If We Were Having Coffee – June 28/2015 Guest Post: Rights and Freedoms

Rights and Freedoms

 

Paul Your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul; I’ll be your barista today. I’m happy to see you have come for a cuppa and a chat. Please come into the garden and make yourself comfortable. Willow has put out the cushions on the chairs and set the table under the canopy so we can have a cuppa and chat. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax amongst the flowers while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

 

Well now folks, over here in North America this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made two earth shaking rulings this week – literally changing the face of American law and culture in a way celebrated by many. Early in the week they ruled that Obamacare (the American government’s organizing and making mandatory health insurance) was to stay, and so were any funds used to support that program. Then later in the week that same high court ruled that same sex marriages were to be legalized across the country. Both of these rulings were unexpected and neither was one that I thought I would see in my lifetime.

The US is slowly but surely separating into two diametrically opposing groups, roughly organized around degree of wealth. The wealthy, under the Republican Party, oppos Obamacare and any other policies that have the government securing the well being of the population. They are adamant that individual responsibility for personal well being is sacrosanct, even if this means the bankruptcy or even death of the individual. This is very easy for them to believe as they have the funds to support their own health care and all else. On the flip side of the coin, many average Americans had no health care coverage and could not buy any. Now they can and without any prior conditions limitations. Mind you it is expensive, but health care in general is expensive. The Supreme Court has made Obamacare official – it is here to stay. This is a huge step for America towards providing basic needs for their population. A very new and important step.

 

Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet? Corporate America has a mantra that they take care of their employees. The truth is that one of the central outcomes of capitalism is to transfer wealth to those who are already wealthy – and we can see the effects of this as fewer and fewer hold more and more of the wealth on a yearly basis.

One of the results of this gradual devaluation of the population is the reduction of their ability to pay for healthcare. To keep a healthy populace it is important to offer financially affordable healthcare – and that means affordable insurance. (Or socialized healthcare like Canada – which is a sort of insurance supported by taxation.) So, the implementation of Obamacare and its confirmation by SCOTUS , is a critical step in recognizing the responsibility of government to care for its citizens. I say: Well Done.

 

 

Then towards end of the week, SCOTUS ruled again. This time they legalized same sex marriages. This was a surprise even to those who were supporting the effort. It was possible for the court to come to a decision that was half way between legalizing and disallowing. They did not – they went all the way. Now, in the United States, the individual states have a lot of authority and may not follow the federal law. However that is an easily solved issue by simply relocating. Also, the ruling gives all the rights of federal marital benefits to same sex couples, benefits like pensions and survivor rights and medical and financial power of attorney, regardless of the position of the individual

 

One would think that this ruling would not raise any ire, after all it is simply the extension of rights to those who have been denied. It harms no one, and changes nothing for the general population. And yet here is a quote from a blogger on a recent post about the upcoming US Presidential election: “Perry for President: anti-immigration and anti-gay. There’s no other candidate in my opinion. My husband says his policies have brought prosperity to Texas and it’s the kind of thing I’d like to see happen for our whole country.” – Kate Minter  commenting on Insanitybytes2. And that is pretty tame – many comments have been filled with vitriol. Even one of the dissenting Supreme Court Justices – Scalia, of course (he votes against any public benefit cases) – said the ruling was “higgledy-piggledy” and “pure applesauce” , whatever that means.

On that note, that’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and enjoy the garden. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 01:44:09

    Thank you very much for the opportunity to guest post Willow. I hope your week will bring health and happiness.

    Reply

  2. 1EarthUnited
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 03:23:42

    These issues are quite polarizing. There’s no right or wrong, just individual points of view, glad we have that choice to make them now!
    Next step, legalizing cannabis worldwide for medicinal and recreational use! 😉

    Reply

    • Paul
      Jun 28, 2015 @ 07:05:56

      Hi 1EU! Glad to have you here for a read and a comment. yes, these issues are very divisive. It actually seems as if there are somewhat common lines – with Republicans against change and Democrats for change. These are very rough lines and are in no way exclusive. Marijuana won’t be far behind, I’m sure. In our Canadian city of Vancouver, the city is allowing stores selling weed to operate even though it is against federal law. A few US states have also legalized marijuana. It’s started now, I am sure it will continue.

      Thanks so much for the visit 1EU and please drop by again.

      Reply

  3. socialbridge
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 06:17:49

    Paul, certainly a very significant week in US history and great developments, in my opinion.

    Reply

  4. willowdot21
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 06:31:04

    Hi Paul thank you for another great post. Woo! a big week politically for North America and about time to. For a country that shouts about being World leaders they have been slow to look out for their poorer people. Obamacare is a law that should of been passed many years ago ( it would of had a different name obviously) All Americans pay tax ergo they should have a basic heaith service. I always think it is easy for the haves to condem the have nots. It is easy when you have money to dismiss those who are struggling.
    Gay marriage too and all the legal rights that go with it is another long overdue step forward. I am saddened to hear that some states are powerful enough not to comply… This to me is bad news it saddens me to think bigots still are getting their way. Also you say this is easily over come by relocation but surely not everyone can afford to do so and why should they? The law should be the law all over not just where those with power agree.
    Thanks Paul for bring this throught provoking and news worthy post to us. I hope you are well and have a happy week. xxx

    Reply

  5. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 11:19:31

    Whew. What a week.
    Doesn’t matter what laws are passed, there will always be opposition, won’t there?
    Thanks for the chat and coffee. See you again next time. 🙂

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      Jun 28, 2015 @ 11:31:57

      🙂

      Reply

    • Paul
      Jun 28, 2015 @ 11:44:32

      Yes indeedy LCTC – you are exactly right. Thanks for dropping by. It always seems as if there are those invested in maintaining the status quo. Even when it is clear that an injustice is being done. I was very pleased with the Supreme Court rulings this week in the US. There were a surprising number that were not. I have expressed these thoughts on any site I frequent that has been having this discussion and you would be surprised at some of the negative responses-I’ve been called everything from a fascist to an idiot. Some of the worst have been so-called loving Christian people. I am a man of great faith but am not very religious. After the last few days I am more than sure that i am correct in my beliefs.

      Thanks so much for your visit LCTC, I hope all goes well for you and yours this week.

      Reply

  6. Diana
    Jun 28, 2015 @ 16:07:42

    W’re pretty happy about the marriage verdict over here, though we’re having an issue in my state with the governor issuing a stay until a 5th circuit court case is cleared. It’s procedural meanness at this point.

    Reply

  7. Bernice
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 00:29:37

    I have to say…. it was a rather surprising week!

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      Jun 29, 2015 @ 04:24:57

      It was 🙂

      Reply

    • Paul
      Jun 29, 2015 @ 06:36:38

      Thanks so much for dropping by Bernice. It is great to see you here. Yes I get the impression that even those who were supporters were surprised by the rulings. It is wonderful. I can honestly say that I am proud of America this week. And to top it all off the stars and bars are coming down from public places without so much as a whimper. I think the Charleston debacle embarrassed even the racists. They seem to have realized that that flag has come to stand for violence and hatred and public opinion is no longer on their side. Good deal.

      Reply

  8. ~ Sadie ~
    Jul 23, 2015 @ 04:22:48

    It was a banner week, Paul!!! 🙂

    Reply

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