Tag: Enumerated powers

Best argument…

About why what the left has been doing to us for the last century, whether you think it was meant to do good or not, is wrong, was made by Glenn H. Reynolds, he of Instapundit fame, here:

The Constitution of the United States was supposed to create a federal government limited to the comparatively few powers specifically enumerated therein, mostly in Article I, Section 8. The idea was that the federal government would address subjects that really needed to be handled on a national level. The states would do the rest, or people would take care of matters on their own.

As James Madison wrote in the Federalist No. 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

To underscore this arrangement, the Tenth Amendment provided that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This division of powers was intended to protect freedom by limiting the scope of the powerful national government. It was also intended to reduce the extent of corruption in the federal government. The powers most likely to encourage corruption were left to the states.

Our forefathers understood that the bane of every system of government was the abrogation of power at the highest/ federal level that would encourage the type of corruption that turned Europe into freedom lacking the shit hole it was then and to many extents in far worse ways, is today. Obamacare is just the latest step on the road to full blown government control of everything.

Yeah, the cultists that love Marx’s dumb idea will vehemently disown marxism, but the end goal, even if many amongst the masses aren’t bright enough to see that yet, and the politicians that push it deny that’s the intent, is full blown state control of everything and everyone. Maybe not direct control of all aspects of life like we saw in the USSR, but then again, when you have a government with not just the power to pick winners and losers, but a justification to do it all that is seen as noble – social justice – that it hides behind, and a justice system that enforces that power and agenda, you pretty much get the same with the veneer of legitimacy and democracy.

Obamacare was just another step in that direction. One that was set up to allow the political class to basically define healthcare to be whatever government decided it was whenever it wanted, by basically completely destroying the limitations the constitution placed on the federal government. The bonus plan I believe is that even if it were to fail this dastardly constitutional challenge, they hoped it would it would come too late and with such pain that it all but set up the system to allow them to achieve the real goal: a single payer system.

Look, I do not for a second believe that the left hasn’t spent the last half century passed law after law to increase the power & control of the federal government on healthcare system to make it better. Sure, that’s what they told us, but the intent has always been a government controlled system. But as long as the one we had worked well, they where never going to sell the public on this idiotic notion we all could see fail everywhere. Hence the massive and idiotic mountain of regulations and mandates, coupled with the bull about healthcare being a ‘right”, which have brought the existing system to the brink of implosion. And like they did when their regulations caused the recent economic disaster – they chose double down on even more meaningless regulation, while not just keeping the fundamental underlying problem that they want to use the lending industry to social engineer, but expanding on it – this is just more of the same.

The game is to overload the system till it brakes and people HAVE to accept the government controlled single payer system they want. Obamacare took the next step, and as Reynolds put it, basically decided to make the case that there should be no limits on what the federal government wants to do if they claim it is for the welfare of people and to regulate commerce or some such nonsense. Have no doubt that next step was the plan:

There are always arguments about the precise scope of delegated powers, and such arguments have regularly come before the Supreme Court. But it is one thing to argue about the precise extent of limits to enumerated power, and it is another thing entirely to deny their existence.

And there you have it in a nutshell. The left doesn’t care right now: they hold the reigns of power, and their guy is pretty blatantly willing to do whatever to push their power to new heights. What can go wrong? After all, this is about doing a good, nay great, thing. Healthcare is a right, and we should all get it for free! Never mind that there is nothing that’s free, ever. So here we get the left, perplexed that even some of the leftists on the SCOTUS is weary of this dangerous usurpation of power, but the problem is a simple one with dire consequences.

Will the court be willing to remove the “almost” and let Congress do anything it wants under the commerce power? I don’t know, but if it doesn’t go along with Obamacare, don’t blame Donald Verrilli. Instead, blame — or, rather, credit — the Constitution.

Be afraid. Our media is doing us a disservice not pointing this out too. But what’s new? Obamacare isn’t even about healthcare: it is about removing any limitations from the feds. While you might have no problem with that today because your team has the reins of power, think about what it means when they don’t. Of course, the left has figure that once they take power they won’t ever lose it again, but then again, even the Supreme Soviets learned that lesson eventually.