by Daniel Greene
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
The past two weeks, since the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Hobby Lobby’s freedom of religion (over the demand that they provide objectionable forms of birth control to employees), the nation has been bombarded with the ugliness of pathological selfishness that is the result of the fundamental transformation of America; transformation from a nation of self-reliant, mature, God-fearing, work-ethic- valuing adults to a nation of self-centered, spoiled, demanding children.
Since the Supreme Court decision, we have been inundated with a wave of Progressive lies that appeal to emotion and ignore reality. The most visible of these prevaricators, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Sandra Fluke, are all repeating the same fantasy – that the Supreme Court denied women access to birth control. The reality of the decision is simple – Hobby Lobby provides 16 kinds of birth control in its health insurance plan; it does not have to provide the 4 kinds of birth control (such as morning after pills) that destroy an embryo, as that violates the religious beliefs of the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby.
No one is denied access to any birth control; those 4 forms of birth control are still available to all Hobby Lobby employees at the drug store, through prescriptions from their doctors’ offices. Nothing is denied to anyone via this decision. The decision only says this – the employees must pay for these 4 forms of birth control; Hobby Lobby does not have to pay for them. But the Progressive Sisterhood shrieks that this is denial of access for all the impoverished Sandra Flukes of the nation.
Welcome to Obama’s Neverland, the results of his fundamental transformation of America. Neverland is the home of Peter Pan, the flying boy who never grows up and plays with mermaids, fairies, and pirates. The denizens of Obama’s Neverland are the Sandra Flukes who demand that they never have to grow up, and that all their needs be provided free of charge, at no cost to them, and that they never have to take care of themselves.
The first hint that this transformation (from independence to dependence, from self-reliance to selfishness and helplessness) was on the way came in the 2008 presidential campaign debates, when Tom Brokaw asked Senators McCain and Obama if health care was a right, a privilege, or a responsibility. Candidate Obama stated his position clearly and succinctly: “Health care should be a right for every American.” Candidate McCain stuttered and stammered, and finally said “The government mandates, I’m always a little nervous about.”
In 2012, candidate Mitt Romney was presented with a golden opportunity to answer the Peter Pan Mandate (that everything be given to me free) when he was campaigning at Butler University in Indiana, and a young coed called out: “So you’re all for like, ‘yay, freedom,’ and all this stuff. And ‘yay, like pursuit of happiness.’ You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.” This gal was an excellent demonstration of the results of our finest liberal arts higher education system today: incoherent, babbling, speaking on the level of a 3 year old, and expressing total selfishness and narcissism.
But Unhappy Coed gave Romney an incredible opportunity to articulate the American ethic, that which made this country great. His answer should have been: Young lady, our foundational documents, specifically the Declaration of Independence, grant every American the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is, the “PURSUIT” of happiness. You have the right to pursue that which makes you happy. If that is a big house, a fancy car, a prestigious job, a big family, you have the right to work hard, go to classes, do your homework, get a part time job, go to trade school or college, work long hours and accomplish your goals. You DO NOT have the right to demand that your neighbors pay for your happiness, whether that happiness comes in the form of a nice house, nice cars, or birth control.
Romney’s pathetic answer? “If you want free stuff, vote for the other guy.”
Sadly, neither McCain nor Romney were capable of representing and articulating the American ethic, the work ethic that says “I CAN build this, and I will.” McCain’s and Romney’s inability to articulate is endemic to Republican politicians, as there seems to be a universal timidity and passivity ingrained in Republicans when confronted with the Progressive values of sloth, selfishness, Godlessness, and immorality. As a result, we are now immersed in the Neverland culture, where everything must be free, and not just birth control. Recently, the city of Detroit has taken heat for turning off water to households that do not pay for it. And welfare advocates have responded with the predictable Progressive screeching: turning off water on unpaid accounts “is a violation of the human right to water.”
To paraphrase Obama’s own words, Obama did not make this childish America; he simply led the muddled masses (who were already looking for their Peter Pan) to Progressive Neverland, and he made childishness the new American brand – victimized, helpless, oppressed, blame casting. Inarticulate, befuddled Republican “leaders” have been the enablers of this mass deterioration.
The prophet Isaiah warns us of a time when God’s people are beat down, and “Children are their oppressors.” As Obama leads us to Progressive Neverland, where no one ever grows up, we are in the midst of Isaiah’s prophesied time.
As an army brat, Daniel Greene has lived around the world. He earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, volunteered to serve in the US Army as a medical tech during Viet Nam, then began a varied career. He belongs to no political party, as he believes in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; the constitution; the bill of rights; a vitally strong America (both morally and militarily), and the need to actively defend those institutions, and no political party supports those tenets.