This week in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which objected to Obamacare's contraception coverage mandates and said such coverage imposed a substantial burden to their religious freedom.
In a different 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Illinois can't force home health care workers to pay dues to unions. This applies most directly to the Illinois home care providers who challenged a state decision to classify them as public employees and require them to pay fees to a union.
Conservatives are elated because we have won two battles in our war against outrage and perversion of law. Let us scramble to catch the crumbs of liberty that this tiny victory bestows upon its citizen dogs as they have fallen off the plates of our autocratic masters. Let us pat ourselves on the backs just as our typical premature celebration of victory requires. Let us drop our defenses and delude ourselves that these judgments mark a drastic shift in direction, and that we at last have momentum on our side.
Forget that a 5 to 4 decision means that there are four men and women sitting as Justices of the Supreme Court who disregard the document that they have sworn to uphold as one disregards the used tissue that has been tossed into the garbage. Forget that a 5 to 4 decision means that there are five men who must now vow to live forever acting as buffers against indiscriminate power grabs because no Republican president would dare nominate a constitutional originalist to the Supreme Court for fear it might upset the applecart of phony intellectualism that bleeds from the hearts of progressives.