One of my very first posts as a blogger, almost 8 years ago, was a rant about two Supreme Court decisions that I thought were the root cause of much of our nation’s political problems. The first was the ruling, from way back in the 1800s, granting corporations personhood. The second, from the mid-1970s, declared that money is equivalent to speech. That was 3 or 4 platforms ago for the blog, and that post is long lost, but trust me, it was a brilliant observation our nation’s journey from representative democracy into oligarchy.
On Monday, our Supreme Court handed down a decision that will hasten that slide by granting family-owned or “closely held” corporations the protections of religious freedom. I am referring, of course, to the Hobby Lobby ruling.
This ruling really gores my ox. While ostensibly about Hobby Lobby’s owner’s objection to supplying their employees with insurance that covers contraception, the ramifications are much larger. Now, not only are corporations people, certain ones can hold religious beliefs. And not only can those corporations hold those religious beliefs, they can force those religious beliefs on their employees through personnel decisions. How long before some publicly held corporation sues the government for the same “rights” just granted to closely held corporations?
The horse is out of the barn. Corporate theocracy has come to Amurka. For an atheist lefty like myself, it is the stuff of nightmares.