The recent carving out of the United States Congress and their staffs from the ObamaCare law has raised quite a stir on the Right, but not with the American people at large or the propaganda arm of the Obama administration known as the main stream media. Back in 2010, when ObamaCare was passed in the dead of night using the subterfuge of reconciliation, previously only used for budgetary issues which had no opposition, Republicant Senator Grassley was able to attach an amendment to the bill which required Congress to live under the same rigors of health care reform that they were imposing on the rest of the nation.
Just last week, as he has done so many times when law interferes with his ideological goals, President Obama pushed for Congress and their staffs to be exempted from the new law because it was going to be too much of a financial burden for them. Barack Obama, of course, has no similar concern for the people of this great nation, even those low-information voters who supported him and will now have to suffer the only torture this administration has not outlawed, it policies and edicts.
This Congressional exemption from ObamaCare violates the spirit of the Constitution as outlined in The Federalist Papers, Madison #57, when he wrote:
I will add, as a fifth circumstance in the situation of the House of Representatives, restraining
them from oppressive measures, that they can make no law which will not have its full operation
on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society. This has always been
deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people
together. It creates between them that communion of interests and sympathy of sentiments, of
which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government
degenerates into tyranny. If it be asked, what is to restrain the House of Representatives from
making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I
answer: the genius of the whole system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and above all,
the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America -- a spirit which nourishes
freedom, and in return is nourished by it.
The fact that Barack Obama pays no homage, honor or respect to the very constitution which made possible his current position, is not a surprise to those who have paid attention the last 5 years. He has continually disparaged the Constitution by saying if Congress failed to enact his policies he would act on his own, a complete reversal of the Constitutional principles he took an oath to uphold. He has expressed his disdain for the document that breathed the life of freedom and liberty, not only into this great nation, but in nations throughout the world where its ideals and values have been an inspiration.
But Barack Obama's transformation of America from a society based on laws to one based on the whims of rulers, has been made possible by the abandonment of what Madison called "the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America--a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it." Without the advocacy and outrage of the American people, the Constitution is just a collection of words that has no ability to restrain the authoritarian ambitions that drive men like Barack Obama.