Even the Parts We Know About So Far
The Greyhound company used to have a slogan:
It’s Such a Comfort to Take the Bus and Leave the Driving to Us.
Our fearless leaders seem to have adopted a similar attitude about the past. We needn’t bother remembering it. Our media, politicians, and judges will remember it for us.
Such is the only possible conclusion to be drawn by all the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision has generated. Because the issue was decided before the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was passed.
Bart Stupak, congressman from Michigan, led a bloc called The Stupak 13 which vowed not to pass any bill providing for public funding of any kind of abortion outside of the usual list of exceptions (rape, incest, health of the mother, etc.). They went back on their solemn vow when President Barack Obama made a solemn vow to them: if they passed the bill as is he would issue an executive order prohibiting what they were against.
The bill passed. Obama never issued the executive order. Stupak declined to run for re-election and took a lucrative job with one of Washington’s premier lobbying firms. Obama ran and was re-elected.
So much for solemn vows.