Friday, April 20, 2012

Those Good Old Guys

Many arguments regarding changes and laws proposed this past few years in Congress have repeatedly been held against the yardstick of the Constitution and measured against what some think our legislators think the founding fathers wanted.  People such as Sarah Palin frequently draw upon the ideas and ideals of our founding fathers (on her part usually inaccurately) for argumentative support for their arguments.  I personally think Bush was far more cavalier with our constitution than Obama could ever be.

The latest drama has been the Supreme Court case on the mandate for universal health care.  It was argued so poorly by the White House representatives that I do fear for its survival. Our current President was not the first to propose universal health care.  Before him, key Republicans in Congress endorsed it in 1993, the Heritage Foundation promoted it in 1990 and in 1973, Richard Nixon even considered it.

But most recently I have been surprised to learn that such mandates are even older.  It might surprise Americans to learn that our forefathers mandated citizens to purchase weapons for each family.  They also mandated that certain citizens must purchase health insurance!


For more information on our forefathers vision you can read here or here.

10 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

Most of the people touting the Constitution these days have never read it. These same people don't know the difference between Socialism and Communism. I can think of no government more oppressive the one that worships pure capitalism. Or socialism. The perfect government is that which blends the best of all forms of government to meet the needs of the most people.

Mage said...

There were a great many years I couldn't have afforded medical insurance under any condition. We didn't have any. Scary.

Cheryl said...

I'm new to your blog and I hope to enjoy it more and more with each post.

Linda said...

What goes aroun comes around is certainly true in government.

SueAnn Lommler said...

They can't agree on anything. They only argue and fight. It is pathetic.
Hugs
SueAnn

Terri said...

It's always the blame game...half truths, confusing the issues and down-right lying. If they would spend half their time finding good ways to fix things instead of pointing the finger...we would all be much better off.

Brighid said...

If we put half the energy we expend in bad mouth'n Them and each other into devising and implementing solutions....

Anita said...

I must admit that the whole issue confuses me and has my opinions all over the place. I wish I had more of a personal grasp of it, as you do. Thanks for keeping it in the forefront.

colleen said...

I'm sorry to hear that it was argued poorly. I too fear the loss of any progress on that issue. Thanks for the link on the founders and mandated health care. Very interesting! (The first link didn't work for me.)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Wow- like this info n links