One giant leap backwards


So five of the members of our Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, where game-changing decisions are made for the betterment of our nation, literally picked up the ball and booted it through their own uprights. If Neil Armstrong were going to talk about this decision he might say, "One small step for man, one abstractly large backward step for mankind."

If you’re not aware, on Monday, the Supreme Court handed down decisions in two high-profile cases regarding birth control and labor unions. In the first -- Burwell v. Hobby Lobby -- the court ruled 5-4 that closely held companies cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees. The second decision lent a blow to the labor movement. But for the sake of picking one and running, I’m gonna go with birth control and women’s rights. Now those of you with a conservative mindset may be applauding this decision because it was largely opposed by progressives. But before you go getting all full of yourself let me break it down in the most simplest of terms. Essentially, the Supremes allowed Hobby Lobby not to cover birth control through the Affordable Health Care Act, but they’ll still cover Viagra. Yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

Let’s remove politics all together and discuss if we can the long-term implications of such a decision. The Affordable Care Act requires most employers to cover contraception in health care plans at no cost to their female employees. The Obama administration did grant an exemption for churches and accommodations for religious hospitals, schools and nonprofits, but for-profit companies were required to comply with the coverage rule or pay fines. Somehow, through that little worm hole, Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned craft supply chain store sneaked this garbage in and got the smartest people in the land to become the dumbest people on the planet (well five of them anyway).

I have to say, as long as I can remember, there has been debate over birth control -- who should get it, why they shouldn’t get it and so on. So this is not a new thing. In fact, the debate has been around since the first person decided they weren’t ready for children or didn’t want them. But the same court that would take away the coverage for birth control would uphold a law that gave people the right to make that choice not to have kids. Afterall, we’re America, home of the free and land of the ... well, soon to be, a whole lot more pregnant. In short the Supreme Court really set a precedent here that will open up the flood gates for every company to fight the Affordable Care Act and they’re going to do it on the backs of women’s rights. Are you okay with that? I’m not.

Once again, all this smacks of special-interest groups kicking and screaming and getting their way. I will never understand how a large corporation can continually get away with not paying taxes then fighting against having to pay for something simple like birth control.

Say what you will about Ozzy Osbourne, you could literally make him the poster child for birth control, but make no bones about it, 34 years ago he wrote a verse in a song -- "I’ve listened to preachers, I’ve listened to fools, I’ve watched all the dropouts, who make their own rules. One person conditioned to rule and control, the media sells it and you live the role."

Yup, in 1980 Ozzy predicted we’d go off the rails on the Crazy Train and here we are. We’ve started. We live one psycho event after another. Monday was just another instance of we, the sheeple, remaining divided, as opposed to one nation indivisible. As for the liberty and justice for all, well I fear that it should probably be replaced with what the hell is up with that?

Fish is the morning talent on Classic Hits 92.7 FM. He also offers up his opinion on-line at www.whatda E-mail him at fish@wk


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