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President Obama’s Mandate

September 28, 2013
Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While listening to news of the debate still surrounding the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) I was struck by the thought that President Obama currently has the strongest mandate of any point in his presidency.

 

We all remember hearing the results from the past two elections.  In each case, Mr. Obama claimed that he had received a mandate from the American people. This was a mandate which he apparently believed to be a rubber stamp of approval for his agenda.

 

Over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly obvious that our President now has a real mandate.  Sadly, it is equally obvious that he is ignoring the wishes and best interests of the American public he claims to serve.

 

What is a mandate?

 

According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, a mandate is an official order to do something or the power to act that voters give their elected leaders.  So, by electing Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States, we, the citizens, gave him a mandate by giving him the power to act on our behalf.  However, that is not the only mandate he has received from us.  According to the Constitution, there are several jobs which fall specifically to the President.  These also are a part of his mandate; official orders received from his employer(s), the citizens.

 

Now, the President (and Congress) has received a new set of orders, a new mandate.  Unfortunately, it seems to be being ignored.

 

President Obama’s Newest Mandate

 

The American public has become very plain in their disgust for Obama-care of late.  Even liberal allies (such as the major labor unions) of the President have expressed concern, and in some cases even asked for exemption.

 

Health care providers decry obvious problems with the idea of government regulation of medical pricing.  They have to pay their bills too.

 

Contrary to the campaign promises that were made, families and businesses have already seen health care costs rise dramatically, and many of the taxes created by Obama-care haven’t even gone into effect yet.

 

Insurance providers understandably balk at the idea of offering new coverage to those who are terminally or chronically ill.  While I understand that everyone has certain needs for care, I don’t believe that insurance companies form and offer their services for the purpose of losing money.

 

As so many sectors of the American public and the American economy are opposing the implementation of Obama-care, I believe that our President has received a new mandate.  In fact, I believe that this new set of orders from his employers are the strongest he has received yet.

 

America does NOT want government control of healthcare, does NOT want socialized medicine, and does NOT want the Affordable Care Act.

 

What is our government doing with this mandate?

 

Right now, a group of about 52 elected men are thumbing their noses at us.  51 elected senators and 1 elected president are effectively blocking the will of the people.  The House of Representatives has passed a bill which would render Obama-care nearly powerless.  This was done with overwhelming support by the general populace.  The Senate has refused to budge, refused to compromise, refused to represent their constituents.  They have voted to block the wishes and efforts of the American people.

 

Also, our President has promised repeatedly to veto any bill that reaches his desk with provisions to repeal or de-fund Obama-care.

 

In short, our elected officials are ignoring us.

 

What can we do about this?

 

We, as American citizens, have a several things that we can do to encourage proper representation by our elected officials.    These options are available to those who support Obama-care and those who oppose it.

 

  • First, we can call, write, tweet, etc our elected officials and make sure that they know what we want.
  • Second, we can educate ourselves and those around us about current issues and debates.  We shouldn’t stop with just education tho.  There should also be a call to action encouraging those with whom we have contact to contact their representatives also.
  • Third, we can keep record of those officials who ignore their constituents and vote them out when their terms are over.  This is the most drastic measure, and requires the most effort from us, but as employers we have every right and reason to fire those who fail to work in our behalf.

I hope you are being a proactive part of the solution to our countries current woes.  Work hard, pay your bills, be a responsible citizen, and encourage your elected officials to do the same.

 

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts,

 

Dave

 

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