Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Obamacare Before The Court: Why My Stomach Is Turning...

I feel like I am on trial myself, as a man who believes his freedom was a gift from God, not a grant from government.  My fate, and the fate of my descendants - both in blood and spirit -will be decided by nine political appointees in black robes.  And I am helpless to sway them.

As expressed by others more verbose than I...

The stage, set:

Few legal cases in the modern era are as consequential, or as defining, as the challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court hears beginning Monday. The powers that the Obama Administration is claiming change the structure of the American government as it has existed for 225 years. Thus has the health-care law provoked an unprecedented and unnecessary constitutional showdown that endangers individual liberty.

It is a remarkable moment. The High Court has scheduled the longest oral arguments in nearly a half-century...

What is at stake:

Does anyone — on either side — really think that the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act is about health care? 

For if it’s about “health care,” aren’t there a myriad of ways in which the system could be improved without a “comprehensive” top-down solution? At a time of extreme economic dislocation, was there a nationwide clamor to make “health care” the top priority of the new administration?

Or is it really about the exercise of raw governmental power, to teach the citizenry an object lesson about the coming brave new world, one that surely will get even worse once Obama is safely past the shoals of his last election?

...Obamacare is just the canary in the coal mine of what’s coming next. That, once having established the hammer, the administration will use Obamacare (should the law be found constitutional) as the anvil upon which to smash the Republic once and for all. And the “progressives’s” Long March through the institutions will finally end in the all-powerful centralized government for which they’ve long yearned

And finally, endgame - should we lose, now and in November:

“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”

~A quote, from a woman who Saw It Coming a long time ago (and wrote a book about it)

Interesting times, I suppose...

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