Today’s liberals don’t much like the word “liberal.” It got a bad reputation when it came to symbolize welfare queens driving Cadillacs on their way to having their 7th illegitimate child. So, naturally, the Left chose to re-brand themselves as “progressives.”
Sounds ever so much better. After all, who doesn’t like progress? Today’s “progressives” are just as regressive and tyrannical as the original bunch back in Woodrow Wilson’s time. Tyrannical in the simple sense of not letting each citizen decide what is and what is not moral, important, or violates their liberty.
ObamaCare is the logical conclusion of progressive governance: one size fits all, and the Mandarins in the Obama administration will decree what shall and what shall not be covered under your insurance plan. And it is not just that they are dictating what you need to believe or not believe in: it is required, mandatory, and unless you are politically connected, you, dear citizen, are but a cog in the great machine that is today’s Obama administration.
In perhaps the most egregious violation of our First Amendment to date, Obama has decreed that the Little Sisters of the Poor must include birth control, abortive drugs, and sterilization in their health insurance. All of which are forbidden by Catholic doctrine.
From the New York Post, the grisly summary:
The nuns are the Little Sisters of the Poor, and they run nursing homes for the elderly. The Little Sisters argue they should not be forced to offer coverage that violates their religious convictions.
The Obama argument is astounding. The gist is that the nuns really aren’t religious enough to qualify for the church exemption. The administration backs up that position with hefty fines for the Little Sisters if they don’t cave. For example, just for their home in Denver, where there are 67 employees, it could run to $6,700 a day. That’s money the Little Sisters simply don’t have.
Beyond the totalitarian impulse behind ObamaCare itself, “the Obama argument is astounding” says it all. First Amendment rights don’t evaporate if those in power don’t agree with your religion or its doctrines. That is the entire point of the Bill of Rights: to protect citizens against an over-reaching, tyrannical government.
Obama and his sycophants may not care, but we should. And Obama’s attack on the Little Sisters of the Poor not only shows his totalitarian instincts, it shows that he is a nothing better than a Chicago hoodlum. A coward who can’t handle tough guys like Putin, but must pick on those who care for the poorest and sickest among us.