71. My American History, Part 1

We put a great deal of importance on our and in our Constitution. In Article II, Section 1, the oath of office for the President says he or she will to the best of his or her ability "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The Founding Generation experienced an overbearing government firsthand, so our Constitution was designed and created specifically with the intent to protect we-the-people from an overbearing government. I doubt most people bother to think much about our Constitution these days. This would have appalled the Founding Generation. When the Constitution was put to the states to ratify, it was up to the people of each state to decide if their state would agree to join the union or not. Before it was ratified, the Constitution was just a piece of paper with some words written on it. Once it was ratified by nine of the thirteen states, it became something larger and more important. In the months and years during ratification, anyone's opinion was valid. Anyone could read it and make up his or her own mind about what it meant or how it should be understood. In the 21st Century we leave it for the courts and lawyers to argue about--but should we? Why is my opinion about our Constitution not valid or not as valid as these judges, lawyers or politicians? I'm not a lawyer, but I think the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Every nation is a sovereign state and every nation's sovereignty lies within some one person or some body of people within that nation. Our Constitution is singularly unique. What makes our Constitution a watershed moment in all of recorded history is where it locates the sovereignty of our nation, which is within we-the-people. The Constitution is ours. It was ratified by us--we-the-people--so it belongs to us--each and every one of us! It does not belong to the courts or the judges. It does not belong to the lawyers or the politicians. It does not belong to the government. It belongs to us--we-the-people!

Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution gives the government the power to regulate commerce; however, the Affordable Care Act is a mandate--you must do this or suffer the penalty.

Our Constitution is not written in stone. The Founding Generation knew they couldn't anticipate all of the challenges the people and the Constitution would face through the years, so they gave us the ability to change and modify our Constitution. When we come across these challenges, which we have with the Affordable Care Act, we-the-people can amend our constitution to agree to include or reject this or any mandate. I'm at a loss to understand why we-the-people weren't allowed to voice our opinions on this legislation, as billions of dollars are at stake every year. I don't know whose decision it was to leave us out of the discussion, but it was poor judgment by the Obama administration.

It isn't that I think we shouldn't have universal health care in our country--I think we should. I think everyone has a right to good health care. I think it is necessary that health care should be accessible and affordable (to use President Obama's word). We should take good care of every sovereign person in our nation. As a nation there are things we will need to do for the public good and I see this as being one of those things--for the public good. The problem I have with the present legislation is our government is attempting to do two contradictory things: provide health care and support two for-profit, high-profit industries. Health care in this country is not affordable because it is a profit driven industry; health care in this country is not affordable because we pay for it through the profit driven insurance industry. If we do this for the public good, it can not be for profit. If this is done for profit, it is not for the public good. No matter what anyone claims, profit will always take precedence in a profit driven industry. Our health care is not affordable because in these industries profit is more important than caring for people.

My health care is not for anyone's profit. Your health care is not for anyone's profit. We need every state to call for a state-wide convention (as in the old days) to discuss the pros and cons, the costs and liabilities, the limitations and benefits of this type of legislation. We need more ideas. We need more choices, there are dozens of possibilities to resolve this in a positive, functioning way. We need more voices involved. We need voices of non-politicians. We need to know what you genuinely think. Don't let others speak and think for you--speak and think for yourself. We need honest, accurate information. We need whole, well-rounded, fully-fleshed-out information, not half-truths. This is not a quick fix. This should not be about greed or profit. This is a long-term decision, with long-term consequences. We need to do this with care and thoughtfulness. We need to look at things with a long-term view (which means beyond the next election). There is a way to do this affordably and for the good of we-the-people, but we-the-people need to be involved and proactive. We-the-people need to be aware this decision will impact millions of lives, now and in the future. We-the-people need to slow down and listen and think. We-the-people can not be lemmings on this topic. We-the-people need to tune out the well paid talking heads and think critically for your children, your grandchildren and their children.

posted March 2018

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