There will, of course, be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over this ruling. For the next few days, we'll all be subjected to the cries that this decision heralds the end of the republic and freedom as we know it. One place you won't hear that, though, is here. That's because, as I've stated numerous times, the republic is already dead. Sure, ObamaCare is unconstitutional, but here is a short list of other federal actions and SCOTUS rulings that violate the Constitution:
- The Social Security Act of 1935 (never challenged in court; the overall feeling among those who wrote the damn thing was that it could not hold up to a Constitutional challenge).
- The National Firearms Act of 1934 (and all subsequent federal gun control legislation). While states have the right to control firearms, the 2nd Amendment specifically places gun control out of the hands of the central government.
- Federally-mandated security screenings at airports, which violate the Fourth Amendment's 'probable cause' requirement.
- Administrative warrants issued by any executive agency, which violate the Fourth Amendment's 'probable cause' requirement.
- Hirabayashi v. United States and Korematsu v. United States, In which the Supreme Court upheld the internment of United States citizens without due process, in violation of the Fifth Amendment
- The Sedition Act of 1918, under which individuals were imprisoned for political speech, in violation of the First Amendment.
The truth is, the Supreme Court, along with the other branches of the federal Leviathan, have little regard for, or fidelity to, the Constitution, and such has been the case for more than a century. Whatever our federal betters decide to do, it will be done, and the proper justification will be rationalized, Constitutional intent be damned. The ObamaCare decision is just one more in a long list of violations the American public have been subjected to. It is nothing new or unique.
What it is, however, is unpopular. The American public has consistently demonstrated that it is against this legislation, and the contempt for the people's will, coupled with the dismissal of legitimate Constitutional challenges, may finally result in a few more people realizing that the monster in Washington, D.C. is their enemy. Since I do not believe that the corrupt cesspool that sits on the Potomac river is capable of reforming itself, I don't really care what garbage they come out with, as long as it finally gets people to realize that we must act to restore our liberty. Insofar as this decision advances this, I see it as positive.