Skip to comments.Probably For The Best
Posted on 07/02/2012 9:16:19 AM PDT by Shout Bits
As only the most disconnected would not know, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare last week. The plot twist was Chief Justice Roberts's swing vote, siding with the four leftists. Roberts's opinion that a tax can achieve what the 10th Amendment prohibits was a distinction without a difference in that statists do not care what language they use to control private lives. A tax or a mandate is equally useful to someone who does not care about and possibly never read The Constitution. Even though the decision took the breath away from anyone who cares about the survival of the US, perhaps the ruling was for the best.
First off, never forget that The People are to blame for Obamacare. Too many Americans have come to believe in the fantasy world of socialism. Too many Americans believe that the government can create wealth, stimulate the economy, and provide for cradle to grave basic needs. The victory of statism was achieved because individualists did not fight against socialists in academia, the Old Time Media and government. The victory of the Democrat party in 2008 was caused because the GOP constantly nominates a mirror image, lighter shade of gray version of a Democrat. Pres. Obama clearly proved that when unchecked, the Democrats will vote socialist, but one can hardly blame the average voter for failing to see the distinction when the GOP choices are people like Sen. McCain and Gov. Romney. Obamacare required the perfect storm of Dem good fortune, but perfect storms do happen. Anyone who cared to listen could have known that Obama was a radical socialist, but The People let the nation down with their complacence.
Just as nobody blames a bear for attacking a careless camper, Obamacare is not the Dems fault they told us they wanted socialized medicine from the start. Allowing Obamacare to stand may be the Supreme Court's way of telling the People that defending their liberties is primarily their own responsibility. If Obamacare were struck down, the message would have been that individualists could rely on nine lawyers to protect them from the government a dangerous and unreliable strategy. The only way to protect individual rights is to strike back at anyone who would violate them. From OTM hacks who slime private enterprise, to radical enviros who categorically hate industry, to do-good nanny politicians who want to control people's diets, to socialist politicians of both parties who want to help individuals live better lives, libertarians must confront even the most innocuous advocacy of progressivism.
Even though the November election's GOP nominee will be the man who inspired Obamacare, there is still hope of reversing Obama's path to single payer socialized medicine. A vagary of the Senate rules states that a simple 50 vote majority is necessary to pass tax legislation originated in the House (reconciliation). Since Obamacare is indeed a tax, reconciliation could allow the repeal of Obamacare without the normal 60 vote cloture.
Needless to say, if left intact Obamacare is an economy destroying path to European socialism. If the Supreme Court had struck it down, people who value liberty would have cheered. Still, the Court's inscrutable reliance on semantics gives libertarians the chance to make change by confronting evil rather than relying on a few black robes. The November elections will be a once in a generation opportunity to elect people sworn to reverse the tide of socialist government intrusion. Readers should ask themselves what they are going to do to join the fight.
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Chief Justice Roberts has done the American people a favor.....if they listen. He has thrown this whole subject back in the laps of the people. Now let’s see what we will do with it. This election will tell all. We need to take control of the Senate and hold the House. The Oval Office would be a plus.
Their singular job is to determine the constitutionality of a decision. In this case, they punted. End of story.
They put it in our laps kinda like King George put it in our laps. I’m eager to see how this generation responds.
I disagree. An unconstitutional act/law is exactly the courts job. Kicking it back to the voters is reckless & potentially disastrous. When the unconstitutional over reach is so vast that it threatens to irrevocably rig the game, punting is treason. If this were something less critical like stolen valor or campaign finance, I would say bravo BUT when it is giving government carte Blanche, F that!
In the best of times, getting the voters to do the right thing is a iffy proposition. When the global economy is swirling the toilet bowl & the government has been given the green light, there is no way in hell that the outcome Robert’s supposedly is hoping for can ever happen. It doesn’t take a degree from Harvard to see that either.
I agree. The coming next couple of years will tell us a lot. To some degree, I have given up on the younger generation. They know nothing about our country and only those in rural area’s of our country are getting a good education.... I’m speaking in general here.
Exactly right. The Court is not there to rescue us from bad laws. We have to suffer under the crooks and morons that we elect. They are there, however, to rescue us from unconstitutional laws. When a law crosses the line from merely stupid to genuinely unconstitutional, the Court has a legal and moral obligation to step in and overturn the law. Roberts failed in that duty.
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