It was a great idea while it lasted.
There would be a Constitution that restrained the power of government and protected the rights of individuals.
Most of the traditional governmental powers would be reserved to the states.
There would be checks and balances on the federal government’s inclination for exceeding its scope of authority with a tripartite form of federal government – executive, legislative, judicial.
In addition, there would be other checks and balances outside of government, like the protection of what was, at the time, an unheard of right America’s founders declared to be “unalienable” – freedom of the press.
As ingenious as the plan was – and as well as it served the country and the people for more than 200 years – it’s time to recognize what is becoming increasingly obvious to anyone who understands and appreciates the masterful, artful, inspired idea behind American government: It has been deliberately undone. It has been broken intentionally by those who prefer chains on the people rather than on government. It has been nuked by those who simply don’t like liberty or don’t know what it is.
If you needed any more convincing we had reached this point in history, the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling on the legality of Obamacare should surely be the last straw.
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From the start, the law was conceived in a plot to ignore the will of the people. It was unpopular, but was approved in Congress by members of one party only at the behest of their fearless leader, Barack Obama. This was to be his signature presidential accomplishment – and, indeed, you might say it has been just that. The people didn’t get to read the bill. They were actually told it would have to be passed so they could find out what was in it.
The people were told repeatedly it was not a tax; therefore, it didn’t matter that the legislation wasn’t first passed by the House of Representatives as would be required by the Constitution.
More than any other act of Congress, it prompted an electoral revolution in which the party solely responsible for the law was thrown out of power in the House. Four years later, it would be thrown from power from the Senate as well.
But the incoming party, riding the popular will against Obamacare to victory and power, didn’t dare lift a hand to unravel it – claiming the new majority couldn’t do anything without the presidency. It was nonsense from the beginning. Funding for implementation could have been choked off at any time. The new majority had the power of the purse.
Still, the people challenged the legality of the law in two cases before the Supreme Court. In the first one, the majority upheld Obamacare, claiming it was indeed a tax after all. In the second ruling, six of nine justices twisted the very clear words of the bill with regard to the state and federal exchanges that were set up to provide subsidies to individuals under the law in an effort to legitimize it.
The system broke down at every turn.
It broke down in all three parts of government.
One of the premiere checks and balances established by the founders, the “free press,” also choked – failing to hold the government accountable to the rule of law.
Is this the only time this has happened recently?
Not at all. It is the new normal. It happens every day in Washington – in most cases with little notice and with consequences less serious.
What we’ve learned from these exercises – or should have learned – is that the people have no say in their government anymore, the two-party system is a joke, the three branches of government don’t stick to their clearly defined roles but do whatever they feel like doing whenever they feel like doing it.
There’s no one to stop government from becoming the unbridled, unchecked tyranny the founders most feared.
There’s no more rule of law.
The will of the people is unimportant.
Goodnight, America. Will the last illegal alien to enter please turn out the lights?
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