Monday, January 31, 2011

Schizophrenia in the US Republican Party

On the one hand, Republicans argue that the health care plan pushed by Obama and passed by the US Congress is "unconstitutional" because it forces people to buy health insurance whether they want it or not. From the Boston Globe newspaper:
A federal judge in Florida said in a sweeping ruling yesterday that President Obama’s health care overhaul is unconstitutional because the government cannot force individuals to buy health insurance.

On the other hand, Republicans are pushing to make ownership of guns mandatory. From the Argus Leader:
Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm.

Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.”

The measure is known as an act “to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others.”
Wow! Makes sense to me. It is "obviously" unconstitutional to try to give people medical insurance and help them live longer lives. But it is certainly constitutional to force people -- whether they are pacifists or if their religion forbids weapons -- to have to buy and carry weapons! Yeah, sure...

The American people must be idiots to keep electing such bold faced hypocrites as the Republicans.

No comments: