Thursday, June 28, 2012

Repeal, Repeal, Repeal is Not Enough When Precedent Has Been Set

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done." ~ Ronald Reagan
If SCOTUS and the executive branch are not going to follow the constitution, then why should the states? It's time governors and state legislatures stand up. The federal branch is broken and the congress has no teeth to prevent the overreaches of the executive branch.

With today's SCOTUS ruling, the federal government can literally make anybody buy anything as long as they call it a tax. 

Republicans will respond with, "Repeal, repeal repeal!" But simply repealing Obamacare is not enough.  A precedent has been set.  One that will forever alter the course of what both Democrat and Republican administrations think is within their purview.  Imagine if President Bush and a Republican led congress had mandated every American buy a gun because safety is essential to the welfare of the citizenry.  Imagine if a President Romney and a Republican led congress mandates every American buy a new car to help get the economy going.  Even if Obamacare is repealed, the mandate fight is one we will be forced to battle over and over again.

Between the unconstitutional precedents set by Bush, i.e. using signing statements, warrantless wiretaps, etc. and Obama's doubling down on those precedents and setting some of his own by using executive orders and presidential fiat to make certain laws unenforceable and creating others where none existed, the next leader of this country will have virtually unbridled power to govern as they wish.  Certainly, that is something the founders never envisioned.

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