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ObamaCare conquers, neo-Confederates routed and the fight for marriage equality is winning

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With Chief Justice John Roberts joining five other justices in upholding the subsidies under ObamaCare, neo-Confederates on the right being routed as the Confederate flag will be torn down in state after state, and gay rights on the brink of a historic victory for gay marriage, it is a banner day for progressives and a dark hour for conservatives.

{mosads}As I wrote in my column in The Hill today about why the right is so scared of Hillary Clinton, there is a progressive wave gathering strength across the nation.

Progressives are now going all-out to push hard for ObamaCare, to have even more Americans enrolled. Republicans must accept the fact that ObamaCare is now the new Social Security. Does the right want to campaign in 2016 telling seniors the GOP will cut their Social Security? Telling Americans the GOP will cut their Medicare? Telling ObamaCare customers the GOP will take away their insurance?

Progressives are now going all-out to push hard for the Confederate flag to be removed from every government building in every state of the union — now and forever. There is a neo-Confederate wing of the right that has long defended a flag that symbolizes racism, slavery and bigotry. It is time for them to fold their tent and end their fight and put the Confederate flag where it belongs, in the museum of bad ideas.

The day those good people in a Charleston church were killed by a bigot may ultimately be seen as the day that old Dixie finally died.

And to finalize this trilogy of progressive purpose, liberals and moderates will now go all-out to push hard for all Americans to be equal, including gays, and for all Americans to have an equal right to marry the person they love.

There is a very good chance the Supreme Court decides within days that gay marriage should be a constitutional right — as the court should decide. And whatever the court decides, progressives riding the waves of history will be pushing hard, relentlessly and aggressively for the proposition that when straights or gays decide who they want to love or marry, they do not need approval from a far right that represents the decaying hand of a discredited past.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at

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