I swear, conservatives and libertarians seem obsessed with violently overthrowing our government. After all, isn’t that why many of them are obsessed with our Second Amendment? It isn’t about self defense or hunting, it’s about them arming themselves for a “potential” violent revolt against the government.
Yeah, good luck with that.
The latest insanity from the world of, “This could lead to the violent overthrowing of the government” is President Obama unilaterally using his powers to fix small parts of the Affordable Care Act. His most recent one is a delay for small businesses as some of the kinks get worked out.
To sane people, that’s an intelligent move. Why “stay the course” when the course obviously has flaws that need to be fixed?
But according to Michael Cannon, the Director of Health Policy Studies for the Cato Institute (a libertarian think tank), Obama’s action could lead to an armed revolt against our government.
“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government. Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it. That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate. If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they. That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
First, let’s just state the obvious: If the legislature didn’t have the one primary goal of doing everything they possibly can to sabotage and obstruct President Obama, he wouldn’t have to use other means to actually accomplish something.
That’s the root to all of this. President Obama has probably faced the most obstructive Congress in presidential history. Since day one, Republicans have made it clear that they have absolutely no intention of working with the president on anything. Even simple procedural votes to raise our debt ceiling, as they did 7 times in Bush’s 8 years without any argument, were turned into a national crisis.
Even when their goals weren’t obtainable — a fact many congressional Republicans admitted to — they still shut down our government for the first time in nearly two decades.
Issues such as universal background checks on gun purchases, and immigration reform — two things overwhelmingly supported by most Americans — Republicans have blocked in Congress.
But Mr. Cannon’s assertion that President Obama trying to fix issues as they arise with the Affordable Care Act might lead to a second American revolution is absolutely ridiculous.
This is the problem with people on the far right: “compromise” or admitting something is wrong is now seen as a full-on failure. Heck, to this day, George W. Bush still won’t admit the Iraq War was a mistake. Conservatives have lost all ability to simply act rationally.
It’s just absurd to think that an effort to give every American access to health care, which is really the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act, is actually a bad thing. And that’s what this really breaks down to. The primary goal when this whole thing started was an effort to ensure every American could have access to health care. Then after seemingly endless compromises with Republicans, the current form of the Affordable Care Act was created.
Now many of these conservatives are claiming this might be the catalyst for an armed revolt?
So let me get this straight: Over four thousand dead Americans in Iraq, sent off to war based on a lie, isn’t worthy of an armed revolt — but trying to give every American access to health care is. Got it.
When you think about it, isn’t that notion by itself a pretty good summary of just how ridiculous conservatives have become?
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