I will miss the wanton stupidity of the Obama libs when it wanes. Yesterday I mused about Bill Maher’s thickheadedness. Today I move on to another equally dainty but less vulgar specimen of Obamatron. In today’s Washington Post Ezra Klein discusses the shock many on the Left feel about the possibility of the mandate going down. He writes under the sublimely idiotic headline: How Republicans made it possible for the Supreme Court to rule against the mandate.
Before unpacking how the Republicans made anything “possible” let’s stipulate that the court has not announced its decision. 6 Months ago conventional wisdom was on the side of the mandate being upheld. Now the opposite is true. Never trust conventional wisdom.
That said the “how” in Klein’s title is easily answered. It’s called litigation, Ezra. That’s how the Republicans “made it possible” for the Supreme Court to take the case. They sued, won in some places, lost in others. Then highest court decided forcing people to buy a service whether or not they wanted it was worthy of a Constitutional look see. The end. One would think a Washington Post writer who know these basics. I remember it from Civics class in 7th grade.
For Klein, a perfect example of Obama faux liberalism, the basics of our small r republican society cannot be the answer though. Too simple minded. The system we’ve had for 2 plus centuries is for the flyover people, not grand thinkers like Barack Obama and Andrea Mitchell. So Klein reflexively indulges his distilled Alinskyism. The big R Republicans campaigned, paving the way for the court to consider the unthinkable. That’s his word. Unthinkable. It can’t be that a system designed to interpret laws based on a founding document exists and was employed. Nope. It was a campaign. He thinks like his lord and master Obama: Everything is a campaign. The question: Is the mandate Constitutional? is quite thinkable. I dare say thousands, maybe even millions, have thought about it. Hundreds are probably thinking about it right now.
This belief of Klein’s is called projection. He’s existed so long in a world based on his feelings toward Obama that he’s come to believe his feelings are facts. Obama said it was Constitutional, so it must be Constitutional. Obama says something. Obama makes Klein feel good. Therefore, what Obama said is true, right, and just. Reality, rational thought, and even simple questions are unneeded and unwanted in this constipated, feel good – and ultimately dangerous - mental construct.
Pelosi’s remark when asked if the mandate was Constitutional is Exhibit A. She exclaimed, Are you serious? That, my friends, is how far down the rabbit hole the Democratic leadership has fallen. Yes, Nancy, the question is serious. So serious that it’s worthy of the highest court. Many people, not all conservatives, asked it earnestly. Many of us wanted what Obama (version 2007) stated he wanted: A public option. We still do. This public option would be paid for with a tax. (FYI, Mr. Klein, taxes are Constitutional. Just thought I’d tell you since you apparently can’t be bothered to read the document.)
We shall see shortly if the Supreme Court is willing to stretch the Commerce clause further, or will yank it back in. What we know now is that it wasn’t a GOP “campaign” that brought us this far. It was a legitimate concern about the limits of government power. We also know the question of what the Federal government can and cannot make citizens purchase is serious indeed.