Do you like being told what to do and what not to do? Most of us outgrow the need and/or requirement for this by the time we are in our middle teens. As a point of pride and of National unwritten laws we proclaim ourselves ‘independent’ and being independent becomes a way of life. Individualism gets proclaimed and promised to us by our multimedia outlets to the point where great profit is made selling each of us our individual phones and pads, and giving us our ‘individual’ web space on Facebook and Twitter. So effective is the advertising that we believe this ‘individual’ fantasy and give up our lives in detailed personal information, our ‘likes’, our ‘friends’, and ours and our families photos.
Somewhere along the way, though, we realize that there has to be some inter-dependence, some way for all of us to be collectively guided. It is a necessity that we have and follow laws that provide for the individual freedoms while giving us the opportunity to protect each other’s individual freedoms. We call these collective guidance principles laws. And as a Nation the law of this land is called the Constitution of the United States. The civics classes of old used to teach this particular set of laws. Knowing the law, reading the law, practicing the law, this is where our true individual freedoms lie. It requires that all of us protect and defend each other.
In 2009 the Constitution was exercised according to Article I, section 7 when a Bill was passed by the House and Senate and then signed by the President. The Bill was called the Affordable Health Care Act of 2008, now known as Obama Care. Under the checks and balances of our government, the Supreme Court ruled that both the Congress and President acted within their responsibilities of Article I section 7 in laying upon the People a new TAX, a health care tax and additional laws and requirements for the People to follow that will lay on fines and penalties to the People (in 2015) and businesses (also now 2015) if these laws are violated.
Our system gets complicated and sometimes the laws written violate the principles we were founded on. One of the requirements of the Obamacare law is that all insurance policies must cover what the Congress and the President call ‘women’s health issues’, which is the acceptable wording for abortion and abortion producing drugs. Applying this to persons and businesses, a family owned company call Hobby Lobby is to be heard before the Supreme Court on Tuesday March 25th arguing that their Freedom of Religion is violated by Obamacare’s requirement. Hobby Lobby run by David Green and his family since the founding of his company in his garage. The Greens conduct their business according to Christian principles, including ‘keeping holy the Sabbath’ by closing, like Chik-fil-a’, on Sundays to allow their people to worship and be with their families. Stephen Covey would call this time to ‘sharpen the saw’. According to Christians and the other Abrahamic faiths, it is a day of rest.
First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; first part; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”. This is the point that Hobby Lobby’s legal team will make, that this private company, this family, is being forced to purchase a product by the Government that is contrary to their religious beliefs that the Government is in violation of the First Amendment in laying on taxes and penalties if they do not follow Obamacare and pay for abortions.
Hobby Lobby is not alone. The University of Notre Dame was recently denied a stay on the fines and penalties it is required to pay. For a greater list of companies involved simply enter into your search engine “abortion plaintiffs obamacare”. It will serve you better than it will if I begin a list here.
If more of us would read our Constitution there would be a greater interest generated by the People in events that affect us all. Our country will only remain the “land of the free and the home of the brave” when the “free” remain educated and the “brave” arise from their seats, get onto their computers and write their Representatives, the President, and the Court, and speak on the streets to defend each other’s individual freedoms. Otherwise, the few will bind us all to their laws and wills, and good people and businesses will disappear.
Any chance you’d give up half your Facebook/Twitter time to read one of these?