This is something which I felt compelled to comment upon, and since I left a comment (the first) on the page, it seemed, along with the current conversation on my page, an appropriate time to post this link. Feel free to read, absorb, appreciate, and comment: http://www.gradientlair.com/post/91174567798/street-harassment-excuses-bingo
Concerning the following article, http://tinyurl.com/l6n46wm, it seems “methinks the lady doth protest too much” with regard to Ms. Ingraham’s accusation. Indeed, I truly wonder just what exactly SHE has been smoking of late. I doubt SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) would approved, unless of course she has a prescription for it(!).
Having shopped at Hobby Lobby but twice, I can only say that it seemed strange to me that everything (I mean: EVERY THING) in that store is manufactured in China. Now, the owners of HL cannot be unaware of the predicament they are now facing: with every purchase, American consumers are telling HL that it’s okay to be a morally ambiguous hypocrite, so long as the stuff you sell me is cheap enough. Never mind that every product you sell comes from a nation whose rule of law prevents families from having more than 1 female child, or more than two total children. Forget for a moment that the Chinese government forcibly aborts MILLIONS of children (or causes their deaths by decree) every year. No matter. We Americans at least are not filthy communists, with no belief in God (or any religion for that matter). Somehow, some way, that makes us BETTER than the Chinese. Is that really the message our fervently religious corporations are sending us? Obviously, as far as SCOTUS is concerned, corporations have the RIGHT to inflict their hypocritical belief systems upon their employees, so long as they don’t curtail the same behaviors by those same employees. Perverse, isn’t it? And here I thought there we two kinds of law, one for the rich, and one for the poor. Apparently this ruling has turned that notion on its head.
The mere fact that SCOTUS ruled in 1888 that a corporation (that Webster’s had defined at that point in history, for whatever that’s worth) as a “ficitonal entity existing only on paper” in Pembina Consolidated Silver Mining Co. v. Pennsylvania – 125 U.S. 181 (1888), is where the entire problem began. After clearly affirming this doctrine (though poisonous to individual liberties), Scotus wrote: “Under the designation of ‘person’ there is no doubt that a private corporation is included [in the Fourteenth Amendment]. Such corporations are merely associations of individuals united for a special purpose and permitted to do business under a particular name and have a succession of members without dissolution.”
THIS is where American Capitalism was reborn into the beast it has now grown into, with corporations telling our national government what to do, and local governments adopting this “mantle of power” be refashioning themselves as “municipal corporations.” This is the source of the old maxim, “You can’t fight City Hall” my fellow Americans. Americans have long remained ignorant of their laws, which is one reason those in power ensured that this ignorance could be used as a tool of the powerful; which is why you can and will be punished regardless of whether you knew you were breaking a law. Of course, it is completely ridiculous today, since there currently are over 10,000 laws in America, so NOBODY, not even SCOTUS, can possibly know them all. Therefore the “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” theory of guilt is thrown out the window, or at least it should be. But SCOTUS thinks otherwise.
You see, corporations are NOT “natural persons” - they are UTTERLY UNNATURAL, fictional entities. The mere fact they are operated by natural persons does not, in any normative sense of the word “logic” - give them any standing to claim the right to inflict their religious beliefs upon others in the workplace. But, the Eeediots who work at these places don’t seem (for the most part) to mind if their employer rams their hypocritical religious beliefs down the throats of their workers, and apparently neither do “the Supremes.” What SCOTUS and so many American just haven’t caught onto is one simple, yet terrifyingly creepy fact: this ruling paves the way for your employer to regulate your activities, indeed, to affect your liberty, in ways you cannot yet imagine.
By the way, when I said “hypocritical beliefs” I should have put it all in CAPS. Everything, and I do mean EVERY PRODUCT sold at Hobby Lobby is made and sold by China. Yes, that’s right, folks. So the “natural person” whose religious beliefs direct them to save the unborn also demand of them to purchase all of their goods from a nation which practices ABORTION by government decree. Funny, isn’t it, how the morally bankrupt and intellectually stunted manage somehow to make an argument that SCOTUS can approve of? What does that say about the highest court in our land? American legal hypocrisy at it’s finest moment.
The simple fact is, as an American citizen, you have NO RIGHTS unless you can AFFORD TO DEFEND THEM IN COURT. Heck, you can check with O.J. to verify that truth. So it naturally follows that, since a corporation has more money than the individual, the corporations’ rights apparently matter MORE than those of the individual in this our “nation of laws” since they have the MONEY to defend those rights.
Unless and until everyday Americans EDUCATE themselves on their laws and their rights under those laws, those liberties you take for granted (such as speaking your mind in a blog) will one day be curtailed as well, until eventually your liberty is a complete illusion. Mark my words, that day is not far off. After all, the government already has the ability to know everything you say and much of what you think. How far off do YOU think “pre-crime” could be, eh? Chew on that for a minute…
Ms. Ingraham, I think you ought to reconsider. Perhaps you are the one “suffering from the vapors” at this point; at least, your position is full of hot air, to be sure.