Mar. 22nd, 2010

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Today's Brief from the Patriot Post:

The Foundation

"Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it, and they will exercise it most undoubtedly in popular governments under pretense of public safety." --Daniel Webster

Toward the Nationalization of Health Care

The Pied Piper

With Senate and House passage of Barack Hussein Obama's so-called "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," liberals have now sealed the deal to nationalize the American health care system -- almost 17 percent of the U.S. economy. Passage of this measure completes the "triple crown" of the Left's Socialist agenda: Social Security, Medicare and now health care. One may conclude that nationalized health care, like Social Security and Medicare before it, will soon be bankrupt. (See how your Senator and Representative voted.)

There is no provision in the United States Constitution giving the central government the authority to nationalize health care, but liberals have never let the Constitution stand in the way of their incremental efforts to socialize the U.S. economy.

Remarks by the leaders of both House Republicans and Democrats demonstrate that neither Party's leadership has sufficient regard for First Principles, for Constitutional Rule of Law.

Most Republicans give it scant lip service, while virtually all Democrats reject Rule of Law outright.

In his remarks about the legislation, Republican Leader John Boehner did mention the Constitution, but repeated the same worn refrains about what the American people want.

"Today, this body, this institution, enshrined in the first article of the Constitution by our Founding Fathers as a sign of the importance they placed on this House, should be looking with pride on this legislation and our work. But it is not so. ... When we came here, we each swore an oath to uphold and abide by the Constitution as representatives of the people. But the process here is broken. The institution is broken. And as a result, this bill is not what the American people need, nor what our constituents want. ... We have failed to listen to America. And we have failed to reflect the will of our constituents."

No, Mr. Boehner. You did not take an oath to support and defend the "will of our constituents."

In her remarks about the legislation, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not, of course, mention the Constitution, but she did offer this adulterated view of First Principles, an outright prevarication: "In [passing this legislation], we will honor the vows of our Founders, who in the Declaration of Independence said that we are 'endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' This legislation will lead to healthier lives, more liberty to pursue hopes and dreams and happiness for the American people."

This assertion is an affront to everything our Founders embodied in our national documents of incorporation, and Pelosi, et al., know that.

Pelosi added, "You will be joining those who established Medicare and Social Security... This is an American proposal that honors the tradition of our country."

Nails in the coffin!

For his part, Obama remarked, "At a time when the pundits said it was no longer possible, we rose above the weight of our politics. We proved that this government, a government of the people and by the people, still works for the people. ... This isn't radical reform, but it is major reform. This is what change looks like. ... This represents another stone firmly laid at the foundation of the American Dream."

That would be a tombstone, a grave marker for American liberty.

 

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Mar. 22nd, 2010 12:08 pm

What next?

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The way I see it, there are three things that offer hope in the face of last night's betrayal of the Constitution:
  1. Republicans in the House and Senate may be able to hold back the process in some fashion.  The Senate bill is passed, and will be signed by the pResident, but Senate Republicans are vowing to hold up as much as possible the "fix-it" bill the House also passed last night.  The hope is that they'll be able to prevent the Senate from passing that bill directly but instead change it in some way which would require sending it back to the House.  It won't stop the current bill, but it'll gum up the works somewhat.
  2. The legislatures and Attorneys General of several states are planning to file lawsuits challenging the new law.  Also, some states have passed or will pass legislation declaring that the new law is unconstitutional and therefore void within those states.  Eventually, the challenge will probably find its way to the Supreme Court which will hopefully make the correct ruling.
  3. Finally, every seat in in the House and a third of those in the Senate are up for contest in this November's election.  Every member of Congress who voted for this monstrosity should be voted out of office.  This is where we the people can be most directly involved.  In my case, my Representative (Jay Inslee, WA-1) and one of my Senators (Patti Murray) both voted for it.  They must go.
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Google will no longer censor search results in China.  The way it is doing this is by redirecting all requests to google.cn to it's Hong Kong search site at google.com.hk.  The reason this is clever is that it puts the ball in China's court.  China can easily block access to Google's Hong Kong site but it's an action that China's government specifically has to take.  China has to choose between uncensored Google and no Google.  By making it easy for China to implement this choice, they are able to take the high moral ground, but also not really piss off the Chinese government which would affect Google's other non-search business ventures in that country.

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Breaking news:

Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna says Washington will be one of at least ten states that will file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill.

"The individual insurance mandate is unprecedented in American history in requiring the American people to go out and buy a product in the private market," said McKenna.

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