About 10 a.m. today, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court will hand down a decision for which We the People have been waiting. Today we learn if Obamacare stands or falls.
More important, we learn whether or not this Congress and every future Congress will be given the power to simply ORDER every individual to buy something, so long as the government thinks it’s good for all of us collectively.
Folks, if that’s how the Supreme Court decides, then we have become a communist dictatorship. Our Republic will be dead. Stick a fork in it.
We simply cannot TRUST this Congress or any future Congress to “do the right thing,” especially given that they passed Obamacare in the first place, against the will of the People.
With such power at their disposal, they will be tempted to use it, again and again, which is exactly why the Founders designed a system of checks and balances.
To prevent the use of unbridled power, the Founders created a country that is NOT a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic designed to protect INDIVIDUAL rights, against mob rule. Against the collective, if you will. Against communism.
This is a Republic led by a federal government with LIMITED, carefully delineated powers. The Founders never imagined handing dictatorial powers to Congress or, especially, to any IMPERIAL president.
Dictatorial power is what Obamacare represents, with its mandate; its unelected panels of “deciders” (bureaucrats who answer to no one, especially not to the People); and its rationing so that the welfare of the many WILL outweigh the needs of any few, such as the elderly.
We’ll find out soon whether THIS Supreme Court is faithful to their oaths to preserve and defend the Constitution and this Republic.
What will the decision be?
Update: 06/28/12, 10:13 a.m. eastern: According to Drudge, Judge Roberts joined the lefties and they allowed the mandate to “stand AS A TAX. The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated.” This sounds outrageous, but details pending.
10:20: Bulk of Obamacare upheld, including the mandate (or face a “tax penalty”); Roberts wrote the opinion, saying the mandate is legal if it’s a tax; Roberts says under the Commerce clause, Congress doesn’t have the power, but if it’s a tax, as he sees it, then it’s okay; he says it can be sustained not under the Commerce clause but under the “necessary and proper clause”; ruling 5-4. According to Fox radio news. The Medicaid mandate to states is struck down.
10:24: An AP story. There’s a dissent by Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy, according to Fox radio news. So that’s a correction to the Drudge report of a 6-3 decision. Roberts sided with the progressives but Kennedy with the conservatives. A betrayal, imho. From the AP story:
The court found problems with the law’s expansion of Medicaid, but even there said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states’ entire Medicaid allotment if they don’t take part in the law’s extension.
Full text of the decision here.