#ObamaCare : The fight has only just started

Posted by: Phineas on June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Leviathan upheld

Okay, fine. The Supreme Court has ruled (1) ObamaCare to be constitutional, even if it had to do so in a bizarre manner by declaring the mandate a tax and thus within Congress’ taxation powers, even though the government never made that argument and President Obama swore up and down it wasn’t a tax. So be it.

But this fight isn’t over; it’s only just started.

The fight over ObamaCare has never been just about what’s allowed under the Constitution or some spurious notion of a “right” to health care. At the core is a conflict of visions over the nature of government and the relation of citizens to that government: Is it a federal government of limited, specific powers and a freeborn citizenry with inherent rights that cannot be revoked, or is it a paternalistic State of unlimited power, with citizens reduced to wards?

In the end, ObamaCare is a political question of the purest, most basic kind: What is the nature of our polity?

And that is why the fight has only just begun. The Court has thrown this back into the political arena, and there is an election coming. It is now imperative that we not only hold the House, but win the Senate with a good majority and win the presidency. It is up to us to make sure the Republicans win, that conservatives form as large a bloc as possible, and that we then hold their and President Romney’s feet to the fire.

Nothing but full repeal will suffice. Nothing.

If there are demonstrations against ObamaCare — be there. Make the demonstrations of 2010 look tiny by comparison. Let your congresscritters know in no uncertain terms you demand repeal. The vast majority of the public hates ObamaCare; make sure the public’s agents in Washington know that. This is a political battle, but we cannot win if we are not engaged.

And I am convinced we can win. I refuse to believe otherwise.

I’ll close with a statement from Senator Rand Paul, who sums up what I believe quite nicely:

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right,” Sen. Paul said.

“Obamacare is wrong for Americans. It will destroy our health care system. This now means we fight every hour, every day until November to elect a new President and a new Senate to repeal Obamacare,” he continued.

Paul is right. The court makes errors all the time. (2) It is now up to us to fix this one.

I’m giving all you reading this just this one day to wail, rage, and gnash your teeth. Go ahead, get it out of your system. Curse the Court, curse the government, and cry out to the heavens, themselves.

Then, tomorrow, buck up, square up, and put on a steely gaze.

Because tomorrow the fight begins anew.

PS: Romney 2012

PPS: May I suggest it’s time for the Bill of Federalism?

RELATED: J. Christian Adams on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in today’s decision. Erick Erickson on why he’s not down on John Roberts. Jay Cost — “What did the SCOTUS just do?

(1) Something I never expected — Roberts siding with the majority, and the “Great Squish” Kennedy becoming my hero for declaring the whole act unconstitutional. What a strange world.
(2) Dred Scott. Plessy v Ferguson. The Slaughterhouse Cases. Buck v Bell. Korematsu. Wickard v Filburn. Roe v Wade. Kelo. And those are just off the top of my head. The Supreme Court regularly makes bad decisions; there is nothing sacred or infallible about their rulings. They are not set in stone for all time.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “#ObamaCare : The fight has only just started”


  1. Do not, repeat, not expect a satisfactory explanation of how this SC decision will impact your life from the LSM, especially AP (American Pravda). While this 2,700 page bill was being debated in Congress, the whole raft of them were in Alaska pawing through thousands upon upon thousands of Sarah Palin’s official e-mails. And since they are starting at square one just like the rest of us I would suggest Fox News or some other outlet with trained lawyers instead of trained lapdogs.

  2. John A says:

    The whole Act has to be repealed, perhaps re-done — or not…

    I have seen a suggestion elsewhere, tongue firmly in cheek: repeal not really necessary, President Romney could simply write a series of Executive Orders exempting each State, D.C., etc.

  3. Tex says:

    I was never one of those who thought the Supreme Court would overturn this “mandate” thing. Call it a “mandate” if you will, but it’s still the government forcing money out of your pockets against your will, as is a tax, and there was no way the Supreme Court was going to declare the government (federal, state, or local) had no legal authority to collect taxes. Because if they did declare the “mandate” illegal, then the whole legality of income tax, property tax, this tax, that tax, comes into question. Not a road the Justices wanted to go down. In the end, they did call the “mandate” a tax and uphold its legality.

    I’m thinking Obama and his pals in the Democratic Party are savoring their victory today. However, it will come back to haunt him, and them, in the next few months like a bad dream. Because it will re-energize those majority of Americans who oppose it at the worst possible time for Obama and the Democrats – right before the elections. In my opinion, this will be the tipping point, especially for those Independents, who now decide elections, away from Obama and the Democrats and toward the Republicans.

    I think because of this one ruling today, Romney will win and the Republicans will take control of both houses of Congress, and they will be able to alter this thing the proper way – by repealing it. Although not apparent right now, I view today’s decision as a huge win for the Republican Party in the long run.

  4. @Tex–So right! The central issue of 2010 was health care and we saw an energized electorate deliver to the commiecrats a good old-fashioned country a** whuppin’. Now the same issue will dominate 2012 with like results. November 6th cannot arrive soon enough.

  5. SpideyTerry says:

    Romney and Republicans raised a million dollars today. Coincidence? Not bloody likely.

  6. Bill says:

    “How many pieces of silver?”

    Mr. Roberts,
    Our great Republic has been killed today by your actions. ‘We the people’ are not happy sir! ‘We the people’ will look upon you and the other four, who voted in favor of this tyrannical bill, as traitors to this Republic.

    You sided with this felonious bill on the basis of the Government’s ability to tax even though those bringing this lunacy to the vote steadfastly stated that it was NOT a tax. You knew that based on the commerce clause this bill could not stand! Regardless, how can this stand either as a tax or penalty? How can the government force its people to purchase something they do not want, whether through taxation or penalty? How can you tax someone for doing nothing? If this is constitutional, the government may tax me for anything, even for being born or for breathing! Being born and breathing are God given rights, the availability to health care is not!

    Sir, I could consider owning a home a health issue, surely I am healthier owning a home rather than being homeless, should the government provide me with a home? I would consider good and healthy food a health issue, should the government provide my meals? I would consider belonging to a gym a health issue, should the government guarantee my membership? I could consider the ownership of a bicycle a health issue, should I demand a free bicycle from the government or one provided to me by insurance? I would consider warmth in the winter and air-conditioning during summer a health issue, should I demand the government or insurance provide these? I could go on ad-infinitum. Where does your madness end?

    Sir, today you have become the modern day Brutus, or even Benedict Arnold or worse Judas.

    Just how many pieces of silver did it take to sell out your country?

    William Nicolosi

  7. Marilyn says:

    It is now imperative that we not only hold the House, but win the Senate with a good majority and win the presidency

    Yeah. Right. Like I really have any hope THAT’S going to happen.

    The Chicago machine now owns every voting booth and controls the voter registration records.

    We are long past lost.

  8. Carlos says:

    A couple of thoughts:

    First, this is the second consecutive decision Roberts has made that makes sense only in a Democrat fantasyland-type of reasoning. Have we yet another Warren to lead us on to socialist Utopia? The indications are that Roberts is already full of swilled kool-ais.

    Second, my initial reaction was that Mr. Obama has now accomplished the majority of his proposed hopey-changey thing, and I have serious doubts much, if any, of it will ever be changed. It’s nearly certain Mr. Mittens won’t because he’s as socialist as his daddy was.

    Last, from the way I see it, the only remaining major item on Duh-1’s hopey-changey list is creating a national emergency just before the scheduled election so he can suspend the election, the Congress and the Constitution, and declare himself “temporary” permanent president. That will, he will promise, last only as long as the national “emergency,” but unfortunately, that “emergency” will be extended innumerable times.

    I have very little faith that our military will uphold the Constitution, since every ranking leader of every service is beholden to the prez and his merry gang of Chicago thugs.

  9. david foster says:

    Maybe someone with Photoshop skills could modernize the Leviathan image to substitute Obama’s face?