The ruling on the Unaffordable Healthcare Act was a surprise to most, including me. I was prepared for the possibility that Justice Kennedy would side with the liberals and uphold the bill, but I was totally unprepared for Justice Roberts’ lack of sound judgment. The ruling that was handed down by this court will forever stain the reputations of the court and Justice Roberts. While I can fully appreciate the desire on the part of many to find a silver lining to this cloud, the fact remains that any silver lining comes as a result of a large, black cloud hanging over our heads.
I do agree with the Court’s determination that the individual mandate is not authorized under the commerce clause of the Constitution, but I cannot find any way to agree with them on the issue of it being a tax. To begin with it was never presented as a tax, no one involved in passing the legislation ever considered it to be a tax, and the Obama administration strenuously objected to it being called a tax. In fact, they continue to do so to this day, despite the Supreme Court’s finding.
White House spokesman Jay Carney described it as a penalty rather than a tax because you have a choice of either purchasing insurance or paying the fine. For once I agree with the White House, this is obviously not a tax. If the White House had any intellectual honesty, they would call for a full repeal of the legislation based on the fact that they view it as being unconstitutional according to this Supreme Court ruling. Honesty of any sort however, and especially of the intellectual variety, is not something with which this White House has much experience.
Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution (for those of you in Congress who might be reading this, you can find the Constitution online HERE, please read and learn) states:
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
If you read very carefully you will note that Congress is given the power to levy and collect taxes for only a limited number of reasons, none of which include punishing people for not engaging in congressionally mandated commerce; which by the way, Congress does not have the constitutional authority to mandate.
Okay, we’ve covered the basics here (if any of you are friends with Justice Roberts, please send him a link to this page so he has an opportunity to learn something) let’s review this decision. The Supreme Court has ruled that Congress does not have the authority to mandate that individuals engage in commerce, but they do have the authority to levy a tax on those who fail to do so. Did Maxine Waters ghost write this opinion for Justice Roberts?
Regardless of how poorly the Supreme Court performed in this case, the lesson learned here is that, as Justice Roberts correctly noted, we cannot depend on the Supreme Court to save us from our political choices. The Supreme Court did fail to correct the wrong committed by Congress, but we cannot escape the fact that the acts of Congress are directly related to the poor choices we have made at the ballot box.
What do we do now? Are you angry about this decision? Are you angry enough to make some effort to fix what is wrong? If not, sit down and accept this mess without complaining. If you are angry enough to do something, then do.
To begin with, if you are not registered to vote, make it your business to correct that at the very first opportunity. Once you are registered to vote, find someone who isn’t (preferably not a liberal) and get them to register.
Talk to people. I know a lot of people like to avoid discussing politics, but frankly that is one of the reasons we find ourselves in this mess now. Uninformed voters and a disinterested populace are the main ingredients of a corrupt and oppressive government. Become familiar with the important issues of the day (and no, the First Lady’s latest fashion choices aren’t included on that list) and help your friends understand them. Encourage them to become informed and involved.
Pay attention to the Congressional races. The only way we can get rid of ObamaCare, and prevent more of the same, is to rid Congress of the kind of people who thought it was a good idea without even reading it. Seriously, take a look at the people we have working for us in Washington. The only job Nancy Pelosi should have at the U.S. Capitol involves the proper operation of a mop bucket. Folks, we must make better choices to represent our interests.
Get involved in the process any way you can. Write letters to the editor of your newspaper, volunteer for a campaign, work a phone bank, and write checks.
Most of all, TEACH YOUR CHILDREN! They probably won’t be interested, but teach them anyway (they’re probably not interested in learning how to mow grass either). As we have hopefully learned over the past 3-1/2 years, it is vitally important for people to follow and understand what is going on with our government if we are to preserve freedom for coming generations.