Private property in the form of a business? Sandra Fluke never heard of it.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Sandra Fluke, the 30-year-old who pretended not to know that contraception costs about $9 a month, weighs in on the Hobby Lobby vs Obamacare case. It’s every bit as awful as you might expect.
In that case, the owners of a business are suing to escape the Obamacare mandate that forces them to violate their religious consciences. It’s worth pointing a few things out about all this at the start. First, the abortifacient mandate wasn’t in the original law. If it was, Obamacare probably would not have passed. HHS regulators wrote the mandate in, and Obama and Sebelius agree with it and are therefore defending it in court. Because it’s a regulation, it could be undone at any time if Obama simply picked up the phone and ordered the regulators, who work for him, to undo it. So we really are talking about Obama and Sebelius imposing their morality on the owners of Hobby Lobby, and by extension everyone else who opposes that mandate.
There is no medical or financial reason to impose that mandate. As it’s about birth control, it’s about lifestyle first and foremost. Not medical conditions. Not “the healthcare crisis.” It’s not even about access, as birth control has been available for decades. The difference now, is that everyone is paying for it, without ever being asked to agree to. It’s mandated. The Hobby Lobby case is about government forcing some to pay for the personal choices of others, not any medical conditions or any of that. It’s entirely about morality and politics, and it’s about breaking off traditional Christians from the public sphere.
It’s among the reasons it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Obama/Kerry Iran discussions did not include securing the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini. Obama et al don’t care about the freedom of Christians in this country. It should surprise no one that they care even less about the plight of one Christian in Iran.
It’s also worth pointing out that Obamacare has never had majority support and was passed through chicanery and shenanigans. A majority want it repealed now. Additionally, President Obama himself has chosen to enforce some parts of the law but not others, as suits his political whims. That last point in mind, now watch Sandra Fluke accuse the owners of Hobby Lobby of wanting an exception to the law. She’s either unbelievably stupid, or incredibly dishonest.
“Both” is also a viable option.
Fluke opens with this: “It goes even beyond healthcare. It’s a corporation picking and choosing which types of laws they want to comply with.”
The Obama administration has done that repeatedly with this very law.
She continues: “Our belief in this society has always been, that we protect the religious liberties of individuals in their private lives, but when you cross that line, and go into the public sphere, and decide that you want to operate as a company, make a profit off of the public, you need to abide by the public’s laws.”
Hayes agrees of course, because critical thinking is alien to him.
Again, the Obama administration itself has picked and chosen which parts of Obamacare it wants to enforce, despite the fact that the plain language of the law does not allow those choices. Fluke’s hero has blown her central argument away. The mandate itself is a choice, not part of the actual law. Obama could undo it with a phone call. Instead, it’s a regulation he is choosing to enforce to the point of dragging Hobby Lobby through a lengthy court case to defend it.
Fluke steals so many bases she should change her name to Ricky Henderson. Owning a business is often the choice an individual makes in order to make a living. That’s not going into the “public sphere,” it’s just making a living via one’s private property. Fluke is suggesting that business owners have no rights over their own private property. I’m sure she sincerely believes that. I’m also sure that she is wrong about it, the question is, does the court agree? On that, I’m no longer sure at all.