Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, on what our Founders fought for, and what we should always continue to fight for today and forever:
As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this week, it is important to remember and teach our children the Founding Fathers were declaring our independence, not creating a culture of dependence. (They also protested unfair taxation, but that is another story for another day.) This is an especially important lesson, given the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on Obamacare.
The Supreme Court should have protected our constitutional freedoms, but remember, it was the President who forced this law on us. I congratulate the Supreme Court on one thing; they were far more honest about Obamacare than President Obama was. They rightly have called it what it is – a tax.The Supreme Court has done something new; they have declared that President Obama can use the taxation power of the federal government to compel behavior. The federal government can even tax the lack of behavior. What’s next? Taxes on people who refuse to drive Chevy Volts or eat tofu? This is ridiculous.
In fact, the Court actually rewrote Obamacare to make it fit under the taxation clause. I don’t know how one defines legislating from the bench, but this seems pretty close. The Readers Digest version of the Supreme Court’s decisions last week is this – The Government can require proof of insurance, but not proof of citizenship.Here is the big picture situation in America today. Success used to be measured by how many people we could get off the government dole, but now, under President Obama, we measure success by how many people we can get on government programs. Indeed, food stamp rolls have increased by 70 percent since 2007, and yet the government is spending millions of taxpayer dollars on advertising and encouraging parties to enroll even more. There used to be a stigma to relying on the government, but now it’s celebrated. We have it 100 percent backwards in America today. We should celebrate people getting off food stamps, off Medicaid, and off government health care. The bottom line is that Obamacare eats into the spirit of independence that has made America great in the first place, and if we don’t repeal it soon, we will have more people riding in the cart than pulling the cart. We are at an inflection point in our nation’s history. We have to decide whether we want to revive our economy by growing the private sector or expanding the public sector, to continue our culture of self-reliance versus a culture of dependency, to provide our children with opportunity or a sense of entitlement, and to pursue the American model or give in to the European model.
Amen, Governor! *She said as she stood up and applauded *
Remember Mr. Jindal’s timely message as you are out today bbq-ing, swimming, playing volleyball, kicking back on the couch, or whatever you plan to do. Last week’s ruling on Obamacare was like a kick in the gut to all freedom-loving Americans, but it was only a temporary setback. While our brave men and women are fighting the good fight in the Middle East, on the domestic front here at home we have a war of our own to win in the battle of statism and collectivism versus privatism and individualism.
I know which side I’m on.
Happy Independence Day!