“Every generation needs a new revolution.” – Thomas Jefferson

It should be obvious to most thinking Americans that we have a lawless President. He cares no more for the Constitution, justice, or truth than a cigarette butt. He governs by unprincipled political expediency. He is by far the most dangerous radical ever to occupy the White House, and if we do not throw him out of the White House in November, freedom will have seen its last hours by 2016. The long and stealthy march of cultural Marxism will have triumphed in political despotism. The American dream will be a totalitarian nightmare.

Now the American people have learned to their alarm that the Supreme Court of the United States has a lawless majority again. We had been hoping for better until Chief Justice Roberts began to show his colors on the Arizona immigration case and now Obamacare.

By any reasonable analytical standard, Obamacare is clearly unconstitutional. The U.S. Constitution limits the power of the federal government over the States and the people. It was meant by the founders to protect the States and the people from potential federal tyranny. The Constitution limits the federal government only to those powers delegated to it in Article I Section 8.   Among the listed delegated powers are such things as common defense, borrowing money, and establishing post offices. Federalizing or establishing a federal healthcare system is not one of them. Nor is there any directive there to federalize education.

Article I Section 8 strongly implies that any power not delegated to the federal government by its paragraphs are prohibited to it. But the Ninth and Tenth Amendments state this prohibition unequivocally.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The Tenth Amendment really nails it. Healthcare, especially in the coercive form of Obamacare, is not a function delegated to the federal government. It belongs to the States or the people. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, cited the Tenth Amendment as the most important provision in the Constitution.

Furthermore, Obamacare is 2,700 pages of coercive mandates that take away the rights of the people. Moreover, it is extraordinarily devious and deceptive. It is filled with totalitarian mandates and federal government coercion on many subjects—deliberately buried in its tedious 2,700 pages to hide outrageous purposes and tyrannies. Few of its proponents in Congress have even read it.

The writers of the Constitution and those State delegates to the Convention who approved its final form did not have any intent whatsoever to construe the words “general Welfare” as allowing the federal government to delegate powers to itself to accomplish anything it pleased. That would open a very wide door to abuse and tyranny. But turning our backs to continuous use of the “general Welfare” for political expedience has increased federal power to enormous degrees at the expense of freedoms that belonged to the States and the people. Now we are at the door of sweeping federal oppression.

As Jefferson said, “Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in turn, and by slow operations, perverted it to tyranny.”

The words “general Welfare” restricted the federal government from passing legislation that favored narrow regional or institutional sectors at the expense of others. Legislative power was not to be used for sectionalist or partisan interests. Constitutional legislation must benefit the general interest for the welfare of all.

When any branch of federal government usurps or delegates powers to itself, it is tyranny over the States and the people. More often than not in our history, it has been activist judges that have eroded our rights to accomplish their own social agenda. When the courts are implementing their own agenda, you can be sure that government by, of, and for the people is being crushed. .

The majority of the Supreme Court has now erred so badly that the people have little recourse to unjust federal taxes or any other coercive whim of government. Besides its arrogant regulation of our lives, Obamacare will be a huge economic burden on the economy, the taxpayers, and American families.

However, we must put the unfortunate judicial philosophy underlying the Court’s Obamacare decision aside for a few months. Our only recourse now is the political revolution Jefferson thought necessary in every generation.  We can still scuttle Obamacare by defeating Obama in the November election. We must also strengthen conservative numbers in Congress, especially the Senate.

Mitt Romney was quick to point out that the Court did not say that Obamacare is good law or good policy:

“Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today. Obamacare is bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today….Obamacare raises taxes on the American people by approximately $500 billion. Obamacare cuts Medicare by approximately $500 billion. And even with those cuts and tax increases, Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt and pushes those obligations on to coming generations…”

Romney further pointed out that Obamacare is a job killer. A Chamber of Commerce survey indicated that 75 percent of businesses say Obamacare makes it less likely for them to hire people. Up to 20 million Americans will lose good healthcare plans and get something less. Obamacare puts the federal government between you and your doctor. Romney has made repealing Obamacare an absolute priority.

Defeating Obama in November is crucial for liberty and national survival.

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Mike Scruggs is the author of Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You; published in 2009. Mike is also a decorated Air Force combat veteran of the Vietnam War and the author of a recently published books: Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You and The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths.  The books, a unique combination of personal experiences and a military and political overview of the war, can be obtained by calling The Times Examiner at (864) 268-0576.

 

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