“…Obamacare is the law of the land…”
–John Boehner (R), Speaker of the House

As we move on to the fourth day of the (partial) shutdown of the United States Federal government imposed by the Democratic Party, I find myself mulling over this particular phrase quite a bit. The Republican-controlled house wants to present itself as the reasonable force in this debacle, making effort after effort to compromise with the intractable Democrats of the Senate. I have to give them some credit for this–it’s quite difficult to do when essentially the entire domestic news media is arrayed against you. But multiple sources tell me that Republicans are considering “strategies” and “compromises.”

I do not vote for representatives to keep their parties in power. I vote for representatives to do the right thing. The right thing in this case, the ONLY ethical option, is the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And I’ll let you in on something which shouldn’t be a secret: it isn’t the law of the land. It cannot be. The Constitution of the United States is the Supreme Law of the Land, and no law which contradicts it can be enacted.

“But wait,” I hear the outcry,”the U.S. Supreme Court found that it WAS Constitutional!”

Happily, I have a quite eloquent answer prepared for that objection: SO?

First, I will remind you that this is the same Supreme Court that ruled that human breath (CO2) is a regulatable pollutant, and that it’s perfectly acceptable to kill children in the womb.

Second, I’ll point out the Affordable Care Act is blatantly un-Constitutional. It violates freedom of religion, violates security against unreasonable seizure, and grossly oversteps the enumerated powers of the Federal government, just off the top of my head. The Supreme Court saying otherwise, does not change the fact.

Third, I will ask: why does it matter what the Supreme Court says? Do you think that they really have the power of Judicial Review? They don’t–we do. The U.S. Constitution, which IS the supreme law of the land, makes it clear that the Federal Government ONLY has those powers which the Constitution specifically gives it–all other powers are retained by the States and the People. Nowhere in the Constitution is the Supreme Court given the power of Judicial Review.

Which leads us back to the shut-down. The Republicans shouldn’t be trying to save face on this with “negotiations”. This isn’t a football game, where we root for the team we want to win. This is the future of humanity, and human liberty at stake.

They should be demanding the repeal of the ACA just as an appetizer.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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