The great thing about The Art of War by Sun Tzu is that it trains your mind to get into the decision cycle of your adversary. This is one of the problems the GOP –and indeed conservatives –have as we do ideological battle against liberal progressive socialists.
Exhibit A is the Hobby Lobby case being presented before the US Supreme Court. On its surface, the case is about religious freedom and a government seeking to impose its will regarding the contraceptive mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. Isn’t it just amazing how the only way liberal progressives can enact their “policies” is by force and coercion? Do this or else.
Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties have sued the federal government over the requirement that businesses provide health insurance plans covering contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs.
What right does the federal government have to tell a private sector company it MUST provide something — or else face a financial penalty? President Obama and his socialist acolytes are swimming in dangerous waters. It starts here, but where does it end? Tyranny, that’s where.
Here’s what the liberals really want. As reported by CNSNews.com “During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control simply shouldn’t provide health care coverage for their employees, saying “Isn’t there another choice nobody talks about, which is paying the tax, which is a lot less than a penalty and a lot less than — than the cost of health insurance at all?”
In layman’s terms, what these two female liberal Justices were saying was, bend to our will or pay the tax — what type of choices are those for a private sector business? And it has nothing to do with “the law of the land.” Just last night Obama and his cronies delayed, changed, altered (yet again) the sign-up deadline, just another one of the many waivers, exemptions, and delays. Obamacare is no longer a law, it is a moving target, an edict commanded from on high.
The true end state of liberal progressives is a single payer system. That’s why Kagan and Sotomayor prefer Hobby Lobby drop its people from insurance coverage and force them onto the government exchanges. As well, the monumental fines that the government would impose — millions of dollars — could prove deadly for the business. The employers at Hobby Lobby want to provide quality healthcare coverage to their employees — but not against their convictions and faith beliefs. Have we come full circle in America where we now punish those who possess a Judeo-Christian faith?
The exchange between Justice Kagan and Paul Clement, representing the plaintiffs, is telling.
“Those employers could choose not to give health insurance and pay not that high a penalty – not that high a tax,” Sotomayor said. Clement said Hobby Lobby would pay more than $500 million per year in penalties, but Kagan disagreed. “There’s one penalty that is if the employer continues to provide health insurance without this part of the coverage, but Hobby Lobby would choose not to provide health insurance at all. And in that case Hobby Lobby would pay $2,000 per employee, which is less than Hobby Lobby probably pays to provide insurance to its employees,” Kagan said. “So there is a choice here. It’s not even a penalty in the language of the statute. It’s a payment or a tax. There’s a choice.” Kagan went on to say that other U.S. businesses are “voluntarily” dropping their health insurance coverage for employees.
It’s clear that Justice Kagan prefers employees get dumped from their employer-based healthcare plans and forced into coverage by Obamacare – and that is how you boost your numbers.
Everything about Obamacare is focused on the goal of creating an American single-payer health system — government run. Obama’s dream is to destroy the private sector insurance industry, just as Dodd-Frank is wreaking havoc on the financial industry (a case where we should have just reinstated the Glass-Steagall Act).
Kagan, who as far as I know has never run a business, displays the arrogance of officialdom warned by Marcus Tulius Cicero. She resides high upon her perch and feels she has the power to make the decisions on what is economically best for a company.
Isn’t it funny how it was during the progressive administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt that tying healthcare to a job first emerged. Now the liberal progressives want to scrap that and just make everyone subject to government healthcare.
Obama and his former Solicitor General Kagan are offering America and our businesses false choices. It’s not the government’s place to force measures that violate the fundamental right of the individual to freedom of religion and its exercise thereof. What the progressives are seeking to do is actually establish a religion of their own: post-modern liberalism.
The Hobby Lobby case shouldn’t even be a case. Someone should have thrown this out. If the decision goes against Hobby Lobby, there are some very dark days ahead for America.
Lastly, to my fellow Christians, this is what happens when you fail to make a stand, do not exercise your right to vote, and remain politically disengaged. As Plato quipped, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” In this case, the penalty is not just the monetary fine but the ever-increasing infringement on your rights by liberal secular progressives.