My fellow (North) Americans,
The internet blew up today with people voicing their reactions to the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling on Hobby Lobby versus the Affordable Care Act.
I think a lot of the anger directed towards SCOTUS, and Hobby Lobby for that matter, is misdirected. Those five conservative judges were installed in their positions to be able to carry out partisan work just like this. The owners of HL are crazy right-wing Christians who believe all sorts of silly stuff and would love to rid their great country of liberals and non-believers. Hey, they’re allowed to be crazy.
What I think people are missing is that what happened today is perfectly in keeping with the desires of the Republican party. There are countless other examples throughout the States (and I won’t even pick on the low-hanging fruit of AZ) of Republicans trying to dictate what women should or should not be allowed to do with their bodies – especially when it comes to procreation. This too, is perfectly ok. The GOP is a party that’s run by rich, heteronormative, white men for rich, heteronormative, white men. There’s no avoiding that fact. Sure, they tolerate women, gays and brown people so long as those people know their place and behave accordingly. Just don’t get all uppity or step out of line.
What does have my blood boiling however is the number of women, immigrants and members of the LGBTx community that belong to, support and defend a party that openly wishes to marginalize them. Now, if you’re a self-hating ______ and support these policies then go nuts, but, if you’re going to tell me that you “overlook” these things because you’re a fiscal conservative, that not *all* Republicans are like this or that you’re “working from the inside” to change the party. Oh, wait, but you’re a Republican because you believe in small government! I’m sorry cupcake but small governments don’t spend trillions of dollars waging wars around the globe; we all know how much the GOP loves their defense spending. Seriously, folks, get a grip. You’re not changing the party from the inside; YOU make it possible for them to behave this way! You’re who they point to when it’s time to win over your demographic so they can be empowered to further subjugate you. You’re not one of them. They haven’t accepted you as one of their own. They own your ass and soon you’ll be picking their proverbial cotton.
Imagine what would happen if the GOP only put forth candidates who are truly representative of their platform? Imagine all the Kochs the public would be faced with at the ballot boxes. The porcine 1% who would be forced to be seen to be doing their own bidding. The GOP is a party of elitist bigots and racists who are hell bent on pushing their own agenda; an agenda that does nothing but harm the vast majority of Americans and particularly targets those most in need of protection and support. Leave. Leave in droves and watch the party implode; maybe then there’ll be an opportunity to start something fresh from the ashes. But until that happens, you’re the problem you keep bitching about.
Feel free to vehemently disagree below.