OBAMACARE UPHELD; FIRST REACTIONS TO THE OPENING OF THE LAST ACT

The Supreme Court ruled that while it may be unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, it is constitutional as a tax. Interestingly, in practice it is a tax that corporations and unions who contribute to the Democratic Party are exempt from. [preceding sentence added after publication -SB] The terms of rule by the government have been turned upside down. Whereas before it was expected that laws and government actions not be in violation of any part of the Constitution to be valid; the new measure of legitimacy, in this the 4th Year of Anno Obama Regnant, is that a law is valid if it can be construed as being constitutional under any tortured reading of any single part of the Constitution.

1) Based on this, anyone who gains power in both Congress and the White House can now do literally anything as long as they call it a tax. This fact will be remembered.

2) The Constitution can no longer be considered a protection from government tyranny, and in fact is functionally moot with a host of future implications.

3) We, as individuals, are about to be crushed by taxes and penalties.

4) The American health care system is gone. We will be left to whatever dregs remain, doled out and rationed by whatever party is in power; just like every other country where health care has been taken over by the government.

5) Any business in this country has to prepare for several contingency plans from this point on; dissolution and bankruptcy, downsizing drastically, moving operations or the company overseas, or moving operations underground. Controls on the movement of capital and currency are coming. As is the growth of the underground economy. Every dollar diverted from government seizure as taxes is now a patriotic act.

6) The split between Left and Right, shorthanded by Democrat and Republican, is now absolute. This was forced through by a Democrat controlled Congress, with no dissent, even by the supposed “moderate” Democrats. If there are ever meaningful elections in this country again; there is no reason for anyone who loves this country, what it was, and what it may yet be again to ever vote for a Democrat in any election at any level ever again. There are no “innocent” Democrats. If they declare themselves to be Democrats, take them at their word. They worship at the altar of absolute government power. If there are not meaningful elections again, and all restraints on government conduct are gone, all bonds of obedience and duty to the government are gone.

This does not mean that the Republicans, who enabled all of this by a refusal to stand and fight the Enemy throughout the last 3 ½ years are in any case “good”. It means that removal of Democrats from every office, at every level, is vital to the survival of the country. If you are bitten by a poisonous reptile and its jaws are still clamped on and the fangs are still pumping venom into your system; the first thing that you do is remove the head and jaws to get the fangs out.

After the Democrats are removed from any position of power; if the Republicans can be forced to do so, the same arrogation of government powers that created Obamacare has to be used to remove it [we cannot bring a knife to a gun fight], and every vestige of unconstitutional acts by the Democratic Party possible from American law, government, and society. If they cannot be so forced, they can go next. I do not expect them to turn against their Democrat colleagues, so we will deal with them when we come to that if we can.

7) The split between Democrat [and their natural allies further to the Left] and Patriot needs to go beyond politics and the current social division. Voter registration is a matter of public record. If you are choosing to do business with someone, look at their registration. If they are a Democrat, look for another person to do business with. Even if it costs more, because every dollar taken away from the supporters of the regime is also a patriotic act. If you are hiring [ok, after this, hiring is the last thing any business is going to have in mind; but sometimes you have to replace critical people] check party affiliation as part of your screening process. If you are laying off [and that will be common] Democrats need to be the first to go. No matter how good a worker they may appear to be. No matter how honest they appear to be, the country has come to a fork in the road. Choices of sides have been made. Anyone who supports the Democrats, cannot be trusted to do anything but betray every trust, every loyalty, every duty. The Democrats who are in Congress swore the Oath. It meant nothing to them.

In a number of venues I have referred to the Political Class as TWANLOC. Those Who Are No Longer Our Countrymen. It is a clumsy formulation, but I kept it because it is true. I think I have been justified by events.

I may not be alone in that belief. On June 15-16, 2012, the Rasmussen polling company did a survey of the American public. Only 22% believed that the current government has what the Declaration of Independence called, “the consent of the governed”.

My bent for studying history has made many think of me as being somewhat out of the ordinary [read that as bloody strange]. Yet, there is a certain comfort in relating current events with what has happened before. It is nice to have a guideline for the future, from those who did the right thing in the past. Sam Adams has been one of my favorite founding fathers. For some reason, the gathering at the Old South Meeting House in Boston on December 16, 1773 is coming to mind. The discussions closed when Sam Adams rose and said, “This meeting can do no more to save the country.” The time for just talk was over.

LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

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LC Getalis, Imperial Czar of Pharmacology
LC Getalis, Imperial Czar of Pharmacology

Don’t “tax” bills have to originate in the House?

Ogabecare was first passed in the Senate…

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

Not according to Roberts. If this isn’t stopped AND the constitution amended to keep it from happening again, The Roberts Court will be remembered as the one that help bring about the second American civil war. This time, it won’t be armies in the field facing each other. It will be groups going after the political leaders and their supporters.… Read more »

LC thecabal
LC thecabal

Totally agree.

Go Galt. They have forfeited all legitimacy.

Physics Geek
Physics Geek

My plan is to crash the system. Cancel my healthcare, refuse to pay the “tax” (no enforcement in the bill) and then sign up AFTER I get sick or injured as I cannot be refused.

SeafarerChief
SeafarerChief

It’s too late now for a civil war… Ain’t gonna happen – not enuff folks with cajones large enough to stand up to the Ogabe Gestapo.

LC FX Phillips
LC FX Phillips

What Roberts did was the definition of judicial activism. He re defined terms and applied it to this law and essentially ruled on a law that was not passed by congress. He inserted the idea that this is a tax when that term in relation to the mandate doesn’t exist as a “tax” but as a penalty. There is no… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

I’ve been reading and saw something interesting. The chief Moron Justice says this was a tax bill. Didn’t this come out of the Senate? Please correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t tax bills supposed to come out of the House?
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I guess Roberts missed that day in Law School.

LC FX Phillips
LC FX Phillips

Didn’t this come out of the Senate? Please correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t tax bills supposed to come out of the House? If the terms penalty and tax are interchangeable in RobertsWorld then it only take some blatantly dishonest mumbojumbo to transform the the senate into the house. Words and the law do not mean anything to… Read more »

LC FX Phillips
LC FX Phillips

Roberts is setting the stage to go after the Commerce Clause and Congress’s ability to regulate.

Doesn’t matter .He found a new catchall to grant the totalitarians their wishes.

The logic of that article was that he had to burn the village down to save it.

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

angrywebmaster says: Please correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t tax bills supposed to come out of the House? Doesn’t matter. Benedict Roberts will just say that it wasn’t a tax when it came out of the Senate because the word isn’t in there, but that it magically became a tax when he, The All Knowing Roberts, decided that… Read more »

Physics Geek
Physics Geek

Actually, the bill originally failed in the House, but was added as an amendment to some other Senate bill. The original bill was about 10 pages or so, while the “amendment” was 2700 pages. Since it was an amendment, it could be passed via reconciliation, thus avoiding the problem of not originating in the House. I might have missed a… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

And so begins the Great American Puss-Out. Yea and verily, many an angry letter to the editor shall be penned. Many a furious blog entry shall be posted. Chests shall be beaten in a most manly fashion. And yet, in the end, there will be naught but passive acceptance. Somebody cue Lee Greenwood.

Bitter Clinger
Bitter Clinger

Fa Cube Itches says: And so begins the Great American Puss-Out. Yea and verily, many an angry letter to the editor shall be penned. Many a furious blog entry shall be posted. Chests shall be beaten in a most manly fashion. And yet, in the end, there will be naught but passive acceptance. Somebody cue Lee Greenwood. And what,pray tell,… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

Bitter Clinger @ #: My decision is simply to not pay at any level and take whatever comes – if that means prison, so be it. If that means improvrishment, so be it. “we are not talking about men and muskets, but ordinary people against the full might of the US armed forces” Nice to see that you have already… Read more »

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

Fa Cube Itches says: And so begins the Great American Puss-Out. Yea and verily, many an angry letter to the editor shall be penned. Many a furious blog entry shall be posted. Chests shall be beaten in a most manly fashion. And yet, in the end, there will be naught but passive acceptance. Somebody cue Lee Greenwood. You first, jackass.… Read more »

Bitter Clinger
Bitter Clinger

Fa Cube Itches says: Bitter Clinger @ #: My decision is simply to not pay at any level and take whatever comes – if that means prison, so be it. If that means improvrishment, so be it. “we are not talking about men and muskets, but ordinary people against the full might of the US armed forces” Nice to see… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.

SeafarerChief says: It’s too late now for a civil war… Ain’t gonna happen – not enuff folks with cajones large enough to stand up to the Ogabe Gestapo. I fear you may be right. But then I fall back on my final option – personal resistance. Overtly, Indirectly, Passive resistance, Remember how an angry Civil Serpent passively resists by destructive… Read more »

Bitter Clinger
Bitter Clinger

I never thought that I’d be the one trying to maintain a positive attitude. Especially since I am so damn close to saying FUCK IT ALL. The way I see it is we are one election away. Remember the 2010 election sweep? A couple more like that and we might be able to pull out of this tailspin. Do not… Read more »

LC TerribleTroy
LC TerribleTroy

Be interesting to see what happens to gun sales in the near future.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

LC TerribleTroy says:

Be interesting to see what happens to gun sales in the near future.

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irish19
irish19

I read that Slate link DJ posted. The one good thing I was bitterly clinging to when the decision came out was the fact that a majority found against the commerce clause. While the tax issue definitely sucks, my understanding is that this too can be challenged under something only somewhat obscure (obscure enough that I can’t remember what it… Read more »