The so-called Blunt Amendment went down in defeat. That’s a good thing, but we should temper our celebration.
The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny coverage to workers for any medical procedure that the employer unilaterally found morally objectionable. The bill was aimed against women (and their male partners); its objective was to deny birth control coverage.
Although the defeat of this draconian rule was welcome news, keep in mind that there were 48 votes in favor of the rule, in a Senate that consists mostly of white fundamentalist males.
Today’s vote is just one example why this is not the America I grew up in. In today’s America, a minority party whose philosophy is based on selfishness and greed has a stranglehold over the functioning of government. And the majority party, while not as mean-spirited as the minority, is not much better.
On Monday, the House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to outlaw peaceful protests in certain areas when a high-profile personality is present. This is an America where commerce and the false assertion of national security take priority over privacy. This is an America where the holy grail of our Constitution, separation of church and state, is being chipped away. This is an America where there is an unholy alliance between the robber barons of Wall Street and the whores in our government.
So celebrate the defeat of one misguided amendment. But don’t celebrate victory. We have a long way to go to resurrect the America that our Founding Fathers fought for and died for.