Friday, November 8, 2013

Republicans in Reaction

Republicans should have seen the Obamacare Express and even the subsequent train wreck long before it occurred.

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The Social Democrats first reached for control of American health care and insurance back in 1994. The Republicans thwarted that attempt. Unfortunately, they made no efforts to improve the conditions by which more Americans could secure health care without government mandates and control. And they failed to recognize that the Social Democrats intended on grasping for control of heath care and the health insurance industry as soon as they secured a majority in both houses of Congress and control of the White House.

So now what?

Without political power, efforts to "pull the plug" on Obamacare will prove futile and will likely backfire.

The recent efforts led by Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare even at the cost of shutting down the government serve as a good example. While a well-meaning stand on principles, these efforts seemed to have no idea about how repeal or defunding might actually be brought achieved. Did Republicans really believe that the Social Democrats would back down and repeal Obamacare--the "signature accomplishment" of the Obama administration? The Social Democrats knew that they had the votes to preserve the PPACA, that the Republicans in general and the Tea Party in particular would receive the blame for the government shutdown, and that furloughed government employees would receive their back pay. That is why the Social Democrats won and we conservatives lost.

The frequent calls for "nullification" from some Tea Party groups serve as another. In this case, the conservatives have the power--i.e.--control of the state legislatures, but they have abandoned their principles. While our Constitution does not endorse Obamacare and much of what Congress has enacted in the last several decades, neither does it countenance the idea of nullification. When the Constitution established the limited, enumerated powers of Congress, it intended the laws to be the supreme law of the land, beyond the jurisdiction of individual states. This is why James Madison, the man most instrumental in the adoption of the Constitution, opposed nullification. Three decades after the adoption of the Constitution, John Calhoun of South Carolina advocated an interpretive hermenuetic that empowered that states to nullify laws enacted by Congress. He called nullification a "preposterous and anarchical pretension" without one shred of support in the Constitution. Advocating nullification will not only fail, but  also will  evoke images of John Calhoun, the Confederacy, secession, and slavery.

The way to stop Obamacare is simply the strategy that proved successful in 2010:

Win the elections!

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