You’ve been MANDATED!!

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken.  “Obamacare” is Constitutional and it is the law of the land.  The issue is settled and done, right?  Not a chance!

The reason the Supreme Court said Obamacare is Constitutional is because it falls under Congress’ power to levy taxes. No matter how many times the Obama administration and the Democrats try and hide or downplay it by calling it a “penalty” or a “payment” or an “investment” the MANDATE that every citizen must purchase health insurance is a tax. And a HUGE one at that. In fact, it is THE largest tax increase in US history.  Yes, you read that right.  This President is responsible for the largest tax increase in history–  and that’s beside the MOUNTAIN of debt he’s accumulated AND the Bush Presidency tax cuts he is allowing to lapse (which is the second biggest tax increase if it lapses).

But regardless of whether or not it is called a penalty or a tax, it is an attack on YOUR liberty, YOUR freedom, YOUR property. Definitions of the word MANDATE include: an official or authoritative command; an order or injunction; an often controversial government requirement for the purchase of goods by individuals; an obligation handed down by an inter-governmental body. A MANDATE, by definition, is an attack on YOUR freedom and liberty to do as you choose.

At its core, this legislation is a massive overreach by our federal government into our personal lives.  Government emanates from the power of “We the People” and the Constitution describes the powers of a REPRESENTATIVE government that “We the People” loan it from our power, our rights and how “We the People” intend to limit it.  When the federal government exceeds its bounds it’s up to the people to correct the government’s over-reach.  Under the 10th Amendment in the FEDERAL constitution Kansas has an obligation to defend its residents from federal government intrusiveness and imposition as it states: “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.”

The federal government has a role.  It needs to provide for the common defense, to regulate interstate commerce, to protect our currency, provide for post offices and roads etc.  In other words, the federal government has the responsibility and authority to do for the common interest of the country what the States and “We the People” cannot do for ourselves. The decision and freedom to buy health insurance (or not to) is a personal one, NOT one for a FEDERAL government to dictate, and now MANDATE. Kansas legislators and we Kansans can solve our own problems and we have one last opportunity in the November election to do exactly that.

  1. Katie said:

    There is a lot of discussion about the affordable healthcare law and the MANDATE argument. Medicare is a system where everybody pays in- also a mandate. Do you also feel that medicare should be abandonded. As a member of the military family, you have never had to worry about healthcare- haven’t paid the hundreds of dollars in monthly premiums or the poor with no healthcate. One of the primary “Christian Values ” is about how we treat the poor. There are several thousand verses in the Bible on the poor and God’s response to injustice. One of every sixteen verses in the New Testament is about the poor or the subject of money. In the synoptic gospels it is one of ten verses and in the book of Luke it is one in seven. But I read and hear practically nothing about the poor from you except in purely business, fiscal terms so I don’t really know how you answer the mandate to help and protect the poor found in the Bible.

  2. Steve said:

    Katie, Interesting that you seem to know so much about me and about the Bible. Yet, I do not think you have met me and I wonder how you can make such sweeping assertions. But, you do the same with your use of the Bible. I will not get into specifics about my experiences with healthcare costs nor my experiences with poverty. Those are none of your business and are not germane to the conversation. What is germane is the distinction between the virtue of charity (love, actually, from the Latin “caritas”) and the government mandates that are in the article. You are referring to the second greatest law – love of neighbor. That love is especially for those poor from a lack of materiel means as well as for those poor in other ways.

    Love of neighbor is second only to love of God. It is a virtue that is highly praised by Christ on several occasions. However, taxes are not paid out of love and neither are they particularly favored in scripture. Giving freely to those in need is a virtue – forcing others to pay for welfare is a liberal way to exercise control over others while parading good intentions and spending other people’s money. It is hardly virtuous. Now we are in the actual position that we are being forced to pay for “healthcare” that includes killing the unborn – and the defense of this abomination is the Bible? Really?

    Remember even the devil knows scripture and uses it for his own purposes. Christ told the rich young man that to be perfect he should sell all that he had and give it to the poor and then come and follow Him. He did not say to tax everyone else and then create a bureaucratic empire. That notion came from somewhere else.

  3. Steve said:

    I am in favor of charity and the American people are the most charitable in the world. I am also in favor of prosperity – so that all may work and have something to give to those less fortunate – as Paul tells us. I think Paul was encouraging hard work and charity and not taxes. Remember, he also said “he who does not work shall not eat.” That was to Timothy as advice for correcting the welfare problem they had in the early Church. Thanks for your comment.

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