• Hobby Lobby Case Not Just A Win, But An Important First Step

    The good news is a majority of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court can still read the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The bad news is four of our Supreme Court justices could give a rip what it says.

    By a scant 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Regime cannot use the Obamacare Mandate to force a private, for-profit business like Hobby Lobby to pay for the taking of innocent human life. Contrary to what you’ve been told in the media, Hobby Lobby was already voluntarily offering its employees over 90% of the contraception Obamacare demands in its benefits package before this battle began. This dispute was really about certain kinds of contraception methods — abortion and abortifacients — that result in the killing of innocent life.

    But at the heart of the matter was this question: is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution still constitutional?

    A razor-thin majority of our black-robed overlords agreed in a narrowly-worded decision written by Justice Samuel Alito, which says “closely-held” companies like Hobby Lobby “do not forfeit their freedoms” once they organize into a corporation. It’s the first time SCOTUS has said for-profit companies have a religious exemption, mainly because this is the first lawless administration to push this constitutional question to its breaking point.

    Still undetermined is what this means for publicly-traded companies.

    Can the federal government mandate they use their proceeds for the killing of children? Since we know the Social Reconstructionists on the Left won’t stop pressing this question, rest assured we will find out. However, this opinion is also likely a preview of further defeats for the Obama Regime still to come. There are several non-profit challenges to the Obamacare killing mandate making their way through the courts, including the highly-publicized one involving the Little Sisters of the Poor. If SCOTUS has already said a for-profit company like Hobby Lobby has a religious exemption, it’s hard to see how it’s possible religious non-profits don’t as well.

    But while we’re celebrating this win, we need to realize it’s really just a first step.

    For decades we have seen our freedoms and liberties previous generations took for granted eroded by statism — the pace of which has been greatly accelerated by the Marxist Regime in the White House.  These people will not stop until we defeat them.

    They suffered a defeat today, but more so we established an important first step in reclaiming our liberty. For the same SCOTUS that said two years ago in the Obamacare case there is no limit to government power provided it’s a tax under the 16th Amendment, just said there are limits to government authority if it acts in violation of the First Amendment. It’s been a long time since a premise was established in this country that there are real limits to government power. Even in the instances we’ve won we’ve only limited the method of government power, not government power itself.

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    Steve Deace

    Talkers Magazine Heavy 100 National Talk Show Host. Author of Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again. Washington Times contributor. Steve's new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again is out now.

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