Jeffrey H. Anderson:
The most unpopular part of Obamacare now has a champion in the Republican presidential field. Via the Right Scoop, Donald Trump was asked on Thursday night by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “If…there’s no mandate for everybody to have insurance, what’s to—why would an insurance company not have a preexisting—insure somebody with a preexisting condition?” Trump replied, “Well, I like the mandate. Okay, so here’s where I’m a little bit different. I don’t want people dying on the streets. And I say this all the time.”
Well, that’s certainly “a little bit different”—in fact, it’s hard to get a lot more “different” than to run for president as a Republican and support the hated cornerstone of President Obama’s signature legislation. This “mandate for everybody to have insurance” is, of course, the unprecedented requirement that, for the first time in the more than 200 years of United States history, private American citizens must buy a product or service of the federal government’s choosing merely as a condition of living in their own country.
To the best of my knowledge, not since Mitt Romney has a prominent Republican officeholder or top-tier candidate for office expressed fondness for the individual mandate.
But Trump went further even than that. He implied that those who oppose Obamacare’s liberty-sapping mandate do “want people dying in the streets.”
With the exception of Jeb Bush, no current Republican presidential candidate has yet advanced an Obamacare alternative. As a result, the GOP candidates have failed to elevate the most important domestic issue of the Obama presidency or demonstrate that they know how to lead the way to full repeal. But at least they don’t support Obamacare’s coercive core.
Indeed, Obamacare’s individual mandate is not only coercive but unconstitutional. Obama’s congressional allies claimed that passing it was a valid exercise of their authority to regulate interstate commerce, but the mandate was rejected as unconstitutional on those grounds by the Supreme Court—with Justice Scalia in the majority on this question—because in truth it was an effort to compelcommerce, not regulate it.
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The Pope wants 25 Hail Marys and a few Our Fathers for the sin of total ignorance in a major issue of the election. The Little Sisters are very disappointed and will smack his knuckles with a ruler.
We all know nobody would be talking about healthcare if he didn’t …..
@Nanny G: Nanny I don’t know what’s more sophomoric–Donald tweeting all night or you wasting time reading them..
Curt It seems The Donald feels he’s wrapped up the nom–as in screw the base they love me no matter–I’m after the indies and some Dems. Let’s bash “w” some more.
The peril in which our nation finds itself is no more clearly defined than the video of college age kids being unable to identify Biden as the vice president, 7 years into having that position. Such blatant political ignorance calls into question such individual’s comprehension of any and all political issues. It brings to mind the videotaped statement of the women in tears after Obama’s first election because she believed Obama was going to pay her mortgage for her, and the man from California IIRC who when interviewed, said “I was all for obamacare, until I learned I was going to have to pay for it.”
A constitutional republic cannot survive when a majority of the voting population has no motive for voting other than to get more “free” stuff from the government.
Trump’s rise based on his grasping the reins of the cultural zeitgeist opposing illegal immigration, and citizen anger over the economic morass that has grown out of insane leftist policies compounded by the deliberate failure of the alleged GOPe opposition to stop leftist policies, has shielded Trump from legitimate criticism of his vague policy positions and arguably contradictory statements.
How does one square, “I will repeal Obamacare in toto”, with, “I support the obamacare mandate”? Or his”Cruz is a nasty guy, nobody likes him”, versus “I like Ted”? Or Trump’s contradictory statements regarding Hillary? Or his support for the incompetent socialst mayor de Blasio?
I get the anger…I am more angry with McConnell, Ryan, et al for their play-acting efforts at opposing Obama’s anti-American agenda than I am at the left for doing exactly what their nature drives them to do. I fully expect the left to lie, cheat, steal and ignore the law in their nazi-march to progressive totalitarian rule.
I don’t trust Trump, especially when the likes of Jimmy Carter come out and publicly say they prefer Trump because, “he isn’t an ideologue” and “we can make deals with Trump”.
We don’t need to make anymore deals, compromses nor capitulations to the left. We need to overturn their marxist-based anti-American powergrabs. We need to show the youth the gloriousness of the American Dream, of free market capitalism, of rugged individualism, and pride of character that comes from woking hard to make something of yourself, rather than putting oneself into the chains of leftist self-ensavement.
We pillory (rightly so) Hillary and Obama for their lies and slimey denials of contradictory statements, yet the cult of personality surrounding Trump leads his supporters to engage in the same exact doublethink process that is inherent in all collectivists.
I suppose we will see in this SC vote whether Trump is going to get the nomination. I will continue to hope that Cruz does well enough to stay in.
I’m hoping as hard as I can that Trump wins the GOP nomination AND the November election, because I REALLY want to hear what y’all have to say about it when you discover that he really IS a Democrat.
Getting a Democrat imbedded in the Republican Party is one thing, but having him NOMINATED for the presidency is a whole different ball game.
Like Br’er Rabbit said: “Whatever you do, PLEASE don’t throw me in that briar patch!”
What will y’all think of next???