For a long time in our country, businesses were treated as second-class citizens.
With the advent of the Supreme Court’s momentous decision last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the last acceptable form of discrimination in America — corporaphobia — is finally coming to an end.
Corporaphobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or support of discrimination against billion-dollar businesses who can crush you like a fly.
As you know, in last week’s Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court found that the Affordable Care Act’s (aka Obamacare’s) contraceptive mandate does not apply to the Hobby Lobby crafts chain because, among other things, the company is “closely held” by a quite-religious Christian family.
And it’s about time.
America has long been tarnished by its original sin of treating corporations as only three-fifths-a-man.
For much of the past century, businesses have been denied the right to freedom of speech (through limits on corporate financial contributions to political campaigns), freedom of association (by limiting the rights of corporations to hire and fire, and deny public accommodations, based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age), and the freedom to marry (the federal government’s recent attempts to block the mergers of AT&T and T-Mobile, and American Airlines and US Airways, come to mind).
But no more.
Thanks to the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Mitt Romney’s dream of corporations as people is finally coming to fruition.
It remains unclear if the conservatives on the Court will some day deem people to be people as well.