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Obamacare and the Call of Henry Thoreau

Posted on May 13 2010 6:00 pm
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Whether you like it or not – Obamacare is now the law of the land. Whether you felt in your heart that you were being cheated by your government, or witnessed your liberal neighbor drool while gazing in admiration at the ubiquitous images of “The New Messiah” signing the treacherous bill, this mendacious monstrosity, these 2000 pages of lies and distortions are now the law. And all that’s left for you, a betrayed citizen of this great nation, is to sit in gloom and despair, thinking: “what could be done? What must we do in order to stop and reverse this brazen socialistic assault on our liberty?”

To run to the nearest court? Well, more than a dozen brave State Attorney Generals have done that already. (See, for instance, a May 12 article in devoted to the imminent legal confrontation over the bill in the Federal District Court in Detroit). In their voluminous court papers they argue – in my view, absolutely convincingly – that the Commerce Clause of our Constitution does not allow the federal government to punish American citizens for failing to purchase a medical insurance. In other words, punishing them for doing nothing. As Nevada Governor Gibbons said recently:

“It’s a brand new precedent-setting erosion of the limitation of federal power by forcing you to buy federally approved health insurance… That’s wholly unconstitutional on its face.”

But what are your chances of winning in the courts? Slim, I would say. Courts, especially progressive courts, are notorious for their rather liberal interpretation of the Commerce Clause. In one infamous instance, a court even prohibited a farmer from growing wheat for his own consumption since this act would allegedly influence interstate commerce negatively.

What then? Could conservatives take back Congress come November? As we all know, the chances of that happening are rather slim. Besides, even if they would there is no doubt that the Chicago-machine-trained socialist Obama wouldn’t hesitate a second before vetoing any attempt to repeal his beloved deficit-increasing, tax-imposing, senior citizen-robbing, medical quality-obliterating piece of legislation.

Lastly, passing state laws in contradiction to this bill wouldn’t help, since, according to Constitution, federal laws trump state laws.

Then what should be done?!

In my humble opinion, you must do the following:

Go to the nearest library, and take Henry David Thoreau’s famous essay Civil Disobedience. Read it from the first page to the last, memorize it, discuss it with your family and your friends, go to your club, or church, or synagogue, and bring a copy of that book with you, and tell people who are as distressed and angry as you are that you have found a guide, a Gospel… Do this repeatedly, until you feel that people’s minds and souls are flooded with the simple and obvious truths contained in that passionate call of the great American patriot.

Then, follow his call, do not deviate from it one bit and, at the end, you will appear victorious. Obamacare will be crushed. Your country will be saved from this abominable attempt to make it European-style socialistic.

Recall what Thoreau, that great writer and philosopher, wrote in 1849, justifying the citizen’s right for civil disobedience, and what he would’ve repeated today were he alive:

“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice, then, I say, break the law.”

“I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.  It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.”

Three great men followed his gospel for civil disobedience, and all three have succeeded spectacularly: Mohandas Gandhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and Martin Luther King in America.

Lastly, remember what Gandhi once said:

An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

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