Give them an inch
By Dr. Robert Owens
Let's see the government had three years and the entire resources of the federal government and they can't build a website that works. Now we have a website that won't let you leave, is open to hackers, presents people with insurance they can't afford and we are going to fine, excuse me, tax anyone without insurance who doesn't use it. These people are making the DMV look efficient.
Many of their own supporters and allies tried to warn them the website was not ready. The administration which estimated the cost spent to be $93 million for development of the website and ended up paying $634,320,919, which is more than it cost to develop Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin, released it knowing it wasn't ready. Those who have ventured to apply or to investigate report that on average 1 in 10 are able to navigate through the maze to the find the cheese of higher rates.
Maybe that's because a website tasked with servicing millions was designed to accommodate 50,000? Maybe it's because it appears as if no one bothered to test it before launch? Maybe it's because instead of using the most up-to-date technology and the latest computer code the government bought some extremely high priced outdated, costly and buggy technology?
Or perhaps it all merely proves the truth of what Ronald Reagan told us many years ago, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the governmentand I'm here to help."
The Democrats and their media allies tell us daily that Obamacare is the law of the land and we have no choice but to fund it, obey it, and carry it on our backs till the end of time. They say that Congress passed it, the president signed it, the last election ratified it, the Supreme Court upheld it, and that is that.
Congress did pass it without one Republican vote. This is the first and only entitlement that was passed without even a fig leaf of bipartisan support.
Of course the president signed this Holy Grail the Progressives have been seeking for more than a century, because they know that taking control of the healthcare system, 1/6 of the economy, and taking control of everyone's health will give them easy access to total control. Or as Lenin said, "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State."
The last election did return President Obama to the White House for a second term; however, it also returned a Republican majority to the House of Representatives. The Constitution designed the House as the branch of government closest to the people, and this House is listening to the people.
And yes, the Supreme Court did uphold it. How? By calling what the Congress that passed the bill adamantly said was not a tax is a tax. This was an example of philosophical gymnastics that found the argument originally used to pass the bill unconstitutional but found the law constitutional as long as it is what they told us it wasn't.
All of which brings us to the question, "How can Obamacare be settled law when the president can change it anytime in any way he wants?" There was no provision in the law as passed for all the waivers and exceptions our imperial president makes with the wave of his pen. If it is settled law, how and why can the president change it without Congressional approval?
Is it now illegal or immoral to work to change "settled" law? Does this mean that it is wrong for people who believe abortion is murder to work to change the law. Oh wait a moment the law still says abortion is murder it is only a Supreme Court ruling that holds the laws of the states in check. Does this mean it is now wrong to protest the never ending wars that are impoverishing our nation without contributing to our security?
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution says, "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives." The vote to withhold funding for an unpopular law is not only proper and not only voicing the will of the people, but it is also constitutional.
How can it be constitutional for a president to change a law whenever he wants to do so? Should we just add this to the list of unconstitutional acts the present administration has perpetrated since gaining power? How long can a nation stand idly by while a rogue administration grabs power and control? How long will a timid and overawed opposition refrain from raising the cry, "Impeachment!" when faced with the illegal actions of a naked Progressive coup?
Just because something is legal does not mean it is right. Hitler gained power legally. He assumed totalitarian power legally. He built concentration camps legally. He waged war and killed millions legally. So did Stalin. Just because something is legal does not mean it is right. How long America? How long? Have we been giving these Progressive camels inches for so long we don't even notice they have already taken the whole mile?
Dr. Robert Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2013 Robert R. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens