Hope 'n' Change Tramples Constitution

The Patriot Post Now that Barack Obama's mission of controlling your health care has been accomplished, the question American Patriots are asking is: what next? You can start by signing the Patriot Declaration1, which reaffirms Constitutional Rule of Law. And take heart -- you're not alone.

Seven minutes after the president used 22 different pens to put his left-handed signature on ObamanationCare, 13 attorneys general filed suit on behalf of their states in federal court. Virginia filed suit separately, as other states are considering doing. Led by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, the larger suit claims, correctly in our view, that Congress does not have constitutional authority to force individuals to purchase health insurance. The "individual mandate" is the method so-called compassionate leftists used to "extend" health care to all Americans.

As with so many unconstitutional power grabs, Democrats point to the Commerce Clause to justify the mandate. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), taking a slightly different tack, pointed to the "Good and Welfare Clause2." That one must come right after the "Non Compos Mentis Clause" of the "living constitution."

According to the White House and other "experts" (i.e., leftist "constitutional" law professors), the lawsuit is unlikely to succeed3. Based on precedent, they're probably right. No entitlement law has ever been overturned. Of course, finding in favor of the law would simply prove (again) that judicial despots, too, have abdicated their oaths to support and defend the Constitution.

In Congress, many Republicans are pushing for repeal. Obama taunted them and told them to "go for it." Very presidential. "I think House Republicans are determined to stand for both repealing and replacing ObamaCare with an approach that gives Americans more choices instead of more government," said Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN). Unfortunately, that may be an even longer shot than defeating it in the courts. First, Republicans must be far more than the minority party they are today, but even should they take control of Congress, when was the last time a majority party repealed an entitlement? Indeed, Republicans created the largest one in almost 40 years with the 2003 prescription drug program.

In other news, Democrats are complaining about racial insults and physical threats from crazed right-wingers. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) immediately blamed all conservatives, declaring, "If [you] participate in [these threats], either from the balcony or on the floor of the House, you are aiding and abetting this kind of, uh, terrorism, really." He added, "Silence gives consent." Proof, you ask? Don't worry about it -- Democrats would never exaggerate, lie, or flat-out stage these events, even if such tactics are straight out of community organizer Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" playbook.

Regardless, if Democrats are now cowering before an angry public, maybe they should have listened to their constituents instead of ramming through an illegitimate bill that puts the government in charge of 17 percent of the U.S. economy and the IRS in charge of enforcement.

But who are we to object? None other than Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro4 has endorsed the "miracle" of ObamaCare. If that island's system is any example, we're in for a real treat. More: http://patriotpost.us/edition/2010/03/26/digest/print/