As we walked
to the bunkhouse for lunch, Smiley spotted Dana’s
new bullwhip hanging from the rafters. He snatched
it, stepped off the porch and uncoiled it with a
quick flick of his wrist. “I used to be pretty good
with one of these when I was a kid,” he boasted.
(When people say such things around bullwhips, pogo
sticks and unicycles, it is best to steer clear
because they are about to hurt themselves. It is
much funnier if you are only a witness and not
collateral damage.) Smiley twirled the whip a couple
times overhead, jerked his arm and with a loud crack
the snapper popped back and split his nose like a
cooked hotdog. “That smarts,” he mumbled as he
dobbed his bloodied nose with his handkerchief and
hung the bullwhip back on its nail.
Parents understand bullwhips quickly possess a boy’s
mind, so when a young lad is given his first one it
is followed with lengthy instructions about not
whipping themselves, the dog, the milk cow, or
siblings. Such warnings are usually ignored, and new
bullwhips are frequently confiscated and hung up on
a nail in the barn. The problem is clearly not the
kid, it is the whip and this brings me to my point.
The framers of our constitution understood
government naturally would grow to become
oppressive. They designed our new American republic
with just enough power to function, but with built
in safety restraints to check this natural
expansion. The horizontal balance of power between
the executive, legislative, and judicial branches is
augmented by a vertical balance between the federal,
state and local governments. It was as if way back
in 1789, John Adams, James Madison, and Benjamin
Franklin predicted the Obamacare ruling in the
Supreme Court on Thursday, June 28, 2012.
For the moment, let us ignore the fact Obamacare is
the largest middle class tax hike in history, adding
1.2 trillion dollars to our ballooning national
debt. It also establishes death panels to ration
health care to only those deemed worthy, and will be
implemented by the compassionate blue-gloved medical
staff at the Internal Revenue Service, but we will
ignore those too. It is easier to swallow the whole
idea if you just buy the progressive line Obamacare
is free and the ruling class in the federal
government cares more about the little people than
the little people themselves.
Thursday, Chief Justice Roberts joined the four
progressive extremists on the Supreme Court in
ruling Obamacare is constitutional, but only if it
is considered a tax. Moving horizontally, a new
Congress and a new president can repeal Obamacare
before it is fully implemented. As a second safety
valve, moving vertically, every state legislature
and governor can nullify Obamacare. Florida recently
announced such nullification plans.
Our founders were so right. Like handing a kid a
bullwhip, they knew abuse was inherent in the beast,
so they designed a system where the people can vote
the whip away both horizontally and vertically.
Electing candidates opposed to this tyrannical
growth of government is more important to freedom
this November than at any other time in history.
Every candidate at every level must oppose Obamacare,
or they must be defeated. This is a one-issue
election, because if Obamacare survives, our
republic dies. Vote wisely.