Today's supreme court decisions reinforce my belief that lifetime appointments of federal judges was largely a mistake that was made by the founders. The positions should be two year elected positions that are term limited.
A largely male, corrupt, and vested majority in the Supreme Court ruled that certain companies, averse to the use of health insurance being used to pay for contraception, can sidestep mandates within the ACA allowing for private insurance products to permit the practice.
The fact that employees pay for the insurance, or that one company may be able to dictate what another company carries in terms of product, is of no consequence. Hobby Lobby has, through favorable decision - thanks to five complete frauds - can inject their religious viewpoint in the situation with impunity despite the fact that they are not an organization with a protected status as a religious organization.
Also today "The Five Horses of Corporatism and Moral Repugnance" took steps to convert partial government employment into a "right to work" status by removing requirements to pay union dues. Harris vs. Quinn also sets to language that home caregivers could be considered partial government employees, as they receive Medicare money as payment, but are not direct government employees and shouldn't be treated as such.
The fact that many of these people who take care of the elderly are paid on average, according to current figures reported by US News, $21,830 a year. A relatively nominal salary compared to other healthcare professionals who earn as much as $4000 to $5000 more a year. Put the weekly salary of roughly $450.00 a week up against the average charge of $3,328.00 cost for homecare, and it becomes evident reforms in this industry are needed.
To the Christian Coalition, anti-labor, and similar groups, who like to feel today was victory for your agenda, I take comfort in the fact that the precedents established today (sidestepping the commerce and establishment clauses), as well as similar affronts to the establishment clause committed by atheist groups in Bradford County, Florida, last year with the atheist bench, mean that the day is coming when future precedents set by stranger, less "American" religions will come and give you all pause. And, as you're all complaining about the intrusions against the privileges you once had, I will be laughing hysterically at the irony.
With that I conclude this rant using the words of H.L. Mencken...
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"A mood of constructive criticism being upon me, I propose forthwith that the method of choosing legislators now prevailing in the United States be abandoned and that the method used in choosing juries be substituted. That is to say, I propose that the men who make our laws be chosen by chance and against their will, instead of by fraud and against the will of all the rest of us, as now...
"...that the names of all the men eligible in each assembly district be put into a hat (or, if no hat can be found that is large enough, into a bathtub), and that a blind moron, preferably of tender years, be delegated to draw out one...
"The advantages that this system would offer are so vast and obvious that I hesitate to venture into the banality of rehearsing them. It would in the first place, save the commonwealth the present excessive cost of elections, and make political campaigns unnecessary. It would in the second place, get rid of all the heart-burnings that now flow out of every contest at the polls, and block the reprisals and charges of fraud that now issue from the heart-burnings. It would, in the third place, fill all the State Legislatures with men of a peculiar and unprecedented cast of mind -- men actually convinced that public service is a public burden, and not merely a private snap. And it would, in the fourth and most important place, completely dispose of the present degrading knee-bending and trading in votes, for nine-tenths of the legislators, having got into office unwillingly, would be eager only to finish their duties and go home, and even those who acquired a taste for the life would be unable to increase the probability, even by one chance in a million, of their reelection.
"The disadvantages of the plan are very few, and most of them, I believe, yield readily to analysis. Do I hear argument that a miscellaneous gang of tin-roofers, delicatessen dealers and retired bookkeepers, chosen by hazard, would lack the vast knowledge of public affairs needed by makers of laws? Then I can only answer (a) that no such knowledge is actually necessary, and (b) that few, if any, of the existing legislators possess it...
"Would that be a disservice to the state? Certainly not. On the contrary, it would be a service of the first magnitude, for the worst curse of democracy, as we suffer under it today, is that it makes public office a monopoly of a palpably inferior and ignoble group of men. They have to abase themselves to get it, and they have to keep on abasing themselves in order to hold it. The fact reflects in their general character, which is obviously low. They are men congenitally capable of cringing and dishonorable acts, else they would not have got into public life at all. There are, of course, exceptions to that rule among them, but how many? What I contend is simply that the number of such exceptions is bound to be smaller in the class of professional job-seekers than it is in any other class, or in the population in general. What I contend, second, is that choosing legislators from that populations, by chance, would reduce immensely the proportion of such slimy men in the halls of legislation, and that the effects would be instantly visible in a great improvement in the justice and reasonableness of the laws."
No doubt many partisans will agree with this, instead choosing to help their prospective political parties serve up yet another "savior" to lead us even further down the road to oblivion. They will have served the status-quo and gave us, yet another Republican or Democrat. The person will fulfill a moral dogma - at least in appearance - that the people themselves could never, on their best day do, despite what they see in the mirror. And, when that messiah fails them, they'll wait for another. "God" save America: it is what it is.