Thursday, June 28, 2012
Marcus Portius Cato, also known as Cato the Elder, was a Roman citizen who lived from 234-149 BC, during the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage. He's widely credited with stirring up the Third Punic War, which led to the utter and permanent destruction of Carthage. Among his many efforts in that regard was the phrase 'Carthago delenda est!' ('Carthage must be destroyed!'), which he repeated at the end of every one of his speeches, whether or not it had anything to do with Carthage. So effective was his advocacy (and that of others) that in the end, his advice was acted upon. Carthage was, indeed, destroyed.
That's the sort of attitude we must adopt, today and henceforth, now that the Supreme Court has upheld the abomination that is Obamacare. I find it an absolute outrage that the Federal Government should assume, or be granted by court fiat, the power to order any individual to buy a commercial product that he/she does not wish to purchase for themselves. Furthermore, Obamacare imposes one of the largest tax increases in US history. The full impact won't be felt for several years yet, but we're all going to take it in the pocketbook from this disastrous legislation. It's also filled with crony capitalism, corruption and bureaucratic obfuscation that make it almost impossible for the average layman to decipher it.
This law must be overturned in its entirety. It can't be reformed, it can't be amended - all that would do is make it even more complex and incomprehensible. Obamacare must be destroyed.
From now on, as far as I'm concerned, that's the single most important criterion by which to judge any person seeking elected office - will they vote for, or will they work towards, the repeal of Obamacare? If they will, they're worth supporting. If they won't, or if they promise to do so then renege on that commitment, they're worthless and should be discarded.
Obamacare delenda est!