Blaming the Supreme Court just absolves Congress & the President
I understand why people are disappointed in today’s ruling, but the Supreme Court didn’t write the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They simply applied it (and they applied it properly IMO).
I think the RFRA is bad policy in general and I think it’s especially bad policy to include for-profit corporations, but Congress is allowed to enact laws based on bad policy and it’s the job of Congress, not the Supreme Court, to reverse laws based on bad policy.
Your anger should be directed at those who drafted and voted for RFRA for either intentionally including for-profit corporations or for sloppy drafting, and at those who drafted and voted for the ACA for not exempting the ACA from the scope of RFRA.
All it took to avoid today’s ruling was Congress inserting one little sentence into the ACA that says, “This Act shall not be limited in any manner by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” It’s not the Supreme Court’s fault that Congress either intentionally or unintentionally failed to do so.
the next day, i had friends and coworkers ask how it went.
my response was always the same: "it was fine."
followed by: “he was nice enough.”
and that’s when i realized nice enough isn’t quite good enough.
i don’t just want nice.
This makes for a nice Hallmark card but we do, and should, settle all the time.
Nobody and no thing is perfect. There always might be something (or someone) better out there and if you refuse to settle, you’re going to be forever paralyzed by the unknown. At some point, you have to settle for “good enough” and hope that “better” isn’t coming around the corner.
My wife isn’t perfect nor is our relationship and yet I’m incredibly happy in our relationship and would gleefully settle for her all over again. And it’s not some trite bullshit about us loving and choosing each other because of our imperfections. We love and chose each other despite our imperfections, because the positives made the negatives, in the wise words of Dan Savage, a price of admission we were willing to pay.
You can either have a relationship or you can refuse to settle, but you can’t do both.
A friend who immigrated here for college 10ish years ago asked to help make a list of 30 movies she should watch this summer (she’s a teacher) from before she came here (hence no Mean Girls). She had also seen all relevant Disney and Pixar movies.
The wife has shingles. I’ve never had chicken pox and I can’t reach my mother to find out if I’ve been vaccinated. My dad, of course, has no idea. If you need me, I’ll be in Dustin Hoffman’s hazmat suit from Outbreak.
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people, alongwayfromdone! Dos has been around for a lot of stories and I cannot wait to celebrate by watching one of my favorite things (and presumably, his, too) this weekend - Mizzou football!