I just finished reading the Supreme Court Ruling in Hobby Lobby Case this morning. As usual, and as I suspected the News Media, whether Main Stream or Non Main Stream, did not fully discuss what the case was, the legal arguments, or the ramifications.
The majority opinion of the court was primarily based on legal arguments, the dissent’s opinion largely based on political arguments, coupled with hackneyed arguments based on eugenics from the 1920’s (which we are told does not exist anymore), followed up by veiled insults towards everyone who disagrees with them as homophobes, anti-woman, and anti-public health.
The fact that the dissent mentions cost-benefit analyses based on politicians rhetoric and government statistics demonstrates that it was a politically based opinion. How many times have the scientists, public health, private groups with a political/financial agenda, and government officials lied to us in just my short lifetime? Shouldn’t we at least be slightly skeptical when these arguments are portrayed as “truth” or the “facts”.
In just the last couple of years of lies, scandals, and information embargoes by government on all levels should lead us to at least question what the government professes. Especially on the big issues.
I have always heard that the Supreme Court Justices sometimes get personal in their arguments. This comes through in both the sides of the issue, but especially the dissent. The dissent's contempt for the opposition comes through very clearly. We should expect more from the highest court in the land. And we should expect our politicians, and presidents to enact and enforce laws that don’t really need to be litigated as much.
My Master’s Thesis was based largely on the news media not telling us the whole story and sometimes fabricating info on Global Warming/Climate Change which leads to bad public policy and worse. The coverage of the Hobby Lobby case by all sides confirms my thesis. I fear that we as a people are being played by both sides for a larger purpose that will not be good for we as a people.
This Independence Day let us renew our commitment to Government getting its power from the people and not the other way around. Isn’t that in large part what the Declaration of Independence was about?