On behalf of our veterans and their families, I want to thank Pastor Troy Smothermon of Church on the Move for a wonderful and delicious dinner Saturday, June 30.
The entertainment and the Bob Hope impersonator and the all American Band (church choir) were very entertaining.
It was very well organized, with about 20 or more servers and six or eight people taking us to our table. Everything was wonderful.
Thank you again Church on the Move.
Government overreaches authority
The recent Supreme Court decision on Obamacare was a jolt. We have to wonder, “Was Chief Justice John Roberts bribed, threatened, deluded, confused or what?”
For a start, our people in Congress and the president himself argued that the consequence for not buying health insurance was a penalty, not a tax. Traditionally, justices would look at the arguments used by the lawmakers to determine the intent of the law. After knowing that Congress called it a penalty, the majority opinion was that this is a tax and hence constitutional.
Is it a tax on property? Is it a tax on income? Is is a sales tax? It is none of the above. It is a tax on existing, on breathing. McCulloch vs. Maryland Decision, 1819 stated “The right to tax is the right to destroy.” Have John Roberts and four other justices handed Mr. Obama the right to end our breathing? Our future “medicrats” will probably do just that when health care rationing becomes a financial necessity. “Sorry, grandma, you’re over 80. We cannot afford to give you the medication you need to stay alive anymore. Here’s a painkiller to help you pass gently to the next world.”
If the federal government cannot keep the Postal Service on an even keel, can we believe they will do any better with our health care? I am not comfortable with the fact that my insurance company has access to my medical records. Can we feel any better about people of the huge, impersonal federal bureaucracy having our information at their fingertips?
Some people will insist, “We require people to have liability insurance to drive a car. What’s the difference?”
Driving a car is a regulated privilege. If you do not drive a car, you do not need the insurance. Why should simple existence be the cause of a tax?
How far we have come from our Founding Fathers of 1776! How far from the Constitutional Convention of 1787!
The federal government was given two or three main functions. The first was national security. You may want to say that executing foreign policy on a daily basis was part of national security, or you might want to put it in a separate category. The other was to regulate interstate commerce. Matters of medical service, welfare and even education were the responsibility of the individual. Communities would join together to help in times of need.
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness …” Notice there is no mention that the government should finance the “Pursuit of Happiness.” We need not worry though. Given enough time, we will conclude that a vacation at Disneyland is a right to be provided by federal monies.
We need to put a slate of dedicated conservatives in Congress and the White House to end this madness. We also need Supreme Court justices who have a balanced historical perspective on the role of law and the courts.
Russell A. Scott