Friday, July 4, 2014
In unanimously striking down the Massachusetts 35 foot protest barrier around the entrances to its abortion providers, the Court defended the free speech of protestors — and free speech should be defended. The Court also suggested that harassment and physical abuse continue to be against Massachusetts law, and that those laws should continue to be enforced.
It may be wise for the Massachusetts legislature to have a fresh look at its laws defining the nature of harassment, and making certain that it's police forces (especially in Boston, where the worst of the crazies congregate) are trained and willing to hook up verbal abusers of vulnerable women.
The Court carved out a "narrow" exception allowing certain employees represented by labor unions to stop paying for services provided to them by unions — essentially allowing them to become "free riders."
One obvious solution is to deny the deadbeats the benefits of the union contract, and force them to negotiate and fight employer abuses on their own. How would the conservative Justices vote on that one?
Corporations no longer are just "persons" who may enter into contracts while protecting shareholders with limited liability. Since the Citizens United decision, they are "persons" who may dump unlimited funds into election campaigns. Now a corporation can be a "person" who has a "religious belief." Gag me with a spoon!
If one of the right-wing Justices were suddenly to drop dead while Obama still is President, I would not be among the mourners. (NOTE: This is not a suggestion that somebody assassinate one of those assholes, so please don't blame me if it happens. If anybody reads this blog, it's unlikely that she or he owns a gun, or knows how to construct a bomb, or grow anthrax or whatever. I certainly don't.)