More than 40 years in journalism have left me just a bit jaded. However, some days continue to leave me speechless. This is one of those days. It is nearly inconceivable to me that the Supreme Court of the United States, or perhaps I should say, the five boneheaded, backward thinking, Neo-feudal justices that make up the conservative majority, could in their infinite stupidity rule that pregnancy is not a health issue and that public-sector unions have no real right to collect dues from their memberships.
So the five Neo-feudal justices mystical and ancient religious views on sex trump the reality of people actually having sex and needing to deal with it in the 21st Century? Did the justices consider that their decision could be viewed as a refusal to separate church from state, and that it could also be interpreted as meaning that companies will now be allowed to order their employees to attend church services twice a day, or pray to Mecca regularly? If a company owner can impose his will with regard to his workers sex lives based upon his personal religious beliefs, then why not other aspects of their lives as well? It’s already happened. Henry Ford, did it with workers on his first assembly lines.
Does this open the door for a Christian Scientist business owner to refuse offering any traditional healthcare at all?
Moreover, if a company owner can impose his religious belief system on his employees, then don’t his employees have a right to practice their system of beliefs while on the job, regardless of what their belief systems might be? Shouldn’t Scientologists be able to take time off for regular auditing breaks? Or is this whole freedom of religion thing a one-way street? And if the Court is doing away with it, then why not our other freedoms as well? Sadly, the boneheaded conservative five are working on it.
The other Neo-feudal ruling, limiting a union’s ability to collect dues, plays right into the hands of the masters and kings of big business who are destroying our middle-class and turning us into a two-class society with only the very wealthy at the top, hiding in their gate-guarded estates, and the rest of us on the bottom, trying to scratch out a living on whatever pittance the wealthiest 1% will allow. “Gathering up the crumbs from their tables,” if you will.
We need to begin recognizing contemporary liberals and conservatives for what they actually are. They are progressives and regressives. Being a true conservative has little or no linkage with those on today’s far right who wish to take back us into the 19th Century.
Most frightening of all is the number of Americans who, with the assistance of an increasingly negligent news media, do not understand or do not care, as they continue to believe somebody “up there” is going to take care of it all for them. I’m convinced that many of these folks belong to the “pray the gay away” crowd.
This isn’t to condemn people of faith. I was raised as an acolyte in the Episcopal Church, and went through years of Bible study. We were people of faith. But, we were also common sense Minnesotans who understood that “God helps those who help themselves.” That too, was drummed into me to provide some balance between the value of blind faith the obvious need to deal with reality. So often in life, balance is everything.
Those on the far-right in the United States are no better than the crazed and largely unschooled ISIS fighters marching across Iraq, who are willing to kill in their drive to make church (mosque) and state, one and the same. Is there any difference between that kind of religious mania and the greed-driven promotion of carbon-based fuels that’s destroying the planet?
Ignorance is the tyrant’s friend and Fascism, his byproduct.