Really, I shouldn’t have been surprised. The turning point for the fall of the Republic happened in 1912 when Thomas Woodrow Wilson was elected President. Thanks to his fellow Progressive, Theodore Roosevelt (who split the Republican vote with his Progressive “Bull Moose” Party), Wilson was able to defeat the incumbent William Howard Taft.
At that point, the handwriting was on the wall. Wilson openly disdained the Constitution and said so in his many writings. For him, our Constitution was best suited for a “horse and buggy” Republic. Wilson thought he knew better. One of the first things that happened on his watch was the ratification of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which created the first permanent national income tax. This was immoral on its own merits, not merely because it was only applied to a few people (thereby negating the intent of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment) but because it had the potential to augment the powers of an increasingly intrusionary Federal government via the Internal Revenue Service). Unfortunately for the Progressives, it had little power on its own without a national bank.
It was for this reason that Wilson worked tirelessly to create a national bank, cleverly called a “Federal Reserve.” It’s ostensible purpose was to regulate the money supply, restrict inflation, and eliminate bank panics (i.e. depressions). Clearly it has failed spectacularly on all three of these fronts but this was not its real purpose. Its purpose was to make wage slaves of a formerly free citizenry, yoking their blood and treasure to international banking interests. It was for this reason that the United States entered the Great War, the end result of which was the destruction of Christian civilization in Europe.
Since then, the power of the national government has only grown. It could not be otherwise. As the founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty said, “I care not who makes a nation’s laws as long as I control its money supply.” To be sure, some minor victories have been won by our side, but they have been few and far in between. The trajectory of growth has inexorably been in the power of less liberty, more government. In order to pay for World War II, the Federal government enacted withholding which made paying taxes “easier” and less painful. It also created Social Security, and began its remorseless attacks on Christian sensibilities via the public schools.
In order to fight all this, Conservatives and Libertarians have furtively placed their eggs in the basket of the Republican Party, the Courts, and most recently in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, the Psalmist was right: “Put not your faith in princes or trust in the sons of men.” Speaking for myself, I thought that with four rigid Constitutionalists on the Supreme Court, Obamacare was doomed. Certainly the oral arguments led most to think so. What we didn’t expect was that the anti-libertarian rot would be so pervasive that it would infect normally sensible men to vote as they did on the recent ruling.
Some will say that the Supreme Court did not uphold the individual mandate and this is true as far as it goes. It called it what it really is –a tax. In this sense, one could say that it struck down the individual “mandate” as unconstitutional (which it clearly is) but it upheld the authority of the Congress to pass a mandatory “tax.” To me, this is a distinction without a difference. Regardless, it merely proves my larger point, that once a national government slips its ennumerated powers, there is no stopping it.
So, is there a silver lining? Not really. The House of Representatives will likely repeal it but if Obama is reelected, then he will veto it. I certainly can see an energized Republican base rallying around Romney and electing him in order to make repeal possible but his election is no sure thing. In fact, the more illegal aliens we allow in, the more likely that we will degenerate into a Greek-like kakistocracy with an entrenched favor-dispensing political class. Like Greece, this elite will pick and choose winners and losers among an increasingly balkanized “citizenry.” Perhaps several states will refuse to implement it. I imagine that the “Red States” will be especially ingenious in finding ways of opting out but we’ll just have to wait and see. The downside is that unemployment will grow as employers will increasingly not hire people, fewer qualified people will get into the medical field, and fewer poor people will receive adequate medical care. The well-to-do on the other hand will partake of “boutique medicine,” in which they pay doctors on a yearly retainer and a fee-for-service. Private hospitals will blossom and fewer doctors will take Medicaid in order to avoid accepting the dictates of Obamacare and Medicaid. The stratification of classes –and the gaps between them–will harden. Sarah Palin’s infamous “death panels” will become reality for the elderly. And America will continue its inexorable decline to Third World status.
I suppose the only other silver lining is that as bad as things are here, they are infinitely worse in Europe and the rest of the world. All things being equal, we may just plod along, especially if foreign capital continues to view us as a safe haven. This is thin gruel however, especially if we cannot get our national debt under control (and there’s no way that that’s going to happen now). There is no guarantee that the US dollar will continue to be the world’s reserve currency. At that point, the remaining worth of the dollar will evaporate overnight and America will become Greece on steroids.
Lord have mercy. And try not to get sick.