Well, that didn’t take long. The ink had barely dried on the Hobby Lobby case before a.) we learned that the ruling actually applied to *all* birth control, not just the ones Hobby Lobby erroneously decided were abortifacients, b.) Rick Warren, the evangelical lite preacher Obama insisted be shoved down our throats at his inauguration decided that asking him and his kind to associate with LGBT people at work was intruding on their “religious freedom” and c.) John Roberts was lying through his teeth when he said employers, like Wheaton College, would simply fill out a form to get their birth control exemption from Obamacare.
I’m guessing that it won’t take long for the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society to determine that none of its permanent unpaid interns at their Brooklyn and Bethel sites should get blood transfusions. Oh, it could happen.
But the bigger problem is going to be the bureaucratic nightmare that now will descend on the labyrinthine monstrosity that is already Obamacare. And, no, Paul Krugman, it is not all that. The ACA is a horrible piece of legislation and I speak from experience since I don’t watch cable TV anymore. You don’t have to be a Republican to absolutely hate it and every stupid destructive thing it has done to the workplace.
So, yeah. It’s pretty bad right now. On the other hand, this ruling could be the eucatastrophe that spurs the good side to victory down the road. You know, a REAL national healthcare policy that’s genuinely universal and has cost controls. One that doesn’t have holes open for the exploitation of working people and protects the rights of women and LGBT people.
Or not. The Democrats seem to be in some sort of psychogenic fugue these days. You would have thought they would have had a 24/7 internet news outlet where their supporters could go to get the best opinion and strategy but, um, I’m not aware of one. Nor have I seen a line up of liberal clergy condemning this ruling and its implications. It’s like the whole party sort of checked out.
What’s clear is that the Robert’s Court is determined to destabilize the culture in such a way as to create chaos. I don’t think this ruling was motivated by the religious convictions of the majority. I think it was motivated by the ideological convictions of the political party that nominated them. But at this point, I’m not sure what their aims are. Do they even know? Or is it just a power trip without a purpose? Because that’s what it looks like.
What we really need is a Churchill right about now.