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November 16, 2011

Obamacare in the courts

As I pulled out of my drive heading to work this morning, the first thing that I heard was that the Supreme Court is going to hear the case of “National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.”   This is the case seeking to overturn the largest portion of “Obamacare” in the courts.  As the radio personalities began to discuss the merits of the case, my mind wondered to a few various facts about the current state of our government.

Ours is a unique government.  No other nation anywhere close to our size has ever attempted direct self-government of the people.  The idea, as I understand it, is that we elect people who share our views, concerns, and morals, and they directly represent us in Washington, D.C.  The system requires involvement of the people both mentally and in the polls, but that is a subject for another time.  My concern today is with our representation.

How we “got” Obamacare

Barack Hussein Obama ran in 2008 on a platform of change.  This platform is one that seems easy to fulfill.  Far more difficult is the task of assuring that the change is both good and profitable to our United States.  I would not begin to argue that our current system of health-care is perfect, or that it doesn’t need an overhall.  I would, however, like to point out that Obama’s method of changing it is a direct infringement of our constitutional rights.

Obamacare and the Constitution

Our government was created with specific responsibilities, carefully laid out in our constitution.  Among them is a clause that goes like this ”

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”

This clause is the one that the Obama administration is citing as the support for Obamacare.

I will admit that I am not an expert on law.  I work two jobs, and neither of them relate to the subject I studied in school.  However, I must say that I cannot find anything in this section of the Constitution about creating commerce.  Nor do I find anything about forcing the citizens of our great country to participate in this created commerce.  What I do find is a disturbing ailment that seems to be trendy in Washington the last two decades.

During the primaries for the 2008 election, I remember hearing a story from town hall meetings conducted by Democrat Senator Arlen Specter.  The story goes that he was trying to gather support for one of his many liberal leaning ideologies, and was finding that the majority of Pennsylvanians disagreed with him.  Upon finding a single person in one of his meetings that agreed on his views, he was heard to say that he knew if he looked long enough he would find someone who agreed with him.  It was a staggering reminder that many politicians seem to forget that they are elected to represent their constituents.  This amounts to a colossal failure to do their job – and yet we keep paying them and re-electing them.

How to keep Obamacare from happening again – the solution

There is a solution to this problem.  It is not a quick fix, and it requires our involvement.  We have a means of firing elected official if they fail to do their jobs.  We have to start voting them out.

This requires us to get involved and pay attention to what our elected officials do.  It will mean some work for each of us, but we can win our country back from those who have hijacked and corrupted our system of government.  We have to bring the United States back to the intentions of the Constitution.

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