U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled Monday in Pensacola, Fla., that the Democrats' Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in particular the mandate that forces uninsured individuals to buy coverage, runs afoul of the Constitution.
"The individual mandate falls outside the boundary of Congress' Commerce Clause authority," Vinson writes in his 78-page ruling, "and cannot be reconciled with a limited government of enumerated powers."
Neither can it "be otherwise authorized by an assertion of power under the Necessary and Proper Clause. It is not constitutional," concluded the Reagan appointee.''
This is good as far as it goes. But as we know, the left will continue to try to push their agenda despite these unfavorable decisions.
What troubles me the most is that too many 'conservatives' are in agreement with the left about health care for those they consider useless. Over at one blog (which shall remain nameless), a discussion is going on in which somebody quotes John Adams' famous line about how our system of government will only be capable of governing ''a moral and religious people.''' Another commenter adds an 'amen' to that quote -- while he has just finished saying that there should be NO medical care for the aged, only palliative care.
How can someone say 'amen' to Adams' words, referring to our government being for a 'moral and religious people'' while saying 'no medical care for the aged'? What kind of Christian, or in fact what kind of 'civilized' person says that?
This is your brain on libertarianism or 'tough-minded conservatism.'
This is what I meant about many 'conservatives' being crypto-libertarians, having read too many Ayn Rand books in youth.
Nietzsche, Rand et al have done more to destroy traditional values than just about anybody. 'Rand' or whatever her real name, and her acolytes and admirers have been useful to the left in destroying what is left of our old Christian-based traditional civilization.
There is really not much left to conserve, at this point.
If 'conservatives' (or libertarians in conservative guise) are the alternative to leftism, then we are in real trouble as a civilization. There will be nobody to speak up for the weaker members of society. Conservatives are starting to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge when he said ''let them die and decrease the surplus population.''
If this is 'conservatism' then I want no part of it. It is not compatible with Biblical Christianity.