The Lipsticked Pig

March 31, 2015 § 1 Comment

I watched Indiana Governor Pence’s press conference this morning.  It will be interesting to see what kind of “fix” he and the bigots in the Indiana legislature produce.  As I watched his shucking and jiving, I couldn’t help recalling a picture a friend of mine in Corpus Christi sent me a few days ago.  Jack Cooper is a talented internet scavenger who keeps me supplied with both serious and humorous postings that comment about current social and political issues.

The picture I recalled was a shot of the signing ceremony when the Governor signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”.     Here is an annotated part of that picture:

11084271_10153728948584745_2590624114394309493_nI apologize for the blurry print.  I had to “embed” it from a Facebook posting and it obviously suffered some in the process.

Here is a link to an internet site where the native Hoosier has been waging a vigorous war against this law.

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/03/31/3640801/conservatives-indiana-discrimination.  His name is Wilson Allen.  If you go to his Facebook site, you will find some excellent commentary concerning every aspect of this conflict.

I am posting this for two reasons:  First, I think it illustrates the damage the Supreme Court did when they ascribed religious beliefs to a corporation in the Hobby Lobby case.  There seems to be no limit to the grotesque results of equating corporations with human beings.

Second, this episode neatly illustrates the dilemma facing the GOP:  How to maintain allegiance to corporate money while honoring the bigotry and ignorance of the so-called “social issue” oriented mob.  The corporate lobbyists are experts at using race and religion as wedges to weaken political coalitions of working class Americans, but when their efforts threaten the profits of their corporate business clients, they always react with acute awareness of which side of their bread is buttered.

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§ One Response to The Lipsticked Pig

  • Roger Reed says:

    Bob, I’m with you on Indiana.

    Once the Democratic Party belatedly but rightly embraced equal civil rights for racial minorities, including African-Americans, the political hostility of all crackerdom, even of the northern variety like in Indiana, was guaranteed. Notwithstanding the Republican oligarchs’ fear and loathing of all working-class people in this country, these ruthlessly ambitious hypocrites decided, beginning with Tricky Dick, to seduce Bubba. And it worked, reaching its apotheosis with the sainted Reagan and his Moral Majority which, with a few mild, transitory setbacks, continues unchecked today, hobbling our Muslim, Kenyan President, despite the obvious good sense of even the simplest things he has tried to do, like enabling the country to pay its bills and keeping the government open for business. Aside from the incandescent homophobia and religious bigotry that motivated the passage of this odious Trojan horse of a law in Indiana, the law is completely unnecessary to protect religious liberty. Last I heard, the U.S. Constitution has been the supreme law of the land since the Civil War (except in Alabama) and thus, unconstitutionality–in this instance, an unreasonable burden on the free exercise of religion, as protected by the first amendment–is a complete defense available to anyone (now including corporations like Hobby Lobby) if any real or threatened action or punishment by federal, state, or local government, in fact, burdens the free exercise of religion in any way other than the least intrusive to protect a compelling public interest (like criminal1zing human sacrifice or polygamy). In short, the only purpose of the Indiana law is to pander to and enable public discrimination by homophobic zealots under a dirty cloak of religious freedom. The welcome, strong reaction to this outrage, including by corporate America, encourages me in the perhaps Quixotic belief that the Republican brain-trust finally is beginning to realize that its political alliance with the Know-Nothings is ultimately a Faustian bargain.

    Roger

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