Lessons From This Past Week’s Supreme Court.

It is easy to pass judgment in hindsight. Many things I’ve done in politics I’ve seen in retrospect differently than I did at the time.

The decisions passed down last week in the Affordable Healthcare Act and on gay marriage carry with them lessons on how far the right can push into the lives of private citizens. That is to say, there are principles people can follow with enthusiasm in their own private lives that they should not try to impose on the general public.

Both of these decisions, while framed in language about love and health for all, involved lots of money. Taking away money from some group, or preventing access to it, is a topic wisely avoided in politics.

In the case of gay marriage there are many other issues. Everyone interested knows, however, gay couples have been blocked from health insurance granted to spouses and inheritance rules easily accessible to straight couples. When the right insisted on keeping these barriers in place it was headed for the collision we saw this past week.

The Affordable Health Care Act made health care more widely available. The right did not embrace the principle of financing health care widely and paid in this decision.

The right is making the same mistake with late term abortion. The argument made in  politics is that stopping late term abortions is about stopping all abortions. That is a political ruse. They are an insignificant number.

Each of these abortion carries a story that ultimately will prevail in court.

[An article discussing this topic is linked in comments.]

16 Responses

  1. Paul Larsen

    Jon … your restraint shocks me … we’re on the way to a better society … the little people are on the run … back under their rocks … buck up, my friend … you’re #1 for the runway … wheels down, Jon … cleared to land!

    1. Henry

      “….the little people are on the run….”

      Who is running? Or are you going somewhere?

      This smells much like the final solution to slavery SCOTUS ruled on, affirming it. Please celebrate.

      1. Henry

        P.S. I’d post a link to one of these celebrations at a public parade found using a simple google search, but am unable due to the indecent exposure and Jon’s blog being “family friendly”. Sombody was babbling about imposing “on the general public”. We got it alright.

        1. Henry 5:26 P.S. I’d post a link to one of these celebrations at a public parade found using a simple google search, but am unable due to the indecent exposure and Jon’s blog being “family friendly”. Sombody was babbling about imposing “on the general public

          Honestly, I don’t think there is such a thing anymore called “indecent exposure” or violation of laws against “public nudity”. There is only less clothing being worn.

          I walked with an atheist group here in the local gay pride event a couple of weeks ago. The audience was estimated at 15,000. There were lots of kids shouting for candy and the beads we were tossing to them.

          A young woman in the parade walked beside me for a few minutes and chatted. She was nude except for tiny pieces of tape on her nipples and some bikini type thing below. Then, her entire body and face were sprayed painted with some kind of aluminum paint.

          We have had “rules” or general definition of dressing in “good taste”. They keep changing. We all know about the rules some Muslims have, cover up woman completely, men must not be clean shaven, etc etc. Maybe our rules are just as silly as their’s. Maybe rules about which parts of our bodies are shown and which covered are much to do about nothing. If someone can march in a parade basically nude, what harm is done?

          1. Henry

            Jon: “If someone can march in a parade basically nude, what harm is done?”

            Why not? If Billy Bob and Roscoe can marry, they should have that right to nudity in front of kids picking candy at their feet. If they don’t have the right, some creative “interpretation” can be fabricated by SCOTUS. Then beyond that, BB & R can also lead their other two husbands in the parade. They can surely have a gay old time, with the former Fargo mayor also sandwiched between the mess, walking along, smiling at the masses (15,000).

          2. Henry 7:34 Why not? If Billy Bob and Roscoe can marry, they should have that right to nudity in front of kids picking candy at their feet. If they don’t have the right, some creative “interpretation” can be fabricated by SCOTUS. Then beyond that, BB & R can also lead their other two husbands in the parade

            So, gay married couples and fewer clothes worn by people in a parade leads to polygamy. In a creative writing class you might get an “A”.

          3. Henry

            Jon: “So, gay married couples and fewer clothes worn by people in a parade leads to polygamy.”

            Who can deny them if they love each other? Certainly, tradition will not restrain them.

          4. Henry 8:16 Who can deny them if they love each other? Certainly, tradition will not restrain them

            I agree a tradition of discrimination in jobs, being kicked out the their childhood homes by parents, being denied hospital access of their life-long partners and being barred from tax advantages of marriage will not restrain them. Conservatives have driven some gays to the outside edges of society and now there are parades reflecting this.

            Nudity, some transvestites and a little naughtiness are all in good fun.

          5. Henry

            Jon: “Nudity, some transvestites and a little naughtiness are all in good fun.”

            Yes, all while they are dribbling out candy at their feet for the kiddies to pick up.

            Apparently, this is all part of the package that SCOTUS has served up.

          6. entech

            Jon 9:09, as you say some of the parade is a bit of fun, quite modest fun really when you consider the Easter Parades in some parts of the world. Voluntary crucifixion and self flagellation. Probably better for the kids to pick up sweeties than get spattered with blood.

          7. entech 3:51 Jon 9:09, as you say some of the parade is a bit of fun, quite modest fun really when you consider the Easter Parades in some parts of the world. Voluntary crucifixion and self flagellation. Probably better for the kids to pick up sweeties than get spattered with blood

            I had not heard of those Easter parades. They sound like loads of fun. That’s the kind of parade Henry would enjoy–good sound moral values of blood and guts and no one showing too much skin.

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