Left wing hysteria ginned up over Hobby Lobby decision
The outrage expressed by the left as a result of the Supreme Court decision to allow an Oklahoma family business to get out from under the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare is beyond belief.
Social media exploded in anger and hate, as this Twitchy post shows. I would quote some of the death threats and obscenities tossed at Hobby Lobby but this is a family website and we don't do vulgarity. (Warning: Very coarse and obscene language at the link.)
We don't have that problem when quoting Eugene Robinson, the liberal WaPo columnist, who likens arguments in favor of the decision to those made to justify segregation. (Courtesy of Newsbusters):
DONNY DEUTSCH: Obviously, I'm far from a conservative and I think anyone would know where I stand on a woman's right to choose. Having said that, nobody is forcing anybody to go to work at Hobby Lobby. You know, there is another side to that argument. There's free enterprise there's freedom of choice on all sides, and if a company, an individual, privately held company, has a belief system, a value system, that they believe is part of who they are as a culture, that's their right and I think it's a person's right to say I do not choose that culture and I will go to another culture. It's a very gray area no matter where you stand on either side of these issues, I think.
EUGENE ROBINSON: Long, long ago, there were segregationists who made a religious argument and said that they found somewhere in the Bible and a justification for racial segregation in the South and, obviously, that did not hold water. This is perhaps a bit different. It deals with employees of the company as you said, nobody has an obligation to go to work for Hobby Lobby but there is another side of this and there is case law on the other side of this. I'm not sure which way they are going to go.
A dominant theme in most of the hysterical responses to the ruling is that somehow, women are "denied access" to birth control.
Can't believe we live in a world where we'd even consider letting big corps deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 30, 2014
I can't believe we live in a world where an ignoramus like Elizabeth Warren is elected Senator. Nobody is "denying" access to contraceptives. They are right there in your drug store waiting for you to purchase them. I like this tweet from The Federalist's Sean Davis:
I'm kind of hungry for lunch, but my employer doesn't buy my lunch for me. It gives me cash to buy food. Which means I'm going to starve.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 30, 2014
Liberals aren't getting it.
Davis lists 6 stupid arguments made by liberals about the decision, and #6 is a gem:
6) Your boss shouldn’t make health care decisions for you.
They actually have a point here. Unfortunately the irony of simultaneously supporting that argument and Obamacare’s employer health care mandates is lost on them. Over to you, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
Disappointed in the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling. Healthcare should be decided between a woman & her Dr.— not her boss. #NotMyBossesBusiness— Senator Kay Hagan (@SenatorHagan) June 30, 2014
Oddly enough, a great way to prevent employers from making health care decisions for their employees is to not pass laws requiring employers to make health care decisions for their employees. Crazy, right?
The left ignores how painfully narrow this decision is, affecting only a few family owned businesses. Reading some of their responses, you get the feeling that it's contraceptive Armageddon - that a woman will now be denied the right to plan her own family. The huge majority of women will still enjoy contraceptive coverage despite this decision. But taking arguments to levels of hysteria rarely seen needs to be done in order to intimidate and berate those who disagree with them.
Get over it, liberals.