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.]