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3/24/10

Because I am a History Teacher

I get a little ragetastic when people compare being angry about Health Care or President Obama or whatever, to be a Patriot in the Revolutionary War.

Patriots like Sam Adams opposed Taxation without Representation.

Without.

Representation.


The fine people who voted for Health Care Reform, and the President who initiated the campaign are all elected officials. We voted for them. You, taxpayer, have representation. Whether you agree with what the elected officials did is a moot point. You were represented.


Furthermore, when I taught U.S. Government, a lot of students, (and apparently grown-ups struggle with this too,) forget that we aren't, in fact, a Democracy. We have a democratic process that results in a Republic.

A Republic, like the U.S., is a constitutionally limited government, in which elected representatives are the governing body.

In a Democracy, the governing body is the majority.

I think the teabaggers and the new "Sons of Liberty" (That sound you hear is Sam Adams spinning in his grave,) tend to think because the majority of Americans don't like President Obama, or support the Health Care Reform Bill, that we shouldn't have to abide by the laws created by that Administration. Or that we somehow have a case for claiming that the Constitution is being Destroyed by Those There Liberals. Majority Rules!

Sorry guys, but the Revolutionaries created a Republic. I know it sucks when your elected officials don't make decisions you like. Believe me, I grew up with the Bush Administration. But it doesn't mean that they are using the Constitution as toilet paper.


It means you can vote again in 3 years.













ps. The Constitution gives the Federal Government to levy taxes, as well as regulate business that cross state lines, which health care policies/companies frequently do. (See the Commerce Clause, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constititution. It's the section I've been using as toliet paper.) For those of you worried about the health of the 10th Amendment.


Better luck next time.

35 comments:

MamaBear said...

BRAVO MCB! i'm NOT a history person, but let those who know lecture the idiot, 'baccy-chewin, sister-marryin, dyed-in-the-wool rednecks! they are republicans but don't know what that MEANS, lol!

(i'm unaffiliated. i don't HAVE to know what the words R vs. D MEAN.)

Kerri said...

Thank you very much. Very very much.

I posted something very carefully worded on FB Monday about how I don't really think the sky is falling. I ended up with 41 comments, with people telling each other to shut their big fat mouths, and shouting at each other about how their doctor husbands were going to be out of a job and how we're losing our personal freedoms blah blah blah blah blah.

Oh, yeah, and I'm a lurker, but I had to delurk to say thank you. I'm tempted to post something about the whole ridiculous situation, too, but the last time I did, someone told me that a bunch of Gadianton robbers were taking over the government and I should stand up for what is holy.

Sigh.

Little Fish said...

I heart you!

Cynthia said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I too am having a hard time with the stupidity that is floating around over Obama and Healthcare Reform - in fact I have been making some new found enemies on FB over the past couple days. Thanks for making a clear statement on the truth of the matter.

The Boob Nazi said...

I can't think of something sarcastic and funny to say here. Dangit.

Jessica said...

I can't wait to hear about the juicy non-published comments on this one!

~j. said...

You said teabaggers.

Stephanie said...

j.

hahahahaha

i know. i giggled as i typed it.


teabaggers.

stewbert said...

My husband came home in a rage the other day about this, freaking out about how his company was going to discontinue their health insurance (which would be a tragedy for our family but very stupid of the company). After allowing him to vent and sleep and calm down, I asked if they had made any such announcements or if it was just employees spouting off. "just employees." "Then give it time. No one down there really likes Obama anyway and will use any excuse to flame him." He finally realized I was right. lol

Rynell said...

I've wondered if people mindlessly repeat the words, "to the REPUBLIC for which it stands" without knowing what they mean.

Ru said...

:) Muchas gracias.

Ah yes, the 10th amendment ... the amendment so pointless, it gets skipped in law school constitutional law classes.

Yes.

SKIPPED.

(Not that professors don't like it ... but when you've got four months to cover everything else, the thing that does nothing tends to get short shrift.)

Chi-townRawlins said...

Basically loved every freaking second of that post.

Xan said...

Can we be friends? Seriously?

Well said! I have been saying these things to my friends, and was preparing to write a blog. You said it so much better than I could have.

lindsey said...

You're so kick A$$.

Morgan -Ing said...

I fully agree.

I also think that perhaps our time as a republic should be done. With technology as it is, I think we could do quite well as a democracy instead of a republic.

Because, frankly, I think we are being represented VERY VERY poorly.

But that's just me.

I'd rather just speak for myself, not through my representation at this point. Besides I'm an independent. Sadly I don't get a lot of it anyway. :)

Daae' said...

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. And we very much agree, so thanks for putting it out there.

Meighan said...

Lurker here who was prompted to delurk. . .unlurk. . well come out of lurkdom. Thank you for this fantastic post. I just yelled "Thank you! Exactly!" at my computer. I wish I could be as eloquent as you when debating this issue with the majority around me who feel our country is on the short road to ruin. I'm so tired of the hate. I appreciate your wit. . .and snark!

TheOneTrueSue said...

THIS IS WHAT I'M SAYING.

(Or would've, if I'd thought of it.)

Denise Robertson said...

Amen. Totally agree with you. I've never posted on a random blog before, but this post needed some serious love. Thanks for making the post I've been meaning to write for months!

Queen of the Castle said...

I'm surprised that they realize that democracy means rule by the majority. I think much of the back lash is left overs from McCarthy Era politics. We MUST be afraid of communism and socialism. I rant a little from time to time about socialism. I think there are some things that work better as a social resource, and I'm always surprised how many people don't think of libraries, public schools, and roads as socialistic resources (that work and are popular).

Nookleerman said...

Why do you keep talking about beer? I mean, it's not even very good beer...

NIKOL said...

I like you.

My father-in-law is quite outspoken about being a "Teabagger." I giggle every time. EVERY. TIME.

Nicole said...

Oh thank you. Thank you for reminding me that there are sane people in the world. I had to dump FB for awhile over this, because I too got so many rage-tastic comments -- my favorite being "u suck". So mature.

And I'm just gonna say it -- I laugh maniacally when many of those who disagree with me post their angry rants overflowing with misspellings, poor grammar, and excessive exclamation points!!!!!!!!

Because really? Thanks for further proving my point.

Tammy said...

I choose to ask if you only publish supportive comments on your blog. It surprises me that not one person thinks differently about this topic. But it was a good post.
(since I said something nice do I get published?)
www.tammysbirdbrain.com

Stephanie said...

hey tammy-

i publish about 98 percent of my comments. the only time i don't publish is when:

1. someone uses the f word. my grandma reads this stuff.

2. someone attacks another commenter/myself. it's fine if people disagree here, or with me, but saying someone is a bad mom/shouldn't have kids/should leave the lds church isn't just having a differing opinion, it's rude.

3. spammers.

4. people who post really racist/sexist comments (it happens) that have no purpose except to be offensive.

this is turning into it's own post, but yes, i publish comments with different opinions. no, i won't publish "mean" ones, no matter WHO the person agrees with or disagrees with.


most of the time, when i get a mean comment, it's via email, not the comments.

Tammy said...

Nicole,

What point are you trying to prove? That you are an elitist?
Proper grammar does not mean a person is smarter or better or sane.

Proper grammar is overrated especially on the internet. I would quote the Vampire Weekend song about the oxford comma but I want this to get published.

Hillary said...

Awesome post. My personal favorite experience with this whole thing was when a conservative extended family member, who barely graduated from high school, argued that Obama promised to uphold the Constitution and didn't, so we should impeach him and instill Mitt Romney instead (since, you know the Constitution's hanging by a thread and Mitt's Mormon and all). As a law school graduate, who loved constitutional law, I just had to laugh at the fact that this person had probably never read the constitution, let alone was capable of understanding our government. Some people are just dumb, and that's the sad truth.

Does it bother anyone else that here in Utah we're worried about funding to get our kids through 12th grade, but it's ok to waste taxpayer money on a ridiculous lawsuit that will be laughed out of court?

Brooke said...

I completely agree with your analysis of our system as a republic versus a democracy. However, there are additional checks and balances on this republic, including the constitution as interpreted by courts. This really is all going to come down to how the Tenth Amendment is interpreted. I personally think it's a bit of a stretch to apply it to a personal mandate for every person in the country, but the argument is still a valid one. Despite my dislike of this solution to the problem, I still definitely think Congress has the power and right to regulate health insurance and health care in general. It's a national commodity and it absolutely crosses state lines. There are parts of the health care bill I think are very Constitutional and I am anxious to see if the whole bill is upheld, if parts of the bill are declared unconstitutional, or if the bill is wholly struck down. It will take awhile to get there, but the Supreme Court decision will be incredibly interesting.

Emily said...

I have lived in both socialist and communist countries (CHINA) and after coming back to the USA, I realized how blessed I was to be free and live in this Democratic Republic, where I can elect the officials, have a say in the government, and love my daily freedom that I did not enjoy in those countries. I think people on BOTH sides of the health care debate are forgetting how to be grateful for the government that our forefathers created for us. We are so lucky to be American, and yes, with all decisions of the government, we do have a duty to uphold their decisions--because WAY too many people gave their lives so that we could enjoy our freedom. It really is a SAD place we are in right now. No, I don't agree with everything in the health care bill and its way of fixing the problem...but that doesn't mean that there is not a problem that doesn't need fixing. Even if its just a step in the right direction, let's take what we can get people. That is the end of my rant.

Emily said...

And yet, didn't Mr. Obama compare this health care bill to the civil rights movement? Frankly, I think that's a little ridiculous...

James McOmber said...

I was going to write something about the physiological reaction this post caused in me - but last time I posted something filthy, you cautioned me that your grandma reads your blog. Suffice it to say I enjoyed this entry.

jennyalice said...

very well explained.. perfect for passing on. Thank you!

Femme Facetious said...

awesome. yes. I CONCUR.

Amy said...

Thank you for putting this into words! I think smoke comes out of my ears everytime I load Facebook and see people using their status to regurgitate whatever they heard on their conservative radio station/Fox News, etc. Thank you for writing this out.

ChristyLove said...

I hope all these comments on your semi-old posts aren't bugging you Because I'm sharing this one, and it might get worse?