March 16, 2010
In January, a measley 36 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s health care “reforms” while fifty-four percent disapproved. “Many see the health care legislation as an inappropriate federal power grab,” writes Carrie Lukas for The Daily Caller this morning. 76 percent of respondents to a recent poll believe the government has no right to force you to buy health care. If Congress passes the bill, they will punish them at the polls.
|Pogo said it best.|
Maybe. It depends on how well they are fooled this time around.
For Pelosi and the Democrats, this is not an issue. They don’t care if you don’t want Obamacare at gunpoint. They are ready to push through the bill by way of “self-executing rule,” also known as “deem-and-pass.”
From the Washington Post:
As House leaders looked for a path that could get the Senate legislation through the chamber and onto Obama’s desk, conservatives warned that Pelosi’s use of deem-and-pass in this way would run afoul of the Constitution. They pointed to a 1998 Supreme Court ruling that said each house of Congress must approve the exact same text of a bill before it can become law. A self-executing rule sidesteps that requirement.
You may remember Pelosi’s dismissive comment about the Constitution. Back in October, she was asked what part of the Constitution authorizes the federal government to force all Americans to buy health care. “Are you serious? Are you serious?” she responded. Pelosi’s press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, later clarified: asking the speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandated that individual Americans buy health insurance as not a “serious question.”
Demanding an explanation why Congress feels it can violate the Constitution is not a serious question?
It is up to the American people to call the Democrats out on this. It does not look like they will before the House rams Obamacare through.
“Constitutions alone cannot limit government,” writes Anthony Gregory. “The overwhelming bulk of what the federal government is engaged in, from imperial wars to drug prohibition, from Social Security to Medicare, is unauthorized by the Constitution, and yet they persist. What matters ultimately is the Constitution in the hearts and minds of the people. So long as the American public supports unconstitutional actions, such actions will commence. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, as Jefferson noted. The Constitution spells out great limits on the government, but without the support of the people, the document loses its teeth.”
In other words, as Walt Kelly’s Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Decades of ignorance about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights has taken a serious toll. Both Democrats and Republicans have assaulted the Constitution for decades now and most Americans remain oblivious or at best apathetic.
Around the time Pelosi dismissed the Constitution (more specifically, the Commerce Clause), Rep. Paul Broun, a Georgia Republican, said Obama wants to “establish an authoritarian government” and said that Obama, Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are part of a “socialist elite” that wants to declare martial law in America. Obama wants to go down the road of Hitler, he said.
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Broun was playing the partisan game. The former leader of Broun’s party, George Bush the Lesser, was just as “socialist” as Obama. Bush expanded the size of government and jacked up the debt to a new astronomical level, just as that other lauded Republican, Ronald Reagan, did before him.
The Republican version of health care “reform” arrived in 2003 as the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. It was far less ambitious, but “socialist” nonetheless.
Socialist in the sense that it added to a national debt owed to bankers.
“This Republican version of health care reform was introduced on June 25, 2003, by the Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert,” explains Laurence M. Vance. “It was supported by the Republican House Majority leader Tom DeLay. It was supported by the Republican House Majority Whip Roy Blunt. It was support by the Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. It was supported by the Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell. It passed the House (220-215) and the Senate (54-44) in late 2003 with overwhelming Republican support. It was signed into law by the Republican President George Bush on December 8, 2003. As shocking as it sounds, it was Democrats that almost defeated this massive expansion of the welfare state. Only 25 Republicans in the House and 9 Republicans in the Senate voted against health care reform in 2003.”
Turn ’em upside down and they all look the same.
Liberals go ballistic when you mention it, but Obamacare is all about control. It is about forcing every American into a massive bureaucratic government system that will dictate health care options.
Come the mid-terms, you can run to the Republicans and beg them to save you. But that’s a good cop-bad cop game. Republicans are almost identical to Democrats.
“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers,” Carroll Quigley wrote. “Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.”
Under self-execution, the only thing that gets executed is the American people.