Posts Tagged ‘policy

25
Mar
14

Hobby Lobby and Birth Control

Hobby Lobby is currently engaged in a battle with the Obama Administration over its refusal to provide contraceptives and abortion services to employees, in violation of the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare).

Hobby Lobby says providing birth control goes against their religious views, while MSNBC–along with Huffington Post, Vox Media and Senator Barbara Boxer (D)–portrays it as an “attack on women” and gays.

The MSNBC socialists say that Hobby Lobby is attempting to “claim religious freedom,” and if this is allowed then civilization as we know it will collapse and the sky will fall.

First of all, no one is being denied birth control; anyone can walk into their local clinic and get an abortion, or condoms, or purchase condoms at any pharmacy. Those things are available, any time. The issue, here, is freedom of choice–for Hobby Lobby, that is.

MSNBC says people have a “right” to birth control. They can have a “right,” all they want, but they don’t have a “right” to force someone else to provide it for them.

In the supposed “Land of the Free,” Hobby Lobby should be able to choose what’s best for them, their company and their beliefs. No one should force them to pay for things with which they disagree. Thomas Jefferson called that “tyranny,” and I firmly agree.

Hobby Lobby isn’t attacking women; they are simply acting according to their religious beliefs, which should be respected. If people don’t like the company’s position, they can refuse to work there and find another job, or refuse to shop there and do business with them. Now that is real freedom of choice, for everyone involved.

Pro-abortion folks often say, “my body, my choice.” Maybe Hobby Lobby should start saying, “my company, my choice.” What’s good for one is good for the other.

This isn’t about birth control, gays, women or anything else; this is about freedom of choice.

17
Jun
09

American Hypocrisy

In the Middle East, people can defy government orders and engage in an “illegal” protest in the streets, but people in the US will dutifully apply for a protest permit (permission) to protest against the government–that is, if they can get enough people to take time out of their [sarcasm]very busy schedules[/sarcasm] to agree to gather in the first place.

The United States is the only country to have ever used a nuclear bomb against another country, but the US Government says that certain other countries can’t be trusted to have nuclear capabilities because they might make nuclear bombs and use them. Hello…?!

The US has supplied other countries with military training, weapons and chemical and biological warfare agents–and then attacked them for using them.

The US calls for arms reductions around the world, but pulled out of an anti-ballistic missile treaty it had signed with Russia.

The US signed the Treaty on Reduction of Offensive Strategic Weapons, with Russia, but then demanded that the weapons it would “reduce” be preserved and held in storage–just in case, I guess.

US officials and citizens get all up in arms about our citizens being jailed by foreign governments, yet push a policy of unlimited or “prolonged” detention–without any kind of trial, to actually prove innocence or guilt–for others officially deemed to be violators or “threats.” In addition, any rescue attempts are viewed as acts of war, yet we have been guilty of that on more than one occasion. (Note: US citizens aren’t automatically innocent, simply because they are US citizens.)

United States officials and citizens would never tolerate foreign military bases on our soil, but the US has military installations in nearly every other country in the world–to protect our “interests” abroad.

US officials and citizens would never tolerate United Nations inspectors coming into our country, to inspect our facilities and make sure we are behaving properly with our nuclear assets, but we will put sanctions in place against other countries that refuse to do so.

The US would never stand for some foreign leader flying into our country to meddle in our affairs, strong-arm our policymakers and tell our officials how they should conduct their affairs and wars, yet the US does it to other countries all the time.

Government officials use every trick in the book to make sure laws don’t interfere with their plans and activities–and if they do, they simply get legislators to change the law in their favor and make their previously “illegal” behavior “legal.” But if you are accused of breaking a law, they will do everything in their power to use the letter of the law against you to get a conviction.

And, most importantly, US officials play this game of trying to convince citizens that they are constantly “fighting for our freedom,” yet the US has the largest prison population of any country in the world, and officials force the population to get permits and licenses (permission) for just about everything under the sun, and have rules, regulations, laws, ordinances and codes–and fees/fines, of course–for everything else. (Clue: If you have to ask for permission, you aren’t free.)

Please, stop the hypocrisy and wake up to what’s really going on in the world.