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A Thought On Obamacare

The essence of all sensible thinking on Obamacare can be summarized with two sentences:

1. The Affordable Care Act is bad because it is destructive to our individual freedoms as Americans.

2. Irrespective of what the Supreme Court ruled, it is not constitutional.

This is the central idea that must never be far from our thoughts. The main problem with Obamacare is not that it will harm our economy (though it will), nor that it will lead to further encroachments on freedom (though it will). The problem with Obamacare is that it is–intrinsically–an intolerable encroachment on our very basic freedoms. For this reason, Obamacare should be opposed via every avenue available to the Republican party, ad infinitum.

If someone kidnaps your child, you don’t say that the real problem is that if this continues they might kidnap your other children as well. You don’t say that this is troubling in that now that your child won’t be able to contribute to the economy as an adult. Such arguments are perverse precisely because they overlook the central issue, which the inherent moral heinousness of the act, of the kidnapping.

The same is true with Obamacare. The law is inherently wrong and inimical to freedom. This is true even if the economy soars as a result of it, even if no further encroachments occur.

For this reason, my support and my vote will only go to those elected officials who pursue the defunding of Obamacare entirely. No half measures, no cloture votes, no permitting votes where the outcome is known and will fund Obamacare. All of these ‘half measures’ are actually indirect votes for Obamacare. I won’t support anyone who supports Obamacare, directly or indirectly. If every traditionalist, conservative, libertarian and Republican did the same, we could defeat Obamacare, even at this late date.

Earlier this evening, Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) whether he was concerned that his stand (with the Tea Party) against Obamacare would ultimately hurt Republicans. I thought his answer was apropos (if awkwardly stated):

“There’s no statute of limitations on doing what is right.”

 

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