Maybe this is what has the liberal-Left crying such crocodile tears over the extreme-ing of the Republican Party and how the alleged witch-hunt of moderates within Republican ranks is bad for the party and bad for the nation or something:
As Congress remains embroiled in a massive debate over whether to force Americans to pay for abortions through the new government-run health care programs, a new CNN poll finds 61 percent oppose government funding abortions with public dollars.
The poll found six in ten Americans favor a ban on using federal funds for abortions, such as the Stupak amendment recently added to the health care bill in the House.
The new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released today shows 61 percent oppose taxpayer funding of abortions while just 37 percent are supportive.
The CNN poll goes further and finds that a majority of Americans, by a 51 to 45 percent margin, believe women should be required to use their own money to pay for abortions even if they have private health insurance and no government money is involved. They did not think health insurance should pay for abortions.
Holy smokes, it ain’t the Republican party that’s being radicalized – it’s the whole damn country!
In fact, the trend line on abortion has been moving gradually away from the pro-abortion position for years.
The admonitions to stand-down on the social issues bear no merit.
Gay marriage? 0 for 31 in state referendums nationwide, most recently in the allegedly socially laissez-faire state of Maine. Obviously more evidence of extremism ruling the day among conservatives.
This is what has the liberal-Left freaked out as they try to project the radical label onto conservatives and relegate their default party to "rump" party status.
And similar to the abortion question, the gay marriage question has gradually been trending towards the “pro-“ position. So not to speak for “the movement”, we believe the fact that abortion and gay marriage has largely been left to the courts who fashion “rights” out of whole cloth is what is most disconcerting to people.
We firmly believe these two topics are as emotionally-charged as they are is because, particularly in the case of abortion, they have been removed from the democratic process which favors the concepts of the market place of ideas and winning hearts and minds over the previously mentioned rights-fabricating courts and grandstanding politicians like the mayor of San Francisco who used gay marriage as a cheap political stunt.
Why not let the clearly radicalized public decide these matters?