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The Empire Strikes Back

October 3rd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 8 Comments · Socialized Medicine

The American people have spoken. A large portion of them do not want bigger government, specifically socialized medicine.

So what do the statists conclude from from the mass demonstrations and the town hell meetings? Simple: the problem is that the people found out what they were doing. If only the people had been kept ignorant, there would have been no problem!

Thus the philosopher-kings in Washington, DC, our benevolent masters, are now working on ways to increase government without the people’s understanding of what is going on. They are intent on taking over the lives of all those idiotic American people for their own good. The trail to collectivism must be blazed in darkness and ignorance.

Some Senators are trying to attach Obamacare to another tax bill that has already passed the House. They want it to pass in secret before the public can read the actual bill.

President Obama and liberals in Congress seem intent on passing comprehensive health care reform, even though polls suggest it is unpopular with the American people. And despite the potential political risks to moderate Democrats, the President and left-wing leadership in Congress are determined to pass the measure using a rare parliamentary procedure. 

The Senate plans to attach Obamacare to a House-passed non-healthcare bill. Ironically, nobody knows what that legislation looks like, because it has not yet been written. Yet many members plan to rubber-stamp Obamacare without reading or understanding the bill. 

Meanwhile at TIA Daily Robert Tracinski reports:

It looks like President Obama, facing the failure of his domestic agenda in Congress, is now going to attempt to pull out a victory by threatening Congress with the usurpation of its legislative powers. How? The administration has announced plans to impose sweeping controls on emissions of carbon dioxide by executive fiat, through the EPA, bypassing the legislature altogether.


Under what system of government does the chief executive say to the legislature, in effect, “write the legislation I want, or else I will simply enact it by decree”? The answer: not under a system of representative government and the separation of powers. Barack Obama is proposing to govern, not in the manner of an American president, but in the manner traditionally sought by leftist strongmen like Hugo Chavez.

We’ve now arrived at that point. This is another step toward the Obama Banana Republic.

I guess we’re seeing the future of the Obama presidency. After just nine months it is such a failure that it can only conduct its power grabs by subterfuge or by bureaucratic fiat. But either way, the left is not quitting.

The Constitution is meaningless to these people. Judge Bork called the ninth amendment an ink blot; to the left the entire document is an ink blot. The only thing standing between us and a massive increase in state power is the nerve of the Democrats in power. Will they stand together and go for socialized medicine and vast controls of carbon dioxide or will some of them blink in fear of losing the next election? Their base wants them to go for it. Right now Obama, Pelosi and Reid are intent on ramming their agenda down our throats whether we like it or not. I don’t see them blinking.

We’re still a semi-free country with somewhat clean elections ( as long as the vote is not close in places like Chicago). We can make some of them pay at the ballot box.

8 Comments so far ↓

  • Mike N

    I think Obama will get a lot of resistence if he tries to bypass congress through the EPA. But I don’t think he really cares. He is the kind of man from which our founders tried to protect us by writing the Constitution. There was an article some years ago on how congress was voting itself out of existence by creating all the regulatory agencies that now exist. I think the chickens are about to come home to roost. Or is that roast? Congress supposedly has oversight authority over all those agencies. I’d like to see what that’s going to look like when Der Furher objects.

  • Embedded I

    Obama is just trying to do what is right. To him it is right ti circumvent the constitution so as to implement his altruist/statist view.

    This is not a “usurpation of legislative powers“, it is just a practical solution to resistance that the health care bill faces.

    Such is the banality of evil. Zyklon B is practical too.

  • Mike

    Morbo says: “Executive agencies do not work that way!”

    An executive agency can only act according to its enabling statutory authority. Enabling statutes for executive agencies are produced by… Congress. If Obama tries to unilaterally impose those regulations via the EPA *in defiance of Congress*, either of the other two branches has the power to shut him down completely. Not that they’d have the spine to actually do it, of course…

  • Lionell Griffith

    Looks to me that mere words have little impact on the current administration. Neither the founding documents nor the content of laws passed by congress present any significant constraint.

    The words our Glorious Leader reads from his teleprompter have become equivalent and even superior to the established law of the land. We mere subjects of the Anointed One are to make his wishes come true or pay the price for being remiss in doing our duty. That what he asks cannot work and has never worked its not to be used as an excuse. We are to try until we have nothing left.

    Ultimately the only constraint on government is the constraint We the People assert by exercising our inalienable rights. See the works Thomas Jefferson for instructive details.

  • Jim May

    After just nine months it is such a failure that it can only conduct its power grabs by subterfuge or by bureaucratic fiat. But either way, the left is not quitting.

    During the Bush Administration, I heard from several commentators among the Objectivist movement that the Left as an intellectual movement was dying, and that the rise of the religious right was attributable to filling in the vacuum left by that decline.

    I really wonder to what extent the Left is driven by a desperate suspicion that this is true — that their movement is dying a slow death, and that they need to get these things passed sooner rather than later to take advantage of that “ratchet” which has always worked in their favor — before they lose power again, possibly permanently.

  • madmax


    Are you sure it is the religious conservatives that will benefit? I’m starting to wonder if the new secular materialist “bio-conservative” movement might not be the benefactor of the demise of the left. Many Evolutionary Psychology conservatives think that they – and not Objectivists – will have a hegemony on the Conservative movement in a couple of generations. Its hard to tell at this stage.

  • Andrew Dalton

    The “bio-conservatives” themselves tend to be empiricists and skeptics — an epistemology that works against them, compared to political movements that put forth a strong moral vision. However, their variant of Pragmatism might become a vehicle for a racist ideology, in a similar manner to how the original Pragmatism has been a vehicle for putting leftist ideology into practice.

  • Jim May

    The “bio-conservatives” and/or E-P are just another artifact of bad ideas, not unlike the religionists who attempt to argue that God wants us to be rich.

    Religion is a necessary part of conservatism’s philosophical base, because the “is-ought” dichotomy forbids them any other. Without that base, the E-P’ers are just another form of Leftist in fact, and are doomed for the same reasons.

    The religionists are on much more solid ground with conservatism, and will not be dislodged from it by those pikers.

    In any case, if they can manage a “hegemony” over conservatism, they can have it. Taking over conservatism is not our goal.