Democrats continue to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of health care reform as Republicans keep lashing out in anger. It is understandable for opponents of the law to react in anger and disbelief; after all, they don’t agree. Republicans were confident the law would be shot down. The extremism of the reactions coming from Republicans, however, is very disconcerting.
President Obama addressed the nation in support of the decision, as well as sharing his hope that the nation will move forward. "The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. With today's announcement it is time for us to move forward, to implement and when necessary improve on this law." The president is also asking for any steps necessary to improve the law to be taken. The president also said this decision is "a victory for people all over this country." Obama introduced this legislation and is undoubtedly elated with this decision.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive 2012 GOP presidnetial nominee, responded by saying, “If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama. What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States, and that is I will act to repeal Obamacare. Let's make sure we understand what the court did and did not do. What the court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law or good policy. Obamacare was bad policy yesterday, it's bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday, it's bad law today.” Romney is campaigning heavily against this legislation and this will surely continue to be a key issue in the upcoming election.
Politico reports, “In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidatelikened the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.” Pence later apologized for making this statement.
Roy Nicholson, Chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, posted a response to the decision on the organization's website: “With its 5-4 ruling upholding Obamacare the US Supreme Court has joined with the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government in abandoning the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and with that ruling abandoned the People.”
Nicholson was expressing his frustration with all three branches of government and his belief that the people have been abandoned by their government. “The history books will mark this date as the day our constitutional republic was killed. It will now rest with We the People to decide if it will be resurrected or left to rot in the shallow grave dug for it.” Nicholson continues: “When a gang of criminals subvert legitimate government offices and seize all power to themselves without the real consent of the governed their every act and edict is of itself illegal and is outside the bounds of the Rule of Law. In such cases submission is treason. Treason against the Constitution and the valid legitimate government of the nation to which we have pledged our allegiance for years. To resist by all means that are right in the eyes of God is not rebellion or insurrection, it is patriotic resistance to invasion.” Nicholson is calling this decision treason and calling for an armed rebellion.
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Calls for an armed rebellion do not end there. CAPCON reports that Mathew Davis, a civil rights attorney from Lansing, Mich., sent an e-mail calling for an armed revolution as well. The e-mail said, in part: “Implicit in Benjamin Franklin's fabled response at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention was a dire warning: That the Republic would one day devolve into tyranny unless we the people prevented it. In 2008, we the people electedas president, and the 100-year progressive trek to tyranny begun in 1912 with Woodrow Wilson's election was complete. It cannot be said too many times — for the purposes of emphasis and clarity — that the Constitution was possible ONLY AFTER the American Revolution... Along with their desire to be free came their willingness to engaged in armed rebellion for their freedom. If government can mandate that I pay for something I don't want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court's decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified? God willing, this oppression will be lifted and America free again before the first shot is fired.”
Calls for armed rebellion are not the only extreme reactions. ThinkProgress reported that Rep.
See the video of his statement here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYF_keGcE
Threats of impeachment, armed rebellions and comparing this decision to 9/11 are simply not acceptable responses. It is important for the citizens of the United States to have leadership in place that is level headed, reasonable and responsible. Leaders set the examples for behavior during a time when emotions are high. Seeing responses like these raises new concerns about what is yet to be seen leading into the 2012 presidential election. Statements like these will only accomplish pushing voters further and further away from the conservative agenda.
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