That sub-headline taken from a Wall Street Journal headline today should be preserved in the minds of all lawmakers, social engineers, and policy hacks generally. They should test whatever they’re doing or saying or proposing, by metaphorically introducing it to our forebears, or introducing it to some abstruse concepts like freedom, or like the sanity behind the idea of limiting government to ensure a free people rather than an enslaved people.
Suggested usage: The creation of and ownership of and then the multi-billion-dollar taxpayer funding of a state-owned media conglomerate which competes against its own citizens: meet the people seeking new, unrestricted opportunity and freedom from government tyranny, and the other self-reliant pioneers of the nation.
Readers know that when speaking of Obamacare —or the progressives’/Democrats’ “health care” law — I always put their words “health care” in scare quotes. That’s because it isn’t really about “health care” as much as their political ideology. For the same reason, I put “health care” and a few of the other choice progressives’ terms in quotes when speaking about it/them here in Canada. In this Wall Street Journal opinion article today, they agree. “…the case is not really about health care at all…”
But the article also gives a good succinct insight into the big decision made yesterday by Judge Vinson when he ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional.
The Constitutional Moment
Judge Vinson introduces ObamaCare to Madison and Marshall.
‘If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
Federal Judge Roger Vinson opens his decision declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional with that citation from Federalist No. 51, written by James Madison in 1788. His exhaustive and erudite opinion is an important moment for American liberty, and yesterday may well stand as the moment the political branches were obliged to return to the government of limited and enumerated powers that the framers envisioned.
As Judge Vinson took pains to emphasize, the case is not really about health care at all, or the wisdom