Hobby Lobby And The Fatal Flaws Of Progressivism


Everyone wants the government off of their door step.

Unless, of course, the government comes calling with big bags of cash in hand.

That’s when the welcome mat gets rolled out.

Today’s Hobby Lobby decision is no exception. Progressives talk a lot about their boss and their government minding their own business and keeping their respective noses out of their bedroom. “My body, my choice,” the progressives tell us.

But as they fight to keep their bedrooms private, they’re also fighting to make sure that what goes on in that bedroom and what consequences may come from those goings on are paid for by, wait for it, their boss! Or, the government! Which is another way of saying, “Get out of my bedroom but leave the cash on the dresser.”

Progressives still haven’t learned that you can’t have it both ways. You can’t have “private” and “fully funded” at the same time. When someone is paying for something, they want to know how things are going. They want to get in there and snoop around. They want to see a return on their investment. They want the right to not fund what they don’t like.

It was true when your parents stopped paying your way through college when you came home one summer break with a 0.42 GPA.

And it’s true of employers with conscience and a backbone.

Remember the days when if you weren’t happy with the insurance package offered by your employer you simply looked for another insurance plan? Or another employer. Now, we’ve come to the point where we run to the president and ask him to fix it. That’s another fatal flaw of the progressives. They forget that when the government tries to fix something not involving bridges and/or bombs, that something usually ends up worse off. (See: War on Drugs. See also: War on Terror. See also: Immigration Reform.)

So now some progressives are threatening to burn down Hobby Lobby stores. Many have taken to social media to lash out in four-letter fashion against the chain of craft stores. All because the owners of the store allowed their conscience to dictate what they did with their own money.

Which points us to another great flaw of progressivism. We’re allowed to say, “My body,”
“My choice,” and “My bedroom.” But in the progressive arena, we’re not allowed to say, “My beliefs,” “My money” or “My business.” Thankfully, the Supreme Court has more authority than the progressive arena. For now, at least.

I don’t want the government at my doorstep. And I don’t want their money. I’d rather them be about the business of protecting my freedom to worship as I choose.

Today, thanks be to God, that happened.