Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Changing Direction

Oh boy. It seems there's a lot of change happening this time of year. With Republicans finally willing to talk immigration reform and raising of the debt ceiling, what other changes will there be in the next few weeks and months? Here's a list:

1. A recent study at Texas public schools points out that students there are still being taught conservative biblical views in lieu of actual science. Rather than allowing students to learn Christianity in a religions or humanities course, Texas has gone in a different direction from the rest of America, and used public science courses to expound on religious theory.

2. A Nevada woman, in an effort to prove how easy voter fraud can be, was recently arrested for committing voter fraud. Roxanne Rubin plead guilty to a lesser charge, which netted her a $2481 fine, 100 hours of community service, and an impulse control class. By proving that the system can accurately detect and punish voter fraud, Ms. Rubin conveniently disproved her own theory. Joy.

3. Now that the GOP has essentially pulled a 180 on the conservative points over the debt ceiling and immigration reform, they are in search of a new unifying front to push in this Congressional cycle. John Boehner conveniently provides us with their plan: to end abortions by 2014. It's a lofty goal to be sure, and indicates a major change of direction in our national discourse. As the Right loses ground over fiscal issues such as the debt and deficit reduction, they appear to be taking up the mantle on social issues as a way of maintaining their solid voting base while abandoning their greatest hot-button issues of the past few years.

It will be interesting to see just what comes out of all these changes. Will the GOP pull back from the brink of utter insanity? Perhaps. Will they plunge further into obscure conservatism? Maybe. Time will tell, I'm sure.

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