That’s the key word when it comes to the two major political parties in this country. And lest you think I would wax partisan here, let me just say that both parties want it. Democrats and Republicans want control of the people, it’s just that the Republicans want a bit less of it.
Just a bit.
Conservative political commentator, Joseph Sobran, once said of the Democrats and Republicans, that they are both dragging us downward into cultural decadence, it’s just that the Republicans are doing it at a slower rate.
There’s no question that the Democrats want more government control. They always have. If you go back to the 1980 debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, you’ll hear Reagan’s famous “there you go again” line when Carter pushes for National Health Care. That was thirty years ago. Bill Clinton tried it with his plastic healthcare I.D. card for all Americans, everyone everywhere (ironic and befitting that Clinton’s healthcare card was plastic), and that failed. In a back door way, Obama has done the same thing with the Supreme Court’s decision on The Affordable Care Act.
But Obama succeeded.
It may not be the actual implementation of a national healthcare system, but it’s close enough. To mandate that everyone have health insurance is just inches away from a national system.
Which brings me back to my point. Where are the Republicans? Sure, sure, they’re giving voice in opposition, but what proves my argument is that they are not staging a sit-in, screaming from the podium, holding impeachment hearings against the five for violating their oath of office. The GOP should be maniacal with outrage, seizing every minute of airtime to protest. Hell, they ought to be throwing bottles at the cops!
Just kidding about the bottles, but you see what I’m getting at.
Given what this ObamaCare mandate means to our free nation, the Republicans should be livid, red-faced, inconsolable with fury. Not because people shouldn’t be forced to buy something, not because Americans ‘don’t want it’ but because such legislation VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
House Speaker, John Boehner said on Face The Nation, the American people do not want the government telling them “what kind of insurance policy they have to buy and how much they’re gong to pay for it.”
John, baby, sweetheart, snookums, it ain’t the people that decide what the government can do. It’s the Constitution that does! The American people (Democrats) at one time decided they wanted to keep black people enslaved, they decided (a Democrat) to round up Japanese Americans and put them into camps, the American people decided (approved by Democrats) that a man could be considered property in the Dred Scott case. All this in spite of the fact that the highest law of the land states that “all men are created equal.”
Constitution – 1, people – 0
When will the Republicans start making arguments based on the Original Texts that govern law in this country, instead of touting how “The American people” don’t like it, or are against it, or don’t want to pay for it.
Not to be confrontational here, but it doesn’t matter what the American people want. All that matters is what the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights allows.
I think the rhetoric used by – he says, wincing – our side, shows just where our political parties are, here in this Brave New Millennium.
When was the last time a politician, of either party, used the founding documents to argue for or against something? I can’t remember. That’s not hyperbole, I really can’t remember any of them pounding the podium and saying, We can’t do this or We can’t do that because the Constitution says right here . . .
Have any Senator or House Representative brought out the above-mentioned document and pointed to Article so and so, section such and such?
If any of those on Capitol Hill were to do that, in an instant it would wrest the power from their kind and compassionate white-knuckled grip and put it back where it belongs.
And we can’t have that, now can we?