Slavery Was Once the Law . . . We Should Have Just Accepted It
Movie actor George Clooney had this to say about ObamaCare:
“People keep talking about how this has to be a great negotiation, but there isn’t any negotiating a law. We negotiate on all these other topics, but this was put into law, and [Obama] was reelected on it. It was reaffirmed, it was passed through the Supreme Court — it’s a law. You don’t like it? Win an election. That’s how it works. That’s how the country works. But you don’t get to shut down the government because of it. That’s not how it works.”
Our system of government is not a monarchy. Our government is divided among three branches, of which the Executive Branch is one. In addition, there are 535 representatives. So when Mr. Clooney says “win an election,” Republicans did just that. There are more Republicans in the House of Representatives than Democrats.
Our divided government was designed to inhibit the authority, power, and reach of the national government.
There is nothing in the Constitution that empowers the national government from regulating healthcare. Because a majority of representatives voted that authority to the national government doesn’t make it so.
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Thomas Sowell gets to the point when he writes:
“All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
“Whether Obamacare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.”
The Republicans won enough elections to deny spending money on what they believe to be an unconstitutional program. They took an oath to uphold the Constitution, “the law of the land.” “The whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government,” Sowell writes, “is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.”
What if a president and his willing political party decided to support slavery through the legislative process? Think of the Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850 that were passed by Congress that returned fugitive slaves to their masters based on Article 4, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution. What would someone like George Clooney have said of those who opposed such legislation and did everything in their power to stop such an egregious law? He would describe them as heroes.
Commandeering one-sixth of the economy, forcing people to comply for a commodity they do not want, and compelling some people to pay for other people is a sophisticated form of slavery masquerading as fairness, equality, and compassion.