April 01, 2012

One Man. One Vote.

Watching the spin coming out of the Supreme Court hearings on ObamaCare has been disturbingly amusing. The only thing we can be sure of is that after three days of oral argument we know what the outcome will be with as much certainty as we did before three days of oral argument.

I do think there is some cause for hope. During the first day of arguments Justice Anthony Kennedy noted:

Here the government is saying that the federal government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases, and that changes the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way.

We just have to wait and see what The Court - or in particular Justice Kennedy - thinks about the constitutionality of that transformation.

The left has been spinning furiously that the the overturning of ObamaCare would be the best thing that could happen for Campaign to Reelect The One.

This of course is complete BS and why the right isn't calling them out for using people's healthcare as a political football escapes me. The Vice President at the law's signing ceremony proclaimed that it was a "Big F'n Deal." If they think the crowning achievement of their ideology is so great and wonderful for the people why are they telling everyone that it's being overturned by The Court would be a good thing politically? 

Is it possible that they are trying to influence the court with this crap? 

Are they just trying to lower expectations because they think they are going to lose? 

Is it possible that they are more hypocritical, more venal, and more lacking in principles than I imagined? 

I'm going to go with D. All of the above.

One supporter of socialized medicine was so taken aback by the arguments against parts of the law that he added a little bonus to the hope that ObamaCare is overturned. He spelled out a scenario that in focusing on the case at hand I had not previously considered: (emphasis added)

"I was baffled the court would even hear that argument, let alone take it seriously," said Ron Pollack, executive director of the pro-reform Families USA and a health-care activist for three decades. If that goes, federal programs to improve education, the environment, transportation. and more could suddenly be under fire, he said -- creating the potential for the wholesale gutting of the New Deal and the welfare state.

That is indeed cause to hope for change.

The overwhelming (perhaps unanimous) consensus among those watching and commenting on The Court proceedings is that whole thing hinges on the decision of one justice. One man, one vote, will decide if there will be a fundamental transformation of the relationship between the individual and the government. 

In case you have forgotten what that means and what is at stake, I would remind you how one man once described that relationship: "government of the people, by the people, for the people." Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy apparently will be deciding if it "shall perish from the earth."

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