Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hobby Lobby and the Liberal Project

Just in case you are worried that the Supreme Court's Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. decision is the end of the world as we know it, I have good news.  It isn't the end of the world.  The Supreme Court has said that the government can't force a closely-held corporation to offer to its employees health insurance that includes abortifacients.  That's all.

Hey, no problem.  The answer is to pay for abortifacients directly through government grants and spending.  Or, according to Ben Domenech, by making regular birth control pills "over the counter" drugs instead of prescription drugs as at present.

My local GOP guys understand that, storm-in-a-teacup as the Hobby Lobby decision may be, the Dems intend to use it for another Big Push in their War on Women offensive.  So they've sent me an email excoriating the cheap rhetoric of the lefties:
This dishonest and inaccurate rhetoric shows that the Democrats are always playing politics - in no way does the Supreme Court decision deny women access to birth control.  Rather, the Court has ruled that the government cannot force business owners to violate their religious beliefs.
So the political argument will be "access to birth control" vs. "violate... religious beliefs."

I suppose that the bottom line is that when the Dems are in the White House we are going to get liberals legislating liberal morality on the rest of us.  To me as a libertarian conservative it amounts to dressing up the free-stuff politics of the robber gang in the modest garments of fairness and rights.

And when the GOP is in the White House you'll get attempts to legislate the religion of the folks I call the People of the Responsible Self.

Why do politicians keep legislating morality? Because even though government is force, politicians still like to feel they are doing God's work.  Or history's work.

And that gets us back to the bigger issue.  Every ruling class is in the business of tossing out free stuff to its supporters; that's how it stays in business.  And since giving out free stuff usually starts out as robbery, it has to dress up its robbery in the decent drapery of religion.

If conservatives don't like that then we have to develop a civil religion that makes a scandal out of most of the free stuff that government gives out.  For instance we could start by pointing out how the low-interest Keynesian policy at the Fed is basically screwing the American middle class.  We could then say that free education is screwing the poor, because the schools for the poor are lousy.  Then we could go onto health care and point out that the scandal of the VA and Medicaid are not due to nasty bureaucrats but baked into the design of any centralized administrative program.

But people still like that free stuff.  So there will always be liberals and their government programs.

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