Hearing of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Affordable Care Act‘s contraception mandate should have left me in an optimistic mood – at least that’s what I’ve been told and will be told in emails from conservative organizations and publications.
But I’m not. It’s a small drop of water in a river.
The law should have never been passed. It should have never been signed. It should have never been upheld by the Court. It shouldn’t have even been considered.
I suppose I should be impressed, but why? Because we have such low expectations of our judicial system and accept it’s a broken clock that gets it right at least twice a day?
The mandate was also overruled by a single vote. One person had the ability to affect 320 million people. Yet this not does occur to people or seem a little odd.
I resent the hyped national anticipation which preceded the ruling, like children waiting for their parents to decide behind closed doors whether they will go to Disneyland or Disney World. It’s hard to muster enthusiasm for this ruling when we still have a national debt of $17+ trillion, military bases overseas, undeclared wars, predator drone strikes, and federal intrusion into every aspect of our lives.
The entire matter is one of property rights. Instead, we are treated to this juvenile spectacle of quasi-paganism and mysticism every time the Supreme Court makes a ruling because we have an assumed premise which allows one group of people to force others to comply with their beliefs.
The observant will note that the hype behind Supreme Court rulings are similar to when the Vatican Conclave choose their new Bishop of Rome, or pope. I’m not a Catholic, but when I hear people around me mock the secret manner in which this decision is made – announced with smoke out of the building – I point out this is no different than how the Supreme Court makes a ruling.
America’s ephors have spoken, citizen.