Leftists Smear Corporations to Attack the First Amendment

As the Hobby Lobby case continues, we find Leftists see an opportunity to attack both the First Amendment and corporations. Their response is similar to what you get when you offer a feline cat nip.

Thus, from the Daily Beast:

After all, corporations have been busily dodging religious values and moral culpability in driving down the wages of workers, fraudulently selling homes and then robo-signing foreclosures, and generally bankrupting the middle class while corporate profits have skyrocketed.  

As rants go, I’ve got nothing to say about it. As an argument that Hobby Lobby should not have the freedom to refuse to participate in immoral activity that the state is trying to mandate, this is very stupid.

First of all, corporations always only pay workers what they have to. Anything more would rob consumers by charging them higher prices. The fortunate thing is that, in a free market, any corporation that attempts to rob consumers in this way gets immediately trashed by the corporation that is willing to offer a fair price to consumers. The consumers give their business to the better corporations. I freely admit that many corporations are totally willing to seek political privileges to protect themselves from competition and gouge consumers. When they do so, they will typically start paying employees more. After all, if their profits are protected, then paying a bit over the market average allows them to more carefully select and retain the most desirable workers. In that case, higher wages are a form of corporate greed, not corporate morality or religion.

But the reason why wages aren’t higher right now has nothing to do with corporate power and everything to do with the high unemployment rate. When we have a vibrant economy and employees find it easy to get a job, then their wages will rise. Corporations have nothing to do with that.

It is just as stupid to blame corporations for driving down wages as it is to blame employees for biting into corporate profits. The point is that the two parties come to a voluntary agreement. Unions do exactly the same thing.

Here’s what Jesus said:

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:1-16 ESV).

This Daily Beast article is so morally blind, that it conflates the robo-signing illegal mortgage fraud with not paying the wages Leftists want them to pay. Furthermore, Hobby Lobby never engaged in mortgage fraud. So why should they be stripped of their First Amendment rights? Why should they be punished for the crimes of others?