger. It doesn’t.
We see it every day. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Former Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and many other Democrats are good at doing it.
The liberal slant in the main stream media does it too. But, most Americans see through its ridiculousness.
The all-or-nothing approach is typically a divide-and-conquer approach. It is an appeal to emotion meant to produce a “We are all good.” and “They are all bad.” political talking point. Some of the worst examples include:
- · President Obama, “And then you got their plan which is let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.”
- · Vice President Biden, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
- · Former Speaker Pelosi, “If you could depend on the government for one thing, it was about you had to be able to trust the water that our kids drank and the food that they ate. But this is the E. Coli Club [referring to the GOP]. They do not want to spend money on this.”
- · Senate Majority Leader Reid, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
- · Hardball’s Chris Matthews on the Tea Party, “You got birthers, truthers, secessionists, nullifiers, people that are gun nuts…”
- · The Ed Show’s Ed Schultz, “The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They'd rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don't have anything for her."
The all-or-nothing approach comes out of hyper-partisanship those that use it hope to transfer to the voters.
It is most often illogical, because after all, 2+2 does not equal 5 in reality. But, they are counting on that 1 point difference between 4 and 5 being made up by manufacturing mind bending emotion around an issue.
Politicians and the media outlets that use these tactics are counting on six things.
- If they say it with a straight face and with conviction, they can control the message and will be believed.
- If they repeat a lie often enough, no matter how outrageous, it becomes fact to many.
- If they provide an emotional frame around an issue, voters will vote out of emotion ignoring all fiscal realities.
- If they provide a “you deserve this” frame around an issue, voters will vote for new entitlements and feel those not offering the same new rights are taking something they deserve away from them.
- If they can instill confusion or fear around an issue, many voters will vote out of fear – real or imagined, real or manufactured.
- If they present a political talking point or spin as fact, most voters will not do their own research on the issue to detect any inaccuracies.
What these politicians and media outlets may not be counting on is the majority of Americans are smarter than they think.
What they may not be counting on is the majority of voters are invested in the 2012 election and are doing their own research - no matter the headlines or political ads put forth to influence their opinion and ultimately their vote.