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Judicial Mischief

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.


6 Responses

  1. The complexities of the ACA make it a nightmare. The decision was nasty and ill-meant but, definitely fits the intention of the law — which was to carve as many people out of health care – while requiring them to purchase health insurance – as possible.

    Supposedly there was a time when you had to be a doctor to practice medicine. But, that time is long past.

    Now, even above doctors, are legislators, insurance administrators and now bosses — oh, and the DEA. Now, if it’s OK with those guys, your doctor can have a say.

  2. There’s an lengthy front page article at Salon by Jim Sleeper that I think you’d find interesting, RD.
    I don’t feel very celebratory today.

  3. Happy 4th of July, Patriots! We have been living under Scalia Law since those 5 black-robed scoundrels/mountebanks ate the Constitution and tapped the punk W for the White House. Ain’t life grand? Helter Skelter!!

  4. I wish I could say I was surprised at the Hobby Lobby decision, but it was a predictable consequence of building a health insurance system around private insurance tied to private employment. We would have been ever so much better off with Richard Nixon’s health plan back in the ’70s. Who would ever have thought we’d look back on him as the “good old days”?

    The decision went exactly as I expected, I’m afraid to say.

  5. After many months away tending to my ailing mother, I just got so goddamned mad that actually did post yesterday calling for re-igninting our own revolution. Not that I’ve been totally idle…I’ve called crappy GOP reps, and written caustic emails to Planned Parenthood and attempted to find a contact for national NOW to no avail. For Pete’s sake, drop the niceties and show some signs of life!

    I’ve been so damned peeved for a long time now. Friday I got the usual “Happy Friday” from Save the Chimps. These emails have wonderful, inspirational quotations along with images of chimps that support the quotations. This Friday’s 4th email had fantastic quote from Nelson Mandela on the subject of FREEDOM… It really struck a chord to such an extend that I got to the computer and wrote from the heart.
    At the risk of seeming self-promoting (although I’m not posting regularly at this point) I’m just going to lay the whole thing out here…Hope your enjoy it…

    July 4th, 2014… WHAT FREEDOM MEANS in the Era of Republican Repression…Nelson Mandela Had It Right
    Posted on July 4, 2014 by insightanalytical | Edit

    By Insightanalytical-GRL

    It’s been awhile…aging parent do take a lot of time to care for.

    But, that doesn’t mean I’ve checked out of the world. Believe me, the current political situation in this country only adds to the stress of family issues as one gets swamped by negative, cruel messages from the Republican Party.

    In light of the recent Supreme Fart rulings (Hobby Lobby contraception, etc), the general onslaught of religious crap in this country and the anti- EVERYBODY who is not one of THEM attitude, this sort of captured the moment for me….

    “For to be free it is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
    –Nelson Mandela

    This wonderful quote goes to what is being crushed in this country by right wing forces…a sense of what should be normalcy being trashed by a rotten GOP, a cruel version of “Christianity” which borders on insanity and Taliban-like qualities, intolerance, racism/voter suppression, hostility toward women, anti-healthcare expansion,anti-food assistance, holding immigration reform hostage, etc….it’s all out there now, courtesy of a rabid bunch who have taken over the GOP.

    The Republican Party, its Tea Party wing (which is a deviant of the original Tea Party which was all about economic concerns, not social issues), what I call COCKROACH CHRISTIANS (insidious, crawling out of their very dark places everywhere and not being really Christian at all, in shorthand CRAP “Christians”)….these UN-PATRIOTIC idiots who want to destroy the country…

    These people show NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING….They are seriously toxic people….

    It’s time for the rest of us to RISE UP and re-ignite OUR REVOLUTION!



  6. What’s clear is that the Robert’s Court is determined to destabilize the culture in such a way as to create chaos.

    Indeed…We have sowed chaos all over the world since 2003. It’s no accident .. What’s deemed good in our many theaters of war is also deemed good for here. The destabilized are easier to control by force.

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