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The Transforming of America
By: Wayne Brown
Last week’s attempt by President Obama to decree that the Catholic Church would participate in the distribution of products and medications was a frontal attack on the Constitution by this administration. I never cease to be amazed how a man who claims to have graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia Law School could be so ignorant of constitutional law. Actually I am even more baffled that he considers the American public to be that stupid that he would be willing to give it a go.
The insanity of it all is that his fallback “compromise” on the situation is yet another attack on the Constitution conceding his first position yet acting as if he has the power to decree the second one. This is nothing more than a conscious act to challenge the system of checks and balances defined within our government and to see if he can indeed define some precedence in the powers of his office to use further down the road in undermining constitution governance.
Unfortunately, the outcry was more about depriving the poor of their “right” to birth control than it was about the Constitution which suited Obama just fine. If we go back in history, we will see that arguments such as this have taken place with regard to “state’s rights” since the creation of this country. The subject matter changes, but the backdrop is the same. Obama is doing the same thing here, using the volatility of the subject matter to mask the infringement on the Constitution. In some sectors, that has worked with the public taking the bait hook, line, and sinker.
In effect, the president has said to the Catholics, “it is time that you joined the rest of us and started doing something about birth control…never mind your religious position, this is about granting the desires of people to have those things they want…religion cannot stand in the way of a women’s right to choose!” By throwing the woman’s perspective into the mix, the mask becomes even thicker in that the same argument which fueled and still fuels Roe vs. Wade is thrown into the mix in an attempt to deprive organized religion of its rights under the Constitution. When the mosque controversy was taking place at Ground Zero, the president made it clear that he had no power to intervene nor any desire yet he is quite certain that he has the power to tell the Catholics how to run their religious efforts…I smell a hypocrite here who only uses the Constitution when it suits his needs.
The president’s “compromise” was not a “compromise” at all but simply another blow at the Constitution which suggested that he held the powers to decree that a particular business sector must provide particular goods and services all without any due process or ruling by the courts. To hell with the Constitution and any rights associated with our liberty and pursuit of happiness; to hell with the “Commerce Clause”. If indeed the president can compel the insurance companies to provide these services to the public, then we certainly have precedence in place to say that he can compel American citizens to buy insurance at his decree. There is more to all of this than might meet the eye in terms of a president simply wanting to address a woman’s right to choice.
If the president’s decree were to stand without challenge, where does all this lead in the future. One could only guess for a successful attack on religious freedom under the Constitution spells trouble for almost any other aspect of the document. We might recall that religious freedom was the driving force for the founding of this country. It was not just important, it was passionately important to those who came here and wanted to find a new land where they could exercise their religious beliefs without fear of penalty from higher authority.
The Constitution is an irritating and persistent encumbrance for a president like Obama who holds nothing about it dear to his heart. Personally, I have never known an attorney who abhorred the Constitution. In fact, the reverse is true in my life experience. How can one study the law in this country and not come away from that study in awe of the central document to our society, the Constitution. Yet Obama describes it as an old and outmoded document. He sees no practical use for it in today’s world as it would be much easier to govern the country if he could just do what he wanted when he wanted. We even have some in the public who might agree with him and would actually help him carry the document to the trash can and burn it. Ignorance is truly bliss.
As a country, we are already being financially undermined and we are in very serious trouble ever so close to facing a similar fate as Greece. Do we wait until people are in the streets in violent confrontations with authority before we take action to fix the source of our problems? If we listen to Washington, that seems to be the case as our elected officials continue on the same path with few voices raised in opposition for very long. Could it be that Obama is willing to challenge the Constitution so openly to measure the amount of resistance he will encounter as future events unfold on our road to socialism? Could it be that this president sees no place for the Constitution in the future of this country?
We have a healthcare initiative which will eventually go before the Supreme Court in a test of its constitutionality. This is an initiative which takes healthcare choices out of the hands of the public and the businesses of the private sector which offer them and make those choices a government function. The ability to choose is taken away from the public. The decision to “offer” services is taken away from the private sector business that either must comply with the demands of a government or walk away from the business.
For those who think this is a good idea, remember those who populate Washington are part of the same crowd that has destroyed the revenue base of Social Security basically bankrupting it when it could easily have been a solvent and functional program for many decades to come if the assets of that program had not been legislatively robbed and squandered by those we elected to office. The same can be said of Medi-Care which our officials tell us has become too large to manage thus fraud and theft rule the day. These problems will go away with Obama-Care is the unspoken promise and with them will go the right to choice and the election to serve on the part of the provider. While retirement and medicine have issues and problems, the government is not the entity to fix it…the government has never fixed anything that was not a disaster in the end. The answer will always lay in true capitalism…a free market system with the right of choice and competition.
Obama’s attempt to usurp the authority of the Constitution and the protection it affords the American people is outrageous to say the least. Elected officials populating Washington with any sense of patriotism, ethics, morality, or dedication should be up at arms and on notice that this is just the first of many attempts of this type that will be made by this administration and those who make it up. Much like their approach to finances, their approach to rights and governance will be the same…they will make it up as the go always thinking of the “little man” whose best interest is always on their hearts and minds. That approach to democratic government can be dispensed with in November or it can continue at an even more intense level for another four years…if we have four years left as a result of this upcoming election.
As a nation, let us have our differences of opinion and let us debate them with the spirit of our beliefs. At the same time, let not one of us ever forget the importance of the Constitution and the protections it affords to our way of life. When we forget, we pay a dear price which in all likelihood will either severely diminish or destroy our freedom and liberty which the Founding Fathers knew only too well that God could only take away. Our point of agreement as a people must be rooted in the Constitution and the government that it affords us and, as a nation, we should turn away any who come before us with the suggestion that there is a better way.
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13 February 2012