For my money, Chief Justice John Roberts’ Solomon-like splitting of the Obamacare baby gave us a place to stand so we can finally get to work solving the long list of worsening problems that have been neglected while we engage in a decades-long uncivil ideological war.
Less than an hour after CNN broke the news the nation’s high court had struck down the individual mandate — oops! — less than an hour after Roberts found a way to preserve Obamacare without setting a precedent or expanding the federal government’s power, it became clear this is really all about money.
Not money for health care, to be sure, but money to keep the fires of our national discontent burning hot so we can continue down the suicidal road of political gridlock and stalemate.
Shortly after 11 a.m., my email basket started filling up with demands for money to perpetuate the destructive war of words.
“We are at a pivotal time in our nation’s history and we cannot afford to sit back. We must not only focus on electing fiscal conservatives committed to repealing Obamacare in our own communities, but we must work together to elect them across the nation! Our children’s generation and the generations yet to come will judge us by how we respond to this ruling.”
It took my good friend Barack Obama two hours longer to put the touch on me with his usual personal email like all those inviting me dine with him and Michelle.
This is a good day for millions of Americans who can continue to benefit from the protections and economic security provided by the Affordable Care Act.
While the Supreme Court’s decision should put to rest the debate over health care, Mitt Romney and the Republicans in Congress just can’t take yes for an answer.
My opponent said a short while ago that the first thing he would try to do as president is repeal the health care law. We can’t allow that to happen. So we have to win this election.
Please step up now and take ownership of this campaign by making a donation today:
Thank you for all that you do.
I had no idea the President of the Dis-United States had any idea I existed except as an email address but it turns out he knows all that I do.
Requests for money continuing pouring in all day, mostly from the newly re-energized right
“Today, our Country changed. Plain and simple,” wrote California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro.
“Our most prominent Chief Justice in history, John Marshall, famously said that the ‘power to tax involves the power to destroy.’ Now we have a Supreme Court Justice, John Roberts, who believes ’the power to tax involves the power to mandate … Simply stated, that means freedom has been lost … Take the passion you feel right now and support our cause by donating $25, $50, or $100 today.”
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation wanted donations to fight a provision in the law that is “just a trick to force independent home health care providers into forced unionism. You see, these schemes corrupt the political process by enabling Big Labor’s political puppets to handpick unions as the sole representatives for thousands of care providers — including independent contractors and parents or grandparents who take care of sick or disabled children.”
A black Republican Congressman from Florida named Allen West appealed on behalf of a group called Gun Alerts for 1,000 contributors in the next 72 hours to “send a message to President Obama and the liberals in Congress that we’re committed to defeating Obamacare” because it “violates our individual rights … attacks religious freedom … is full of massive tax increases that will devastate our economy.”
For its part, the Heritage Foundation launched a fund-raising campaign called the “Repeal Obamacare Project.”
“The Supreme Court ruled to uphold Obamacare, an unconstitutional violation of personal liberty that strikes at the heart of American federalism,” the foundation’s email asserted in its opening sentence which I found curiously oxymoronic since the Supreme Court is the body that decides what’s constitutional as it did on Thursday
“By upholding Obamacare—including its mandate requiring people to buy a product or service at the federal government’s direction—the Court has done serious damage to the principle of limited government … And it brings to light a tragic misreading of the Constitution—the document our elected officials and appointed judges are sworn to defend and protect.”
There were other requests for money like the one this morning from Obama’s political adviser David Axelrod sharing a touching personal story with his friend “Ron” as he began his appeal:
“Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling was very personal to me. Thirty years ago, my daughter Lauren, then just seven months old, began having grand mal seizures. They wouldn’t stop for 18 years. Lauren’s epilepsy robbed her of her childhood, some of her capacities and, very nearly, her life. We were young parents then, just starting out, with lousy insurance I got from my job. And we very nearly went broke paying for Lauren’s uncovered care and medication.
“I was moved to tears when the Supreme Court affirmed the Affordable Care Act, because I know that other families won’t have to face the terror and heartache we knew. And that’s because of a president who had the courage to defy the politics and all the obstacles in order to fight for people like my Lauren.”
Dave, I assume I can call him that since he called me Ron, concluded by asking me to say I’m “standing with President Obama” by donating to his campaign.
The point is clear: Left, right and center — all they want is our money to continue to fight to the death like blood enemies as if we are not all Americans whose fates are bound together, as if nothing can ever be resolved even when the Supreme Court says so as in this case and the Citizens United corporate campaign funding ruling and everything else it decides.
Painful as it might be for people to understand, baseball games end after nine innings, football games after four quarters or they continue in extra innings or overtime until there is a final result.
The Supreme Court of the United States is the court of last resort whether any of us like what is decides or not.
This game is over. It’s time to move on and figure out how to make Obamacare work to improve the health of the nation or find a better way to do it.
It’s time to face the reality that we are undergoing a fundamental economic restructuring that requires dramatic changes in our society and culture. We no longer create wealth; we consume it.
So we cannot drive our economy on hyper-consumerism where everyone thinks they have to be a millionaire or live like one whether or not they can afford it. We need to create a happier and more sustainable and equitable nation like the Declaration of Independence said in defining our unalienable rights “to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
There is so much work to do that all those with their hands out trying to get money from us are not doing.
Ask yourself this: Are trying to bring us together to fix things or they driving conflict and confusion to benefit themselves?
Chief Justice John Roberts, in his wisdom, gave us the chance to end our uncivil war by reducing the Obamacare controversy to a simple matter of Congress’ right to impose a tax on those who don’t want health insurance while protecting the rights of the states from punishment by the federal government.