The good people of Missouri gave an enthusiastic repudiation of Barack Obama on Tuesday, by overwhelmingly passing Prop C. The President should understand that this is not just about health care, but also about personal freedom and State rights too.
Proposition C found its way on to the Missouri ballot on Tuesday. Prop C says a lot of very interesting things, all of which the Obama administration would be wise to understand. The text of the law reads, in part:
No law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.
The operative words here are “compel” and “participate.” The Constitution was written specifically to prevent the government from compelling and citizen to participate in anything. Rather, it provides for what the Federal government is allowed to do. Among those enumerated powers, the power to compel an individual to buy something – anything – does not exist.
The text that appeared on the ballot was refreshing to see. It read, in part:
Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services?
What is striking here is that this language is necessary in the first place. What a crisis we’re in when a State must proclaim that the government does not have the authority to penalize a citizen for NOT participating in commerce of one kind or another?
The measure passed by a 3 to 1 margin. 3 to 1!
This should (though I doubt it will) be a clear message to the Obama administration and to the vocal minority of leftists prowling the country: We don’t want what you’re peddling. What the leftists and Obama himself don’t seem to understand is that the Tea Party movement, the conservative movement and an increasing number of unaffiliated Americans are not interested in becoming socialists.
It isn’t about race. It isn’t about Obama himself. It isn’t about party politics.
It IS about people wanting to be left alone to pursue their lives, unencumbered by an overbearing government. When the government can tell you what to buy, when to buy it and how much to pay for it, it has indeed become overbearing (to say the least!).
It is not clear if Obama understands this. If he does, it is not clear whether or not he cares. What is clear is that ObamaCare has poked a finger into the eye of the American spirit, and he would do well to back away carefully and let us set about the work of repealing this power-grab. If the Missouri vote is any indication of the 2010 national election, the American spirit is going to force Obama’s retreat, render him useless for two years, and then we’ll be free to repair the damage he has caused to the Republic.