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Pull Over “OBAMACARE:” You are Under Arrest

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by Michael Peroutka, the Institute on the Constitution

 

Imagine your adult son (let’s call him Barry), comes to your home one Sunday afternoon. He drives up in a new vehicle you haven’t seen before and says, “Hey Dad, let me take you for a spin in my new car.”

“Sure”, you say and you hop in and take a tour in this new car.

After he pulls back into your driveway, and you re-enter your home, your wife asks you a question. She wants to know, “Did Barry drive the car right?”

You think a minute and you reflect on the last 20 minutes you spent in the car.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Barry came to a full stop at every stop sign, and that he drove within the speed limit the entire time, and that he obeyed all the traffic signals, and that he refrained from texting on his cell phone while he was driving.

So you look at your wife and you say, “Yes, dear, Barry drove the car right.”

Now, let’s add one more fact to this story.

Suppose that, just before your wife asked the question about Barry’s driving, you received a call from the local sheriff and learned that Barry had stolen the car earlier that day.

Does this fact change your answer as to whether Barry drove the car “right”?

I think it does.

You see, if Barry has stolen the car, then he has no “right” to drive it at all.

Therefore, no matter how safely or recklessly he seemed to drive it, without the authority to drive it in the first place, he cannot possibly drive it “right”.

There is no right way to do a wrong thing.

And the point I am trying to make with this illustration is that when we consider the rightness or wrongness of any government program – like “Obamacare” – the discussion of its “rightness” must always begin with the question of authority.

Does the government have the authority to do this thing in the first place? If we ask this “authority” question first, and we determine that there is no authority for the program to exist at all, then all the evidence of its cost and its benefits is irrelevant.

And, with respect to government-controlled health care, this question is easy to answer. Neither God’s law nor Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution provide authority for the federal government to involve itself in “health care” or in “health care financing” or in “insurance” of any kind.

In other words, “Obamacare” is a stolen car. And anyone who drives a stolen car is a lawbreaker. All the smoke and mirrors about what “Obamacare” costs and what it will, or will not, provide are irrelevant. There is no lawful way to drive a stolen car.

And “Obamacare” will not work because it cannot work.

Simply put, there is no right way to do a wrong thing.

All who have taken an oath to the Constitution, including our State Governors, Attorneys General, States Attorneys and Sheriffs, need to do their duty by pulling this stolen car over and arresting “Barry” or anyone else who might try to drive it.

 


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