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Defending the First Amendment

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments about whether or not Hobby Lobby should be forced to pay for their employees’ contraceptives and abortions, despite religious objections, as a part of Obamacare. Four justices have already voiced that they will side with the government. I find this to be mind bogglingly shocking. These people were put there to DEFEND the Constitution, with the very first Bill of Rights being to protect religious freedom. It should be a slam dunk case, with Hobby Lobby winning easily. That fact that FOUR of the justices think otherwise is frightening. What on earth is their justification?

Their argument is that Hobby Lobby is a corporation and that the First Amendment does not apply to corporations. Say what!? First off, that makes zero sense. Corporations are nothing more than collections of people and it is my understanding that the First Amendment applies to ALL people. Corporations are owned by people, staffed by people, managed by people. Corporations are people and in that respect they are no different than government. They reflect the values and integrity of the individuals that make them up.

But even if corporations are some strange separate artificial intelligence entity, what good is the First Amendment if it doesn’t apply to EVERYBODY?? When the government can start to pick and choose who gets protected by the First Amendment and who doesn’t, you have entered into dangerous territory, and the fact that four justices think that it’s their job to decide who doesn’t get protected by the First Amendment means that we are already there!

I brought this point up to a liberal friend and his response was, “Well, I don’t like Hobby Lobby pushing their religion on their employees.” What does that have to do with the issue? Hobby Lobby is not forcing the employees to do or not do anything. The government IS forcing Hobby Lobby to do something it finds objectionable. If Sue Employee wants to have an abortion while under the employ of Hobby Lobby, Hobby Lobby will not stop her from doing so and frankly, I don’t think Hobby Lobby cares what Sue Employee decides to do with her life outside of Hobby Lobby. But why should Hobby Lobby be FORCED to pay for that abortion? It’s Sue’s abortion, not Hobby Lobby’s. She should pay for it herself, if that’s what she wants, or find somebody who does want to pay for her abortion.

Even though Hobby Lobby does not get involved in Sue Employee’s personal life, if Hobby Lobby, or any company for that matter, wishes to establish for themselves a code of ethics on how they feel their employees should conduct themselves outside of employment, I would defend their right to do so. Sound extreme? Well then, work for another company. We do not have forced employment in this country. Nobody is forcing anybody to work for any company. Why is it that so hard to understand? If Sue Employee wants her employer to pay for her abortion, she can get a job with one who will.

What does the First Amendment specifically say? It says “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof.” The Obamacare mandate violates this on both accounts. First, it denies Hobby Lobby their free exercise of their religion. I bring this up and I hear liberals say the First Amendment is supposed to keep people from forcing their religion on others. No, it doesn’t. Considering the fact that a lot of the signers of the Constitution were ordained pastors or ministers, I doubt that this is what they had in mind when they signed it. No, the First Amendment ALLOWS people to proselytize, Bible bash, witness, share, whatever you want to call it, to one another. Don’t like it, tough, it’s their freedom. What it DOESN’T allow is for government to force ITS religion and yes, secularism IS a type of religion. By forcing Hobby Lobby and anybody else to pay for contraceptives, the government is establishing that this is their worldview (religion) and this is their way of forcing you to acknowledge it. The failure to understand this is a failure to understand the First Amendment.

Freedom Cures Poverty

FREEDOM CURES POVERTY WHERE GOVERNMENT FAILS
By Benjamin Powell

Why do some nations become rich while others remain poor? This has been a central question in economics since at least the time of Adam Smith. Today China, India, and Botswana are booming, and in the process lifting hundreds of millions of people out of wretched poverty. Yet most of sub-Saharan Africa not only fails to get rich, but is instead actually getting poorer.

Traditional mainstream economic-growth theory doesn’t help us much to answer the question.Through most of the 20th century it focused on models that assumed growth was a simple function of labor, capital, and technology. The new growth theory looks more to institutions and policy.

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Roots of American Liberty

Note to my regular viewers… all five of you. Thank you for being awesome loyal fans. I’m in a crazy time of my life right now, and finding the time to create awesome cartoons that just kick rear end has escaped me. But I want to reward you for your loyalty and give you something fresh to look at. Therefore, for the next several weeks, every Monday morning, I’m going to post an illustration from one of the many articles I’ve illustrated for Centennial Review. I’ll provide the link online, so that you read the full article. Then as I have time, I’ll continue to post additional cartoons, as the political scene in Washington has gone crazy the past couple weeks.

We’ll start with an article written by James Bennett for the April 2010 issue of Centennial Review.

ROOTS OF AMERICAN LIBERTY:OUR DEBT TO THE ANGLOSPHERE
By James C. Bennett

Americans have a strong sense of exceptionalism, seeing themselves as distinct in important ways from the rest of the world. This is not an illusion: It is real. But it exists within a deeper and older exceptionalism of theEnglish-speaking peoples. The U.S.A.owes a grateful debt to that remarkable civilizational heritage which some of us call the Anglosphere.

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[I loved playing with the perspective on this one.]