I have to admit that I too was initially disappointed at the recent Obamacare decision and it being upheld as constitutional. I am not one though, to give in to my emotions until I have had time to read, interpret and understand the dynamics of this decision as best I could given my limited legal knowledge.
I have taken the time to listen to both sides of this debate and those who have claimed to have won by the decision and of course by those who say they have lost.
I have listened to the liberal main stream media as well as those outlets on the right side of the spectrum and I have come to my own conclusion based on the so-called experts who have weighed in on the matter. To give some perspective on this I will say that those voices echoing from the right are a mixed bag. Rush Limbaugh for example is proclaiming that Chief Justice Roberts has perpetrated the most egregious form of fraud on the American people due to his "rewriting" of the statute vs. ruling on the actual constitutional validity of the law as Congress wrote it. Mark Levin, on the other hand I found to be more credible as he and his "Landmark Legal Foundation" were actually involved in the litigation that led to the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court.
"Just because five lawyers in black robes, one of whom was purported to be a conservative, a man I knew a long time ago, issue a decision of the sort that they issued doesn't make it proper. As a matter of fact, this decision I would go as far to say is lawless. Absolutely lawless. That's why people are stunned." -- Mark Levin
I give more weight to Levin than I do for Limbaugh based on experience and knowledge. I am not saying that Limbaugh is not credible in his opinion, it is just a matter of Mr. Levin being "more credible" on the issue.
I was surprised in my reaction personally to the news as it was reported. I too was greatly saddened by this court's decision but somewhere deep inside I was also relieved that it was upheld. No, I am not a closet liberal statist coming out, but in a more pragmatic way I know that liberty, freedom and justice is not something to be handed out like food stamps. It is something that is fraught with blood, sweat and tears that are exacted as it's toll to ensure it's success.
Here is why I felt relieved:
“Those decisions are entrusted to our nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them,” Roberts said. “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
This statement from Chief Justice Roberts is exactly why I felt relieved. Obama and his ilk, upon election in 2008 made it a household staple to say "Elections have consequences". When Obama was elected with the help of the main stream media's failure (or by design?) to vet the candidate he strode into office as an unknown comodity. It did not take long to see that many of right had been saying throughout the election was indeed true -- Obama is an extreme left wing radical with utopian socialist goals to "fundamentally transform America".
Americans of all stripes and colors began to see and in most cases feel the transformative changes that Obama and the democrats have begun to implement. The change I speak of has it's roots in Obamacare. Instead of working every waking moment to ensure Americans have jobs they need, this administration was obsessed with forcing this legislation down Americans throats and in turn awoke those who saw this as inherently un-American. Instead of transparency, we had closed door meetings that excluded any opposing voices from across the isle. When these backroom deals included "pay to play" style payoffs to reluctant legislators like Ben Nelson (Kornhusker kickback) and in 2011 he announced his retirement from the Senate. Then, likewise Mary Landrieu, was found to also wrangle the "Louisianna Purchase" for her vote. In addition to politician payoff's for votes, the Democrats also induced businesses to endorse the act. First we we found that Unions were big beneficiaries for their support by the back room "Cadillac Tax" exemptions through 2018. All told, as of January 2012, 543,812 union employee's received HHS waivers compared to 69,813.
Tea Party is Born
One of the most effective grass roots movements to ever spring forth from public discontent over Government policy is the Tea Party Movement of early 2009. The early and powerful success of this movement was largely ignored and ridiculed by the main stream media as well as established politicians from both sides of the isle. One of the early cogent successes in the movements aims was the "Contract From America". The "plank" suggestions included:
1.Identify constitutionality of every new law
2.Reject emissions trading
3.Demand a balanced federal budget
4.Simplify the tax system
5.Audit federal government agencies for waste and constitutionality
6.Limit annual growth in federal spending
7.Repeal the healthcare legislation passed on March 23, 2010
8.Pass an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Policy
Here, I believe is the basis for my optimism that sprang from the Obamacare Supreme Court ruling. We have witnessed the concerted effort to besmirch, demonize and destroy this movement since it's inception. It has grown stronger with every pushback and expanded while it captured America's anger to the erosion of our strength financially through elitist political and judicial activism that runs contrary to what we know and aspire to maintain.
This is the "blood, sweat and tears" I speak of. It is now evident that this concerted effort to erase America as we know now extends to the so-called "conservatives" of the Supreme Court. When Roberts wrote in his decision the words listed above (in red) it became crystal clear that our fight is a long one and one that will require us to increase our activism to purge the elitists that purport to represent us.
Freedom and liberty are difficult to achieve as our founding fathers have proven with their wise words and the blood of our ancestors to achieve this freedom was the ultimate sacrifice. Now, we must fight again to maintain this freedom. I am not advocating bloodshed here as the method to shake the yoke of oppression we are being subjected to. No, I am talking about the expansion of this grass-roots movement to achieve these goals.
The silver lining in the Obamacare ruling is that it solidifies the deceipt of those who have thrust this oppression upon us and have made the battle lines clear. Those on the left and the right who hail the Supreme Court decision as a victory for Obama have now to defend the truth and bear witness to who disagree with Obamacare on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. The will witness the rise to the power of those who wield their votes like muskets on a picket line.
In an article by the "Christian Post" authored by Paul Stanley he reports the Tea Party response to the ruling:
"In an email Wednesday, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy forewarned that if the high court voted to let the healthcare act stand – which it did on Thursday – then "dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage" and that Republicans "backed by super PAC's and shadowy front groups like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS" will "do everything in their power to defeat President Obama."
But Martin countered Kennedy's comments by saying it's not just Tea Party members who are incited by the court's ruling, but also the American people.
"What will happen – what is already happening – as a result of today's ruling is the American people will sit up and take notice that we cannot simply sit back and watch our individual freedoms be swept away by an administration that does not respect our constitution," Martin said.
"The Tea Party started because we want limited government and individual freedoms. And we will vote out any politician who does not commit, in writing, to respect the will of the American people and fully repeal Obamacare."