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Well, Obamacare is here. There sure has been a lot written and said about it hasn't there?
In terms of the law itself I don't feel I have a thing to add to the ocean of opinion washing over us but I would like to offer a different approach to the discussion.
Having read a good deal about the Founders and their core ideas about the system of government they gave us, much of it in their own words, then seeing how we have "evolved" over the centuries leaves me quite disheartened. I have become convinced that one of the saddest facts of American history is that the anti-Federalists were right. Most of us have forgotten there was a raging debate about the proposed Constitution and in a classic example of history being written by the winners, the Federalists (Washington, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, Jay et al) have become the icons of our history while the anti-Federalists are barely a footnote.
Yet, if you read the anti-Federalist papers you'll find that the writers were able to expose near fatal flaws in every aspect of the oh so carefully constructed Constitution. Concerns that were swept aside by the brilliant writings of Madison, Hamilton and Jay in the Federalist Papers. We have to remember that is was well established that the Articles of Confederation were a failure and something better was needed ("The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect" -James Madison). So the Federalists carried the day and the rest as they say is history.
I do not believe we can knock the Federalists from our peanut gallery perch blessed with 220 plus years of hindsight. Still, when you get to the very core of the two opposing positions, this is what you find:
It seems to me history has shown the anti-Federalists were right.
"We have to pass this to find out what's in it." -Nancy Pelosi on Obamacare
As for the Supreme Court and the rest of the "independent" judiciary:
However badly' flawed' the Founders were (and they certainly were), their approach to human governance was unique in 'history. You think maybe we've made a mistake by letting it slip away.
Knight can be reached at: email@example.com