Rick Jensen: Forget Hobby Lobby: This is the real scandal
As you’ve probably noticed, the airwaves and news pages have been filled with liberals deliberately lying about the meaning of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision (Conservatives want to deny women birth control, Republicans are trying to stop women from having sex, yadda yadda yadda).
For the truth, let’s go to Professor Eric Posner at the Chicago University Law School, who sums up the Hobby Lobby decision much more accurately than the liberals calling it a “war on women”:
“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says that the federal government may not put substantial burdens on religious exercise. The Affordable Care Act, as implemented by some federal regulations, required Hobby Lobby to include contraception in its employee health insurance plan. Hobby Lobby covered most forms of contraception, but not four that it believed amounted to abortion, which violates the religious beliefs of Hobby Lobby’s owners. If Hobby Lobby doesn’t comply with the regulations, it must pay taxes and penalties. So the question before the court boils down to whether those taxes and penalties substantially burden Hobby Lobby. The majority, in an opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, said yes.”
Meanwhile, a true scandal is happening that should concern all Americans, regardless of party affiliation or level of accepting the federal government’s role in controlling your life.
Our President has been found guilty of subverting the Constitution, which he swore to uphold, and is publicly planning to do it again and again and again.
No matter your opinion on amnesty for illegal immigrants, a church’s right to make personnel decisions, or the ideology of National Labor Relations Board appointees, one of the principles upon which our country was founded is negotiation and compromise between disagreeing parties. Simply because one party seeks more compromise than the other party is willing to give does not give the President the right to subvert the process.
This is why the Supreme Court unanimously determined President Obama has violated his oath to uphold the Constitution... twice!
This is why John Boehner is suing President Obama.
Well, that and Boehner’s attempt to pretend he isn’t a weak-kneed beltway insider.
The President’s “go it alone” ideology has been rebuked not only by conservative justices who believe their decisions must conform to the original intent of the writers of the Constitution, but also the liberal justices, including two appointed by Obama himself.
This has not stopped him for a second.
President ObamaÂ threatened to use executive orders to create his own immigration laws unilaterally.
“America cannot wait forever for [Congress] to act. That’s why today I am beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress,” Obama said on June 30th in the Rose Garden.
When asked about consequences of the President’s threat to evade the lack of congressional legislation with executive orders , White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest laughed and replied, “What that they might sue?”
“They announced they were doing that last week. So, the prospect that Republicans might do even more to try to obstruct the president’s agenda I think is a little far-fetched. It seems to me they have tried every single thing they can think of already to block progress for this country so the fact that they might do more is not something we spend that much time worrying about.”
For you liberals, imagine President George W. Bush cutting taxes on the wealthy and bombing Iran and droning civilians by executive order.
Wait... that droning part is being done... by Obama... scratch that.
The President’s Dream Act is encouraging poverty-stricken parents in South and Central America to ship their children to the border of The United States where they know our hearts and arms open to them. Thus it would be cruel not to accept the parents of these children, too, right?
The cruelty is Nancy Pelosi’s photo-op encouraging people to abandon their children at the border.
Strong borders and keeping the promise of returning the children to their parents would help end this human tragedy.
Instead, President Obama blames Republicans and refuses to compromise.
Rick Jenson can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.