Obamacare and Sir Thomas More: It’s Not About “Healthcare”*

The so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,”more commonly known as Obamacare, isn’t about “patients” or” health care.” It’s about a massive expansion of government. It’s about the U.S. Constitution, the Rule of Law and our future as a free republic.

Many legal scholars argue that H.R. 3590 violates Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution as well as the 10th Amendment (if it’s been awhile, look ’em up). Its provisions and mandates contort the Interstate Commerce Clause (Clause 3) into a political pretzel unrecognizable to the Founding Fathers.

As Sen. Orrin Hatch observed, if the federal government can force Americans to buy health insurance, “then there is literally nothing the federal government can’t force us to do.” (See CNSNews, et.al.)

In Robert Bolt’s jurisprudential classic, A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More illustrates how the law is perverted and nullified when it’s used for utilitarian ends. To his son-in-law who suggests “cutting down every law in England” to “get after the Devil”, More replies: “And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws… And if you cut them down, … do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?”

If the 10th Amendment (some add the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, 14th and 16th Amendments) is ignored and the Constitution trampled today, which freedom falls tomorrow? If the Constitution can be nullified at will and the Rule of Law “cut down” by a guy with a pen and a phone and his willing lackeys,  who can stand upright – and how will tyranny be forestalled? What winds will then blow?

Said Samuel Adams:

“Shame on the men who can court exemption from present trouble and expense at the price of their own posterity’s liberty!”

As Ronald Reagan put it: “If not us, who? If not now, when?”

Patriots, it’s time to stand up – while you still can.

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* This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared on June 10, 2010.

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