This morning, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to effectively remove all limits on federal power. While finding the individual mandate unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, the Court upheld it as part of Congress’ taxing power. With today’s ruling, the federal government can now regulate all aspects of our lives, as long as a failure to comply is construed as a “tax”. It is now up to us to to protect our liberty.
It is absurd to me that the Court can find a provision unconstitutional yet let it stand because Congress has taxing authority. What actual limit does Roberts thinks exist on federal power? Can Congress now impose a tax on news articles critical of government? It would obviously violate the 1st Amendment, but, with today’s ruling, it would fall under Congress’ taxing power. It is an argument that can only be made as a path to a pre-determined conclusion. Worried, perhaps, about his own personal “legacy”, Roberts simply found a way to uphold ObamaCare.
I will leave the legal analysis to others. My portfolio is political. Today’s decision leaves us where we were when Obama and the left rammed the bill through Congress–we have to go to the ballot box and elect representatives who will repeal ObamaCare and all of its disastrous consequences. Obviously, it would have been nice if the Supreme Court had struck down this enormous expansion of federal power. But, we rely on others to protect our freedoms at our peril. We have a choice and we damn well better act on it.
ObamaCare will now be a central focus of the 2012 elections. In a little more than a year, this monstrosity, which very few people even understand, will go into full affect. It will forever change our relationship with health care and the federal government. It will set in motion a full government take-over of the health care industry. It is no surprise that shares of hospitals and many health care corporations surged on the news of the Court’s decision. These companies will reap the benefits of the government’s new-found ability to dictate our health care decisions. This will all happen…unless we stop it.
Liberty is not some “thing” enshrined in law or protected by august institutions. It is something within us that rises or falls in relation to our willingness to protect it. Sure, it would be nice if others did the heavy-lifting and protected our rights, but that isn’t going to happen. We must do it.
Obama and the left will get a temporary boost from today’s ruling. The media will argue that the issue is “settled” and urge us to move on. But, we must redouble our efforts to repeal the law. We must educate our friends and neighbors. We must elect representatives this November who are singularly focused on reclaiming our liberties.
Today, please volunteer your time or donate money to a candidate committed to repeal. If you oppose ObamaCare, then the November elections are critical. There is no cavalry on the horizon. Its on us.
Make it so.