After reading the comments of Caren Rugg in The Herald’s Tuesday main article, “War for women: Politicos trade election-year barbs on gender, partisanship,” one comes to realize this is merely more liberal sloganeering. The “war on women” is the latest empty slogan loudly proclaimed by those who want to avoid discussing issues — like the “hope and change” mantra that gave us Obama.

Obama promised us his nearly trillion-dollar stimulus was necessary to avoid 8-percent unemployment. He must have been right; it hasn’t been that low since. Obama gave us the highest number of people pushed off unemployment and out of the workforce in years, the highest number of people on food stamps, and the lowest homeownership rate. Evidently, Obama does love the poor, since he wants us all to be in their ranks. Further, he gave us another little change; spending $10 trillion and borrowing $5 trillion over three years, without once passing the legally required annual federal budget.

So what about this alleged “war on women?” Liberals simply use this slogan as a code for abortion, as they do with “reproductive health services.” They aren’t talking about health checkups or medical care at all — remember, pro-abortion liberals fight tooth and nail against medical oversight of abortion clinics because they know it’s not about women’s health care. It’s about babies, and babies aren’t healthier when they emerge from an abortion clinic; they are dead.   

If there is a war, it was started by Obama and our former governor, Kathleen Sebelius, when they issued the Health and Human Services regulation that all businesses — including churches — must provide “health services” including contraceptives, abortifacient drugs and abortions. The churches objected; the GOP stood with the churches, and the liberals responded with the hysterical rant about the new GOP “war on women.”

The liberal socialist mantra is that rights are given by the government, so if you oppose a government mandate, you are opposing a newly minted “right.” So you find liberals angrily demonstrating for their “rights” because the government mandated Obamacare and “reproductive health services” (until the government changes the rules again).

Conservatives believe rights are not fabricated, but are found in the moral structure of the Bible. Yes, the Constitution does require separation of the Church and the State as institutions, but nowhere does it require separation of morals and State. The founders could and did explicitly choose Christian morals as the basis of American government.  

To quote James Madison: “We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

James Madison, father of the Constitution and author of the Bill of Rights, probably understood Constitutional government. Yet anyone making such a comment today is typically branded an intolerant radical, for liberals in education, media and the courts have worked hard to wash America’s heritage out of the history books, confusing and misleading many, and ensuring that the brains of the youth are washed as well. They might not perform academically, but they feel very good about themselves and they believe in socialism.

This is the crux of the culture war in America: whether the people will follow God or government.

The founders chose God, and they built a country that they told us cannot work if the citizens reject God’s laws.  

If you accept blindly the socialist views of the liberals, rejecting God and refusing to see or acknowledge the suffering and millions of deaths socialism has caused just in the last century alone, you will choose government. Once you surrender your freedoms for the chains of government, all the cute slogans in the world won’t make them go away.  

Samuel Adams, father of the American revolution, offered words for those who would choose government dependency and socialism: “We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

That will offend some, but Adams’ meaning is clear: Americans must always choose between the independence of freedom and slavish government dependency.

— David Polsley, Ottawa